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John M.

Zilliken
7848 Brook Valley Drive * Las Vegas NV 89123* (702) 809-1396 * E-Mail:
SENIOR MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE - RETAIL OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT
Merchandising *Operations * Start-Ups * Multi-Store Management * Sales * Real Es
tate
Career Milestones
* Appointed by Mandalay Resort Group's Vice Chairman/President of Development t
o complete development and plan operational organization for Mandalay Place conn
ecting Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and The Luxor Hotel and Casino. Responsibl
e for completing construction for 400,000 sf mall and 50,000 sf of individual te
nant improvements for 20 company owned retail, food & beverage, and nightclub op
erations. Initiated project's marketing and public relations strategy and built
mall and corporate owned store operational infrastructures.
* Increased Mandalay Place sales to $65 Million and EBITDA over $7 million.
* Promoted by President of Retail-MGM MIRAGE to begin a new division responsibl
e for all leasing and administration of all outside retail, food and beverage, a
nd other non-owned attraction operations within all MGM MIRAGE.
* Managed Neiman Marcus Las Vegas $55 million remodel and 80,000 sf expansion.
* Developed Neiman Marcus NM Edit store catalog mail order operation with the a
ddition of an 800 number. Success of operation led the company to establish a ne
w buying organization within NM Direct resulting in year 1 incremental revenues
of $20 million.
Executive Career History
Las Vegas Railway Express - Las Vegas, NV.........................February 2009
to Present
President and Chief Operating Officer
Start -up to re-establish luxury passenger rail service between Los Angeles and
Las Vegas where we made significant progress towards building the infrastructure
that will support the launch of the Company's "X" Train including:
* Secured initial bridge financing.
* Entered into definitive agreements with two Class I railroad companies.
* Successfully completed public company reverse merger formally establishing ou
r Company under the stock symbol of LVRE.
* Secured Letters of Intent to purchase rail cars and build Las Vegas depot.
* Currently working with AMTRAK to secure haulage rights on rail route.
* Currently working to buy on-line travel booking company.
MGM MIRAGE/Mandalay Resort Group - Las Vegas, NV...February 2003 to April 2008
Vice President & General Manager
Completed Mandalay Place retail development and assumed P&L responsibility of ma
ll operation and company owned operations within Mandalay Place. Assumed all lea
sing activities three months after joining company.
* P&L responsibility for $40 million multi-store retail, F&B, and nightclub ope
ration.
* P&L responsibility for 41 store Mandalay Place.
* Managed director of finance, director of leasing, 8 store general managers, 2
buyers, public relations manager, receiving manager, 4 sales support managers,
and over 200 sales and sales support associates.
* Created new division infrastructure to manage and centralize all leasing admi
nistration for all leased operations within company properties with gross sales
over $500 million.
* Leasing activities resulted in incremental revenues of over $30 million.
* Member of Mandalay Bay Executive Operations and City Center Development Commi
ttees.
* Responsible for bringing first store locations to Las Vegas, Nevada, or the U
nited States for the following: Nike Golf, Urban Outfitters, The Art of Shaving,
Minus 5 Experience, Lush Cosmetics, Starlight Tattoo, Just Cavalli, The Reading
Room, Five Little Monkeys, Peter Lik Gallery, The Burger Bar, RM Seafood, and I
van Kane's Forty Deuce.
Neiman Marcus Stores - Dallas, TX.............................................Ju
ne 1990 to February 2003
Operations Manager * Manager * Supervisor
Operations Manager for $40 million and $100 million stores, Sales Support Manage
r for $150 million store and supervisor at National Distribution Center. Planned
and managed operating budgets up to $25 million with up to 7 direct reports and
250 indirect employees. Managed sales, inventory, and reengineering efforts thr
oughout career.
* Promoted to manage Las Vegas $55 million remodel and 80,000 sf expansion incl
uding addition of $3 million F&B business and improve store operational performa
nce.
* Led efforts to improve store gross margin performance by 1.5%.
* Improved store shortage results from 2% of sales to .01%.
* Reduced store expenses by 5% of sales
* Number one producer of new accounts in company over 10 years.
* Improved store flow-through by 2 points.
* Managed pilot store operation reengineering program.
* Established sales support manager training & recruitment program with VP Oper
ations.
* Task force member of development and introduction of new gift card and automa
ted return to vendor programs.
Additional Experience
Consulting Assignments
Store Manager, Operations Manager, and Sales Representative - Sherwin Williams C
ompany
Education
Bachelor of Arts Political Science with Management Minor - May 1988
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Certificate, Southern Methodist University Mid-Management Program - June 1996
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Professional Organizations & Activities
International Council of Shopping Centers * Diversity Champion MGM MIRAGE
Board of Directors Anthem Country Club & Member Strategic Planning Committee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada * Jesuit College Preparatory School
Alumni Association*
Association of Former Students Texas A&M Las Vegas * Knights of Columbus

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