R. Shawn Ellis
Founder and CEO
Ellis Gaming & Entertainment, LLC,, Las Vegas, NV
R. Shawn Ellis is a 1985 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and one of the youngest in Sheraton Corporation history to achieve the title of Director of Food & Beverage. Ellis was part of the opening team that received the AAA Five Diamond Award for the Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai. He was also a member of the team that restored the Helmsley Palace to its AAA Five Diamond status. Following a two-year assignment with Swiss Air at the illustrious Swiss Hotel on Park Avenue, he was recruited by Rio Suite Hotel & Casino into the gaming industry as the Director of Food & Beverage. While at the Rio, Ellis was instrumental in designing and opening of six additional food & beverage venues, resulting in the AAA Five Diamond Award. While remaining deeply rooted in Food & Beverage, Ellis began to expand his gaming knowledge with an assignment of Assistant General Manager at Lady Luck in Las Vegas, NV. While there, he was placed on the Lady Luck executive team asked to explore Tribal and International Gaming opportunities. Subsequently Ellis spent the next two years traveling to jurisdictions such as Canada, Panama and Mexico working with governments and tribal groups. Thereafter, he was named General Manager in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he assisted in the placement of a TIF District securing the funding for a $35 million expansion of the property. While still with the Lady Luck organization, Ellis also held the position of General Manager of the Lady Luck Biloxi in Mississippi. After returning to Las Vegas, he assisted in the development and execution of the 12 prestigious food & beverage operations at the Paris Hotel & Casino. Beginning in 2000, Ellis founded a series of Nevada based companies specializing in gaming management. He is one of the original founders of the Ellis Gaming group of companies that specializes in development and management of international and aboriginal gaming projects. As the CEO of Ellis Gaming & Entertainment, LLC, he engages in a hands on approach in creating a business environment that is profitable for all groups, but more importantly, a long term benefit to the health and well being of all partners involved in each and every venture.