HNEDAK BOBO GROUP
Greg Hnedak, FAIA, is stepping down from his role as vice president and principal of Memphis-based Hnedak Bobo Group (HBG) to serve as CEO of DreamCatcher Hotels, a new hotel brand and development company born out of Hnedak Bobo Group in 2010.
Hnedak and the HBG board of directors have been actively succession planning for two decades, elevating firm principals to key roles within the organization and adding new shareholders in preparation for effective leadership transition. HBG co-founder, Kirk Bobo, FAIA, will continue in his role as president and principal of HBG, and assumes expanded responsibilities as the firm’s business leader in charge of the firm’s business strategies. Rick Gardner, AIA, principal, assumes the post of practice leader, overseeing project design and delivery; Terri Struminger, principal, is named COO, managing the firm’s corporate operations; and Dike Bacon, principal, oversees HBG’s business development efforts.
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International has promoted Alan Feldman to executive vice president of global government and industry affairs, Clark Dumont to senior vice president of corporate communications and Jenn Michaels to senior vice president of public relations.
Feldman and Dumont will report to MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO James Murren while Michaels reports to Bill Hornbuckle, MGM’s president and chief marketing officer.
Since joining MGM in 1990, Feldman has become one of the industry’s most recognizable and trusted executives, and has brought increased focus to the company’s government and regulatory areas as well as ongoing work in industry affairs. He will continue as the MGM’s principal spokesperson, especially on industry issues.
Dumont has significant and diverse experience in developing, planning and leading communications strategies within large and complex organizations. Since joining the company in 2011, Dumont has brought focus and organization to communications strategies surrounding the company’s award-winning Corporate Responsibility programs.
Dumont previously served in several senior communications positions with BAE Systems, Inc., an international aerospace and defense company, and was vice president of communications and public affairs for the Nevada Cancer Institute.
Michaels spearheads national, international, regional and local consumer media relations for the company’s resorts, and is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies in support of all of their entertainment, food and beverage, hotel and retail amenities and attractions. In her new role, she will develop and execute digital media strategies as well as increase international awareness of the company’s resorts and offerings. She also oversees M life Magazine, the magazine that chronicles the company’s entertainment and hospitality offerings.
PENTA BUILDING GROUP
The PENTA Building Group has promoted John Cannito to chief operating officer. In his new role, Cannito is responsible for directing all of PENTA’s departments, including business development, preconstruction, estimating, construction operations, and finance and corporate services.
Cannito joined PENTA in 2004 as director of corporate services, and he was promoted to vice president of finance and corporate services in 2008. He has served as a member of PENTA’s executive management committee since its inception in 2008.
Cannito has more than 20 years of commercial construction experience and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
RESORTS WORLD CASINO NEW YORK CITY
Edward M. Farrell, a gaming industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience at the most successful casinos across the country, has been named president of Resorts World Casino New York City.
Farrell was part of the startup team in New York City and oversaw a team of financial professionals during a time that Resorts World repeatedly set national records for monthly gross gaming slot revenues, peaking at more than $71 million this March. Since opening less than two years ago, the casino has taken in more than $1.2 billion in overall revenues with more than $500 million of those dollars earmarked for New York State’s education fund.
Farrell takes over for Michael Speller, who will now focus on leading other U.S.-based projects in the Resorts World portfolio.
SENECA GAMING CORPORATION
Audrey Oswell has been named chief operating officer for New York-based Seneca Gaming Corporation. Oswell will work closely with the senior management team and the corporation’s board of directors in managing the business and operational aspects of Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel and the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.
Oswell has more than 30 years experience in the gaming industry and has served in top executive leadership positions, including president, CEO and COO at several gaming properties across the country. Most recently, she was chief gaming officer at Atlantis, located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Oswell’s impressive career includes senior management roles at Resorts International and Caesar’s in Atlantic City and the Cosmopolitan and Fontainbleu Resort in Las Vegas.