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Las Vegas Gamble Pays Off for USD’s Breitling


“Dream big.”

Two small words, yes, but for Tom Breitling, it’s a mindset that took him from wanting to be the next Bob Costas to becoming a entrepreneur and brokering two separate $100 million Las Vegas business deals.

Breitling, a 1991 University of San Diego graduate (B.A., Communications), returned to his alma mater last week for two events that highlighted his entrepreneurial abilities. The president of the Las Vegas-based private investment company Breitling Ventures spoke May 1 to USD alumni, friends and business students to promote his new book Double or Nothing: How Two Friends Risked It All to Buy One of Las Vegas’ Legendary Casinos. The next day he served as one of three judges for the finals of the USD School of Business Administration’s inaugural Business Plan Competition for undergraduate and graduate students.Breitling, 38, talked about being a USD student and interning at a San Diego television station, where he made a great friend in Lorenzo Fertitta. Fertitta, a 1991 graduate, runs Station Casinos in Las Vegas and is an owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a national mixed martial arts organization. (Full Story Inside USD)

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