Happy Veteran’s Day 2018!

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.”

We salute our troops, active and retired, for their valor and commitment to America’s safety. At Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, we are year-long supporters of our troops and military family. With over 3,000 employees, many of our team members are active, reserve or retired military–including one of our very own team member of over 10 years, current Table Games Supervisor and Tampa Hard Rock Guy, Paul Phan who has served since 2008. Check out his story below.

Phan during this time in the U.S Coast Guard

Phan was working as life-guard at our hotel pool, when he met a guest who was a helicopter pilot for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s department. After networking with him and going on a passenger flight, Paul fell in love with aviation reaping the rewarding feeling of doing something greater than yourself. There, he decided to pursue that love in the Coast Guard.

Phan during this time in the U.S Coast Guard


In 2008, Phan began active duty in the United States Coast Guard as a Cutter Rescue Swimmer and a Boarding Officer. He continued his journey to specialized as an aircrewman on Coast Guard Helicopters doing search and rescue, and joint Homeland Security operations and patrols.

Over the years, Phan has transitioned over into the United States Army and is currently attending the Commissioned Officer Candidate School program out of Camp Blanding, Florida.  He will commission as an aviation officer to coordinate and lead operations using Army helicopters for the Florida Army National Guard.

Phan during this time in the U.S Coast Guard

“To me I will always look back and ask myself if I could’ve done more. Done more in school, for my family, for my community, for the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, etc. My military career has always been a backbone to all aspects of my achievements, giving me confidence to continue to do more and take on bigger and better responsibilities throughout my life”, says Phan.






Support for our troops spans beyond Veterans Day. This month, we are selling our November Charity of the Month bracelet that is available at the Hard Rock Cafe shop and The Rock Shop for $5. One hundred percent of the proceeds made from the sale of these bracelets benefit the charity, who supports military families. Learn more about the charity here: http://bit.ly/2Dojn1S

It is our honor to employ active and retired military. With these team members in mind, we installed a Military Appreciation wall to show our appreciation for all who have served our country. Honoring all branches of the military and naming all of our team members and their corresponding department, this is only a small token of appreciation for all of the sacrifices and bravery of our military family. Thank you!

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Hard Rock Cafe will host Hard Rock Trivia Night to benefit Jackson In Action 83 Foundation, who provides support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional, & physical health of the children. Hard Rock will match the money amount raised from entry fees and donate it to the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation!

When: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
Where: Hard Rock Cafe (Lower Level)
Registration: 6:00pm
Competition: 7:00pm

$10 Entry Fee Per Person

All entry fees make up the prize pool:
1st Place receives 50% of prize pool
2nd Place receives 30% of prize pool
3rd Place receives 20% of prize pool
Prizes paid in cash

BONUS: We will be giving away a signed Vincent Jackson jersey to one lucky winner along with an additional $300 worth of prizes throughout the night including gift cards and restaurant vouchers!

Join in on the fun and exciting competition that benefits a good cause. Contestants must be 18 or older to participate. This event is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.