Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 | 2:05 a.m.
Former Planet Hollywood Senior Vice President of Property Operations and Food and Beverage Thomas Recine has been appointed as the vice president of food and beverage at Tropicana. Prior to joining Planet Hollywood, the longtime Las Vegas resident and UNLV alum spent 20 years in leadership roles with MGM Mirage resorts.
Recine’s appointment follows last week’s news that former Planet Hollywood President Thomas McCartney would be joining Tropicana as the casino-resort’s president, creating some speculation that more may follow McCartney.
Tropicana has announced 11 new executives amid the property’s rebranding in August.
The newly announced management team is part of the property’s effort to revamp and restructure after emerging from bankruptcy in July as a stand-alone company under the leadership of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alex Yemenidjian.
The property is undergoing a $125 million facelift, including a renovated casino floor, hotel rooms, pool and spa facilities, new dining options and a nightclub, all designed around the resort’s new South Beach feel.
Tropicana has remained virtually unchanged since its last renovation in 1985. The facelift is expected to be complete next year.