Jon Lucas oversees Hard Rock’s portfolio of 13 Casinos, 34 Hotels, 238 Cafes and Rock Shops worldwide. The iconic, award-winning hospitality and entertainment brand has grown from one Hard Rock Cafe in London to a global, multi-billion dollar company. With a career spanning over 40 years in the hospitality and gaming industry, Jon frequently represents Hard Rock International in numerous hotel & casino presentations with government officials and at high profile joint venture partnership presentations.
In his eight years with Hard Rock, Jon’s leadership has contributed to the brand winning numerous high-profile awards with the most recent accolades, including Forbes Best Large Employer 2021 in the Travel Leisure, Gaming and Hospitality Industry; No. 1 in Bristol & Associates/Spectrum’s Casino Executive Satisfaction Survey; Deloitte Private’s U.S. Best Managed Company 2021 and J.D. Power’s Top Performing Hotel Brand in 2019 and 2020.
Prior to his Chief Operating Officer role, Jon was Executive Vice President of Hotel and Casino Operations where he led a focused initiative to grow the hotel and casino divisions while overseeing the existing hotel and casino properties. 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, became the casino market share leader in Ohio, overcoming immense and pre-existing marketplace competition.
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.