Cannery Casino and Resorts
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award 2013 Business Excellence Award Honoree

Bill Paulos, Principal

William J. Paulos received his Bachelor of Science degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1969. He gained his first experience in hotel administration at the Fremont Hotel & Casino and the Royal Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in the 1970’s. He spent seven years gaining experience in the hospitality industry with AmFac hotel properties throughout the western United States.

Paulos joined Circus Circus Enterprises in 1980 as director of hotel administration. A year later, he was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Silver City Casino. His leadership in developing and opening new properties, including the Edgewater, Colorado Belle, Excalibur and Luxor, helped the company grow into one of the largest and most successful operators in Nevada. In recognition of his accomplishments, Paulos was named 1992’s Casino Industry Executive of the Year by the International Gaming Business Executives.

In 1994, Paulos was recruited to become the chief operating officer in charge of developing the only full-scale casino in Melbourne, Australia. He oversaw the construction and opening of the temporary property, recruited staff and developed policies designed to compete for the Asian casino market. The property proved to be highly popular with both the high-end Asian market and the Australian locals.

Paulos returned to Las Vegas in 1995 and became president of Primadonna Resorts, Inc., a public company with three hotel/casino properties on the Nevada/California border about 30 miles from Las Vegas. He led the company’s transformation into a publicly traded corporation and raised the visibility of the company. While at Primadonna, he led his company’s efforts on their joint venture with MGM to design and build New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

In 1997, he co-founded Millennium Management Group (MMG) with Bill Wortman. MMG secured the license and participated in the development, opening, and management of Greektown Casino in Detroit, Michigan. The two Millennium partners later formed Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC which developed and operates the Cannery Casino Hotel℠ in North Las Vegas, Eastside Cannery® on the Boulder Highway, and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino®, Washington Trotting Association, Inc., Washington County, Pennsylvania. Bill Paulos, along with his co-founder and partner, Bill Wortman, serve as co-CEO’s of CCR.

Paulos is a member of the Advisory Board of the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. In 2006 he was UNLV’s Harrah’s Hotel College Alumnus of the Year. Paulos is also a Trustee Emeritus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation Board of Trustee. Paulos is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Problem Gaming Center. In 2004 he was named Southern Nevada’s City of Hope Man of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Paulos recently became founding donors of the newly built Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada.