St. Jean gets Wild West, Aziz takes the helm at MGM Grand

Jul 17, 2001 7:20 AM

  Richard St. Jean, a seven-year employee of Stations Casinos Inc. (STN), has been named vice president and general manager of Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel.

A graduate of the hotel and restaurant administration school of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, St. Jean began his hospitality career at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City prior to moving to Las Vegas. He held positions at Caesars Palace, the Tropicana, and the Colorado Belle before becoming director of hotel operations at Palace Station.

  Richard J. Glasier, executive vice president and CFO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., has joined the board of directors of Aztar Corporation (AZR).

  Will Farish, chairman of the board of Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN), has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. He will resign his Churchill position.

  Bill Hornbuckle, president of the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino, has been promoted to executive vice president of marketing for MGM MIRAGE (MMG), the parent company. He will be replaced by Jamal Aziz, who moves up from his position of MGM Grand executive vice president of ­­operations.

  J. Jeff King, former general manager of Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in Vicksburg, Miss., has accepted the post of vice president and general manager of the Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. in Boonville, Mo.

  Mark Dodson has resigned as one of two co-chief operating officers, leaving Wallace Barr as the sole executive in that position with Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE). The choice of Barr as the company’s COO was made by President and CEO Tom Gallagher.

  In a major shakeup at Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK), COO J. Michael Allen submitted his resignation while John Spina, general manager of the company’s troubled Indiana riverboat, the Belterra Casino Resort, was terminated. Richard J. Delaney, company vice president and corporate director of hotel operations, has become the interim manager of the Belterra while Paul Alanis, president and CEO, said he would assume Allen’s ­­responsibilities.

  Judith Richardson has been appointed controller for Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA).

  Lonny Powell, former member of the executive team at Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEIC), has been selected to replace recently-resigned Tony Champlin, as president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International. A few years ago, Powell headed the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. He will assume his new post next month.