New owner of Club Cal Neva, Siri will hold 100 percent ownership

Jul 1, 2012 7:07 AM

The Sierra Development Company, doing business as the Club Cal Neva since 1962, announced today, a complete transfer of stock from current ownership to Jeffery L. Siri. The move comes on the heels of the Nevada Gaming Commission-approved sale of all Club Cal Neva Sports Book operations to William Hill Sports Betting of the United Kingdom. 

As a result of the sale, Siri will hold 100 percent ownership of the Club Cal Neva.

The Club Cal Neva began doing business in 1962 when they opened its doors on the corner of 2nd and Center Streets in downtown Reno. In 1980, the club expanded to include Virginia Street side of the casino.  

“The Club Cal Neva has been doing business for 50 years, and I have been a part of the operations of Club Cal Neva for over 30 years,” said Siri. “The Club Cal Neva is well known for its great values and friendly customer service, and as the Club Cal Neva begins its next 50 years of business it is my intention to continue to offer the same great values that the Club Cal Neva has been known for and our loyal customers expect.” 

Siri began his career at the Club Cal Neva in 1981, starting as the controller, and progressing through the management levels of the Club Cal Neva to become the Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Although Siri will be involved in the overall management of the Club Cal Neva, he will step aside as chief executive and concentrate on his new job as Chief Operating Officer for the William Hill Race and Sports Book operations in Nevada. 

The Club Cal Neva also announced the promotion of two executive officers of the company. Philip Kenny will take over day to day responsibilities of the Club Cal Neva as their CEO and General Manager, with Ken Barlor being promoted to Vice President of Operations for the casino. 

Kenny has been with the Club Cal Neva since 2001 and has 27 years in the gaming business including stints in the United Kingdom, cruise ships, and Minnesota. Kenny is formerly the Vice President of Operations.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for our company since Jeff’s purchase of the club’s stock,” said Kenny. “It ensures that one of downtown Reno’s cornerstone casino’s stays open and thrives. It also means that our employees and guests can feel comfortable knowing that the casino is in the hands of people they know and that nothing is really going to change.” 

Barlor has been with the Club Cal Neva since 1988 and has 24 years in the gaming business. Barlor started at the Club Cal Neva in 1988 as a poker dealer and has worked his way up the ladder to become the Vice President of Operations. Barlor is formerly the director of gaming operations for the club. 

“I’ve been working here since I was 21-years-old,” said Barlor. “To have the opportunity to be in this position is exciting. This casino has been my family for the better part of my life. I look forward to a very bright and exciting future for the employees and guests of the Club Cal Neva.”