Casino Executive News: July 2015
BELLAGIO RESORT & CASINO
Bellagio has named hospitality-industry leader Olivia C. Brown as its general manager. As the general manager, she will provide strategic direction and leadership across resort operations.
Brown joined the executive team in June after more than 25 years in the industry, most recently as the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common.
Brown served on the executive board of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and as a board member for The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association. During her time in Boston, she also served on the board of the Boston Improvement District.
Cadillac Jack has announced that Linda Champion Driver, global vice president of human resources, has been honored with a 2015 SHRM-Atlanta Pegasus Award for human resources excellence.
The Pegasus Awards, presented by the Atlanta Chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), honors human resource leaders for their dedication, vision, leadership, innovative thinking and ability to demonstrate that HR has an impact on business results.
Since joining Cadillac Jack in 2010 as global vice president, human resources, Champion Driver has played an integral role in shaping the corporate culture, leadership, and employee recruitment and development initiatives for the company. She has consistently utilized her extensive background in organizational development, compensation/benefits, training, employee retention and employment law to realign the global HR function to support the needs of the business and its talented personnel.
CASINO RAMA RESORT
Casino Rama, one of Ontario’s premier entertainment destinations and a key regional tourism draw, announced the appointment of John Drake to the position of president and CEO.
Drake has had an impressive career in the gaming industry in Ontario, starting out in the finance department at Casino Rama when the property opened in 1996. He then moved to Casino Niagara, in finance, later becoming director of slot operations. Next, he moved to Fallsview Casino Resort as director of project development and in 2007, returned to Casino Niagara as senior director of operations before coming back home to Casino Rama in 2008. Upon his return, Drake held the position of vice president of gaming operations, before moving into the role of vice president of marketing in 2013.
HOWARD & HOWARD ATTORNEYS
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Stephanie S. Buntin has joined the firm. She will practice out of the firm’s Las Vegas Office. Buntin concentrates her practice on intellectual property. She focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, as well as trademark clearance, policing and enforcement. She is licensed to practice in the State of Nevada as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
RUSH STREET GAMING
Rush Street Gaming has tapped the CFO of its two Pennsylvania casinos to lead the company’s newest property in Upstate New York. Mary Cheeks, who currently serves as chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance for Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, will be the general manager of Rivers Casino in Schenectady.
Cheeks is a 30?year gaming industry veteran with an extensive background in casino finance. She launched her gaming career in Atlantic City as an auditor for Resorts International Casino & Hotel in the mid?1980s.
Cheeks joined Rush Street Gaming in 2010 as vice president of finance for SugarHouse Casino in Philly. Soon thereafter, her responsibilities grew to include leading the finance department at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
John R. Eder has been promoted to chief financial officer at Seminole Gaming, operator of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s seven casinos, including the Seminole Hard Rock Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla.
Eder will have overall daily responsibility for finance, banking and investor relations, accounting, payroll, risk management, compliance, planning and analysis, cage, credit and purchasing for Seminole Gaming. He sits on several strategic steering committees for Seminole Gaming, including executive, benefits, investment, information technology and compensation.
Eder joined Seminole Gaming in June 2002, working as vice president of finance in the Gaming Division and at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. He later served as senior vice president of finance for Seminole Gaming.
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO HOLLYWOOD
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood has selected Bill Wright as president. He will be responsible for all operations and management of South Florida’s largest gaming and entertainment complex.
A gaming industry veteran, Wright joined the Seminole Hard Rock team from Station Casinos in Las Vegas, where he was most recently vice president and general manager of Green Valley Ranch Resort. While at Station Casinos, he was also vice president and general manager of Boulder Station and Sunset Station, both in Las Vegas, as well as senior vice president of operations, West Region, in the Station Casinos corporate office.