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September 26, 2020

Randy Kwasniewski

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino president found dead in Las Vegas home

(US).- Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino President Randy Kwasniewski was found dead at his home in Las Vegas Tuesday morning, the company said. He was president of Morgans Hotel Group Las Vegas, and COO of Hard Rock Hotel Inc.

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ccording to the Las Vegas Sun, police responded at 9:50 a.m. to his home and found a man dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

Morgans CEO Fred Kleisner said in a statement that he'd worked with Kwasniewski since 1995.  "I know few hotel and casino executives who have the knowledge, focus and work ethic that Randy possessed. I will miss him," Kleisner said in a statement. "I know I speak for everyone when I say we all mourn his loss. Randy was a dedicated husband and father, a friend to many of us, and a valued colleague. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family."

Kwasniewski joined Morgans Hotel Group in October 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported. Before that, he was a senior vice president of Starwood Capital Group, where he played a key role in the acquisition of Starwood brands such as Le Meridien.

The Hard Rock Hotel that Kwasniewski ran recently completed a major expansion, including a new tower with 1,500 rooms and a concert venue, where Carlos Santana often plays. The expansion opened as Las Vegas continues to struggle to recover from a drastic downturn. Revenue from both meetings - and rooms - at the Hard Rock is down about 25% vs. 2008 levels, but the stylish hotel was faring better than rivals, according to a recent Hotel Check-In post.

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