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Ben Sasaki returns to Las Vegas Hilton as FB director

Aug 21, 2001 7:28 AM

            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 restaurant manager.

            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 Baseball Properties.

            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).

            Steve Molnar, executive vice president of racing for Youbet.com Inc. (UBET) has resigned. The company said it does not plan to name a replacement.