Relocating full time to Vietnam in September 2015, the Ho Tram Strip’s Executive Chairman, Mr. Michael Kelly brings over three decades of experience to the helm of one of Asia Pacific’s most talked about integrated resort projects. The company operates the largest foreign invested tourism project in Vietnam and is also the largest private equity investment from the United States in Vietnam.
The Philadelphia-native has full day to day responsibilities for all aspects of the company’s operations and its $4.2 billion (USD) development including its award winning 541 room integrated resort and casino The Grand, its highly acclaimed championship golf course ranked #35 in the world, The Bluffs, the under construction 560 room Beach Club and accompanying water park and amphitheater, its multiple residential developments including The Gallery Villas and forthcoming condotel, Ramada Ho Tram , as well as managing the company’s various offices in Seoul and Macau.
The seasoned hospitality and gaming veteran has extensive experience managing both private and public resort/gaming companies, as well as deep knowledge of operations, finance and marketing. He is well versed in development, start up and re-branding of integrated casino resorts with multi-jurisdictional experience, including Las Vegas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and New Jersey in the United States.
His extensive experience in capital markets has seen him raise in excess of $1.5 billion USD, while his proven leadership qualities, with extensive experience in both startups and distressed operations have seen him hold positions including Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of some of the most recognized casino/hospitality companies in North America including Harrah’s, Fitzgerald’s, Empress Entertainment, Majestic Star, and Legends Gaming. From 2004-2011, Mr. Kelly was the founding partner and Chief Executive Officer of a private gaming and resort company that owned and operated two integrated resorts in North America. Mr. Kelly and the companies he has operated have received numerous awards and accolades including being named “Company of the Year”.
In 2016, Mr. Michael Kelly was named Chairman of the Tourism Committee for AmCham-Hanoi and in 2017 was elected Vice Chairman of AmCham Hanoi and in 2018 was elected the Chairman of AmCham Hanoi, Mr. Kelly also in 2018 was appointed the National Chairman of AmCham Vietnam overseeing both the Hanoi and HCMC Chapters.
A graduate of Villanova University, Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.