John Payne is the president and CEO of VICI Properties, an experiential real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest portfolios of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations, including the world-renowned Caesars Palace. He holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and has over 25 years of success in the gaming and hospitality business.

In addition to serving on the Audubon Nature Institute Board of Directors, he also serves on the boards of Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans and the Business Council of New Orleans as well as being the Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village. He is a former board member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.