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2015 Inductee

Larry Woolf

Larry Woolf

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Larry J. Woolf is a well-known casino manager and consultant.

For over forty-five years, Woolf has been actively involved in the gaming industry. He began his journey as a slot change person in Harrah’s, Reno, Nevada. He became a table games dealer and quickly advanced up the chain of command.

In 1974, he was the youngest Casino Manager in Harrah’s Hotel/Casino history. He went on to join forces with Caesars Atlantic City as the Senior Vice President of Operations where he established a worldwide marketing organization, placing twenty agents nationwide. As President of Caesars Tahoe, he led the struggling property to a profit after just twelve months by re-engineering every area that was underperforming. As Chairman, President and CEO of MGM, he managed the company as the largest hotel in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand. Recognizing the need to stay competitive he contracted such entertainment and sports luminaries as Barbara Streisand, Mike Tyson and The Rolling Stones. At MGM Grand, his input was integral in the design, planning and construction of the first billion-dollar integrated resort, which opened in 1993 with more than 5,000 guest rooms and 9,000 employees. Woolf broke new ground at MGM Grand by being the first to open a Las Vegas casino with a roster of celebrity chefs, a trend that exploded and is now the norm.  He also introduced TITO, another first and now an industry standard. 

Navegante was formed in 1995. Since that time, the company has provided development, management and consulting services for over 70 gaming properties spanning the globe.


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