New sales manager at the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas

Harris

EASTSIDE CANNERY CASINO

The newly opened Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas has announced several staffing hires including the appointment of Clay Harris to sales manager. Prior to joining Cannery Casino Resorts, Harris served as sales manager for Arizona Charlie’s Hotel & Casino for five years, and prior to that Harris was a sales coordinator for Castaways Hotel & Casino. Maria Lee Cates was named Eastside Casino’s new marketing manager. Cates’ prior experience includes serving as marketing manager at the Cannery’s Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Pennsylvania and as rewards center manager at the Fiesta Rancho Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. Cates also worked as the database marketing manager for Cannery Casino Resorts in 2003. Mark Roberts was hired as director of surveillance. Prior to joining the Cannery Casino Resorts team, he served as the surveillance director for Coast Casinos for more than 12 years.

AMERISTAR CASINOS

Chet W. Koch has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Ameristar Kansas City. An Ameristar team member since September 2006, Koch had been serving as the property’s vice president and acting general manager. Koch’s gaming industry career spans three decades, including executive finance positions at Grand Casino Tunica in Mississippi, Caesars Entertainment’s Northern Mid-South Region, and Casino Windsor resort (now Caesars Windsor) in Ontario, Canada. Koch also served in various operational capacities for casinos operated by Harrah’s, Claridge, Hilton and Resorts. He has been directly involved in opening 13 casinos ranging from small properties to large, land-based destination casino-hotels. 

Spatharos

BALLY TECHNOLOGIES

Bally Technologies appointed two key executives to its international management team. Carlos Engel was named director of Mexico sales and operations. Engel, based in the company’s Mexico City office, manages Bally’s sales activities and market-development strategies throughout the country. Prior to joining Bally, Engel worked for Acuity Brands Lighting in Atlanta, Ga., where he was the international market development manager for that company’s Lithonia lighting division responsible for managing an $18 million sales portfolio encompassing the countries of Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Timothy G. Spatharos has been promoted to director of international operations. Working out of the Las Vegas corporate headquarters, Spatharos is responsible for managing Bally’s global gaming operations, including supervising game installs, managing service-related issues and supporting the international sales activities and gaming operations. Spatharos previously served as Bally’s director of outbound logistics. Prior to joining Bally, he was president of TEFTEC Corp., a national manufacturer of powered wheelchairs.

INSPIRED GAMING GROUP

UK open server-based gaming developer Inspired Gaming Group appointed four managing directors to lead the key operating divisions of the firm. Lee Gregory will head up the casino and bingo division as managing director of UK gaming. In this position Gregory will be further developing products such as multi-win roulette and SBG bingo terminals, and focusing on key clients. Martin Lucas has been named managing director of UK LBO and will be responsible for betting and pubs SBG. As managing director of UK Leisure, Adam Hodges will lead the team responsible for leisure projects and multisite, and Jonathan Mills is the new managing director of the fourth division, focused on international markets. Mills’ focus will be primarily on virtual sports, international casino and international street gaming. 

Shanks

MULTIMEDIA GAMES

Former Harrah’s marketing executive Ginny Shanks has joined Austin, Texas-based Multimedia Games Inc., as chief marketing officer. Shanks brings to Multimedia Games, a developer and supplier of systems, content, electronic games and player terminals, more than 25 years of marketing experience in gaming entertainment. As senior vice president of brand management for Harrah's Entertainment, Shanks was responsible for maximizing the company's key strategic brands - Caesars, Harrah's, and Horseshoe casinos; the Total Rewards player loyalty program; and the World Series of Poker. In addition to setting overall corporate brand strategy, she oversaw sports and entertainment marketing, strategic alliances, consumer insights, public relations, and nationwide casino promotions.

MOHEGAN SUN

Abu Hoque has been named director of housekeeping at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. He oversees a staff of more than 300 employees, be responsible for the maintenance of guest rooms in the 1,200-room Sky Tower, as well as all daily operations of the department. One of Hoque’s prime responsibilities is to organize and structure the housekeeping department for the new 920-room Earth Tower set to open in October 2010. Hoque began his career at Mohegan Sun as executive housekeeper in 2003. In December 2007, he took on the role as director of housekeeping at Atlantis The Palm Dubai in United Arab Emirates. Hoque’s 20 years of experience includes positions at the New York Marriott East Side and Southgate Tower Suite Hotel properties in Manhattan.

Eldredge

SANTA ANA STAR CASINO

Tamaya Enterprises named Scott Eldredge as interim general manager of Santa Ana Star Casino, one of New Mexico’s leading Native American gaming casinos. Eldredge replaces Conrad Granito, who resigned to become the general manager of the Coushatta Casino Resort in Louisiana. Eldredge is the director of marketing and transportation at Tamaya Enterprises, which manages the Santa Ana Star Casino. Tamaya Enterprises is currently conducting a search for a permanent general manager.

NORTH AMERICAN VIDEO

North American Video, a provider of integrated security and technology solutions, has announced the creation of its new Integrated Business Solutions Division, which will focus on providing enterprise-level security solutions and services for corporate clients. To support the effort, the company has added a core team of individuals and is opening a new office in northern New Jersey that will serve as headquarters for the new business unit. The business will be led by Vice President and General Manager Frank Lloyd, a security industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in systems integration. Lloyd has held leadership positions with Wells Fargo, Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Ingersoll-Rand. Additional appointments to NAV’s new division include Alex Melo as director of business development; Kurt Heinicke as director of engineering; Glenn Durant as director of operations: and Brendan Burns as strategic account executive.

Murphy

SLOT-TICKETS

Kay Murphy has joined Slot-Tickets in the position of sales assistant. Murphy will be responsible for providing assistance with order placement, pricing and other customer needs at the Memphis, Tenn.-based provider of coinless slot machine tickets. Prior to joining the Slot-Tickets team she worked as an administrative assistant and attended the University of Memphis.

PENN NATIONAL GAMING

Thomas P. Burke has been promoted to senior vice president of regional operations at Penn National Gaming. In his new position Burke will be responsible for overseeing all facets of Penn National's eight facilities located in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Missouri, Iowa and Colorado. Burke has nearly 30 years of gaming industry experience, having served in various senior management positions in New Jersey, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado and Melbourne, Australia. Burke joined PNG in 2002 as president and general manager of the company’s Bullwhackers Casinos in Black Hawk, Colo. and has managed PNG’s Argosy Casino in Riverside, Mo. since 2006.

House

ST. CROIX CHIPPEWA

The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin has hired Robert House as director of marketing where he will oversee marketing operations at their St. Croix Casino & Hotel in Turtle Lake, the Hole in the Wall Casino & Hotel in Danbury and the Little Turtle Hertel Express in Hertel. House has spent the majority of his professional career in Indian gaming, beginning with a six-year stint as senior copywriter and creative director for Grand Casinos from 1992 to 1998. He has also served as a marketer for the Red Lake tribe in Minnesota. During his tenure at Red Lake, the tribe unified its three small casinos under one name, the Seven Clans Casinos. In 2001, he became the director of marketing for the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa, where his major responsibility was the opening of that tribe’s new Northern Lights Casino.