Tech expert chosen to lead Shuffle Master as president

Sep 30, 2003 5:24 AM

Paul C. Meyer, who for the past two and one-half decades has been affiliated with some of America’s top technology-driven entertainment companies, has been named president of Shuffle Master Inc.

Meyer will assume the post being given up by Mark Yoseloff, who will remain as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.

Currently president of Integrated Solutions Division of Concurrent Computer Corporation, Meyer has held senior executive positions with Virgin Interactive Entertainment and New Media divisions of Viacom and Playnet Technologies.

He moves on to Shuffle Master at the personal behest of Chairman Yoseloff.

"I’ve known Paul Meyer for over 25 years, during which time we worked together for eight years," commented Yoseloff in making the announcement.

"He combines professionalism and business acumen with an uncanny ability to help each of his employees achieve their highest potential. (At Shuffle Master) his skills and perspective will ensure high-level execution across all business lines."

At Primm Valley Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG), Paul Hobson has been promoted to vice president of operations Since joining the company in 1998, he has served as director of financial planning and analysis and more recently as assistant vice president.

Hobson began his career in the gaming industry following graduation with a degree in finance from Arizona State University and spent six years with both Caesars Tahoe and Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

Three new executive appointments have been announced by Bally Gaming and Systems, a division of Alliance Gaming Inc. (ALLY). They were Alex Dungan, vice president of customer service, Mark Morton, director of western regional sales, and Mike Nickolich, director of game operations for the state of New York.

Dungan has been with the company since 1990 and most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of the VSI division.

Morton worked with the company from 1992 to 1994 but more recently was the owner of the local office of Jostens, a supplier of educational products and services throughout the U.S.

Nickolich, who served the company as the field service manager for the start up of the company’s game operations in both Delaware and New Mexico, will leave his post as manager of the company’s Delaware Lottery operation to assume his new duties.

Park Place Entertainment Corporation (PPE) has announced the appointment of Bill Joyce as vice president of legal and regulatory affairs and business opportunity for the company’s Mid-South region.

Joyce previously served as vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for Caesars Indiana, a riverboat casino located just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky.

Also, PPE announced it promoted Anthony Del Vescovo to the position of executive director, corporate counsel for the region. He previously served on the legal staff of Grand Casino Biloxi.

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) said it had named Eric Schippers as its new vice president, public affairs. Schippers has worked extensively on issues before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures and will be responsible for Penn National’s government affairs, corporate communications and media relations.

At Vernon Downs, N.Y., where harness racing is conducted by Mid-State Raceway, a company headed by Las Vegas entrepreneur Shawn Scott, Kathryn R. Mayer has been named general manager of the video lottery gaming facility that is under construction.

Mayer has been operational manager of slot machines at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nev.

As part of its transition to a racino, the property’s name has been changed to Miracle Isle Gaming Resort and includes a hotel that opened in October of 1994 as The Comfort Suites at Vernon Downs.

And in Jackson, Miss., Victor P. Smith, a member of the Mississippi Gaming Commission has retired from the board with the expiration of his term on Sept. 30. He has served on the board for the past eight years.