SOURCE: Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.
LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – August 6, 2010) – Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. (“X” Train) (
“X” Train Chairman & CEO Michael A. Barron said, “John has been instrumental in the development of this project from the very beginning. John brings over 20 years of financial management and leadership of multimillion dollar operations with service organizations like Neiman Marcus and MGM Resorts International and his career accomplishments echo his commitment to the highest levels of financial performance, ethics and customer service.” Barron continued, “John was heavily involved in the outlines of the company’s initial business, organizational and operational plans and going forward will be responsible for the strategic management of the Company’s financial resources as we prepare to launch the operational aspects of our “X” Train to re-introduce passenger rail service between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. We are proud to have him onboard.”
From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Zilliken was Vice President and General Manager – Mandalay Place and Vice President of Leasing – Retail for MGM MIRAGE, now known as MGM Resorts International. While with MGM MIRAGE he managed the completion of Mandalay Place’s construction and leasing, all tenant improvement efforts and was responsible for the construction of the division’s operational, financial, marketing, human resource and loss prevention for the mall, its company owned stores and all “JV” food & beverage, retail and entertainment venues. Mr. Zilliken had Profit and Loss responsibilities for all Mandalay Place real estate operations, company owned stores and executive financial responsibilities for all Mandalay Place multi-million dollar “Join Venture” operations. As Vice President of Leasing, Mr. Zilliken led the efforts to develop and implement a new centralized financial and administrative process of all retail, food & beverage and other leased operations within all MGM MIRAGE properties to ensure proper sales reporting, rental income and adherence to all lease covenants. He was a member of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Executive Operating Committee and was a Diversity Champion.
From 1990 to 2003, he was with Neiman Marcus as Operations Manager of its Las Vegas and Fort Worth locations with overall store responsibilities of the stores’ profit & expense management, budgeting, inventory management, sales support operations, merchandise protection standards, cash and credit office, audit adherence and profit improvement initiatives. He also supervised the Las Vegas location’s $55 million dollar renovation, established the NM Edits mail order operation and was a member of several internal task forces, including the introduction of the Neiman Marcus gift card, automated return to vendor process and work-life. He started his career with Neiman Marcus within the National Distribution Center as Supervisor of Flat Processing.
Mr. Zilliken received a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University.
About Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc.
Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. has been planning for the establishment of a “Vegas-style” passenger train service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas since early 2009. Roundtrip service will be Thursday through Monday each week with an introductory price of $99 roundtrip. In addition, the “X” Train will also offer the ability for its passengers to book hotel rooms, transportation transfers, entertainment & show tickets and other travel incidentals. For more information, please visit the Company website at www.vegasxtrain.com.
Statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding the company’s plans, beliefs, and estimates as to projected market size are “forward-looking statements.” Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including factors listed from time to time in the company’s SEC filings, and actual results could differ materially from expected results. These forward-looking statements represent the company’s judgment as of the date of this release. The company disclaims, however, any intent of obligation to update these forward-looking statements.