Jason Strauss

partner, TAO Group

Native New Yorker, Mr. Strauss has many successful endeavors such as Marquee nightclub in New York City, LAVO Italian restaurant and nightclub at The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas and most recently, AVENUE lounge in New York City. In 2001, Mr. Strauss formed Strategic Group, a lifestyle marketing, special events, consumer promotions and public relations company. Strategic Group has the unparalleled ability to integrate directly into lifestyle, entertainment, fashion and nightlife programs that create and influence popular culture by creating unique brand experiences for consumers. Since its inception, Strategic Group has established itself as a leader in giving corporations a credible cool factor. Under the direction of Mr. Strauss, the company has worked with global brands such as Coca-Cola, Donna Karan, Heineken, LVMH, NASCAR, Reebok and Yahoo. Mr. Strauss also founded Strategic Hospitality Group in 2003, which offered consumers a premium nightlife experience with his various venues. Some of his current and former boites include: Southampton staples Conscious Point (1999), Jet East (2002), and Dune (2007) as well as Manhattan hot spots Luahn (2000) and Suite 16 (2001). Mr. Strauss is also the mastermind behind two of the most successful nightclubs to open in the past decade - Marquee in New York (2003) and TAO at The Venetian in Las Vegas (2005). In 2008, Mr. Strauss opened LAVO Restaurant & Nightclub at The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas. In May of 2009 he introduced his latest nightlife concept, AVENUE, a gastro lounge, where gastro pub meets ultra lounge in New York’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood. Career successes for Mr. Strauss include receiving the Nightclub & Bar’s “Hospitality Operator of the Year” Award in 2006 for his work with Marquee and TAO as well as being honored by the Harvard Business School in March 2009 through a published case study about the myriad of businesses entitled: “Marquee - The Business of Nightlife.” Mr. Strauss currently Co-Chairs, along with singer Tony Bennett, and sits on the Board of the Marty Hennessey Jr. Tennis Foundation which raises money for USTA-Nevada programs and scholarships. Mr. Strauss graduated from Boston University with a BS in Hospitality Management and Public Relations. He currently resides in Las Vegas. Future projects include opening up LAVO New York City Restaurant and Nightclub in September 2010, and the indoor/outdoor club in the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Resort Hotel and Casino in January, 2011.