Resorts Executive Shuffle Continues
As an expected part of the management change made at Resorts with Mohegan Sun running the day-to-day operations, it was announced that Gary Van Hettinga, former president of Mohegan Gaming Advisors, has been named president and Chief Operating Officer at Resorts Casino Hotel.
This announcement was made the day before Hettinga is scheduled to be the featured speaker at a networking luncheon for the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association tomorrow, Sept. 27, at the Ballroom at Resorts Casino Hotel.
Mohegan Sun, which owns two casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, not only is managing Resorts; the company owns 10 percent of the casino. New York real estate magnate Morris Bailey, who bought Resorts in December 2010 for $31.5 million, owns the rest.
A 30-year veteran of the casino industry, Van Hettinga had previously experience as an A.C. casino executive at Caesars World and Tropicana Casino and Resort.
The executive shuffle at Resorts includes Aaron Gomes leaving Resorts for a position as managing director of Echo Entertainment’s Jupiters Gold Coast Casino in Australia. Other Resorts executives brought to Resorts by the late Dennis Gomes have also left recently, Sherry Amos and Stephanie Nielsen.
One of the new Resorts executives is Mark Giannantonio, a former Tropicana president who has been named Resorts’ new vice president of hotel operations and food and beverage. Tom Cantone, former Atlantic City casino entertainment executive (with the Sands, Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal) will be in charge of entertainment bookings at Resorts through his position as vice president of sports and entertainment at Mohegan Sun.