Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, the $3.5 billion integrated destination gaming resort under development in The Bahamas, has named Whitney Thier executive vice president and general counsel, and appointed Joe Brunini to the post of president of global marketing and customer development.

Their will lead the resort company’s legal team as well as assume a key role on the company’s executive committee. She joins the company at an important juncture, as Baha Mar completes its construction phase and readies itself for its highly anticipated grand opening in spring 2015.

Their’s previous roles as executive vice president, legal and government affairs of CG Technologies, and general counsel of Fontainebleau Resorts have given her extensive experience in regulatory law, management agreements, gaming technologies, intellectual property, capital financing structures, human resources and resort operations in the United States and internationally.

Brunini, a 30-year veteran of the casino and integrated resort industry, will identify emerging markets and oversee international customer development and marketing initiatives for Baha Mar. Brunini’s experience includes more than 12 years as a senior gaming executive with MGM Resorts International, where he most recently served as president, marketing and customer development. During his tenure at MGM, Brunini was responsible for casino operations, customer development, marketing strategy, strategic alliances, expanding the company’s high-net?worth clientele, and maintaining long-term player loyalty at the company’s gaming resorts worldwide.

Prior to joining MGM Resorts in 1998, Brunini served in a variety of key marketing and operating positions with Caesars Entertainment.


Konami Gaming, a global leader in casino gaming and systems, announced four key leadership promotions: Eric Schultz to senior director of game software development; Gary Snobel to senior director of corporate planning and IT administration; Clark Warren to senior director of systems sales; and James Sargeant to senior director of manufacturing.

Schultz will be responsible for the leadership and direction of Konami’s domestic and international games software development strategy. He maintains and coordinates skilled engineering and design teams spanning new product development, game platform software, and software release lifecycle. Schultz has been with Konami since 2004.

Snobel will oversee company-wide systems and infrastructure solutions, financial analysis and planning, and internal/external auditing. He researches, analyzes, and interprets business process and financial reporting at Konami Gaming to ensure compliance with relevant accounting standards, gaming regulations, and corporate operating policies. Snobel has been with Konami since 2006.

Warren will manage Konami’s casino systems sales initiatives, focusing on new business development and building strategic relationships across Konami’s customer base. As part of Konami’s sales management team, Warren develops and executes strategic sales plans and initiatives to help drive long-range organizational goals and objectives. He joined Konami in 2011.

Sargeant will oversee games and systems production operations for domestic and international markets and is responsible for directing new and refurbishment production, material purchasing/warehouse, and production quality and safety. He joined Konami in 2011 and has more than 20 years combined engineering and operations management experience across a variety of industry sectors including electronics, packaging, consumer products, and military.


The Muckleshoot Tribal Council has announced that tribal gaming veteran Conrad Granito Jr. has been hired as the new general manager of the Auburn, Wash.-based Muckleshoot Casino.

Granito began his career in 1990 with the Sycuan Band of Mission Indians, first in bingo then moving on to gaming operations. In 1993, he moved on to become general manager for the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, where over a four-year period he took their gaming operation from bingo to a full casino.

After an 18-month stint as president and chief operating officer of GameTech, Granito returned to Indian Country and over the next 15 years worked for the Southern Ute Tribe in Southwest Colorado, Pueblo of Santa Ana in New Mexico and Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.


WMS Gaming, a subsidiary of Scientific Gaming Corporation, has appointed Deron Hunsberger as senior vice president, North America sales.

In his new role, Hunsberger will lead sales, participation and leasing, sales support, and marketing for the WMS Gaming business throughout the United States and Canada. He will lead the WMS team’s focus on developing the WMS sales and marketing strategies that meet the needs of gaming customers.

Hunsberger is a talented leader in the gaming industry with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience. He served as senior vice president of sales, Americas at SHFL entertainment, now Bally Technologies, from 2011 to July 2014 after joining the company as vice president of sales and marketing, North America in 2010, and director of North American sales at Konami Gaming.