Station Casinos promotes four company executives

Apr 16, 2002 7:43 AM

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 replaced.

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.