Empire Resorts, Inc. recently announced that its chief executive officer Joseph D’Amato has retired from the company and the board of directors. The company also announced that its current President and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Eller has been appointed CEO, and will retain the title of president. In his new role, Eller will lead Empire in fulfilling the vision of Resorts World Catskills as the preeminent destination for gaming and tourism in the Northeast.

“It has been my great pleasure to work with Joe D’Amato for the past seven years.” said Emanuel Pearlman, executive chairman of Empire Resorts. “Joe has been an essential member of the Empire family since 2009 and worked tirelessly to help ensure the Company was awarded a gaming facility license to develop and operate a resort casino in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County. He has led by example throughout his tenure, and we wish him all of the best for a successful retirement following a distinguished and successful 47-year career.”

“It is truly a privilege to assume the role of CEO,” said Eller, “I would like to thank Joe for his leadership which has enabled me to inherit an outstanding team and a project that will be well-positioned to be one of the nation’s most exciting new resort casinos.”

“To assist in the transition, Joe will continue as a consultant to the company for the next year as we prepare for the opening of Resorts World Catskills. While we are sorry to see Joe leave the company as a permanent member of the team, we’re fortunate to have Ryan’s talent and knowledge as he undertakes the CEO responsibilities,” said Pearlman.