» GOLDEN GAMING
Golden Gaming has appointed Jeff Rodefer as general counsel and chief compliance officer. In his new role, he will oversee the Legal and Compliance Departments. As such, he will act as the company’s in-house gaming counsel, handle general corporate legal affairs, implement critical compliance programs, work closely with gaming regulators and provide legal advice to the executive team.
Rodefer was with Boyd Gaming Corporation for nearly 12 years where he last served as vice president of legal affairs, assistant general counsel and corporate compliance. In that position, he was the company’s in-house gaming counsel and oversaw its compliance programs. He also held various positions during his prior 13-year tenure with the Nevada’s Attorney General’s Office, including eight years as counsel to the State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission where he last held the position of assistant chief deputy attorney general.
Rodefer is admitted to practice law in Nevada, California, Colorado and Oregon. In 1993, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed him to the State Bar of Nevada’s Functional Equivalency Committee where he is currently the vice chairman.
» JCM GLOBAL
JCM Global, a leading transaction technologies supplier, has welcomed two new sales representatives to its EMEA sales and service team. Their combined total of 30 years of transaction technology experience across the EMEA territory brings a depth and breadth of experience that will benefit JCM customers across the region.
Jim Foster has joined JCM as sales manager and will oversee the company’s gaming and commercial accounts in the UK, Benelux region and in the company’s Nordic sales territories. Foster has a wide range of sales and technical experience in gaming, retail and transportation transaction technology in many countries. Most recently he served at Money Controls/Crane as sales manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.
Also joining the JCM EMEA team is Alan Lee, who is the company’s commercial sales manager for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Lee, who speaks English, German, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien, has more than 15 years of business sales experience with cash handling devices in countries around the EMEA region. Most recently he served as business development manager for MEI.
» JUMER’S CASINO & HOTEL
Rock Island, Ill.-based Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, a leading gaming destination in the Quad Cities region of the Midwest, has selected David M. Wolf as its new president and general manager.
With more than 33 years of leadership experience in the gaming arena, he will oversee all aspects of the operation at Jumer’s, including gaming, food and beverage, and lodging.
Wolf comes to Jumer’s after spending four years as general manager at Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey, Mich., where he oversaw all aspects of the property, including 1,300 slots, 26 table games, a poker room, a 1,000-seat showroom, five food and beverage venues, a hotel and a 550- person staff.
Wolf spent the first 16 years of his career with Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, serving in a myriad of roles, including internal auditor, senior operations analyst, supervisor of operations analysis, manager of planning and analysis, director of planning and analysis, and director of financial reporting and analysis.
» NAVAJO GAMING
Brian Parrish has been hired as chief operating officer for Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Gaming Enterprise). He joins an executive team that oversees operations for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Northern Edge Navajo Casino and Flowing Water Navajo Casino.
Parrish brings more than 26 years of professional experience in the gaming and hospitality industry to his new position at Navajo Gaming. He previously served as CEO for two casinos, Quechan Casino in California and Paradise Casino in Arizona. Prior to that, he was COO and director of sales and marketing for Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico.
His role as COO at Navajo Gaming will include managing gaming and hospitality operations while structuring workforce growth and implementing the business plan.
» SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO TAMPA
Vincent Turrano has been named vice president of food and beverage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Turrano, who has 31 years of experience in all aspects of casino food and beverage management, was previously the director of food and beverage at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.
During his 11-year stint at Borgata (eight years as a director and three years as a general manager), Turrano provided leadership, direction and mentoring to 100 management team members as well as a department of more than 1,800 service team members that provided customer service and hospitality in nine casual dining restaurants, five fine dining restaurants, two in-room dining restaurants, two banquet outlets, beverage service for casino gaming, two premium player lounges, six beverage lounges and two premium nightlife venues.