Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERI) announced today that Steve Callender has been named Senior Vice President of Operations for the East Region. Mr. Callender most recently served as General Manager of Eldorado’s Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, where he has held executive positions since 2010. Jason L. Gregorec, who most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, will succeed Steve Callender as Vice President and General Manager of Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Mr. Callender and Mr. Gregorec’s appointments reflect Eldorado’s ongoing commitment to driving operational excellence, unparalleled guest experiences, talent development and a positive corporate culture to support the Company’s continued growth.
Mr. Callender brings over 40 years of proven gaming industry experience to his new position, where he will report to Anthony L. Carano, Eldorado Resorts’ President & Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Mr. Callender will have operational responsibility for Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, NJ; Eldorado Scioto Downs, Columbus, OH; and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, New Cumberland, WV. Mr. Callender began his career at Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City’s first casino in 1978. Over the next decade, he ascended to executive positions of increasing responsibility, eventually assuming the role of Vice President of Casino Operations. Over the following years, Mr. Callender served as Casino Manager for the Atlantic City Hilton, and Senior Vice President of Table Operations at Bally's Atlantic City, where he was instrumental in integrating the acquired Claridge Casino into the Bally’s brand. Following a four year return to Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City as Senior Vice President of Operations, he moved to Tropicana as Vice President of Table Games in 2010.
Mr. Gregorec is a gaming industry veteran with 25 years of experience and a strong record of managing day to day operations, elevating guest service and experiences, driving financial performance, coaching employees and building culture through training and development, managing property renovations and refining direct marketing strategies. Prior to his most recent position as Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of Greektown Casino-Hotel, he served in executive capacities for several of the country’s leading gaming companies including Tropicana Entertainment, Station Casinos, Majestic Star Casinos, and Trump Casinos.
Commenting on the executive changes, Anthony Carano said, “Steve and Jason have extensive, proven gaming industry careers and deep experience that are an excellent match with their new positions and Eldorado’s expanded operating base. We are confident that our facilities and the property management teams in Steve’s region will benefit from his vast industry knowledge and experience. Likewise, Jason’s successful track record in many of the country’s most competitive gaming markets and his focus on the communities where he has operated make him ideally suited to extend Steve’s success at Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, which has performed very well since Eldorado’s acquisition of the property last fall.”
Steve Callender is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and is actively engaged in enriching the Atlantic County community. He served as the 2013 and 2014 General Campaign Chair for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey and in 2009 was casino chair for the Southern Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross. Most recently, Steve was named President of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and the Atlantic City Casino Industry Executive Chair for the American Red Cross – Penn Jersey Region.
Jason Gregorec earned a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and has successfully completed Dale Carnegie programs for leadership, communications and human relations. He has served on many gaming industry professional organizations including Vice Chairman of the Casino Association of Indiana and Board of Commissioners and Vice President of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also served as a Keynote Speaker on the gaming industry at DePaul University Chicago and Roosevelt University Chicago. Mr. Gregorec served in the 12th Special Forces Group, US Army Reserves from 1989 through 1997, supervising and assisting in airborne operations and was deployed to the Middle East for various operations.
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