Glen Sawhill, senior vice president of operations at Caesars Windsor, received one of three prestigious “Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution” awards given by the Canadian gaming industry at the 17th annual Canadian Gaming Summit in Montreal.
The Canadian Gaming Summit is sponsored by the Canadian Gaming Association, a not-for-profit organization that was created with the fundamental goal of creating balance in the public dialogue about gaming in Canada. The three-day gaming summit is the premier annual conference for Canadian gaming professionals.
Recognized at a gala reception, winners of the industry awards are those individuals who have shown gaming industry leadership, making a difference by providing significant contribution on a variety of aspects whether it be operations, public policy, educational and more.
Sawhill began his 30-year career in 1984 at Caesars World in Atlantic City, N.J., working his way up to slots operations shift manager in 1992. In 1994 he accepted a position at the former Casino Windsor where he was a pivotal force in opening the slots department in a short five-month time frame and later also oversaw operations at the Northern Belle Riverboat Casino. In 1997 he earned the director of slot operations position. At the 2003 Canadian Gaming Summit, he was honored with the “Display of Excellence Casino Award.”
Instrumental throughout every stage of Caesars Windsor’s spectacular transformation, Sawhill was part of the team to successfully open the permanent facility in 1998 and in 2008 was integral in the expansion and rebranding of the award-winning casino resort as the first Caesars brand property in Canada. In 2007, he was named vice president of gaming operations, heading both the slot and table games departments and three years later Sawhill accepted the position he holds today.
Greenwood Racing, the owners and operators of Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa., has appointed Anthony Faranca to the position of general manager. Faranca, a Philadelphia native, joined the Greenwood team in 2008 as director of operations and quickly progressed into the assistant general manager role. Within three years, Faranca was promoted to vice president of operations responsible for all casino operations, player development and VIP marketing strategy. Prior to Parx Casino, Faranca served as regional vice president of national casino marketing for the four Harrah’s Entertainment properties in Atlantic City, N.J.
Faranca holds a BSME from Lehigh University and also a dual degree, MBA and MSME from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Incredible Technologies (IT) has promoted of two of the company’s current employees to its executive management team. Beena Blake was named vice president of casino gaming sales and Tony DeFeo was named vice president of software engineering. Changes to the casino gaming sales team include the promotion of Jim Esposito to regional sales manager for Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. The company also announced that the states of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin will be handled by David Stone.
Blake brings over 25 years of casino gaming experience to the company ranging from product sales, development and casino operations. Her experience also includes over 21 years holding various managerial roles at IGT. During Blake’s time at IT as regional director, she oversaw the strategic rollout of the company’s video slot games in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. Blake will now oversee the strategic market expansion of IT slots while leading the company’s gaming sales organization.
DeFeo joined IT in 1999 and brings over 17 years of gaming experience to IT from previous roles at Capcom and Konami. In his new role, DeFeo will be responsible for developing the software components that power critical technology applications, including the driving system behind the company’s casino games.
Esposito is making a transition to the gaming industry after serving as regional sales manager for the Midwest/Eastern regions for IT’s amusement sales division since 2006. He is an active member in the Illinois route gaming community with and has helped in the successful rollout of IT’s amusement products and update sales. As Esposito moves into gaming sales he will now cultivate relationships and grow sales for the Midwest Region.
THE PENTA BUILDING GROUP
The PENTA Building Group has added Michael Corbett to the company as director of finance and corporate services. In his new role, Corbett is responsible for overseeing PENTA’s safety, risk management, finance, accounting, information technology and human resources departments.
Corbett brings 23 years of finance and corporate services knowledge and experience to PENTA. He recently served as the chief financial officer of William A. Berry & Son Inc., a New England construction management and professional services company specializing in health care, medical research and higher education facilities. The addition of Corbett allows John Cannito, the former vice president of finance and corporate services, to transition into his new role as PENTA’s chief operating officer.