Herbst Gaming Inc. recently announced that the board of directors has namedFerenc Szonyas the company’s new president, effective March 5, in addition to his current position as chief operating officer. Edward Herbstwill continue as the company’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Szony first joined the company in connection with its January 2007 acquisition of The Sands Regent in downtown Reno. Szony had been the president and chief executive officer of the property since 1997. Prior to joining The Sands Regent, Szony served in several executive positions with the Hilton Hotel Corporation, last serving as president at the Reno Hilton Resort from 1994 to 1997.