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Tilman Fertitta

Chairman, CEO & Owner of Landry's, Golden Nugget Casinos & NBA Houston Rockets, and Star of CNBC's Billion Dollar Buyer


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality
  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Corporate Culture
  • Sports and Entertainment


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Tilman Fertitta, a Houston native, is an accomplished businessman, recognized as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming industries, who Forbes referred to as “the richest restauranteur in the world.” Tilman is the star of his own reality TV show on CNBC, Billion Dollar Buyer, and is also the sole owner of Fertitta Entertainment, which owns the restaurant giant Landry’s, the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels, and the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Truly the embodiment of the ethos we know as the “American Dream,” Tilman is a self-made entrepreneurial success whose national and global influence extends across a wide variety of industries, with more than 600 properties in 36 states and over 15 countries. In his ground- breaking, no holds barred book, Shut Up and Listen! which will release on September 17, 2019 through HarperCollins Leadership, he offers advice for budding and successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, and everyday Americans.

Having created his hospitality empire 30 years ago with just one restaurant, the self-made billionaire knows first-hand the challenges that face small business owners as well as the common pitfalls that cause them to fail. Tilman believes that one of the biggest challenges that struggling entrepreneurs and those that are climbing the corporate ladder face is getting out of their own way. Whether it’s over or undervaluing the product or service, letting ego get in the way of what’s best for business, not knowing blind spots, or not being willing to go that extra mile with customers, Tilman believes the 5% that they aren’t paying attention to can become the very thing that prevents them from getting to the top.

Shut Up and Listen! offers straightforward, powerful strategies and ideas to help anyone achieve the sort of breakout they want, no matter if they’re just starting out or are well into their career. The book provides key insights into what it takes to build a successful business, drawing from proven principles that have helped Tilman become a recognized world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries.

Tilman brings four decades of an exemplary work ethic, powerful deal making and profitable ventures into the stories and strategies he shares. One of the largest employers in the nation with more than 60,000 employees, his restaurants include a signature collection of eateries, as well more than 60 different restaurant brands and award winning concepts, such as Mastro’s Steakhouse and Ocean Club, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, Vic & Anthony’s, and Catch, while the multi-unit restaurant brands include such well-known favorites like Chart House, Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Cafe, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Dos Caminos, Bill’s Bar & Burger, Joe's Crab Shack and McCormick & Schmick’s. Tilman is also one of the principal shareholders in the fast-growing restaurant platform for online ordering and secondary on-demand food delivery, Waitr Holdings.

Tilman owns and operates numerous hospitality and entertainment venues, including the award- winning San Luis Resort and several other outstanding hotels. In March 2018, he opened the much-anticipated Post Oak Hotel, the newest ultra-modern, luxury destination located in Uptown Houston and the city’s only AAA five-diamond award recipient. His entertainment destinations include the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, The Kemah Boardwalk, Downtown Aquarium Denver and Houston and Tower of The Americas in San Antonio.

Tilman is a seasoned and sought-after speaker, having presented to various fortune 500 companies, universities and conferences around the world. Through his personal stories and decades of professional experience, he offers invaluable insight and relatable, simple truths that audiences can apply to their businesses, careers and personal lives.

Praise for Shut Up and Listen!

“Once you instill the principles of this book into your mindset and culture, you will know success.”
—Stephanie Ruhle MSNBC anchor, NBC News business correspondent

“You will want to reread and review Tilman’s timeless lessons for business owners over and over again.”
—Tom Brady, six-time Super Bowl Champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP, three-time NFL Most Valuable Player

“Tilman’s swag comes through loud and clear on every page, telling you what you need to do to be successful.”
—James Harden, NBA Houston Rockets Superstar and MVP

“I’ve seen Tilman’s unique business strategies in action many times. All through the book he breaks them down in ways that are not only easy to understand, but can be used in any type of business.”
—Brian Sullivan, CNBC anchor

“Tilman shares his secrets on how to succeed in a highly-competitive marketplace, whether you’re running a small business or operating a multibillion-dollar sports team.”
—Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA

“Tilman doesn’t just understand business—he understands what the customer wants because of his rare ability to see the world through other people’s eyes.”
—Michael Milken, Chairman, The Milken Institute

“Mr. Fertitta provides great insights to apply to the management of businesses, and people, that span all industries and all cultures.”
—Yao Ming, business executive, former Houston Rocket and NBA All-Star

“Tilman offers up compelling lessons on how to build and run a business. If you want to rocket your business to new heights, this is the book for you.”
—Scott Kelly, Capt. US Navy Retired, Former NASA Astronaut