» BAHA MAR
Paul V. Pusateri has been named COO of Baha Mar. In this new role, Pusateri will be responsible for all day-to-day operations at the $3.5 billion destination gaming resort, which is the largest single-phase luxury resort project in the history of the Caribbean.
Pusateri also will serve as general manager of the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, the project’s crown jewel, which will feature 1,000 luxury guestrooms and a 100,000-square-foot casino with 1,500 slot machines and 150 table games. The development is scheduled to open in December 2014.
Previously, Pusateri served as COO of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, which is famous for its nightlife, pool scene and live music entertainment. Prior to that, he served as president of the Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place, a boutique Las Vegas property that features the Playboy Club, Ghostbar, and other high-profile amenities.
As senior vice president of The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, Pusateri oversaw the operations of two of the most successful casinos in the U.S. The Venetian and its sister property The Palazzo feature a total of 7,000 suites, more than 2 million square feet of convention space, and 29 restaurants and bars. He joined the casino industry in 1996 as president of Paris Las Vegas, where he oversaw the development and opening of the Las Vegas Strip resort while also serving as president of its sister property, Bally’s Las Vegas.
FutureLogic, a leading developer of innovative ticket printing and couponing solutions, has hired Anthony Boweas technical manager for North America, based in Las Vegas, and Chris Wagele as business development manager for the northwest region of the United States.
Bowe brings a wealth of direct customer support management to FutureLogic with over seven years of experience as North American service and facility manager with Suzo-Happ and 22 years of U.S. Air Force electronics and quality experience.
In his new role, Bowe will lead FutureLogic’s North American technical support team and will be responsible for ensuring all FutureLogic’s customers across North America have the best possible experience of FutureLogic’s printing and couponing solutions. He will also develop and implement strategic service plans with FutureLogic’s sales, engineering and product management teams.
Wagele is an industry veteran with over 18 years of invaluable experience selling electronic components including thermal printers to OEMs and operators in the northwest. Prior to joining FutureLogic, Chris worked as the Regional Sales Manager for Suzo-Happ, where he received the top salesperson award in 2013.
In his new position at FutureLogic, Wagele’s sales and business development efforts will be focused in California, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
» GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
Rutgers University Law-Camden is honoring James R. Maida, president and CEO of Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), a leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy. Rutgers is bestowing Maida with the 2013 Arthur E. Armitage Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award.
Now in its 27th year, the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award honors a School of Law-Camden graduate who has made significant contributions to his or her profession.
Maida graduated from Rutgers Law–Camden with high honors and honors in taxation. Previously, he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Lehigh University.
Maida is a member of the bar association in four states and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys (IAGA), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) and the European Gaming Organization (EGO), and has given expert testimony before countless government agencies and regulatory bodies around the world.
Maida’s professional life tells one side of his story. Another is the extensive philanthropic work that he and his wife, Dr. Sharon O. Maida, have conducted around the world. The Maidas are trustees of the James and Sharon Maida Foundation, Inc. Since 1996, the Foundation has provided nearly 100 scholarships to local students, including Rutgers Law-Camden students.
» INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY (IGT)
International Game Technology (IGT), a global leader in casino gaming entertainment and systems technology, welcomed Rajiv Taneja as its new vice president of global systems research and development.
Taneja has an impressive engineering background and successful track record of bringing innovative solutions and software applications to market with a particular focus on mobile applications and user experiences. During his over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley, Taneja held executive positions at Silver Spring Networks, Ustream, Blue Coat Systems and Motorola.
In his new role, Taneja will be responsible for working with business leaders across IGT to guide and execute the overall R&D and Systems vision including key initiatives such as convergence and new product architecture while continuing the development of IGT’s current product portfolio.