McPhail heads Tropicana retail activities

Nov 5, 2002 4:51 AM

   Doug McPhail has been named director of retail sales for the Tropicana Resort & Casinos. He previously was in charge of retail activities for the Ramada Express Hotel Casino in Laughlin, Nev.

   In his new position, McPhail will be responsible for the 23 stores and kiosks at the Tropicana, which like the Ramada Express, is owned by Aztar Corp. (AZR).

   Jim Murren, president and CFO of MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG) will deliver the keynote address at the 4th Annual Gaming and Technology Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Nov. 14.

   Denise Barton has joined The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower as vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

   Peter DeRaedt, who was the founding board chairman of the Gaming Stardards Association (GSA) has returned to the organization as its new president.

   Kathleen B. Callahan has joined Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) as corporate director of communications. In her most recent position, Callahan was director of strategic employee communications at Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET).

   Magna Entertainment Inc. (MIEC) has appointed two new members of the board of directors. They are Louis Lataif, dean of the Boston University school of management, and William Menear, former executive with Scotia Bank. They replace John York II and James Nichol who resigned.

   Kevin DeSanctis, president and COO of Penn National Gaming Corp. (PENN) has beefed up his senior property level management team with three new appointments. Patrick Murphy is the new general manager of the Boomtown Biloxi Casino in Mississippi; Thomas P. Burke is general manager of the Bullwhackers properties, and Humbert J. Sinopoli, will add assistant general manager of the Boomtown Biloxi Casino to his duties as director of finance for the property.

   Harlan Goodson, director of the California Department of Justice’s Division of Gambling Control, has been named the first recipient of the International Master of Gaming Law’s Gaming Regulator of the Year.

   Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (PNK) has announced that Bruce A. Leslie, prominent gaming attorney from Reno, Nev., has joined its board of directors.

   Larry Mullin, who recently left the Trump management team in New Jersey, has been named executive vice president of marketing for The Borgata Hotel Resort now under construction in Atlantic City. Also, Jim Rigot has been appointed vice president of casino operations.

   Two new appointees to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission have been approved by the state Senate. They are Linda Kassekert and Thomas Auriemma.