Tony Marnell II a visionary for Vegas

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Tony Marnell II is one of the most important and influential persons in the gambling industry in the United States. He is a founder, a CEO, and the Chairman of the board of the Marnell Corrao Associates.

Who is Tony Marnell II?

Tony Marnell II was born in 1949 in a family of Italian immigrants – Tony Marnell Sr. and Marie Conforti. His family arrived to Vegas when he was 3 years old. In 1972, he graduated the South California University. After he had dealt in Zuni Construction Co., Moffitt & McDaniel Architects and Alfred Caldwell Architecture Companies, in 1974 he joined the Corrao Company as a general manager and after his retirement in Lud Corrao, he renamed the company Marnell Corrao Associates. His father, Tony Marnell Sr., had been a simple man who had been early working to support his family, since the nine grade. It was the The Great Depression period. Tony Marnell Sr. had a construction firm between the ‘50s and ‘80s, which dealt with various works in schools, churches or casinos throughout Clark County district.

Marnell’s architecture firm is deemed to be the oldest and the best firm that makes casinos buildings throughout the United States. Speci­fically, if you want to make a successful resort-casino you would better address Tony and his firm. At the moment, the company has over 100 employees and it is running numerous construc­tion projects in various fields, from casinos to event centres and exhibitions/conventions, to golf lands, or more recently, the new direction of the company – ecological office buildings in green spaces, the so-called park offices.

Tony Marnell II, a giant of the industry

In order to better understand what this man means for Las Vegas, we invite you to review some of his great projects: Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino (the annual host of WSOP), Mirage, Caesars Palace or Treasure Island! But, most of the buildings made by Marnell are also in Atlantic City, Henderson, Baton Rouge, Albuquerque or Columbus. In 1990, he built the first tower of Rio Suite Hotel & Casino. He was CEO of this resort for 9 years, when Marnell sold the land to Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. for 880 millions of dollars. After the purchase, the pro­per­ty failed to reach its performance historical levels it has before.

In the whole, his company offered for exploitation over 70.000 hotel rooms throughout America. Consultancy, design, architecture, constructions and its management or transport represents the competency zones of the company he has been successfully running for over 40 years.

In 2002, Steve Wynn contracted Marnell Corrao to build his new project Wynn Theatre, where one of the most beautiful and adulated shows in Vegas, Le Reve (The Dream), is now taking place, a project that has brought  Marnell’s Company over 1 billion dollars.

Marnell Corporate Centre, Tony’s jewel

According to the new tendencies in the field, which say that the employees feel a good influence of the nature, which offers them a relaxed working environment and where they can better valorise their talent, in the last two years Marnell had begun developing a very ambitious project: Marnell Cor­porate Center. A class centre of twelve buildings consisting of a total premise of 736.000 m2 of offices, warehouses, restaurants (Panevino and Gourmet Deli) and commercial premises.  Marnell Corporate Center occupies an area of 37 acres on the south zone of Sunset Road, to the east of Las Vegas Boulevard South, strategically placed at the crossroad of 15 and I-125 interstate highway, very close to the McCarran International Airport, this building centre offers a facile access to all the important points in Las Vegas Valley.

Although Marnell Corrao had developed enough smaller construction commer­cial projects in the entire valley, in its history, Marnell Corporate Center marks the first great park office for the multi-service firm.

XPressWest, an investment in the future

Marnell has perceived that, after for 25 years of studying the benefits brought by the high speed trains in Japan and Europa, they would bring a great economical plus, and he built the XPressWest project.

His vision was to build a high speed train line in Las Vegas and in the South of California, a project to be ended around 2034. Situated along the I-15 Interstate Highway, this high speed train line will cover over 200 miles of railways. The USA population rises to 300 million people, and the train could become an ecological and cheap travel conveyance. Marnell’s perception is that this high speed railway will fill his wallet. For example, the Amtrack railway between San Diego and Los Angeles is the second most profitable in the country.

With an incredible business acumen and with a very well developed will and nourished in time with successful projects, Tony Marnell II represents “an asset” of the city, namely a man who pushes forward the continuous develop­ment of Vegas.

Author: Editor

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