COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT

Conrad Granito has been named the new general manager at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. Granito brings 18 years of casino management to the position and is the former general manager of the Santa Ana Star Casino, where he almost doubled the New Mexico casino’s market share and tripled its total revenue. During Granito’s tenure the Santa Ana Star Casino was twice recognized as one of New Mexico’s top 10 places to work by New Mexico Business Weekly. In April, Native American Casino magazine awarded Granito its prestigious Leadership Award. 

Keith

STRATOSPHERE CASINO HOTEL AND TOWER

American Casino & Entertainment Properties named Arthur Keith president and general manager of the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower on the Las Vegas Strip, where he will be responsible for all operational departments including casino operations, hotel operations, Stratosphere Tower operations and facilities, as well as food and beverage, security, casino marketing and marketing functions. Keith will also oversee property budgets, strategic planning and capital projects. Prior to the Stratosphere he was senior vice president and general manager for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Keith’s other gaming experience includes as vice president of hotel operations for the Rio All-Suite Hotel Casino and for The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino, both in Las Vegas.

AUGUSTINE CASINO

The Board of Directors of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians appointed Robert “Bobby” Jones to the position of general manager of the Augustine Casino in Coachella, Calif. Jones has more than 30 years of casino industry background and during the past 15 years has been in executive management positions in the gaming and entertainment industry. He recently served as executive director of gaming operations for Fantasy Springs Casino in California as well as executive director of casino operations for Trump Indiana.

ALIANTE STATION

Gaming veterans Joe Hasson and Carol Thompson have been named vice president/general manager and assistant general manager, respectively, for Station Casinos’ Aliante Station, scheduled to open in North Las Vegas this month. Hasson’s nearly 30 years of expertise in the gaming industry most recently includes serving as vice president and general manager for Station Casinos’ Green Valley Ranch resort. Prior to joining Station, Hasson was with Harrah’s Entertainment in various management capacities for more than 20 years. Thompson has been part of the Station Casinos’ team since 2000, having risen through the ranks in human resources, marketing and management, most recently serving as general manager of Barley’s and The Greens.  Prior to joining the company, she worked for Mirage Resorts and MGM Grand. Both Hasson and Thompson are responsible for the overall leadership and operations at Aliante Station, including overseeing a staff of 1,200 team members and tenants.

Khin

ARISTOCRAT LEISURE

Nick Khin has replaced Tim Parrott as president and chief executive officer of Aristocrat Leisure Limited’s American operations. Parrott, who had been a member of the Aristocrat executive team over the past two years, has left the company. Since September 2006, Khin has led Aristocrat’s Europe Middle East and Africa operation, which sells markets and distributes products to more than 40 countries. Khin also has had global executive responsibility for development and commercialization of the company’s ACE Class III and VLT TruServ server-based gaming initiative through its Stockholm-based subsidiary, ACE Interactive. In addition, he has played a key supervisory role over Elektroncek BV, the company’s 50 percent owned multi-terminal business headquartered in Europe.

BLANK ROME

Blank Rome announced Stephen D. Schrier and Eric G. Fikry have joined the legal firm’s commercial litigation group. Schrier joins as a partner and 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. Prior to entering private practice, Schrier served as a deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey’s Gaming Enforcement Division. Fikry joins Blank Rome as an associate and offers expertise in gaming law, employment law and commercial litigation. Both attorneys will work in the Philadelphia and New Jersey offices.

Collman

ATRONIC

Matthew Collman has taken over Atronic International’s Eastern European customers bringing sales, administration and service experience to the UK team based in St Albans. Collman joins Atronic after a sales career within the music industry in the UK. He will be responsible for the sales territory that includes Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, reporting to the company’s Sales Director Stuart German.

MULTIMEDIA GAMES

Gaming technology developer and distributor Multimedia Games of Austin, Texas, announced that Patrick Ramsey has been appointed to the newly created position of chief operating officer. For the last six years, Ramsey served in various executive and operational positions with Harrah's Entertainment, most recently as vice president and executive associate to the vice chairman at Harrah's corporate headquarters in Las Vegas. He also has significant slot operation experience, having served as vice president of slots and security at the Harrah's-owned Caesars Atlantic City, where he was responsible for maximizing the performance of over 3,000 gaming devices, which generated more than $400 million in annual revenue. In his role as COO, Ramsey will work closely with Multimedia Games customers to maximize revenue from the company's revenue-sharing agreements including more than 15,000 gaming units in operation domestically and internationally.

PANASONIC SECURITY SYSTEMS

Panasonic Security Systems of New Jersey appointed John Centofanti to the newly created position of national sales manager. He will be responsible for all sales-related activities and for driving growth through the creation and implementation of new sales programs, channel partner development and strategic alliances. With 20 years of experience in the security industry, Centofanti was a manufacturers’ representative, working closely with systems integrators, consultants and architects, and was actively involved in every phase of the sales process including systems design. 

Language

BALLY TECHNOLOGIES

Bally Technologies welcomed Allwin Language as director of South Africa. Language will be responsible for all administrative, sales and service operations at the company’s Johannesburg office. Language brings more than 12 years of sales and marketing experience in Africa to his new position, including nearly two years as a technical and sales manager for Bally Technologies in the late 1990s.  Prior to rejoining Bally, Language held a sales and marketing director role with IGT Africa. During his career, Language earned the “Supplier of the Year” and the “Best Medium Stand” awards during the 1999/2000 Gaming for Africa Show. His appointment follows the opening of Bally’s new office in Johannesburg and Bally’s re-entrance into the South Africa market.

PENN NATIONAL GAMING

Penn National Gaming promoted Thomas P. Burke to senior vice president regional operations, where he is responsible for overseeing all facets of Penn National’s eight facilities located in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Missouri, Iowa and Colorado. Burke was serving as vice president and general manager of the company’s Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Mo. Prior to joining Penn National, Burke held senior management positions at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Trump Castle, American Gaming and Entertainment, the Majestic Star Casino, and Station Casinos.

PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT

Pinnacle Entertainment promoted Guido Bologna to the newly created position of vice president of information technology and Russell Stokes to senior director of I.T. operations and applications. Bologna, who prior to his promotion served as Pinnacle’s director of I.T. infrastructure, will be responsible for the company’s software and infrastructure technology, with direct oversight and accountability for all system, network, application and integration processes. Stokes, who most recently served as director of strategic systems at Pinnacle, will be responsible for all industry operational applications and day-to-day activities and processes at the properties.

Meister

NATIONAL SPECIALTY UNDERWRITERS

Kurt Meister has been promoted to vice president and division manager of the Hospitality Division at National Specialty Underswriters, which manages an insurance program for hotels and casinos available through retail insurance brokers nationwide.  Meister served as the gaming practice leader at NSU for the past three years. Prior to joining the company he spent 18 years at Aon Corp. managing insurance programs.

ST. CROIX TRIBE

The St. Croix Chippewa of Wisconsin hired Douglas J. Boon as chief executive officer for their three casino operations at Turtle Lake, Danbury and Hertel. A member of the Tulalip tribe, Boon began his 16-year gaming career at a casino owned and operated by his tribe and rose to the position of assistant general manager before leaving to work at other casinos in Washington. His most significant position was as CEO of the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Wash. During his tenure at Little Creek he spearheaded more than $60 million in construction, increasing the overall value of the resort from approximately $50 to $130 million. Boon is certified in Table Games Operation, Security and Surveillance, Casino Operations and Analysis and Control Systems.

TABLEMAX

TableMAX Holdings named former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chief of Enforcement Keith Copher as its senior vice president of compliance. Copher has extensive experience in the gaming compliance and enforcement fields, serving 25 years with the Nevada Gaming Control Board and nine years as chief of the enforcement division prior to his retirement. An internationally featured speaker at gaming conferences and seminars, Copher has also appeared in television documentaries regarding cheating at gambling and enforcement of gaming laws and regulations. He is a member of International Masters of Gaming Law, on the Board of Directors for Nevada Council on Problem Gambling and the Board of Directors for Las Vegas Mob and Law Enforcement Museum opening in 2010.  

LIONEL SAWYER & COLLINS

More than half of Lionel Sawyer & Collins’ shareholders have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 and the firm has been ranked in the top tier of U.S. law firms in the area of gaming aw. 

Best Lawyers, one of the top legal referral guides in the United States, selected 22 of Lionel Sawyer & Collins’ attorneys for inclusion in its 2009 listings, which gives the Firm the distinction of having the greatest number of attorneys listed of all Nevada law firms included in the guide.

In addition to being acknowledged as a top U.S. law firm for Gaming Law, Lionel Sawyer & Collins is also top-ranked in Nevada for the following practice areas: Administrative Law, Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Franchise Law, Gaming Law, Health Care Law, Information Technology Law, and Real Estate Law.

Sam Lionel, listed in Best Lawyers for more than 25 years, was recognized in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Corporate Law.  The 21 other Lionel Sawyer & Collins attorneys named to Best Lawyers are:

In Las Vegas:  Richard H. Bryan (government relations law); Robert D. Faiss (gaming law); Cam Ferenbach (commercial litigation); David N. Frederick (appellate law; commercial litigation); Lynn S. Fulstone (health care law); Mark H. Goldstein (real estate law), listed in Best Lawyers for more than 10 years; Paul R. Hejmanowski (commercial litigation), listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 years;  Todd E. Kennedy (commercial litigation); Malani L. Kotchka (labor and employment law); Paul E. Larsen (Franchise Law); Gregory E. Smith (labor and employment law); Todd M. Touton (construction law); Ellen F. Whittemore (gaming law and information technology law); and Jeffrey P. Zucker (real estate law), listed in Best Lawyers for more than 25 years.

In Reno:  Colleen A. Dolan (real estate law), listed in Best Lawyers for more than 10 years; Shawn M. Elicegui (administrative law, energy law); Craig E. Etem (real estate Law); Dan R. Reaser (energy law; gaming law); Jennifer A. Smith (bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law); Harvey Whittemore (energy law, government relations law); and Allen J. Wilt (commercial litigation).

Since its inception in 1983, The Best Lawyers In America has become widely regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence in the United States.  Because Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey of thousands of top attorneys throughout the country, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered an honor.