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

Mar 27, 2001 6:39 AM

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 executive.

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 Scarselli, 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 management.

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.