Richard St. Jean, who launched the Hollywood Casino Toledo in Ohio four years ago, is leaving for California to do something similar for a casino that Penn National Gaming hopes to open in 2016. He will oversee opening of the 0 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.
The casino, owned by the Jamul Indian Village, is scheduled to open in about a year. It will have about 1,700 slots and 43 gaming tables.
St. Jean leaves a community that appreciates his work. “He’s just been absolutely wonderful,” Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon told the Toledo Blade. “He’s part of the fabric of our community. He’s very well-liked and respected here in the city of Rossford.”
The city of Rossford plans to honor St. Jean for his work in nearby Toledo.
St. Jean oversaw the completion of Penn National’s $300 million Toledo casino and assembled the executive team that opened it and staffed it with 1,300 employees.
His replacement has been named: Frank Quigley, a longtime veteran of Penn National. He was formerly interim general manager of Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario.
St. Jean will also oversee Penn’s Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack. He joined Penn in 2011 after 16 years at Station Casinos. He has also worked at the Tropicana Las Vegas, Colorado Belle Casino Resort in Laughlin and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.