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September 22, 2021

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Hospitality Network adds Stratosphere to its list

Hospitality Network, a provider of video communications to about 100,000 lodging rooms, rang in the New Year by adding the Stratosphere Tower to its list of gaming industry hotels located in Nevada, the Bahamas and Atlantic City.

The Stratosphere Tower will be opening its doors in April with 1,450 rooms, and finishing the project with another 1,000 rooms in November. Hospitality Network will provide, via in-room television, on-demand movies, multi-lingual text and voices featuring Spanish and Japanese, video checkout and other guest amenities.

Hospitality Network provides in-room video entertainment services for most of the largest hotels-casinos in the U.S. and Bahamas.

Station changes

Station Casinos Inc., recently announced a realignment of the management teams at its Las Vegas gaming properties, the promotion of two managers to its planned Kansas City Station property and the addition of two new executives at its Las Vegas properties.

Kevin L. Kelley, assistant general manager of Boulder Station hotel-casino has been named to the same position at Texas Gambling Hall & Hotel. He has more than 17 years experience in the hotel-casino industry.

He was executive vice president of international casino marketing for the Golden Nugget hotel-casino and the Las Vegas Hilton. Kelley joined Station Casinos Inc., in 1993 as vice president of gaming development and then became director of casino operations.

Scott Garawitz, assistant general manager of Palace Station hotel-casino, is moving to Boulder Station in the same position to replace Kelley.

Joseph S. Fertitta Jr., has been named assistant casino manager at Palace Station. He was director of casino operations at Bally's Las Vegas.

Jeff DeVito, director of food and beverage for Texas, has been named to the same position for Kansas City Station, STCI's new gaming property currently under construction in Kansas City, Mo. The new food and beverage director at Texas is Stephen Arcana, who joins STCI from the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., where he was assistant food and beverage director.

Also moving to Kansas City, is Lance Lambert, executive chef at Boulder Station, who will be the executive chef for Kansas City Station. That new property is on schedule to open in late fall 1996. Replacing Lambert is Greg Jones, who has been promoted to executive chef from assistant executive chef at Boulder Station.

Dean C. DiLullo, director of casino marketing at Boulder Station, has been named to the same position at Texas. DiLullo joined STCI in October after serving as director of marketing for the Rio Suite Hotel. Denise Rose will replace DiLullo at Boulder Station, who has been serving in the same position at Texas.

Primadonna chief

Primadonna Resorts Inc. recently announced the appointment of Christopher Gibase as chief operations officer.

Gibase, a gaming executive with more than 18 years experience, joined Primadonna in 1994 and served as vice president and general manager of Buffalo Bill's. Previously, he was vice president of operations for casinos in New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois and Mississippi.

Gibase's appointment comes on the heels of the recent Primadonna announcements of Spencer Geissinger as general manager and vice president of the Primadonna hotel-casino and Ray Paglia as general manager and vice president of Whiskey Pete's.

Orleans bowling

The Orleans hotel-casino, under construction at Tropicana Avenue and Arville Street, will house the nation's largest new installation of Brunswick's Frameworx equipment in its bowling center set to open in December.

Developed by Coast Hotel & Casino, owners of the Gold Coast and Barbary Coast, The Orleans will encompass nearly 1 million square feet on 80 acres at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. The bowling center will fill more than 200,000 square feet and will feature 70 lanes of Brunswick's Frameworx, a revolutionary new concept in center design that is based on how people interact while bowling, including the "Coach," an interactive video system that offers tips on making spares and other bowling assistance.

When completed, The Orleans will feature a casino, banquet facilities, an 850-seat showroom, five restaurants and an 850-room hotel tower. The bowling center will include an arcade, a full-service pro shop, a snack bar and five tournament meeting rooms.

ITB president

International Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., recently announced that Robert J. Quigley has been named president of the company.

Quigley has a distinguished career in the gaming industry. He has served in management positions at Atlantic City Race Course, the Meadowlands Racetrack, Garden State Park, Philadelphia Park and Retama Park. He has been a director of ITB since its inception in 1980 and previously served as president of ITB from March 1988 to June 1992.

Hilton elects Church

The board of directors of Hilton Hotels Corporation has elected Albert I. Church vice president-human resources for the gaming company. Church served as regional director-human resources, Eastern Region for Hilton Hotels Corporation. Church's office is located at the Hilton Corporate Plaza in the Hughes Office Park.

Church began his Hilton career in 1977 as a sales account executive at the New York Hilton. He was later promoted to assistant director of personnel. Later he worked for the Washington Hilton, Atlantic City Hilton and in 1985 was named the director of human resources for the Eastern region.

Church earned a bachelor's of science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and an MBA from George Washington University.

Harrah's appointment

Gordon Dickie has been appointed security/surveillance manager at Harrah's Las Vegas. He will be responsible for the daily management of the security and surveillance departments.

Dickie was director of casino operations of Primadonna Resorts Inc., and worked for the San Diego Police Department, Nevada Gaming Control Board and Hilton Corporate Security.