Center for Gaming Research

2013 Honoree

Martin Stern, Jr.

Dick Rizzo

Biography and Project Listing


Richard J. Rizzo is the vice chairman of Tutor Perini Building Corp., Inc.

As vice chairman of Tutor Perini Building Corp., Rizzo is responsible for new business development and company growth, with particular emphasis on developing national clients. Rizzo joined Perini in 1977 and was instrumental in steering the company into the hospitality and gaming industry. Today, the company is a leader in its market and has built many of the nation’s most recognizable casino resorts.

Rizzo oversaw the development of many of the following casino resorts and attractions in Las Vegas, including: Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino; CityCenter Las Vegas; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; Luxor Las Vegas; Palms Casino Resort; and Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. He has also overseen construction of several casino resorts across the United States, including: MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.; the Mohegan Sun expansion in Montville, Conn.; Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.; Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.; the Resorts Casino Hotel expansion in Atlantic City, N.J.; Resorts World Casino New York City; the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, Fla.; and the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.

In addition to the 2013 Sarno Lifetime Achievement Award, Rizzo is the recipient of many accolades, including the 2009 Hospitality Industry Network Industry Achievement Award and the 2002 Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Award. He also was recognized as one of the 10 most respected executives in Nevada in 2004 by Nevada Business Journal and was listed as one of the most influential businessmen in 2003 by In Business Las Vegas.

Rizzo serves on the G2E conference advisory board for casino design; the advisory board for the department of construction management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the board of directors for Three Square Food Bank. He attended Lehigh University and holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and civil engineering. He also graduated from Stanford University’s Executive Management Program.

Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun expansion

Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace Augustus Tower

Project Listing

Casinos and Resorts

Luxor (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1993

Caesars Palace North Casino Remodel (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1996

Caesars Palace Spa Tower Remodel (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1998

Paris (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1999

Green Valley Ranch (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2001

Mohegan Sun expansion (Uncasville, Connecticut) 2002

Caesars Palace Colosseum Showrooml (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2003

Green Valley Ranch expansion (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2004

Caesars Palace Forum Shops expansionl (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2004

Morongo Casino, Resort, and Spa (Cabazon, California) 2004

Caesars Palace North Augustus Tower (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2005

Fowoods resort casino expansion (Ledyard, Connecticut) 2008

CityCenter (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2009

Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2010

Resorts World Casino (New York, New York) 2011

Paris Las Vegas

Resorts World New York
Resorts World NYC

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