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Located right off of I-15 in Mesquite, Nevada, 80 miles north of Las Vegas and 36 miles south of St. George, Rising Star opened its doors in October 2016. It was designed to serve the needs of traveling youth sports teams and their guests, as well as vacationing…

Located right off of I-15 in Mesquite, Nevada, 80 miles north of Las Vegas and 36 miles south of St. George, Rising Star opened its doors in October 2016. It was designed to serve the needs of traveling youth sports teams and their guests, as well as vacationing golfers and families.

Rising Star is part of Urban Land of Nevada, a Lee Family enterprise and managed by the Eureka Casino Resort.

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GREGORY T.H. LEE

Gregory T.H. Lee is Vice President at Urban Land of Nevada; he is the visionary behind the Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort. In addition, Lee serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board for Eureka Casino Resort, also in Mesquite.

Lee works to improve the Mesquite market by serving on the board of the Mesquite Resort Association and the Mesquite Health and Wellness Foundation; he is responsible for founding the Eureka Community Initiative, creating scholarship programs for graduating seniors to attend UNLV.

Lee has been the architect for the repositioning of Rising Star’s sister property, the Eureka Casino Resort, into the Mesquite market leader for gaming revenue. He opened the property in 1997, and incrementally transformed it from a small and simple operation to a modern, multi-faceted resort and casino.

Prior to entering the gaming industry, Lee practiced law in New York City, where he met his wife, Dana. Lee is an active member of the Las Vegas community, serving on the boards of the LVCVA, the UNLV Foundation, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Problem Gambling Center, the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling, the Meadows School, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Nevada Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and the Harvard Club of Nevada.

In 2003, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce awarded Lee the Community Achievement Award for Hospitality. In the same year, he was recognized by the Problem Gambling Center, as it founded a program to assist families of pathological gamblers. In 2012, Mesquite’s Elks Lodge awarded him Citizen of The Year; through his leadership, the company was awarded the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business of the Year award.

Lee is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied architecture and art history and played on four undefeated and Intercollegiate Championship Varsity squash teams. He later earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California.

ANDRE J. CARRIER

Andre J. Carrier is President and Chief Operating Officer of Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort. Andre maintains a balanced combination of executive leadership, classical hotelier discipline, and advanced analytical and financial understanding to successfully manage complex hotel-casino, food and beverage operations.

Carrier graduated from Cornell University in 1992, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration.

He began his career at Sahara Resorts/Santa Fe Gaming, the parent company of the Sahara Hotel Casino, the Hacienda Hotel and Casino, the Sante Fe Casino, and the Pioneer Hotel and Casino, where he held positions including Vice President of Marketing and Vice President Administration and Development. In 1999, Steve Wynn recognized his talents and enlisted him to lead Golden Nugget Laughlin, as Chief Operating Officer.

In September 2005, Carrier became Chief Operating Officer of the Golden Nugget Las Vegas and Golden Nugget Laughlin. He remained with the Golden Nugget until 2007, when he joined longtime friend, Greg Lee, to assist in the operation and future development of Eureka Casinos and Resorts. In addition to his role at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort, Carrier assists in the operation of both Eureka Casino and Eureka Casino Resort.

Carrier is as passionate about serving his community as he is about serving his employees. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club, the Cornell Society of Hotelmen Nevada, Mesquite Resort Association, and the Mohave County Airport Authority.

In October 2008, he started the “Christmas Can Cure” Program for the Wounded Warrior Project. This program brought injured veterans and their families to his family home in Jackson, New Hampshire, where he assembled the entire town to bring these servicemen and women and their families together for a perfect family Christmas. This program expanded in 2009, bringing families to Park City, Utah.

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