Dirson names Eddie R. Di Rocco as executive v-p

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Edward R. Di Rocco has been named executive vice president of
Dirson Enterprises, Inc., publisher of GamingToday newspaper, Flyer
magazine and a newly revamped web site.

The announcement was made jointly by Chuck Di Rocco and Eileen M.
Hutchinson, co-publishers of the Dirson properties.

“It’s always a delight to add an energetic new member to the
team and, when it’s your son, it’s even more delightful,” explained the
senior Di Rocco.

Eddie Di Rocco joins the family business following a successful
eight-year career in the casino industry. Soon after graduation from college, Eddie
entered the casino industry. He began as a trainee in casino credit at the newly opened
MGM Grand. It wasn’t long before he was moved up to the casino floor as a marketing

Several years later, Mandalay Bay offered him the opportunity to
improve his position. He took up the call in casino administration prior to the opening.
Then he moved up to casino host.

With two grand openings under his belt, Di Rocco was offered a
challenging position with Greektown Casino in Detroit, Mich. At the time of his
resignation to come with Dirson Enterprises, he was vice president of player development.

Di Rocco, 33, is the son of Chuck and Patricia Di Rocco. He has been a
resident of Las Vegas since 1975.

BACK IN PINSTRIPES! Jack Leone, long-time casino executive, has
returned to Caesars Palace as vice president of marketing.

Leone replaces Debbie Munch, who held the post for a number of years at
Caesars. She is now taking up similar duties at corporate headquarters as executive
director of public affairs for Park Place Entertainment.

Leone’s illustrious career in the casino industry included early
stops at Caesars World where he served as a senior executive at the company’s then
corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. He also held senior positions at MGM Grand and
Mandalay Bay.

Frederick R. Flamm has been named director of property
operations for the Maloof Companies’ Palms Casino and Hotel, under construction on
Flamingo Road. He has been with the Maloof family operations for 23 years.

Also joining the The Palms Casino Hotel operation are: Michael
, director of special projects, Mark D. Olson as director of human
resources, and George Noel, director of purchasing.

Shannon Reilly is the new general manager of The Tillerman
restaurant on East Flamingo Road. She is joined by Chris Chandler as banquet
manager/assistant restaurant general manager.

Kay Coles James, the controversial chairman of the National
Gambling Impact Study Committee and a proponent of banning Nevada wagering on college
sports events, has been nominated for the position of White House director of personnel

Jeffrey M. Smith is leaving as president of Hoosier Park
racetrack in Anderson, Ind., to become president and chief executive officer of Centaur
Inc., an Indiana-based gaming company.

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