After maturing in small Tonopah, Nevada, and graduating from UNLV, Jon Gray had actually just ever worked in the hospitality market in Las Vegas. So when he got a call from Nike, he needed to take it.
“It was this cool chance where they wanted to build more of a service culture, and it was a global role,” he states. “It was an intriguing chance for my household to see what it resembles to live outside Las Vegas and for me to travel the world. I discovered a lot. It was like getting a doctorate in branding and marketing.”
Before making the move to Portland, Gray acted as vice president and basic manager for Caesars Entertainment’s Linq Boardwalk, but he was best known for working his method up from the front desk to George Maloof’s assistant at the Palms.
So although he was taking pleasure in life with Nike, he listened, as soon as again, when the new owners of the Palms came calling. “I have actually always enjoyed this place. It belongs to my DNA,” he says. “I was 21 years old when I began here, and all the characters behind the Palms really helped shape who I am. So to see Station Casinos get it was really exciting, since in my mind that offers it the very best possibility to take it to a level it’s never experienced.”
Station managers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta also thought having Gray back in the fold would move the Palms because instructions, so they hired him as vice president and general supervisor.
“There are a lot of things that made me feel really comfy here, and it [seems like] my time here with the Maloofs,” Gray says. “Back then, there was a household feel we had from George and the executives. It was a household, and I see that here with this group, including the [Palms] staff member who have actually been here because the first day. You need to be passionate about exactly what you do, so to see these people once again and have that feel is actually crucial to me.”
The evolving off-Strip resort has actually already announced some restaurant changes, and that’s just the beginning. “That’s interesting, and entertainment is going to continue to play a major part of who we are. But I think exactly what I’m most delighted about is, this place is going to have character.”