Empire Resorts, Inc. (Empire and, together with its subsidiaries, the company) recently announced that Jamie M. Sanko has been appointed the chief accounting officer of Empire, and Kevin D. Kline has been appointed the chief operating officer and general manager of Resorts World Catskills.
Sanko has nearly 20 years of accounting and finance experience. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer of by Genting Americas, Inc. and was responsible for the financial oversight of casino and resort properties located in New York, including Resorts World Casino New York City, Miami, Bimini and Las Vegas.
Kline has 25 years of experience in the gaming industry. He has held roles at various casino properties with oversight of casino marketing, operations oversight and development. Most recently, he served as the senior vice president and general manager of the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, overseeing the development and operations of the $450 million casino in downtown Cincinnati. Prior to that role, he served as the assistant general manager for the Horseshoe Hammond Casino and vice president of casino marketing for Harrah’s New Orleans and the Rio, Las Vegas.
“With the upcoming opening of Resorts World Catskills, Empire is expanding its first-class executive team,” said Ryan Eller, president and chief executive officer of Empire. “Jamie and Kevin bring years of gaming experience to strengthen the deep bench of leadership talent we already have in place, and will be key to the success of our exciting new resort casino.”
The development of Resorts World Catskills continues to progress. It is anticipated the opening of Resorts World Catskills will occur in time to herald in the Lunar New Year, with celebrations commencing in mid-February 2018.
“There is global anticipation for the opening of Resorts World Catskills,” Eller said. “We are opening a resort casino that we believe is different than the typical regional casino model. We aim for this property to exceed expectations and deliver on our promise to be the resort casino of choice.”