David Hanlon

Senior Advisor

DAVID HANLON is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Following his time as an Officer in the US Army, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with an MBA in Finance and a MS in Accounting. He later attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

He started his career at the investment banking firm of Smith Barney & Company. He later joined Fluor Corporation responsible for financing international petrochemical and refining projects. He then joined Caesars World, Inc. where he served six years; first as Chief Financial Officer and later as Executive Vice President. Following Caesars, he joined Harrah’s in Atlantic City as President. From Harrah’s he became Chief Executive Officer at Merv Griffin’s Resorts International in charge of properties in Atlantic City and the Bahamas. After his period as President and CEO of International Game Technology, he joined Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas as President and Chief Operating Officer. For five years, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Empire Resorts, Inc. in Monticello, New York. Later he became a developer and consultant to  various gaming, hospitality, technology entertainment companies.

Over the years, he has held a number of outside interests including serving as Executive in Residence and a member of the Industry Advisory Committee at the Cornell Hotel School. He was also a three term member of the Cornell University Council and Director of the Cornell Football Association. In addition, he served as an Advisor to the Wharton Entrepreneurial Program at Wharton University.