Jay Pecotte

senior director, design and construction, h&c
Americas Hard Rock Intl.

Jay M. Pecotte is the Senior Director of Project Development – Hotels & Casinos of Hard Rock International, having joined Hard Rock in April 2006.

At Hard Rock, he is responsible for all design and planning aspects of the hotels and casinos portfolio in ‘The Americas’ territory.

He has opened up over 7,000 guest rooms for Hard Rock and is currently working on projects in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Bermuda, Antigua, Jamaica and the United States.


He is also acting President of Green Iguana design group, a full service architectural firm he established in July 2004. In which he consulted on various projects including mixed-use real estate projects (DestiNY USA, Southchase Village), developed hotel style guides (Hard Rock), theme parks (Wet ‘n Wild, Universal Studios Florida, Ferrari Park, Busch Gardens), multifamily and single family custom home projects.


Prior to GIDG, he was with Universal Studios Creative as Design Manager / Project Architect from 1996 to 2004. In this role, he had responsibility for all projects in Universal Studios including attraction development (Mummy the ride, Twister, MIB, KidsZone, Terminator 3D, Shrek, Jimmy Neutron), area development, renovations (Universal Express, Mel’s Diner), new signage, ongoing maintenance and special events integration into the park.


Previously, from 1994 to 1996, he worked for VOA & Associates as lead designer for international projects in South America, including mixed-use retail, hotel, theme park, condominium, office towers and hospital projects in Columbia, Brazil and Guatemala.


From July 1993 to May 1994 he was with Schenkel Schultz Architects, acting as designer for such projects as schools, restaurants, municipal buildings, university development (U of F, UCF), and office buildings.


Previously, he was a consultant to The McClier Corporation, Chicago, project designer at Jordan Mozer & Associates and Associate Designer at Greene & Proppe Design.


Mr. Pecotte received his Professional degree of Architecture from the University of Illinois @ Chicago, and he obtained an Associates degree in Architecture and Construction Management from Lansing Community College, Lansing Michigan.