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Spectrum hires key executives

Spectrum Gaming Group last month announced the appointment of key executives in two new positions. Michael Diamond was named vice president of research, and Laura Westheimer was named vice president of the company’s expanded Las Vegas office.

Diamond has extensive investigative research experience, both in journalism and in government. He joined Spectrum after a 33-year career at the Atlantic City Press, where he served as a special projects writer, editorial page editor, statehouse correspondent and bureau chief, all of which involved frequent coverage of gaming-industry issues.

Diamond will head up Spectrum’s domestic and international research projects, including state economic-impact reports and regulatory investigations in Asia.

Westheimer will open Spectrum’s expanded Las Vegas office, from which she will manage the company’s Nevada services, including feasibility studies, market analyses, regulatory and due diligenceservices and litigation support.

Westheimer began her gaming industry career in 1989 in casino marketing at the Desert Inn. She went on to hold several management positions with the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, Illinois, and as corporate manager of special projects for Cannery Casino Resorts.