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Red Rock president dies in watercraft accident

Richard Haskins, the president of Red Rock Resorts, died Saturday in a watercraft accident in Michigan while on vacation.

Haskins was 56 years old.

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“It is with profound sadness that we announce that Richard J. Haskins, President of Red Rock Resorts, Inc. and Station Casinos LLC, died today in a watercraft accident while vacationing in Michigan. The entire Station Casinos family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Haskins family,” the company said in a statement Saturday. “The Board of Directors expects to make further announcements regarding its plan of succession in the coming days.”

A lawyer in Nevada, Haskins joined the company, then known as Station Casinos, in November 1995 as its general counsel. He was promoted to vice president in 1998. In 2015 he served as president of Station Casinos and became president of Red Rock Resorts in January 2016. 

Frank Fertitta, III, CEO and Chairman of the Red Rock Resorts, Inc. Board of Directors, issued the following statement on behalf of the Company and Board of Directors:

“Words cannot express what Rich has meant to the Company and to me in the 25 years he has been with Station Casinos. He was a trusted advisor, a brilliant strategist, a steady hand in good times and in bad and most important – a friend to all. It is very hard to imagine Station Casinos being the Company it is today without Rich. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his children, his family and his loved ones.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.