Aliante Station names key execs

Nov 4, 2008 5:03 PM

by Kevin Stott |

Station Casinos has announced the appointment of key directors for its newest property, Aliante Station, set to open next week.

Laci Urcioli was named the director of marketing for the new casino and will be responsible for overseeing the advertising, promotions, player development and Rewards Center for the property. In her role she will be supervising 35 team members.

Urcioli previously worked at IGT where she was a marketing services representative and product specialist; Walker Digital as an account executive as well as various advertising and promotions positions throughout Station Casinos’ properties.

Stations also named Rod Hicken the director of facilities for Aliante Station. Hicken will be responsible for overseeing the facility including the engineering and internal maintenance departments and will emphasize keeping up the cleanliness and appearance of the property. Hicken will supervise a staff of over 100 team members.

The company also tapped Benito Biancaniello director of slot operations for Aliante Station. Biancaniello will be responsible for overseeing the slot machine operations including securing and offering the most current and popular slot/video poker products available in the market and will be supervising a staff of 70. The casino will offer more than 2,550 slot/video poker machines throughout the new property.

Biancaniello has risen through the casino ranks at Stations, serving in various gaming positions for more than 20 years. He actually started at the company’s first property "Bingo Palace" – later renamed Palace Station – as a slot utility technician and throughout his long career has assisted in opening up six properties for Station Casinos.

So Biancaniello is one of those few people who has seen the company grow from its humble beginnings when Bingo Palace first opened its doors on July 1, 1976.

"I never would have imagined the company would grow from our one property to now Aliante Station," Biancaniello said. "It’s great that we could grow as large as we have become and still feel like family across all corners of the valley. I have friends at every property – it’s always a treat to see them and share old stories."

Biancaniello said his most vivid memories during his tenure with Station Casinos were when he "crawled around the carpet for two years installing the first slot player tracking system at Bingo Palace" and "getting caught in a tornado in Shreveport, Louisiana during the slot install at Louisiana Downs."

And the 42-year-old is thrilled to get to be a big part of the company’s 18th property.