Hard Rock International recently announced the appointment of three key corporate executives in accordance with the brand’s strategic growth plan. Jon Lucas was named chief operating officer, Dale Hipsh was promoted to senior vice president overseeing the hotel portfolio, and Sean Caffery was hired as senior vice president of casino development.
The company also announced that Matt Harkness was named president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. As a New Jersey native with decades of gaming experience, Harkness’ appointment is a strategic move for the brand, bringing experienced gaming leadership to the significant property launch.
A new face to the brand, Harkness joins Hard Rock as an industry veteran with more than 30 years of managerial experience in the gaming industry. For 15 years, Harkness worked in Atlantic City for Trump Casino Resorts. Additionally, he was chief operating officer of Four Winds Casinos in Michigan. Most recently, he held the position of general manager at Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where he led the operations team through pre- and post-opening.