The grand opening of Durango Resort in southwest valley in Las Vegas, a deluxe resort destination developed by Station Casinos and its subsidiary Red Rock Resorts Incorporated, is less than a year away!

With that in mind, Station Casinos, the owner and flagship hotel and casino company based in the Las Vegas suburb, Summerlin South, Nevada, publicly announced the future leaders for the property on Thursday, December 7.

Selection of leaders:

Station Casino wants to play it safe when selecting the Durango resort’s board of directors, which led to the appointment of David Horn as vice president and general manager. With over 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry and with his extensive knowledge of multi-tasking (having held dual roles as vice president and assistant manager of The Palms, general manager at Palace Station and corporate vice president for Station Casinos), David Horn is an ideal choice for roles.

In addition, Horn was involved in the pre-opening project and the day-to-day processes of Durango, involving hotel operations, gaming, marketing and branding, partner relations, recruitment and sales while the resort was under construction.

Another person who will be a member of the board is Kai Speth, who was announced as the resort’s vice president of hospitality. His primary duties will be supervising the resort’s multiple operations, which include food and beverage, hotel operations, guest experience, resort amenities, front office and luxury suites.

He also has extensive experience of 30 years in hotels and restaurants around the world. His previous positions were vice president of operations and business performance for Windsor Property Management Group Corp., where he was responsible for three luxury hotels and other hospitality properties in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Furthermore, he has also been appointed to multiple management roles in hospitality facilities in South Korea, Los Angeles, Taiwan and Baevar Creek, Colorado.

Finally, the third member of the board of directors of the Durango resort will be Daniel Ye as the executive chief. He will be designated for all culinary operations such as food and beverage outlets and banquet services.

Ye has a wealth of experience under his belt, including a five-year tenure as corporate executive chief of Catch Hospitality Group, where he managed the company’s U.S. and Mexico operations, corporate head chef for Notar Hospitality in New York and a dual role as executive chef and corporate liaison at Nobu Restaurants.

Layout of the resort:

The company began construction of the resort in March this year and invested $750 million.

Among other things, the resort will have 211 rooms, an 83,000-square-foot casino, four unique restaurants, a group of bars and lounges and an 11-unit food hall.

The resort is scheduled to open in the fall off 2023.