Station names 3 to top posts

May 22, 2001 10:46 AM

Three major executive appointments were made by Stations Casinos on Monday.

Art Manteris, known as the "Super Bookie," was named vice president of race and sports for all the company’s properties. Vicki LePore was named vice president-player development, eastside operations. Terry Downey was appointed vice president and general manager of Boulder Station.

Manteris, the former race and sports director at the Las Vegas Hilton, will take over his new position on July 1. He will replace Rob Terry, who will become a member of the company’s operations team.

A Pittsburgh native, Manteris took his first job in gaming as a race book ticket writer at the old Fremont Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. He also worked at the Barbary Coast. From there, he was named race and sports book director at Caesars Palace.

LePore, a native Las Vegan, entered the gaming industry as executive secretary to Harry Goodheart in the mid-’70s. She worked at several different properties before joining Caesars World as office manager of the branch marketing division. In 1999, she returned to Caesars Palace as vice president, Western operations, Caesars World Marketing.

In her new position, LePore will report to casino executive Mike Mecca, who recently joined the company to head the operation of a new casino being built in Green Valley.

Downey, general manager of The Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel, will fill the position formerly held by Rob Oseland, who resigned to accept a position with the Steve Wynn organization. Downey trained in race and sports under the tutelage of veteran odds maker Sid Diamond at the Excalibur. When an opening developed at Texas Station, Diamond recommended Downey. Downey was promoted to assistant general manager and later general manager of The Wild Wild West in 1998.