Building on three generations of creative execution behind some of the globe’s most iconic experiential spaces, Scott Acton is no stranger to the unusual in the world of construction. As the CEO and founder of Forté Specialty Contractors in Las Vegas, a construction firm specializing in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, nightlife and entertainment industries, he is known for tackling some of the most difficult and attention-grabbing construction challenges in the industry.
His entrance into this arena began with a long family history of Disney projects, which, as an entity, is known for creative, unusual experiences requiring innovative construction techniques. Part of developing this skill set for Scott included attending “Disney University” where he learned the business and leadership skills necessary to build a successful career. Scott began working for his father at the age of 16, but soon realized his entrepreneurial drive was too strong to just keep working for the family business. A third-generation craftsman, Scott worked a variety of odd jobs then followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, becoming a notable entrepreneur in his own right. Scott’s early work comprises several landmarks across North America, including portions of Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disney, showcasing Scott’s affinity to thematic design and construction.
In 2002, Scott started his own company, Trevi Manufacturing, naming it after the most famous fountain in the world – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. Scott wanted to combine manufacturing with construction, a marriage not seen within the market. He grew Trevi from a startup to a $12 million company in only two years, resulting in national accolades including being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for Nevada. A 20-year resident of Las Vegas, his first project in Sin City was Treasure Island’s pirate ships, which provide the hotel its iconic presence on the Las Vegas Strip.
Scott continues his legacy of innovation as the CEO of Forté. His ability to visualize the unusual has propelled Forté into the national spotlight as the premier specialty construction firm for groundbreaking experiential design. Today, the name Forté is synonymous with many of the hottest casinos, restaurants and nightclubs in Las Vegas and Macau.