Four key executives have been promoted
by Station Casinos Inc. (STN). They are:
William W. Warner, executive
vice president and chief development officer;
Richard J. Haskins, vice
president and general counsel;
Lesley A. Pittman, vice
president of corporate and governmental relations, and
Staci L. Columbo, vice president
of advertising and marketing.
Prior to his promotion, Warner was vice
president of finance. He joined Station Casinos in 1993 after serving as
controller with Kentco Capital Corp. of San Diego, Cal.
Before joining Station Casinos in 1995,
Haskins was a partner in a Kansas City, Mo. Law firm. He previously served as
Station Casinos vice president and associate general counsel.
Pittman was government services manager at R&R Partners before making the move to Station Casinos as
director of corporate and government relations.
Columbo had senior executive positions
with the Las Vegas Hilton and Greektown Casino in Detroit before joining Station
Casinos in 1996, initially as director of marketing for Texas Station Gambling
Hall & Hotel.
Respected gaming analyst Harry
Curtis has jumped ship. As of last week, Curtis, formerly employed by the
firm of Robertson Stephens, is now crunching numbers for JP Morgan Securities.
Shortly after moving into
his new job, Curtis issued initial coverage of the industry’s largest gaming
companies with “buy” ratings. They included Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET),
MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG), Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE), Mandalay Resort
Group (MBG), and Station Casinos Inc. (STN). He listed a “long-term buy”
rating for gaming manufacturing giant International Game Technology (IGT).
The resignations of Gregory J.
Woodland and James W. Davis as directors of American Vantage Cos. (AVCS)
have been accepted. There was no immediate indication that they would be
Jack Deremer, a long-time gaming
executive, has joined Innovative Gaming Corporation of America (IGCA) as
national sales director. He previously spent 16 years with Bally Gaming and
later held positions with Mikohn Gaming and Wolf Gaming.
Also, IGCA said it had
appointed John Van Hoove as director of Indian Gaming.
Joe Massa is the new general
manager of Catfish Bend Riverboat Casino in Burlington, Iowa. He succeeds Dan
Kehl who was promoted to corporate chief operating officer.