Company: MGM Resorts
Family Name: Kastrati
Given Name: Ari
Role: Senior Vice President for Food & Beverage Strategy
Profile: Kastrati joined MGM Resorts in 2010 after a stint in the Mina Group, a San Francisco-based company that creates and operates upscale restaurants. He gained his present title as senior vice-president in 2015.
In a ceremony held on the 7th at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo, MGM Resorts International was officially certified as an overseas Japanese food and ingredient supporter, meaning that it is utilizing authentic Japanese food products directly from Japanese suppliers.
Last September, Kansai Gaidai University opened the nation’s first academic program focused on hotel management, explained Stephen Zurcher, the program’s director, in a recent exclusive interview with AGB Nippon.
Ari Kastrati, MGM Resorts’ senior vice-president for food & beverage strategy, held a meeting in Sendai city on Monday with five local seafood processing companies and a brewery, looking to establish relationships with the Japanese region that was devastated by the March 2011 tsunami.