RWM COO honored for excellence in compassionate entrepreneurship

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Stephen James Reilly

Resorts World Manila (RWM) Chief Operating Officer Stephen James Reilly was given an Outstanding Entrepreneur Award by Enterprise Asia during the recently held Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) in recognition of his role in the creation of the country’s first integrated resort and in spearheading RWM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs.

The Outstanding Entrepreneur Award is given to business leaders who have shown outstanding ingenuity, who played a role in building a company, or raising it to new heights.

Steve, as Reilly is better known, played a key role in the pioneering team that created RWM and essentially jumpstarted the integrated resort industry in the Philippines. Nearly 10 years since then, Steve still considers the day they first opened RWM to the public as a career highlight.

“Getting RWM up and running at a time when the concept of integrated resorts was almost unheard of in the Philippines will always be one of the high points of my career,” Steve says. “It was an entirely new business model here and the excitement was palpable.”

Enterprise Asia is the region’s foremost non-governmental organization for private business. It has held the APEA since 2007, recognizing outstanding entrepreneurship and leadership in various industries across Asia.

“I am very honored to receive this award from an organization as prestigious as Enterprise Asia,” Steve says. “Even though it’s an individual award, I really consider this as a validation of the great work done by everybody at RWM.”

In giving the award to Steve, Enterprise Asia noted not just the impact of RWM in the creation of the now-booming integrated resort industry in the country, but also his role in the development of a sustainable and holistic CSR program for the company.

Under his direction and guidance, RWM has developed a finely-tuned Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vision with clearly defined commitments that both meet communities’ immediate needs and play on RWM’s core strengths, resulting in advocacies that lean towards promoting Philippine culture and tourism, creating job opportunities for less fortunate individuals through training and employment, nurturing the arts, and volunteerism.

“I am a firm believer in the principle that those have been given much, have the moral obligation to use their privilege to benefit those who have less,” Steve mused. “Large, successful corporations have so much opportunity to create a huge positive impact on so many lives. It’s just a matter of finding how your CSR programs can be done sustainably.”

RWM is the first one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination in the Philippines that features recreational thrills, world-class performances, unique events, and exciting lifestyle options.

Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, with a direct connection via the RUNWAY MANILA footbridge, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality.

It is home to six diverse lodging brands, (MAXIMS Hotel, MARRIOTT Hotel Manila, HILTON Manila, HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Manila Newport City, BELMONT Hotel Manila, and SAVOY Hotel Manila) with two more hotels (SHERATON Hotel Manila and HOTEL OKURA Manila) currently under construction.

Also home to RWM is The NEWPORT Mall which features international luxury brands, state-of-the-art movie theaters the Newport Cinemas, an award-winning, ultra-modern Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT), and a cozy, 24/7 entertainment hub at Bar 360.

Dine in one of almost 50 restaurant outlets offering a diverse selection of local and world cuisine, prepared by top Filipino and foreign chefs and paired with a wide selection of the finest wines and popular liquors.

Amp all the thrills offered exclusively by Resorts World Manila by becoming a cardholder! Membership at RWM is free and provides an instant pass to numerous discounts, freebies, and exclusive invites to RWM events.

Visit for more information on RWM’s community and sustainability initiatives.





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