Stephen L. Cavallaro, an experienced gaming executive who left the industry temporarily to head the Internet travel company Travelscape.com, has been named by Station Casinos Inc. to fill the executive vice president and COO posts being vacated by Blake L. Sartini, who recently announced his resignation to take over ownership of Station subsidiary Southwest Gaming Services, a slot route operator.
Cavallaro began his career in the industry more than two decades ago and spent a number of years working for Harrah’s Entertainment in Atlantic City. He was later transferred to Las Vegas, where he became assistant general manager of Harrah’s on the Strip.
In 1990, Cavallaro joined with the Maloof family in the development of the Fiesta Hotel and Casino. Following that involvement, he spent time with the Hard Rock, Palace Station and then moved north to take the helm of Harveys Casino Resorts in Lake Tahoe.
In 1999, he became president and chief executive officer of Travelscape.com, which was sold the following year to Expedia Inc., an affiliate of Microsoft Corporation. More recently, Cavallaro, through his own company, provided consulting services to Station and other companies in the industry.
In making the announcement, Frank J. Fertitta III, chairman and CEO of Station Casinos, stated: "We’re happy to welcome Steve back to the company on a full-time basis. His knowledge of our culture, his commitment to customer service and his leadership skills should result in a smooth transition into our management team."