September 1, 2008
Who’s going where and doing what in the gaming industry
ELLIS GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT
Chayevsky has been a director of Cadillac Jack since 2004, when Finstar Financial Group, for which Chayevsky is a managing partner of U.S. and Latin American operations, acquired a controlling interest in the company.
“I see a tremendous future for Cadillac Jack and look forward to collaborating with our dedicated, talented management team and staff to build upon the success and momentum of the company,” Chayevsky said. “My objective will be to position Cadillac Jack for profitable growth by focusing on operational execution, product innovation, and further expansion into Class III gaming.”
Cadillac Jack also named Ronnie Ferreira the new general manager of the company’s Mexico operations. In this role, Ferreira will oversee Cadillac Jack’s business strategy, market development, operations, and sales and marketing efforts in Mexico. Ferreira brings to the company more than 20 years of experience in business development, customer service and self-sustained business growth in retail and gaming industries in Latin America. Prior to joining Cadillac Jack, he served as a senior executive in the Latin American gaming operations of Finstar Financial Group, a global private equity firm, where he managed the growth and operations of several of Finstar’s gaming portfolio companies.
Charlie’s Boulder and Arizona Charlie’s Decatur have named Shirley King player development manager, announced American Casino
& Entertainment Properties officials.
King oversees all aspects of player development at both Arizona Charlie’s properties including the new host program. The new host program consists of a team of hosts at both Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder providing a personalized level of service to players. The hosts cater to players in all facets of gaming- slots and video poker, table games, bingo and race & sportsbook.
Prior to the Arizona Charlie’s properties, King was the director of marketing and sales for Xavier & Lords, an innovative apparel company with apparel lines targeting the culinary and hospitality industries. King also developed and served as a principal in King Home Health Care.
King served as director of player development for Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where she recruited, hired and trained a team of 18 hosts. In addition, she has served as assistant hotel manager for the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
Bally also announced Vivian H. Piskovitz has been promoted to general manager of Bally Technologies’ Rainbow Hotel Casino in Vicksburg, Miss. With more than 25 years of experience in financial management, Piskovitz joined Rainbow Hotel Casino in 1994 as controller. She was one of the facility’s original team members. Piskovitz was subsequently promoted to director of finance and then assistant general manager and VP of finance at the riverfront property.
Stephen D. Schrier and Eric G. Fikry have joined Blank Rome law firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. Schrier joins as a partner and Fikry as an associate. They will work in firm’s the Philadelphia and New Jersey offices. Schrier brings almost 30 years of experience in commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with a special emphasis on gaming law and regulatory matters for casino licensees and vendors. He served as a deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey’s Gaming Enforcement Division and for more than 18 years has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law-Camden, where he teaches casino law. Fikry concentrates his practice in gaming law, employment law and commercial litigation. He counsels corporate clients, key employees and principals in connection with investigations by gaming regulators and has handled complex commercial litigation matters for a wide array of clients.
BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO
Flemming has served the gaming industry for more than 18 years in various operational, IT and consulting roles, including most recently as director of customer care at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.v
CANNERY CASINO RESORTS
Other recent appointments at the Eastside Cannery were Ruben Warren to financial controller and Charles Wortman as director of facilities. Warren will also continue serving as financial controller at the Cannery Casino & Hotel. He joined Cannery in 2003 as financial assistant controller for Rampart Casino. Prior to his career at Cannery, he served as financial controller for Santa Fe Station Casino and Hotel and financial assistant controller for the Fitz Casino and Hotel, formerly known as Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel. Wortman joined Nevada Place, now Eastside Cannery, in 1997 as facilities and marketing director. Prior to joining Nevada Palace, Wortman served as construction project coordinator for Tropicana Resort and Casino. Before that, he served as project coordinator/quality control for Caesars Palace.
FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO
Lisa Robertson has
been promoted director of hotel operations of the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. In her new
role, Robertson will be responsible for approximately 1,200 guest rooms and
suites, pool and staff operations, a staff of more than 120 employees, guest
services, front office operations, Sagamore and Aquai VIP reception and the
concierge department. The greatest responsibilities she will face will be to
plan, open and hire employees for the new 920-room Earth Tower
set to open in 2010. Robertson's career at Mohegan Sun began as an assistant
hotel manager in 2002, and in July 2006, she was promoted to hotel manager.
This February she was promoted to director of housekeeping where she was
responsible for a staff of 300 housekeeping employees. She brings more than 14
years of experience to her new position and is a member of Mohegan Sun's Core
Leadership Program and Freeman Train, a trainer/service management program at
The company also introduced Bruce Dixon as its new director of poker. Dixon brings more than a decade of experience in the Atlantic City gaming industry to his new position. As the director of poker, he is responsible for training and evaluating more than 300 poker personnel, ensuring proper table security, strategic planning and budget analysis, and implementing Mohegan Sun poker policies and procedures. Prior to joining Mohegan Sun, Dixon served as poker room shift manager of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and has held the positions of shift manager at the Tropicana Resort & Casino and floor supervisor at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
TREASURE ISLAND (Red Wing)
Treasure Island Resort & Casino of Minnesota announced the promotion of Mike Heavner as the new director of finance. Beginning his career at Treasure Island as the gaming controller more than seven years ago, Heavner brings extensive gaming and finance experience to the position. In his new role, Heavner will oversee the company’s accounting, cash services, purchasing, receiving and warehouse departments with the goals to successfully work with other departments to enhance the property and assist the Prairie Island Indian Community in achieving their overall goals for their business. Before joining Treasure Island, Heavner worked in a number of finance capacities for Primm Valley Resorts and MGM Mirage in Las Vegas.
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