Jonathan A. Arnesen
Chief Administrative Officer
Gomes Gaming, Inc.
Having worked in many diverse and sophisticated hospitality/gaming
related enterprises in various areas and markets, Jon is
an individual easily adaptable to all cultures, mindsets
and geographical locations. Throughout his career, he has
effectively taken on progressive responsibilities.
After holding several senior management positions at Tropicana
Las Vegas, Caesar’s Tahoe, and the Sir Francis Drake
Hotel, Jon was recruited for the position of Managing Director
of the Wyndham Resort in Orlando, Florida, which was to
be the flagship for the Wyndham chain. The hotel was under
construction and behind schedule when Jon arrived in Orlando.
Under Jon’s leadership, the hotel subsequently became
the number one property of Wyndham, and his team was selected
as the management team of the year for both the Wyndham,
and subsequently, the Stouffer Hotel Companies.
In 1987, Jon was recruited by Jack Davis and Donald Trump
to reposition Resorts International in Atlantic City and
open the Taj Mahal Casino. He was successful in repositioning
Resorts International, which resulted in a profitable sale
to the Merv Griffin Organization. At the Taj Mahal, Jon
was charged with the recruitment of 7,800 enthusiastic
and quality colleagues worldwide for the Taj Mahal. The
property was opened ahead of schedule, satisfying all budgetary
and guest experience parameters within Jon’s area
In October of 1990, Jon was recruited by Robert Sturges,
President of the Gaming Group of Carnival Cruise Lines
as Chief Operating Officer of the Crystal Palace; a 1650
room resort and casino in the Bahamas. Together they repositioned
the Crystal Palace Resort, reduced expenses, and made significant
changes in the terms and conditions of the agreement with
the Union and the government. He was then promoted to President
of Carnival Puerto Rico and was responsible for the development
of one of the largest gaming resorts in the Caribbean,
and the coordination of Carnival’s operation on the
Island of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Mohegan Sun eventually recruited Jon to join their organization
to spearhead the development of their new addition named
the “Sunburst Project”. Jon also played a key
role in laying the foundation for Mohegan Sun’s Phase
3 expansion, including new strategies, strategic concepts
and product offerings.
In October of 2005, Jon was recruited by Nevada Gold & Casinos’ Board
to oversee acquisition, development, operations, and management
of gaming, hospitality and entertainment properties/projects
of the company in multiple jurisdictions globally.
In February of 2008, Jon was hired
by Jumeirah Group and Tatweer as Managing Director of Asia
Asia, to develop the premier entertainment and hospitality
development of the Middle East comprised of the world’s
largest hotel with 6,500 luxury hotel rooms/suites, 2,300
hotels/serviced apartments/villas, 500,000 sq. ft. meeting
space, 1,000,000 sq. ft. of high end office space, 2 theme
parks, a 20,000 seat arena, 2,500 seat Dragone Show, 1,000,000
sq. ft. of quality retail and over 100 signature restaurants,
lounges and night clubs.