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Personnel moves ready MGM for CityCenter

MGM Mirage announced several major personnel moves and promotions throughout Las Vegas as the company readies for the 2009 opening of CityCenter. Bill McBeath was named president and COO of the new 4,000-room resort and casino at CityCenter, scheduled to open in November 2009. McBeath will also oversee the Vdara Condo Hotel at CityCenter. McBeath has served as president of Bellagio since February 2005.   Randy Morton has been named president and COO of Bellagio.   Anton Nikodemus has been promoted to president and COO of Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Nikodemus served as senior vice president of hotel operations for Bellagio where he had executive oversight of the hotel division, food and beverage division, entertainment and engineering. In their new positions, McBeath, Morton and Nikodemus will all report to Bobby Baldwin, chief design and construction officer for MGM Mirage, and president and CEO of CityCenter. Jon Corchis was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of the resort and casino at CityCenter. Mike Longi was named vice president and chief financial officer at Bellagio. Bill Boasberg was named vice president and chief financial officer at the Mirage. Courtney Wenlender was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer at New York-New York Hotel and Casino. Greg Hinton has been named vice president of finance for Harrah’s St. Louis Casino & Hotel in Missouri. He had been regional director of planning and analysis for Las Vegas-based Harrah’s four properties in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Foxwoods names execs

Foxwoods Resort Casino named Gillian Murphy, a veteran of the hotel and gambling industries, to oversee its new $700 million casino, MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Murphy will serve as senior vice president and general manager of the new property, overseeing its operations, which will include a casino, hotel tower, convention center, 4,000-seat theater, and restaurants and shopping. The MGM Grand, which will be connected to Foxwoods Resort Casino, is scheduled to open in May. Murphy was most recently vice president and assistant general manager of the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.


Seneca names Hansberry CEO

Brian Hansberry has officially been named president and chief executive officer of Seneca Gaming Corporation, the gaming arm of New York’s Seneca Nation of Indians. He had held the posts on an interim basis.


Motor City’s VP of hotel operations

MotorCity Casino Hotel named Randal Villareal vice president of hotel operations, effective immediately. The hotel at the MotorCity casino in Detroit, Michigan, is scheduled to open November 1. Villareal previously worked as divisional vice president of the Remington Hotel Corp. in Dallas.


PokerTek appoints new CEO

North Carolina-based PokerTek, Inc., producer of the hot PokerPro automated poker table, announced the appointment of Chris Halligan as the company’s second CEO, succeeding Lou White, who co-founded the company and will now serve as vice chairman of the board.

    “I’m honored and excited about this opportunity,” said Halligan, who joined the company as VP of sales and planning last year. “PokerTek has a tremendous product offering, strong strategic relationships and great people. Our products are the future of poker.”

    “As our company has grown, it has become clear that we need to add accomplished professional managers to lead our company,” said White. “Chris Halligan fits that description perfectly.”

    PokerTek Chairman Lyle Berman praised White’s job during his tenure as CEO, when he took the company from zero to a currently installed base of 130 PokerPro tables across the industry, a number that is growing internationally, as Aristocrat Technologies distributes the product outside the U.S.

    “Lou has done a tremendous job in forming and launching PokerTek,” Berman said. “Having Chris as PokerTek’s new leader is an important step in our growth. His experience and achievements make him the right man for the next phase of our development.”


AC Coin expands sales force

AC Coin & Slot announced the hiring of a new tier of regional managers as part of a plan to strengthen customer service and support for its growing line of proprietary slot machines. The addition of three new regional managers completes a two-year initiative in which the total number of sales representatives serving AC Coin & Slot customers was doubled.

    The initiative corresponds with a significant increase in demand for proprietary AC Coin & Slot bonusing slot machines, evidenced by a 79 percent increase over the past three years in the number of games simultaneously leased across the United States, and by the company’s rapid expansion throughout Canada.

    “The casino industry is evolving rapidly. With the introduction of new technologies and sophisticated tools for the analysis of slot product offerings, our company needs to be ready for the customer needs of today and tomorrow,” said Christopher Strano, vice president of sales and marketing. “We are only successful when our products perform well for our casino partners. Hiring experienced and educated professionals will keep our business growing and will ensure our partners consistent success with our products.”

          AC Coin & Slot’s newly appointed regional managers, Trent R. Looney, Todd M. Mick and John E. Molinaro, augment the company’s existing lineup of 23 account managers across North America. This new level of management will serve to keep regional business strategies and market dynamics in close alignment with the company’s overall business objectives, says Strano.

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