Casino Executive News: September 2015
THE CORDISH COMPANIES
The Cordish Companies has hired two executives to their corporate construction and development team and a new marketing manager. Pete Cesari has been named vice president of construction, and Eileen F. Bertoni has been named director of construction estimating. Dana Welsch has been appointed to the position of marketing manager.
Cesari and Bertoni will join the development team overseeing the expansion projects at the company’s Maryland Live! Casino, in Hanover, Md., including the addition of a hotel and conference center; and the development of the new Live! Hotel & Casino in the Stadium District in Philadelphia, Pa. As vice president of construction, Cesari brings more than 30 years of senior management experience in development, program and construction management to Cordish. He most recently served as executive project director for Venetian Macau Ltd. (Las Vegas Sands Corp), where he was responsible for the completion of the $3 billion Sands Cotai Central.
Bertoni has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and has held senior management positions for a variety of construction groups, including a 10‐year stint as senior estimator with Tishman Construction in Boston, Mass.; Las Vegas; and Atlantic City, N.J. In her new capacity at Cordish, Bertoni will be responsible for project estimating budgets and cost control on development projects from design development to final bid documents. She will be involved in all pre‐construction activities, scheduling, value engineering, and trade procurement.
Welsch has over five years of industry experience working at marketing and communications firms in the Baltimore Metro area, such as Weber Shandwick and Marriner Marketing. In her new role, Welsch will be a part of the corporate marketing and communications team of The Cordish Companies, as well as assist with district‐specific initiatives in the real estate division of the company.
Looking toward expanding its current global footprint, luxury gaming manufacturer Interblock has named Mark Lipparelli compliance committee chairman.
Today Lipparelli serves as CEO of Gioco Ventures, a strategic advisory firm to gaming, investment, technology and entertainment industry clients around the globe. Over the past 20 years, he has been chairman and board member of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, executive vice president of Bally Technologies, president/executive vice president at Shuffle Master, chief financial officer of CAMCO, Inc., executive vice president of entertainment systems at Bally Gaming and vice president of finance for Casino Data Systems. He has been honored as Regulator of the Year by the International Masters of Gaming Law and is currently representing State Senate District 6 in the Nevada Legislature, having been appointed to the post in December, 2014. He is also a current Board Trustee of the University of Nevada Foundation, Board Member of the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and Member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
Melonie Ducre Johnson has joined the MGM Resorts International team as the new general manager of Gold Strike Casino Resort, Tunica, Miss. In her new role, Johnson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the property while providing strategic direction for all divisions.
She began her career in finance with Jazz Casino Company in New Orleans, where she gained meaningful experience in setting the financial reporting and accounting capability for the property. In her most recent role, she oversaw the day-to-day operations, including casino (more than 90 table games and 2,700 slot machines), hotel (approximately 150 rooms), food and beverage, security, etc. She has a deep understanding of the Tunica market, after serving four years overseeing the day-to-day management of Horseshoe, Roadhouse and Harrah’s.
Scientific Games has appointed David W. Smail as executive vice president and chief legal officer and will be based at the company’s global corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.
Most recently, Smail was executive vice president and general counsel of Morgans Hotel Group, where he served as chief legal officer of the hospitality company from 2006 to 2014. Previously, he was executive vice president and group general counsel at Havas S.A., a French‐based global advertising and communications services company following a progressive legal career at the international law firm Hogan Lovells in their Paris and Washington, D.C. offices, most recently as Partner in their Washington, D.C. office.
Snoqualmie Casino, owned and operated by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, welcomes Keith Sensabaugh to its executive team as chief operating officer.
A hospitality and strategic leader with over 30 years of business experience including more than 10 years of excellence in the casino industry, Sensabaugh was most recently senior strategy executive at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Minn.