Los Angeles, Calif.-based CAMS, a leader in providing online gambling and lottery operators with payment connectivity, geolocation, and Know Your Customer (KYC) verification services, has engaged Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. as an advisor.
Fahrenkopf previously served as the founding president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA)—the national organization dedicated to representing the commercial casino entertainment industry in Washington, DC. During his almost-20-year tenure, the AGA brought about unheralded industry expansion and advancement.
Prior to the AGA, Fahrenkopf served as chairman of the Republican National Committee during the Reagan years. He is founder of the National Endowment for Democracy and the International Republican Institute.
DOWNTOWN GRAND LAS VEGAS
Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has added two experienced hotel professionals to its team.
Cinthia Pedroza joins the hotel/casino as food and beverage operations manager. She comes to Downtown Grand Las Vegas with significant knowledge of the hospitality industry and extensive experience with room service, restaurant management and beverage operations from a number of properties throughout her career. Most recently, she served as food and beverage manager at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.
At the Downtown Grand, Pedroza will oversee the operations and staff of the property’s restaurants. She will also oversee the property’s special event space, The Grand Parlour, which can accommodate up to 200 guests for private functions.
Max Vilsaint, Jr. also joins Downtown Grand Las Vegas as director of facilities. Prior to joining the Downtown Grand team, Vilsaint was director of engineering at the Westin Lake Las Vegas. He has served in that position for several hotels and casinos during his career. Vilsaint is a credentialed green associate in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program, having demonstrated a solid and current understanding of green building principles and practices. He is also a certified engineering operations executive and certified hospitality facilities executive with the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Mandalay Bay has appointed Matthew Chilton general manager of Delano Las Vegas, the all-suite hotel that will introduce the effortless luxury and unparalleled service of the renowned Delano South Beach to the Las Vegas Strip.
Chilton has been in the hospitality industry for nearly two decades and joined Mandalay Bay as Hotel Manager prior to the resort’s 1999 grand opening. Most recently, he served as vice president of hotel operations and played a significant role in the property-wide transformation which included the introduction of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar By Akira Back, Citizens Kitchen & Bar, Rx Boiler Room, DAYLIGHT Beach Club, LIGHT Nightclub and the remodel of Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.
Chilton began his career at The Mirage and Treasure Island and in 1998, joined the then-new Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where he held several management positions and saw the resort through the grand opening of THEhotel, Convention Center and Shark Reef Aquarium.
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International has elected Mary Chris Gay to its Board of Directors. A resident of Maryland, Gay served as a senior vice president, portfolio manager and equity analyst for more than 24 years at Baltimore-based Legg Mason Global Asset Management, an international asset management firm. Her primary area of research focused on the gaming and lodging industries at a time when Legg Mason Funds took meaningful positions in several companies within the industry groups and was often among the largest investors in the space.
Gay joined Legg Mason in 1989, and at Legg Mason’s peak in assets, she oversaw the management of $20 billion in client assets. During her tenure, she also traveled extensively and managed collective funds registered in Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland and the UK.
Navegante, a full-service casino management company, has named Robert Watson as their corporate director of marketing.
Watson previously worked with the management company of Hooters Casino Hotel as the director of marketing. Prior to Hooters, he held various marketing positions with Station Casinos at Palace Station and Aliente Station. Watson also had five years Native American experience in Oregon with the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, as well as working in Bossier City, La., with Boomtown Casino & Hotel.
Watson has a blend of experience in gaming, hospitality, and sales, with strengths in player development, casino marketing, database optimization, direct mail and player retention. He will bring his past experiences to create best practices for the parent company.
Navegante has nearly 20 years of casino management and consulting expertise, and currently owns and operates a portfolio of properties in Elko, Nev., and is part owner of Casino Fandango in Carson City, Nev., and Casino New Brunswick, Canada.