On the Move
On the Move
Who’s going where and doing what in the gaming industry
BLACK OAK CASINO
Named to the newly created post of personnel development manager, Jennifer Bates brings many years of entrepreneurship and six years of human resources experience to this position. In her new role, Bates will provide expertise with regard to mentoring, training, education and Me-Wuk culture as they relate to the operations of tribal entities and the needs of Black Oak Casino. She will also coordinate succession planning and a tribal mentoring program with the Tuolumne Economic Development Authority and casino management. Bates will also support the planning, production, and execution of major tribal events.
Larry Johnson has been promoted to casino general manager for the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. He recently held the same position for the company’s Laughlin, Nev. property, River Palms Resort & Casino. Johnson is the 32nd general manager to be named in the 50-year history of the Tropicana. He has held many executive positions with other gaming outlets. Johnson’s career includes time at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Mirage Resorts, Black Hawk Gaming & Development and Ameristar Casinos.
Industry consultant and former MGM Mirage slot operations veteran, John Molinaro was recently named to the newly created position of director of technical operations for the United States. With more than 15 years of experience, Molinaro will provide an operational perspective to the company’s roll-out of server-based, downloadable gaming systems into U.S. casinos. Most recently, Molinaro worked as a consultant on a variety of gaming projects covering all aspects of operations, including overall analysis of gaming floors. He also consulted on specific system requirements and provided on-site installation and training.
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
Gary A. Border was recently named senior vice president of property marketing. His new responsibilities will include brand development and management for new database, digital communications, e-commerce and marketing strategies. He began his career in the industry in 1980 as the head of research for Harrah’s Casinos in Memphis, and ultimately became a key marketing executive for Harrah’s, Resorts International and Trump’s Castle Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. Most recently, Border spent six years as president of Marketing Results Inc., developing database marketing tools and assisting clients with brand and advertising solutions.
GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL
Joining GLI as business development representative is Susan Lockett. She comes to the company from Agilysys, where she worked for nearly 10 years. At GLI, Lockett will be responsible for tribal gaming commissions in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, overseeing all of the commissions’ testing needs. Lockett has been involved with tribal gaming as an associate member of the National Indian Gaming Association for more than five years.
Team member Robert Pagliaroli has also been promoted to business development representative. Previously, Pagliaroli served in the quality control division, and he will bring his back-of-house experience and in-depth technical knowledge to his new client base in Arizona and California territories. He has been in the gaming industry since 1991, and has operator experience on both the table games and slots side of the gaming floor.
Gaye Gullo has been named vice president of customer relationship management. In her new role, Gullo will concentrate on all marketing initiatives to streamline communication to customers. Gullo brings over 20 years of experience in casino marketing, specifically in a variety of marketing and operations in major casino markets nationwide. Most recently she worked for Harrah’s Entertainment and Horseshoe Casinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she worked as senior vice president and general manager.
STATION CASINOS INC.
Former Clark County, Nev. sheriff and fourth-generation Nevadan Bill Young has joined Station Casinos as the corporate vice president of security. A 28-year veteran of the metropolitan police department, Young served as sheriff from January 2003 to January 2007. In his position, Young will oversee the security and surveillance departments and its team members for the company’s 16 properties in Southern Nevada.
Lisa Ferrara has recently joined TransAct as vice president of human resources. In her new role, Ferrara will report directly to chairman, president and CEO Bart C. Shuldman, assuming responsibility for all hiring, compensation benefits, stock plan administration, recruitment, performance management, employee relations, employee communications, community relations and training for all TransAct locations. Ferrara will maintain an office in the company’s Wallingford corporate headquarters and an office in Ithaca, N.Y. She brings 18 years of human resources experience, most recently from Dictaphone Corporation, where she held the position of vice president of global human resources. There she was responsible for providing leadership to an international human resources department.
TURNING STONE RESORT
Robert E. Harper, a 25-year member of the PGA of America and past president of the Carolinas PGA, as well as its 2006 Golf Professional of the Year, is now the director of golf operations at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort. In his new post, Harper will oversee golf ventures as well as grounds maintenance personnel. Previously, Harper was director of golf operations for the Burroughs & Chapin Company in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer and general manager of Wild Wing Plantation.