On the Move: Who's going where and doing what in the gaming industry
Interblock USA, a leading provider of multi-player games, has promoted Senior Vice President of Sales Tom O’Brien to CEO, effective immediately.
O’Brien, a 25-year veteran of the gaming industry, previously served as sales director at IGT and Aristocrat before joining Interblock USA in 2010.
“Under Tom’s strong leadership, Interblock USA has expanded beyond our expectations,” Interblock owner and founder Joc Pececnik said. “We feel very fortunate to have an executive of Tom’s caliber. His vision and leadership make him the perfect choice to continue establishing Interblock’s place in the gaming industry.”
MASSACUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) in conjunction with its Racing Division has named Carol Malcolm as chief pari-mutuel officer. Malcolm is a nationally established and accredited pari-mutuel officer who has 20 years of horse racing experience.
Malcolm will report to the director of racing and provide daily administrative and organizational support to enable MGC’s Racing Division to enforce Massachusetts pari-mutuel and simulcasting laws and regulations, records management, and related operational support.
Recently, Malcolm received her ROAP (Racing Officials Accreditation Program) accreditation and worked as an associate judge in Florida and Minnesota.
Prior to being appointed MGC pari-mutuel officer, Malcolm served in several diverse positions in the horse racing industry such as: assistant race secretary and paddock supervisor at the Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg, N.Y.; associate judge at the Running Aces Harness Park in Minnesota; simulcast manager and paddock judge at the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano, Fla.; stakes administrator at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., and other key operational positions.
As MGC, Malcolm will specifically be responsible for reviewing simulcast and tote provider contracts, reviewing pari-mutuel and simulcast regulations, working closely with the audit department and reviewing tote security and wagering protocols.
MGM GRAND DETROIT
Steve Zanella has been promoted to president and CEO of MGM Grand Detroit. Zanella had served as general manager since 2010. With his new title, Zanella’s responsibilities have been expanded beyond overseeing all resort operations to include guiding the future strategic direction of the property.
Zanella previously held the position of senior vice president of marketing for MGM Grand Las Vegas. A veteran of the hospitality industry, he joined the company in 1991 as a participant in a hands-on training curriculum for college graduates, and advanced in the company through finance, marketing and gaming leadership positions.
OHKAY HOTEL AND CASINO
Michael J. Broderick has been named executive director of marketing at Ohkay Hotel and Casino. He will be responsible for overseeing marketing, promotions, entertainment, customer relationship management, advertising and public relations for the Northern New Mexico property, including the 101-room Ohkay hotel and 12,000-square-foot convention center.
Broderick brings over 20 years of gaming experience to Ohkay Hotel and Casino. He joined the property from the Hard Rock Hotel Casino Albuquerque where he served as executive director of marketing and entertainment.
Prior to Hard Rock Casino-Hotel Albuquerque, Broderick served as the director of marketing and promotions for Seminole Classic Hollywood in Hollywood, Fla., and director of marketing for Lake of the Torches Resort Casino in Lac du Flambeau, Wisc. He has also held numerous executive management positions in gaming throughout his 20-year career including tenures in Rhode Island, Colorado, Oregon and for the Trump Organization in Southern California.
PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO
Temecula, Calif.-based Pechanga Resort & Casino has named Ciara Green as its new public relations manager.
Green brings with her more than 11 years of experience in the public relations field with nine of those in the casino and hospitality industries. She is responsible for all public/media relations pertaining to the resort, casino, hotel, spa, golf course, entertainment and special events.
Green was public relations manager for Pechanga from 2003 to 2007 until she left to work for NBC. From 2009 to 2011, she helped put a Palm Springs-area resort/casino back on the Southern California media map as their public relations manager, and more recently worked for a boutique PR agency in Temecula.
TCSJOHNHUXLEY has appointed Todd Cravens as CEO for the Americas. He will report directly to the Group CEO, Cath Burns, and will be based in Las Vegas, responsible for the development of the company’s business interests throughout North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
An industry veteran with over 20 years experience in the gaming and amusement industries, Cravens most recently was president and general manager of American Gaming Systems, an Illinois-based developer, manufacturer and operator of slot machines and systems. He was responsible for setting up the operation in the region and in a very short span of time positioned the company as a market leader in the fledgling VLT market in Illinois.