Jon Lucas spearheads Hard Rock’s development into a world class, full service hotel & casino management company. With extensive experience in the gaming industry, Jon represents Hard Rock International in numerous hotel & casino joint venture partnerships.
Jon joined Hard Rock in February 2013 as the President of the first Hard Rock Rocksino, located in Northfield Park. Under Jon’s leadership, the Rocksino, in less than one year, has become the casino market share leader in Ohio, overcoming immense and pre-existing marketplace competition.
He has over 30 years in the hospitality business, including 10 years in food & beverage and hotel management prior to beginning his career in the gaming space. Jon was the President & General Manager of the 1,100 room, 6 restaurant, IP Casino/Resort/Spa, Biloxi, MS for 6 years. After Hurricane Katrina, Jon was able to lead the team in earning a AAA Four Diamond status for the hotel. Prior to the Imperial Palace, he spent more than four years as a Regional President, where he was responsible for 3 properties, with a total of 1700 rooms, an 18 hole golf course, 18 food outlets, 5,200 slots and 157 table games.
Jon is originally from Philadelphia, PA and was educated at the University of Tennessee. Outside of work, Jon is passionate about sports, especially the Philadelphia and University of Tennessee sports teams. He enjoys working out, golf, wine, food, warm weather and spending time with his wife. Jon is married to Michelle, and has three children, two grandchildren, and two step children.
Jon’s musical taste covers a broad range of genres, led by rock and country. Some favorite artists include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Zac Brown Band, Allman Brothers, Eagles, and Van Morrison.