PPE, Harrah’s announce changes

Feb 5, 2002 10:13 AM

A merging of the sales and marketing teams from three Las Vegas Strip resorts into one division has been announced by Anthony Santo, president of Paris and Bally’s Las Vegas, and the Flamingo Las Vegas.

Heading the newly-created department will be Michael Uhl, who has been appointed senior vice president of sales/marketing,. He will be joined by Drew Varga, vice president of convention sales; Gregg Weiler, vice president of travel industry and meeting sales, and Pat Thomas, executive director of travel industry and meeting sales.

All four executives have many years of experience in the gaming industry.

Uhl, formerly a sales director with Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin, joined Hilton Hotels Inc. as director of sales at the N.Y. Hilton and subsequently was named vice president of sales/marketing for Paris and Bally’s Las Vegas.

Varga spent six years with the Las Vegas Hilton before moving to Bally’s in 1990 as director of sales. He was later promoted to executive director of sales for Paris/Bally’s in May, 2000.

Weiler began with Harveys Lake Tahoe before spending 10 years with the Reno Hilton and later moving to the Las Vegas Hilton where he was responsible for the convention sales market.

Thomas is a 24-year veteran of the Las Vegas wholesale and meetings marketplace and previously worked at the Imperial Palace and the Frontier before joining the Hilton organization.

Harrah’s also has announced executive changes. Gary Selesner, currently vice president and assistant general manager of Harrah’s Las Vegas, will be the new vice president and assistant general manager of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

And, Jonathan Halkyard will leave his posts at Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe properties to become vice president and assistant general manager of Harrah’s Las Vegas.