Company: Wynn Resorts
Family Name: Gordon
Given Name: Chris
Role: President of Wynn Resorts Development Japan
Profile: Trained as an engineer, Gordon had deep experience in real estate development before joining Wynn. For example, he was for a time the COO for the Allston Development Group, the real estate development arm of Harvard University. He was also the founder of his own firm, the Dirigo Group. His main project for Wynn has been the development of Encore Boston Harbor.
From last November, when Osaka won its bid to host the 2025 World Expo, until August of this year, when Yokohama announced that it was entering the race, Osaka Yumeshima was looking like it would become host to the grandest and most successful IR in Japan.
The Nihon Keizai Shinbun is bringing its high-powered IR Forum to Osaka, marking the third in the Nikkei series, but the first held in the Kansai region.
Wynn Resorts Development Japan President Chris Gordon held a presentation for journalists last week in which he introduced Encore Boston Harbor to a Japanese audience and suggested that there were useful lessons for a major urban IR in Japan as well.
At a press conference held for the Japanese media on the 5th, Wynn Resorts Development Japan President Chris Gordon said that his company was proposing to build the world’s largest IR in a city such as Tokyo, Yokohama, or Osaka.
Wynn Resorts has announced that it will open an office in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo this summer, with the purpose of tightening its relations with Japanese partners and bidding for an IR license in major urban markets.
In a clear sign that Wynn Resorts is now in the midst of ramping up its IR campaign, the company’s Japanese-language website has been fully redesigned and upgraded, going live on Monday.
Wynn Resorts is preparing to open its Japan IR development office before the end of the year, said Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Resorts Development, to AGB Nippon in an exclusive interview.
In a telephone call with investors, Wynn President and CEO Matthew Maddox reaffirmed his company’s keen desire to gain an IR license in Japan.
Among the major IR operators, Wynn Resorts has been somewhat quieter about its interest in Japan than most others, but Chris Gordon, president of Wynn Resorts Development, tells AGB Nippon in an exclusive interview that this will soon change.
Japan will soon suffer from a shortage of local middle management staff in the tourism and hospitality sector if nothing is done over the next five years.