Harris named senior v-p of Carl Icahn’s properties

Feb 27, 2001 6:59 AM

Bobby Ray Harris, one of the key executives assisting financier Carl Icahn in the overall operation of The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower, has been promoted to senior vice president of Icahn’s three properties.

Harris, who will report directly to Richard P. Brown, chief operating officer of Icahn’s Nevada gaming properties, will provide operational leadership and technical assistance to the Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s West and Arizona Charlie’s East.

In 1995, Harris joined the Stratosphere as director of marketing services. He was moved into the position of director of hotel operations a year later and in 1999 was named vice president of hotel and tower operations.

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He previously was VIP services manager at Caesars Tahoe; was room reservation manager at the Desert Inn and was director of One Stop Reservations/ Ticketing/ Environmental Services for the MGM Grand Hotel Resort/Casino.

Michelle Chatigny, a six-year employee of International Game Technology (IGT), has been promoted to vice president, compliance.

While at IGT, she served as director of compliance, ensuring that IGT complied with all gaming laws in all jurisdictions where it does business.

Before joining the company, she worked with the Nevada Gaming Control Board both in the Investigations Division and in the Corporate Securities Division.

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Robert A. Finch, who spent the past 18 years working for Station Casinos Inc., is the new vice president and general manager of the Fiesta Casino Hotel. He will report directly to Kevin Kelly, president of West Las Vegas Operations for Station Casinos.

Finch joined Stations in 1983 as a floor supervisor and has been assigned to various Station properties before taking on the responsibility of the Fiesta.

In other Stations announcements, Michael R. Clotfelter is the new Capri Ristorante room chef at Sunset Station; Scott J. Hager is the new casino manager at Boulder Station; and Palace Station will have James Dickstein as director of casino operations and Rick Martinez as director of slot operations.

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J. Barry Mitchell has been named player development executive at The Regent Las Vegas. The property has also named James D. Greenwood poker room manager.

Riccardo Ingrassia, a gaming industry veteran, is the new director of casino operations at Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort, Spa and Casino.

In his 19 years of gaming affiliations, he has worked both in the U.S. and abroad. His European experience is expected to assist the Hyatt Regency since it is a boutique casino offering spa amenities in addition to the usual casino games.


Kevin Mullally, one of those who helped write Missouri’s gaming laws, has been appointed executive director of the Missouri Gaming Commission succeeding Mel Fisher, who retired in December.