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Meet Anthony A. Marnell III, M Resort’s head honcho

Anthony Marnell

Anthony A. Marnell III, president of M Resort, has had his share of business challenges since his resort opened in 2009, but that hasn’t gotten him down. Marnell has qualities that set him apart from the rest: A constant striving for perfection and an everyman’s mentality toward hard work.

What was your first job?

I was a laborer picking up trash on the Desert Inn construction site when I was eight. I was paid 50 cents an hour, and I even paid into Social Security (laughing).

What was your worst job?

I’m going to go with picking up trash on the Desert Inn construction site.

Do you have a business philosophy you follow?

I try to be fair, honest and consistent. I try to create a family-like environment, and I have a very open-door policy with my employees. It’s worked well for me and for teamwork at the M Resort. You want the group to feel as though they’re working as a team.

What’s your favorite part of the M Resort?

I just like being out in the general casino. I think our patrons really like it.

Opening during the recession must have been difficult. Does the M Resort have new marketing strategies up its sleeve?

I think we’ve got some things we can try. We’ve definitely carved out a niche for ourselves, ­people who want quality and value, but there’s no “Holy Grail” promotion that will solve everything. I think it’s just promoting consistency in what you do.

What two CDs would you bring with you on a desert island?

I would fill both CDs with the top 25 major league baseball games of all time. I’m a Yankees fan. I was born that way.

What movie could you watch over and over again?

I like the movie "Seven," it’s such a mind thriller. I’m scared every time I watch it.

What’s the best advice your mother gave you?

Don’t forget where you came from.

Have you followed that advice?

I try to—I really do. I think about that every day.

What kind of car do you drive?

A Ford F250. It’s a dark-gray pickup truck. It’s perfect for going hunting and carrying baseball and football equipment.

What’s your favorite pair of shoes?

I really love my olive green Crocs. They’re the best.

You’re very outdoorsy, aren’t you?

Any hunting and fishing, I love to do. Montana is my favorite vacation spot. I like to be in the outdoors with my family.

What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?

I caught a 500-pound marlin in Panama.

Do you have a personal motto?

I don’t think perfection is possible, but I try to be as perfect as I can every day.

Do you ever think about leaving Las Vegas?

Not right now. Maybe when I get older and my kids are in school. I love Las Vegas. I was born and raised here.

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  1. Ford F250? Really? A Manell that sounds like a democrat ??? Cool!!!