Valley Forge, Pa. – Valley Forge Casino Resort today announced its new management team, which has more than a century of combined experience in the gaming industry.
“We’ve appointed an impressive group of highly motivated people,” said President and CEO Saverio R. “Sal” Scheri. “I’m confident that this great team will lead Valley Forge to a successful opening as a world-class casino resort, providing our guests with an exceptional gaming experience.”
Scheduled to open in the spring of 2012, Valley Forge Casino Resort will create about 500 permanent jobs and serve as the ultimate destination for leisure and business travelers. The resort will feature: 486 stylish guest rooms and suites; 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities; top-notch amenities; and a variety of dining options. Connected to the Valley Forge Convention Center, the premier casino will feature 50 table games and 600 of the newest and most popular slot machines.
The management team is comprised of:
Mark Starrett, Assistant General Manager: With more than 28 years of experience in the casino industry, Starrett has held leadership positions in hotel operations, food and beverage, marketing, customer service, quality assurance, security, transportation and parking, project management, and strategic planning. Most recently, Starrett worked at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., where he successfully created, developed and rolled out the operations division that opened the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort in May 2009.
Robert Carmignani, Vice President of Marketing: Carmignani will maintain responsibility for all sales and marketing functions across the hotel, convention center and casino operations. Most recently, Carmignani was the regional vice president of national casino marketing and sales in Atlantic City for Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s and Showboat Atlantic City, where he successfully led several business units. Also a licensed attorney, his areas of experience include hospitality, gaming, group and convention sales, communications, technology, intellectual property, media production, and legal affairs.
Martin Doyle, Vice President of Food and Beverage: Doyle has worked in top restaurants around the world. He has been a part of many opening teams such as Trustees Dining Room in New York, Café Centro in New York, Windows of the World in New York, the re-vamped Twenty 21 in Philadelphia, and several casinos. He organized and executed high-quality banquets at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City and developed all three restaurant concepts for the new Caesars Pier in Atlantic City, as well as multiple concepts for the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
Michael J. Gartner, Vice President of Technology: Gartner is responsible for planning, developing, analyzing, designing, implementing, training and maintaining all facets of information at the Valley Forge Casino Resort. A 13-year veteran of the hospitality IT industry, he previously served as the director of technology for GF Management, overseeing a portfolio of more than 100 properties’ technology needs. For more than a decade, Gartner worked extensively on the day-to-day operations of one of GF Management’s largest properties, the Valley Forge Convention Plaza.
Alex Figueras, Vice President of Finance: Figueras spent 11 years as the vice president and chief financial officer at Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which includes the properties of Caesars Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City Country Club, Atlantic City Hilton and Claridge Casino. While at Caesars Entertainment, Figueras was responsible for casino cage operations, financial/operational accounting, planning and analysis, risk management, procurement, and off-site warehouse. He has provided extensive assistance in the opening of several casino properties in the U.S., South America and Europe.
Dan Finken, Vice President of Slot Operations: Finken was previously director of slot operations at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In that capacity, he was a part of the successful grand opening of the first casino in Pennsylvania. He was then promoted to vice president of slot operations, where he oversaw a major expansion of the temporary to permanent facility. Finken’s gaming experience in the industry spans over 25 years, including various senior director-level slot positions with The President Casino, Sterling Casino, Trump Castle and Sun Cruz Casino.
Jeffry Marshall, Director of Sales: Mashall brings with him more than 25 years of experience in hotel management. Prior to coming to Valley Forge, he was with New Castle Hotels and Resorts for 15 years, where he most recently served as area director of sales and marketing. Prior to that he served as director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake (N.J.) and director of sales at the Hilton Cherry Hill (N.J.).
Bill Mikus, Vice President of Human Resources: Most recently, Milkus worked on the management team of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, with top revenue-producing properties in the Atlantic City market. In addition to his hospitality experience, Milkus has worked for the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where he designed and implemented the AstraZeneca People Strategy. He was recognized as one of the top contributors to the enhancement of AstraZeneca’s business performance in 2005. Milkus also has held key leadership roles at Exelon Energy, J.E. Robert Companies, Okidata, and Fannie Mae.
Anthony Spagno, Vice President of Table Games: A 30-year veteran of the gaming industry, Spagno most recently worked for the Trump Plaza, where he was instrumental in the redesign and reconfiguration of the casino floor. He previously worked for Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where he held the roles of shift manager, pit manager and supervisor. During his time at Caesars, Spango managed the high-limit baccarat room, assisted in the floor layout and staff responsibilities of the poker parlor, and represented Caesars as an internal controls consultant with the surveillance department.