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Orlando, Fla., October 24, 2016 – Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc., one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, announced today that Hamish Dodds, its President and CEO, has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The company is wholly owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It has been led by Dodds since 2004. 

“It has been an absolute privilege working for Hard Rock over the last 13 years and leading the growth of this amazing brand, while helping to reinforce Hard Rock’s unique character, and its commitment to service and philanthropy. Hard Rock is a place where staff are empowered to deliver authentic guest experiences in a rock and roll environment,” said Dodds.  “Today, the business is well positioned with a strong brand footprint and an extensive pipeline of projects in all business units. I wish the Seminole Tribe of Florida and all our Hard Rock employees and partners continued success in the future.” 

Jim Allen, the Chairman of Seminole HR Holdings, LLC, the company's parent, said “We are grateful to Hamish for his leadership and vision. His global perspective was instrumental in the company’s growth. His loyalty and passion are greatly appreciated, and we wish him well in the next stage of his career.” 

During Dodds' tenure, ownership of the company was transferred from the Rank Group in the United Kingdom to the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  Dodds was instrumental in both this transition and the transformation of Hard Rock into a global hospitality brand. Hard Rock International operates restaurants, hotels, casinos and live music venues in more than 70 countries. Hard Rock branded hotel properties have recently been announced in New York, London and Berlin. 

Dodds will help transition the company to new leadership, and will also remain actively associated with Hard Rock’s philanthropic arm, The Hard Rock Heals Foundation.

About Hard Rock International
With venues in 71 countries, including 168 cafes, 23 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues, and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. HRI owns, operates, and franchises Cafés  in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include HRI’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL, both owned and operated by The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Reykjavik, Shanghai, Yangon, and San Juan. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, Itapema, London, Los Cabos, New York City, Tenerife, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock Heals Foundation
The Hard Rock Heals Foundation is a registered §501(c)(3) charitable organization and oversees all philanthropic outreach for Hard Rock International. Music is energy; it stirs emotion, inspires, connects, and restores. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation exists to improve lives through the power of music. Since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock International has brought people together through the power of music. We have developed partnerships with artists ranging from emerging to iconic in support of charitable efforts around the world. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation provides grants and assistance to individuals whose goal is to heal through the power of music. Partnerships with like-minded, music-centric organizations allow Hard Rock Heals Foundation the opportunity to improve lives and promote wellness.

Posted on September 30, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,

Orlando, Fla. – Sept. 30, 2016 – Hard Rock International has completed the acquisition of casino and hotel-casino rights in the western U.S., as well as in several key international markets, from affiliates of BREF HR, LLC, which own the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Originally separated from the Hard Rock International’s portfolio more than three decades ago, the rights acquired in this deal reunite Hard Rock International’s global territory for casinos and hotel-casinos, which Hard Rock believes positions the company for unprecedented growth opportunities.

“This is a historic day for the brand and we could not be prouder to announce this acquisition that we believe ignites the path for further expansion around the globe,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International’s chairman. “With the newly acquired rights the Hard Rock brand has now been united for the first time in more than 35 years under one controlling ownership, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, allowing for globally consistent customer service and standards at all of our locations.”

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When you stay at any Hard Rock Hotel, be sure to ask about the opportunity to stay in the our exclusive Hard Rock Heals Suite! The suite is decked out with all things chill, from an iPad® loaded with our curated relaxation playlist and a state-of-the-art JBL speaker to play it on, to a meditation class to take you back to center and a renowned Manduka® yoga mat, fit for your practice.

One Hard Rock Heals Suite is available at each Hard Rock Hotel location worldwide and a portion of the cost of your stay will go to our Hard Rock Heals Foundation efforts to heal lives and promote wellness through the power of music. Learn more

We’re excited to congratulate William Graves, student at Stax Academy, on earning a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Keep rocking William!!!!!!

Read more about William and the Stax Music Academy

Posted on August 15, 2016 | Tags:

Have you ever considered what songs would live on your eternal playlist?  What music would accompany you if you were stranded on a desert island.  Our friends at Nordoff Robbins asked just that.

Check out the ‘Ultimate Playlist’ and see if your favorite tune made the cut!

Posted on July 12, 2016 | Tags:

Music is power.  On July 1st,  Nordoff-Robbins celebrated this power while hosting the 2016 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Honoring icons such as Patti Smith and Lionel Richie as well as emerging artists Jess Glynne and Olly Murs, the event raised more than $700,000USD for those fighting to improve their lives through music. 

Read the full article which includes some video of acceptance speeches by Hozier and Florence Welch, among others.

Posted on June 20, 2016 | Tags:

On Wednesday, June 22nd, music will bring us together to support the victims, survivors, and their families and various communities affected by the recent tragedy in Orlando, FL. The ALL IS ONE Orlando Unity Concert will be headlined by Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess, and held at Hard Rock Live Orlando. 

100% of ticket sales will benefit the OneOrlando Fund. #AllIsOne

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling TicketMaster at 407-839-3900 or the Hard Rock Live Box Office at 407-351-5483.

Posted on June 20, 2016 | Tags:

Prince was well known as a singer, song writer, producer, and even actor, but did you know he was also a huge philanthropist? Throughout his life, Prince collaborated with a number of charities and organizations including Green for All, which creates green jobs in disadvantaged communities, and #YesWeCode, an organization that educates urban youth about technology. He also raised awareness for Black Lives Matter and was always using his influence to help others. 

"His cause is humanity…. He cares a lot about people. Nobody went to a Prince concert and said, 'I don't belong here. I'm not black. I'm not white. I'm not cool. I'm not straight. I'm not whatever.' His cause was empowering and uplifting people. That didn't stop when he walked off the stage or out of the studio. It was a current of genius trying to move the human heart."

Read the full Rolling Stone article on Prince's passion for philanthropy

Posted on June 20, 2016 | Tags:

Music can be healing to both the body and soul.  Our partner, Musicians On Call, has tuned into this power to bring live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities across the country. TheirHalf A Million Moments campaign celebrates the milestone of more than 500,000  performances for patients, their families and caretakers!

Learn more about this great cause

Posted on May 04, 2016 | Tags: , , ,

Hard Rock Cafes are not only the home of the Legendary Burger and unique dining experiences, they are also great locations to hold memorable events. Corporate events, after-show parties, weddings, press conferences, birthday parties…  No matter what type of event you are planning and no matter what your budget, we have the expertise to make it work! 

Hard Rock Cafe London was recently recognized by #tagvenue as hosting “events with an electric atmosphere.” They went on to say that “Hard Rock Cafe knows how to host an event that rocks, no matter your budget. They’re a full-service event-planning facility, providing innovative audiovisual options as well as customised catering, entertainment and merchandise services to complement your party, product launch, stag do or other event. …” Read more on Hard Rock’s event-friendly atmosphere


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