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Casino execs open consulting firm

The new Jay Daniel Company, a casino management consultancy, has opened offices in New Orleans and Dallas.

Company founders are Jeffrey Dahl and Daniel Davila. Dahl was president and COO of both Torguson Gaming and the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. Davila became Torguson’s CFO and treasurer after working 15 years as a Wall Street casino and equity analyst and holding other corporate posts.

Jay Daniel partners are Joe Billhimer, former COO of Hard Rock Casino Biloxi, and Mike Hammer, principal of the Pontchartrain Capital investment bank.

Davila, who lives in New Orleans, tells the Biloxi Sun Herald that the consultancy will concentrate on planning, developing and managing casinos. It will also evaluate existing operations, analyze markets, handle due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, advise on staffing and work with debt and equity facilitation.

Jay Daniel is developing business, the paper says, by “offering a 20 percent referral fee.”

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