1-on-1 with Derek Stevens: Circa Sports CEO projects ‘biggest six-month period we’ve ever seen’ Chris Sheridan, The Lines · June 30, 2020 at 2:45 am When Las Vegas was set to reopen on June 4, there was no one more optimistic and/or grateful than Derek Stevens, CEO of Circa Sports and the owner of the Golden Gate Hotel. “I told all of my employees, not only are we going to open, but we are going to open on the first minute,” Stevens said. To make the moment even more special, Stevens first bought 1,000 airline tickets from five US airlines and culled customers from 28 US cities – giving away the flights over the course of two hours. The demand was so great, he bought 1,000 more and added five more US cities, and those were gone in the space of 20 minutes. “It was good for Vegas, it was good for my employees and it was good for the airlines … and I certainly got to meet a whole lot of people,” Stevens said Friday.