Colhoc Limited Partnership owns and operates the Columbus Blue Jackets professional hockey franchise. The club joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team in 2000 along with the Minnesota Wild. Columbus plays host at Nationwide Arena. The late John H. McConnell, founder of steel processing giant Worthington Industries, helped bring the hockey franchise to Columbus, Ohio. His son, John P. McConnell, continues to lead the Blue Jackets ownership group which includes The Columbus Dispatch publisher The Dispatch Printing Company.
Founded by David T. Nederlander, the Nederlander Organization began in 1912 with the purchase of a 99-year lease on the old Detroit Opera House. Now into their third generation of theatre development, ownership, management and production, the Nederlander Organization is one of the largest, most experienced operators of live theatre. Generally credited with creating the outdoor amphitheater concept as it is known today, the Nederlanders developed a unique ability to maintain a variety booking approach that responded to varied community interests. Under the guidance of its Chairman, James M. Nederlander and its President, James L. Nederlander, these policies have included a significant effort to produce and present cultural attractions such as the Bolshoi Ballet, The Moiseyev Ballet, The D'oyly-Carte Opera, The Georgian State Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico, The Peking Opera and local symphonies.
Founded in 1981 by E.L. "Bert" Pooser, with two hotels, IMIC has developed into an award winning hotel and management company. Made up of exuberant employees, with a range of capabilities and experience, IMIC specializes in operations, human resources, sales, marketing, design, development, finance and accounting. Investors, partners, employees, and guests alike can be assured that every aspect will be approached with integrity and expertise. IMIC currently owns and/or manages 15 hotels, suites, and inns covering the southeast. The properties now in operation consist of Hampton Inns, Wingate by Wyndhams, Quality Inns & Suites, Comfort Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, and The Inn at USC, a historic boutique hotel located on the campus of the University of South Carolina.
The not-for-profit zoo occupies 55-acres in Hermann Park at the heart of Houston's cultural district. It is home to more than 4,500 animals from about 800 species and hosts about 1.5 million visitors per year. Facilities include the McGovern Children's Zoo, Kipp Aquarium, the tropical bird house, Texas Wetlands, and the Wildlife Carousel. The zoo participates in programs that oversee the breeding of more than 40 endangered animal species. Several of its facilities may be reserved for private functions and private tours are offered "behind the scenes." The Houston Zoo was founded in 1922 to house a bison donated by the US government.
Calgary Flames Limited Partnership owns and operates the Calgary Flames professional hockey franchise, which joined the National Hockey League in 1972 as the Atlanta Flames. Since relocating to Alberta, Canada, the team has earned three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals (its last in 2004) and won its only championship title in 1989. Calgary plays host at Pengrowth Saddledome. Chairman N. Murray Edwards leads an ownership group that includes oil and gas executive Harley Hotchkiss and Canadian Natural Resources chairman Allan Markin.
Chairman and CEO Thomas Dempsey and his family own Saddlebrook Resorts, Inc. Located on approximately 480 Florida acres, the facility contains some 550 condos and hotel rooms, conference facilities, three restaurants, a spa, and retail shops. Recreational opportunities include two 18-hole golf courses, three swimming pools, 45 tennis courts, and a fitness center. The resort is also home to an accredited preparatory school and a tennis training facility. (All students enrolled in Saddlebrook Prep are also enrolled in either the Saddlebrook Tennis Program or the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy.)
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., an integrated media and entertainment company, engages in the sports entertainment business. The company develops content centered around its talent, and presents at its live and televised events featuring World Wrestling Entertainment brands. It operates through four segments: Live and Televised Entertainment, Consumer Products, Digital Media, and WWE Studios. The Live and Televised Entertainment segment conducts live events; produces television shows; sells merchandise at its live events; provides sponsorships, such as various promotional vehicles, including Internet and print advertising, arena signage, on-air announcements, and pay-per-view sponsorships for advertisers; offers television rights; and markets and promotes the storylines associated with pay-per-view events. It also provides WWE 24/7 Classics On Demand, a subscription video on demand service that offers classic television shows, pay-per-view events, specials, and original programming.
Lottomatica is the worldwide leading lottery operator in terms of overall wagers and, through its subsidiary GTECH, is among the world's leading suppliers of technological solutions for lotteries and games. It is directly controlled by De Agostini SpA (59,8%), operating in the editorial business for over 100 years and, more recently, in the media and financial sectors. Lottomatica - investing €3,6 billion in the second largest buyout ever secured by an Italian company in the US - acquired GTECH Corporation, a worldwide leading operator in the sector of high security processing systems for online lotteries. Also thanks to the acquisition of the US giant, Lottomatica Group is the only company operating in the lottery business capable of offering a 360° fully integrated series of services and products to its private and institutional clients.
Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (MPEL) is a developer, owner and, through its subsidiary Melco Crown Gaming, operator of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities focused on the Macau market. Melco Crown Gaming is one of the six companies licensed, through concessions or sub-concessions, to operate casinos in Macau. The Company owns and operates City of Dreams, Altira Macau, Mocha Clubs and Taipa Square Casino. Its other projects include City of Dreams Phase II, Macau Studio City Project and Macau Peninsula Site.
This company is looking to make a strike in the recreation business. Bowl America owns and operates about 20 bowling centers in four markets, including the Baltimore-Washington, DC, area; Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; and Richmond, Virginia. The bowling centers offer a total of more than 750 lanes for both league and non-league bowling, as well as Cosmic Bowling (with glow-in-the-dark balls and laser light shows) for younger patrons. The centers also feature game rooms, food and beverage services, and other amenities. President Leslie Goldberg and his sister Merle Fabian together own more than 50% of Bowl America.
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