Isle of Capri’s Hinkley
resigns COO post

Jan 16, 2007 4:28 AM

Without giving a reason, Tim Hinkley, president and COO of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE) announced that he is stepping down after 17 years with the company.

Hinkley added, however, that he would remain in his position until the company has found a replacement.

The company said it regretted Hinkley’s decision to move on and was instituting an immediate search for a replacement.

Bernard Goldstein, chairman and CEO, remarked, "I am saddened by Tim’s decision to leave Isle of Capri and we wish him well. From his initial role as general manger at our first casino in Biloxi, Miss., to serving as president and COO, he has positioned the company for the future."

Full House Resorts Inc. (FLL) has named Mark Miller as its chief financial officer. Miller most recently served as chief financial officer for Aero Products International of Illinois.

The company has received approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to acquire a small casino in Fallon, Nev.

Youbet.com (UBET) has appointed Michael Nelson as its chief accounting officer and corporate controller. He will report to CFO Gary Sproule.

Nelson joins UBET from a California compliance firm where he was vice president and controller.

Magna Entertainment Corp. (MECA) has appointed Bill Murphy as president and general manager of Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., which recently opened as a racino. Murphy replaces Paul Micucci who resumes his duties as corporate executive in charge of new gaming initiatives.

Nevada Gold & Casinos Inc. (UWN) has appointed Ernest East as senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. East has previously been affiliated with Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts and Hyatt Gaming Services.

And, without fanfare or controversy, Republican Gov. Jim Gibbons has reappointed Democrat Peter Bernhard as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, a position he has held since being named to the post by ex-Gov. Kenny Guinn in 2001.