Company: Hard Rock International
Family Name: Tracy
Given Name: Edward
Role: CEO for Asia
Profile: Tracy has more than thirty years of experience in the casino industry, with especially notable stints as CEO of the Trump Organization as well as heading the Las Vegas Sands operation in Macau. Hard Rock plucked Tracy out of retirement in early 2017 to lead its effort to gain a license in the anticipated Japanese market.
Hard Rock Japan’s Tomakomai office has now opened—shortly after the election of Governor Naomichi Suzuki and a conservative prefectural assembly has kept the city’s IR hopes very much alive.
Hard Rock Japan has turned to Ado Machida, a sometimes corporate lobbyist and sometimes US Republican Party activist with deep political ties in Tokyo, to help power its IR bid in Japan to a successful conclusion.
Hard Rock International has pledged US$100,000 to the Japan Red Cross for relief efforts connected with the Hokkaido Earthquake, which killed 41 people and injured many more.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg television, Edward Tracy, Hard Rock International’s CEO for the Asia-Pacific region, provided insight into his firm’s consortium-building strategy and other matters as it seeks to win an IR license in Tomakomai, Hokkaido.
US casino operator Hard Rock International, which is seeking a license in Japan, has also emerged as a major contender in the race for the Gold Coast’s second casino license, Gold Coast Bulletin reports.