Smith one of three appointments at Shuffle Master

Apr 3, 2001 6:44 AM

Las Vegas attorney Jerry Smith has joined Shuffle Master Inc. (SHFL) as assistant general counsel. He will be located in the company’s corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.

   Smith received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned his law degree from Emory University School of Law. He was previously associated with the firm of Hale Lane Peek Dennison Howard and Anderson.

 Also, the company announced that it has added two new outside members to its board of directors. They are: Howard P Liszt and Ken Hobson. Liszt was a marketing and advertising executive for three decades while Hobson is a financial investor who specializes in gaming industry stocks.

   Nick Ribis, who headed the gaming operations for a number of years for Donald Trump before splitting with the mogul last year, is back on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, this time as an equity holder in the recently purchased Resorts Hotel/Casino. The property was bought by Colony Capital LLC. Ribis, who will head the casino’s operating committee, put up $2.1 million for a 4.9% share of the casino.

   Jennifer Cunningham has been appointed director of sales for Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Reno. She has spent the past 17 years as a travel and tourist marketing specialist.

   Joseph Mascellino has been promoted to casino shift manager at New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Before joining the New York-New York operation, he worked in a variety of positions with Caesars Palace, The Mirage and MGM Grand.

   Loren A. Piel has been appointed general counsel and Rodney Hill is the new senior vice president of engineering at Innovative Gaming Corporation of America (IGCA). Piel spent six years as associate general counsel for Boyd Gaming.

   Karen Dorsey, former vice president of operations, has been elevated to president of Ellis Island Casino & Brewery.

   Marc A. Crisafulli has been named senior vice president and permanent general counsel of GTECH Holdings Inc. (GTK).

   Ron Asher, former chief of enforcement for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, has been named a senior-level consultant by API Gaming of Green Bay, Wisc.