One of Atlantic City’s most successful gaming executives is headed west—Hard Rock International has announced that industry veteran Joe Lupo will take over the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas once the company completes the purchase of the property from MGM Resorts.
Lupo will officially become president after the sale closes and he receives the requisite approvals from state regulators.
Lupo currently serves as president of Hard Rock Atlantic City. Prior to that, he spent time as senior vice president of Borgata, president of Seminole Hard Rock in Florida, and other executive-level positions around the industry.
In addition to his duties with Hard Rock, Lupo was also serving as president of the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ).
Replacing Lupo as president in Atlantic City will be Anthony Faranca, subject to regulatory approval, effective September 1. Faranca has extensive experience managing large gaming properties including the Palms in Las Vegas and Parx Casino in Pennsylvania.
Mark Giannantonio was voted in as president of CANJ, replacing Lupo, who has held the position over the past three years. Giannantonio is president of Resorts Atlantic City and previously was the general manager at Tropicana. He has spent his entire career as a casino executive in Atlantic City.