Casino executive news November 2014
BAHA MAR CASINO & HOTEL
Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, the $3.5 billion integrated destination gaming resort under development in The Bahamas, has named Alex W. Pariente executive vice president, international marketing.
Pariente’s focus will be on developing Baha Mar’s international gaming clientele, building strategic marketing alliances and brand loyalty. Pariente plans to draw on his experiences in opening and managing luxury casinos and resorts in the U.S., Latin America and Europe to add to Baha Mar’s success. He believes that training, empowering and promoting employees of Baha Mar will give the resort and casino a particular edge.
Pariente has most recently served as executive vice president, international and domestic marketing for Wynn Resorts, where he was a senior member of the opening teams for both the Wynn Resort and Encore Las Vegas. Before that, he served as senior vice president of international marketing for Caesars, where he was responsible for strategy and marketing in building business plans for both the U.S. and international gaming markets in table games and slot play.
Gamblit Gaming, a leading technology provider for real money gaming in mobile games, has named Marcus Yoder as vice president of regulated markets business development.
Yoder, who is also gaming technology leader for the company, will lead and oversee the regulated markets business development team and will be responsible for introducing Gamblit to new markets in the gaming space. He will be managing relationships with licensed casino operators, regulators, industry groups and approved casino original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Yoder has 20-years of experience as a technology executive, most recently serving as executive director of business development for IGT.
GOLD STRIKE CASINO RESORT
MGM Resorts International’s Gold Strike has appointed Ryan Ross as vice president of marketing for the casino resort.
Ross will be responsible for providing and managing creative marketing concepts and promoting a positive brand image and awareness for the Gold Strike team through various different marketing methods. He will be responsible for the property-level operations of player development, special events and promotions, public relations, social media, advertising, the National Casino Marketing Air Program, along with entertainment and hotel sales.
The former prosecutor and attorney comes to Gold Strike with 14 years of experience in the casino industry, most recently holding the position of vice president-marketing for Beau Rivage Resort & Casino with regional responsibilities. Ross has also served as MGM Resorts international Mississippi operation’s regional director of national casino marketing and regional director of planning & analysis. He has also held gaming positions with capital development, governmental affairs and employee relations.
Ross will continue to be responsible for the development of advertising campaigns, promotions, and direct marketing campaigns that generate returns on sales, as a result of coordinating efforts with gaming, hotel, entertainment and food and beverage operations for Gold Strike.
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International has promoted three top executives at major Las Vegas Strip operations. Don Thrasher has been named president of Park Holdings LLC, Eric Fitzgerald now as general manager of Circus Circus Las Vegas and Ann Hoff as general manager of Excalibur.
Thrasher, previously president and chief operating officer of Circus Circus, is the first president for Park Holdings, whose first priority will be the execution of The Park, now under development between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York hotels. He will lead the development effort and its integration with the Las Vegas Arena and other nearby resorts.
Now as a general manager, Fitzgerald was previously the senior vice president of hotel operations at Excalibur and Luxor, after joining the company in 2005.
Hoff’s move to Excalibur marks the creation of a new management team at the resort. In recent years, Excalibur functioned under a shared executive management team with Luxor. The decision has now been made to revert to separate management teams to better exceed the expectations of customers at both resorts in this highly competitive marketplace.
MGM says that these promotions reflect their larger, more focused priorities in Las Vegas, the ongoing economic recovery of the casino resort industry, and the continual opportunity for executive advancement within MGM Resorts.
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, currently celebrating 10 years of success, has appointed Peter P. Wu as their general manager.
Wu comes to Seminole with over 20 years of corporate, property-level management experience at Fortune 200 and 500 privately-held, startup gaming, entertainment and hospitality companies. He has also previously served as a senior management member in the development of Baha Mar Casino and Hotel in the Bahamas.