Ben Sasaki, who has worn the Las Vegas Hilton executive stripes
three times during the past two
decades, has been promoted to vice president of food and beverage by owner Park
Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE).
Actually, Sasaki began his affiliation with Hilton Hotels Inc. (HLT) in
1970, working in the world-renown San Francisco Hilton. He also spent time at
the Los Angeles Hilton before his first stint at the Las Vegas Hilton as
In recent years, he has been
assigned to an Atlantic City facility and later the Flamingo Hotel in Laughlin,
before returning to the Las Vegas Hilton.
Also at the Las Vegas
Hilton, Tony Alves has been named director of casino marketing. He has
prior experience both in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Steve Sexton is the
new president of Arlington Park in Chicago, a racetrack acquired last year by
Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN). He replaces Scott Mordell who has been the
president and CEO since 1995.
Several promotions have been
announced by MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG). Gamal Aziz is the new president and
COO of the MGM Grand. He succeeds Bill Hornbuckle who was promoted to
executive vice president of marketing for the parent company.
Chuck Bowling, former
senior vice president of marketing and sales, has been named executive vice
president of hotel operations of MGM Grand. Also at MGM Grand, Kim Cimini
has been elevated to senior vice president of hotel operations.
Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN)
has announced the appointment of Tyrone Tubbs as vice president of sales.
Most recently, Tubbs served as director of corporate sponsorship for Major Leave
Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
(ISLE) has announced two recent promotions. Lester McMackin III has been
named corporate vice president of marketing and Sean Barnard is the new
vice president and general manager of its riverboat casino in Lula, Miss.
In Atlantic City, Robert
J. McGuire, a former police commissioner in New York City, has been named to
the board of directors of Trump Hotels & Casinos Resorts Inc. (DJT).
executive vice president of racing for Youbet.com Inc. (UBET) has resigned. The
company said it does not plan to name a replacement.