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Well-known casino marketing exec joins ILX Resorts

Jun 3, 2003 6:44 AM

Connie Ross, who for more than a decade has been the senior marketing executive and publicist for the Imperial Palace properties in Las Vegas and in Biloxi, Miss., has accepted a position with ILX Resort Inc. (ILX), a developer, operator and marketer of upscale flexible-stay vacation resorts based in Phoenix, Ariz.

While boosting the casinos owned by entrepreneur Ralph Engelstad, who died last year, Ross also developed a national following with both a radio show and a television show that emanated from the Strip property.

Prior to beginning her gaming career, Ross operated her own financial consulting firm. During her tenure at the Imperial Palace, she was named outstanding woman in tourism. She received the Circle of Excellence award from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and was cited by the Nevada Attorney General’s office for being an "outstanding role model for women in Nevada."

In her new position as executive vice president: corporate development/office of the chairman, Ross will be responsible for the expansion of the company’s expansion of operations in Las Vegas and elsewhere. "Her unique talents," said Joe Martori, ILX Resort chairman and CEO, "will contribute both to the growth of our core business, sales of vacation ownership interest in the enormous Las Vegas visitor market as well as to the development and promotion of ancillary businesses."

Additionally, Ross will have the responsibility of working closely with Greens Worldwide Incorporated, a recently formed company focusing on golf world-class putting and golf entertainment facilities designed by the Dye Design Group. Among the founders are Mike Weir, recent winner of the U.S. Masters Championship, and current California amateur champion, Eddie Heinen.

At Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD), Paula Eylar has been promoted to vice president of internal audit. She has been with the company since 1995 when she left her post as director of internal audit for the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino.

Two new members of the executive staff have been announced by Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA). Joining the company are Kevin Cottingim, vice president of organization development and training, and Larry Azuse, director of compensation.

Cottingim most recently was vice president of leadership development for Darden Restaurants. Azuse held the position of director of corporation human resources for Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE).

John B. Furman of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been named to the board of directors of GameTech International Inc. (GMTC). He is the former CEO of Rural Metro Corporation.

Richard Gerzof, a founder and director of Global Payment Technologies Inc. (GPTX), has been named vice chairman of the company’s board of directors.