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Riverboat gaming pioneer retiring

Bernard Goldstein, the man who sparked the riverboat gaming revival in Iowa in 1991, is retiring from his position as head of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., but he will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s board.

“Bernie Goldstein is the grandfather of riverboat gaming in this state, who lifted the spirits, the economy and the well-being of the Cedar Valley with the Isle of Capri,” said former Iowa state Senator Jim Lind.

Lind worked with Goldstein when the Black Hawk County Gaming Association pushed to get approval for the Isle at Waterloo, which opened last summer.

Goldstein will be replaced as CEO of Isle by Jim Perry.

Perry has 30 years of gaming experience serving as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of both Trump Entertainment Resorts and Argosy Gaming Co.

Most recently he chaired a joint strategic planning committee for Isle of Capri.