Dennis Gomes, the CEO of Resorts Atlantic City, has passed away from complications related to kidney problems, according to published reports.
Gomes, 68, was a prominent figure in the gaming scene in Atlantic City and Las Vegas for decades and became a particularly high-profile executive in the last year after taking over the faltering Resorts casino in Atlantic City and generating a new energy at the casino-hotel.
Gomes, along with New York real estate investor Morris Bailey, acquired Resorts for $31.5 million in August 2010. While it was a bargain price compared to what the previous owners had paid, $140 million, it was still a challenge to turn Resorts into a money-maker.
Gomes’ vision for doing that included making Atlantic City’s oldest casino sexier and livelier. Gomes believed in marketing the Jersey gambling town in a comprehensive way, including in cooperation with other casinos.
Family members said that Gomes died from complications related to kidney problems. He was receiving dialysis. Gomes was known to keep himself exceptionally fit with martial arts training but he suffered a broken back late last year. He conceded his back problem was painful yet he continued to work. Earlier this year, Gomes’ adult son Douglas, also died.
Morris Bailey, Dennis Gomes’ partner at Resorts:
My family and I are deeply shocked and saddened by Dennis’ untimely passing. Dennis was a man of integrity who embraced all who knew him with respect and love. We have not only lost a business partner who was an industry leader and visionary – we have lost a friend and family member. We are committed to continuing Dennis’ vision for Resorts and Atlantic City, and our success will be a tribute to his memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara, Aaron and the entire Gomes family.
Nicholas F. Moles, Resorts Vice President & General Counsel:
Dennis was truly the most giving, gracious and kind-hearted human being. Everyone who knew him loved him. We are all blessed to have worked with him, to call him our friend and to be part of his family. We are devastated by this loss and our prayers are with the Gomes family during this time. We are committed to continuing Dennis’ vision for Resorts.
Bob Griffin, President of the Casino Association of New Jersey and Trump Taj Mahal executive
Mr. Gomes served as a Trustee at CANJ
Dennis Gomes was a generous, loving, successful man of integrity. He was a positive force for Atlantic City. He produced no negative energy. His efforts and accomplishments will long be remembered. The community has lost a giant. Our industry has lost a fabulous innovator. Our Trustees have lost a dear friend who will remain as an inspiration to us all. Our prayers and warmest feelings of support are with his dear wife Barbara and their beautiful family.
Photo: Gomes Gaming website