Casino brings five new executives to areaWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As Hollywood Casino Toledo continues to grow, so does its executive staff.
General Manager Richard St. Jean has expanded the executive roster to five, gathering experienced employees from across the country.
Mike Galle has been named assistant general manager after serving as vice president of casino operations at Penn National Gaming’s Riverside property in Kansas City, Mo. Prior to that, Galle worked at Argosy Casino in Sioux City, Iowa, for 13 years, rising to assistant general manager.
In a news release, Galle said he and his wife and two children are looking forward to checking out Cedar Point next summer.
“We have had season passes to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, which is owned by the same company as Cedar Point, so we’re anxious to get our season passes to Cedar Point next season,” he said.
Jeffrey Goodman will become the vice president of casino operations after a 24-year career in the gaming industry. He has spent the past nine years at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W. Va., most recently as vice president of slot operations.
In a news release, Goodman said he and his family are excited for all of the great county fairs in Northwest Ohio.
“We can’t wait to check out all of the fairs and eat all of that great fair food!” he said.
The new vice president of finance, John McLaughlin, was an independent gaming industry consultant before joining Hollywood Casino Toledo. He worked as co-chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Harveys Casino Resorts in Lake Tahoe, Nev., from 1995-2001. He then took a position through 2008 as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of gaming operations before he became president of Indianapolis gaming company Centaur.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Put-in-Bay with my wife,” McLaughlin said in a news release. “Everyone tells me that I’ve got to check out Christmas in July next year.”
Jason Birney takes over as the vice president of marketing after spending the past two and a half years in Bangor, Maine, as the director of marketing at Hollywood Slots. He has also worked for Harrah’s Entertainment in Atlantic City, N.J., and Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack in Chester, Pa.
In a news release, Birney said he is a huge sports fan and is excited about having the Mud Hens in town.
“I‘ve been told how nice Fifth Third Field is for a Hens game on a Saturday night in July, and cannot wait to check out some games next season,” he said.
Taking the post as vice president of human resources will be Chrystal Herndon, who joins the staff from a position at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. Herndon also spent eight years with Harrah’s Entertainment in cage, slot operations, table games, training and human resources.
According to a news release, Herndon and her husband recently moved to the area with her family, which includes two small boys and three small dogs. She is excited for the snow.
“I am eager for my children to be able to experience their first snow and to create their own incredible ‘White Christmas’ memories,” she said.
— Zach Davis