On the Move
On the Move
Who's going where and doing what in the gaming industry
Ron Jeffrey has been promoted from vice president of systems sales to global general manager of multi-station gaming to lead the company's emerging multi-station gaming device business. Jeffrey will provide direction on the development and execution of Aristocrat's strategic global sales and marketing plans and will also oversee the company's relationship with PokerTek. Jeffrey joined Aristocrat in 1998 as senior product manager. In 2001, he was promoted to platforms marketing manager and in 2003 to vice president of systems sales.
Brad Johnson has been named vice president of marketing for the company's Americas business. Johnson will oversee product management, public relations, brand communication, trade shows, advertising and promotions. Previously he worked at Paltronics Inc., where he served as vice president of marketing and business development and interim chief operating officer. Before that, Johnson started his own company, Madness Gaming Products Inc., which invented and distributed a table game product line. Madness Gaming also consulted to AC Coin & Slot and assisted in the design and development of their Slotto and RNG slot product line.
Kelly Shaw has been promoted to vice president of systems sales and marketing. She will oversee the company's OASIS(tm) Casino Management System business, focusing on strategic planning, sales growth, customer service, product marketing and operations management. Shaw has been a member of the management team since 1998, when she joined Casino Data Systems (acquired by Aristocrat in 2001) as director of marketing. In 2001, she moved into OASIS system sales as an account executive. Within a year she was promoted into a sales management role, and in 2003 she was named general manager of North America systems.
Helene Tapler has been named regional sales manager at Atronic Systems' headquarters in Grambach, Austria. She will be responsible for new and existing customers in Europe and Africa. Helene joined the sales team on Feb. 1, but already had the opportunity to get to know the industry and meet with some of her customers and colleagues during the ICE Show in London. She has previously worked for software giants Nixdorf and Siemens as well as Micros Fidelio in the hospitality industry.
Ellis Landau, chief financial officer, announced that he intends to retire at the end of May this year. Landau joined the company as CFO in 1990. He played a significant role in the company's financial, acquisition, and development strategies and endeavors during that time. Paul Chakmak, currently senior vice president-finance and treasurer, will be promoted to succeed Landau as chief financial officer and treasurer.
FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT & CASINO
Paul Ryan has been named general manager of Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Center, in Indio, Calif., by the East Valley Tourist Development Authority, a subsidiary of the resort's owners, the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. Since December 2003, Ryan has served as executive vice president of hotel and food and beverage operations for Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. in Atlantic City, N.J. His duties involved overseeing a staff of 3,000, including six upper-level and six property-level vice presidents.
Eric Meyerhofer has been promoted from the position of vice president of product development to the position of president. Meyerhofer joined the company in 1986 as an electronics engineer. He designed embedded and desktop printers, industrial labeling equipment and systems interface logic. He has almost 20 years of experience in thermal-printing technology.
IVERSON GAMING SYSTEMS
Michele Leonard has joined the company as a Native American consultant. Leonard, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, comes to Iverson Gaming Systems with over 14 years experience in Native American community affairs. In her position, she will cultivate relationships in the Indian gaming community and discuss technological solutions to benefit the nations as a whole. Leonard joins IGS after serving as executive director and assistant executive director of several urban Indian centers and Native American cultural programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
TURNING STONE RESORT & CASINO
Cesar Valdez Jr. has been named director of security at the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York. Valdez is responsible for the overall physical security of people and assets at the resort, as well as providing support on the gaming floor, investigating injuries and observing and reporting any violations.
Before joining Turning Stone, he spent five years as director of enforcement for the Pennsylvania Horse and Harness Racing Commissions, where he initiated an investigation of race fixing at Penn National Racetrack that ultimately became a federal prosecution.
Barry Phillips has been appointed to the position of vice president and general manager of Sands Regent's Rail City Casino in Sparks, Nev. Phillips will be responsible for all casinooperations and will play a key role in the company's plans for expanding Rail City. Phillips spent 1990 to 1998 as director of marketing with the Club Cal-Neva Casino in Reno and 2000 through 2004 as vice president of casino marketing with Harrah's Tahoe. Most recently Phillips was director of casino marketing with Sam's Town in Shreveport, La.