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Palms building team; four named to top positions

May 8, 2001 9:10 AM

Four executive appointments have been announced by George Maloof, whose family-owned Palms Casino Resort is under construction on Flamingo Road near Wynn Road.

David Mitchell, who served as senior vice president for development with Caesars World Inc. for six years, has been named chief financial officer. He will be joined by Tonie Kerekes, director of finance, Laurie Gardner, director of sales, and Andrew Yves Portal, director of food and beverage.

Kerekes previously was CFO for the Frontier Hotel Casino and more recently was controller at Palace Station. Gardner’s experience was gained with America West Airlines and more recently as director of business development for Lowestfare.com. Portal was recruited from Crown Casino in Australia.

Veteran casino executive Mark Lipparelli has joined the senior management group of Shuffle Master Inc. (SHFL) as executive vice president. He began his gaming experience in research and public company analysis for the Nevada Gaming Control Board and later joined Casino Data Systems (CSDS) as vice president of finance. Most recently, he was CFO of Camco Inc. in Las Vegas.

Carol Thompson has been named director of training for all eastside properties operated by Station Casinos (STN). They include Sunset Station, Boulder Station, The Reserve and Barley’s Casino and Brewing Co.

Also, Turk Cobell is the new director of hotel operations for Sunset Station.

Attorney Kirk Hendrick, an assistant attorney general who provided legal assistance to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada Athletic Commission, will be leaving public service on May 13 and will join the law firm of Jones & Vargas.

Art Manteris announced over the weekend that he is retiring from his post as head of race and sports for the Las Vegas Hilton.

Michael Maggiore, who has held executive positions at the Las Vegas Hilton, Caesars Palace and the Desert Inn, has joined Barona Casino in San Diego as assistant general manager of hospitality.

Gerald Lawrence, long-time horse racing executive and the executive vice president of Autotote Corporation, now known as Scientific Games Corp. (SGM), has given up his position but will remain with the new company as senior executive advisor.

Brooke Shaull has been named advertising manager at the Monte Carlo. Shaull previously was advertising coordinator at the Excalibur.

Ted Barber has been appointed vice president of procurement for Ameristar Casinos (ASCA). Jeffrey Evora is the new manager of marketing analysis.