Managing Director and Board of Director at Okada Manila
Steve has worked in the hospitality and gaming industry since the early 1980’s, beginning his career as a casino croupier in Brighton, England. After having tenured at a number of casinos in the United Kingdom, Steve moved to the Bahamas where he worked for the Atlantis Casino and Resort, formally known as Paradise Island Casino. During his time there he was promoted to Gaming Manager, eventually attaining the position of Salon Privé Manager before being transferred to the Sun International corporate office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a Casino Marketing Executive.
While working with Sun International Steve was re-assigned to assist in the pre-opening of Mohegan Sun, a significant venture in Connecticut; the project was a joint venture between the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut and Sol Kerzner’s Sun International Group. Steve was originally assigned as a Casino Shift Manager and was later elevated to the position of Table Games Director.
In 1999 Steve joined Casino Niagara as the Executive Director of Table Games. He held a number of senior executive positions eventually becoming the General Manager of the property in early 2004. In late 2004 he was transferred to the newly opened Fallsview Casino Resort, a $1 billion dollar project, considered to be the jewel of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission (OLG). While there, Steve was the Vice President of Operations for both Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara.
In early 2008 Steve was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Galaxy Macau, situated in the world’s most formidable and lucrative gaming market. His primary responsibility was to direct the pre-opening phase of a $1.8 billion mega resort that consisted of 3000 hotel rooms, extensive leisure amenities, and one of the largest casino floors in the world. While living and working in Macau Steve was a major advocate of incorporating many culturally centric amenities and the service standard known as “Asian Heart” into the property culture.
In mid-2011 through October 2013 Steve worked exclusively for MGM Resorts International in Ontario, Canada in their pursuit of a gaming license and the rights to build a major Integrated Resort in the Greater Toronto Area resulting from a “modernization program” undertaken by the Ontario Provincial Government.
In late 2013 through mid-2015 Steve was the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Grand Sierra Resort formally known as the Reno Hilton, a significant 2000 room resort complex in Reno Nevada, where he oversaw the entire operation, including a $110 million capital improvement initiative, and planning for the acquisition of additional corporate hospitality assets.
Steve continues to be actively involved in the local communities in which he has worked, and is currently a Board of Trustee at the Purple Centers Learning Facilities in Manila. He is a former board member of The Children’s Cabinet, and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and was previously on the board of the St.Catherines General Hospital Foundation and Hospice Niagara where he was instrumental in the funding, design and development of the first residential hospice in the Niagara region.
In 2008, Steve earned his Executive MBA at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He presently works as the Managing Director for Okada Manila where he is responsible for the corporate expansion of the “Okada” brand, the continued development of the multi-billion dollar integrated resort, and promoting the property as a catalyst for the sustained economic vibrancy of the Philippines.