Hotel and Casino Operations Expert
John Arnesen has had an expansive and impressive, 30 year career in the hospitality business. His experience has ranged from his position as Managing Director of the Asia Asia project in Dubai, the cornerstone hotel of a 200 billion dollar development, to serving as Senior Vice President of the Mohegan Sun casino hotel project in Connecticut, which achieved revenues in excess of $1 billion and EBITDA of $350 million. He has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Nevada Gold, a publically traded gaming company with operations in Florida, Colorado, Washington and New York.
Earlier in his career John served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carnival’s Hospitality and Gaming Group and of the 800 room Crystal Palace Resort Casino in the Bahamas. He also served in San Juan as GM of the Condado Beach Trio, comprised of two hotels with casinos and the San Juan Convention Center.
John’s most recent position was Chief Administrative Officer for the Resorts International Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Based on his very successful career in both the hotel and casino business, John is an extremely valuable executive who has specialized in turnarounds, leadership development and culture transformation. He has had numerous successes in delivering strong profits, sustainable business growth and the rapid launch of new products, services and sales in both casino and hotel properties.
John has a bachelors degree from the New School,Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and has participated in post graduate studies at Johns Hopkins, NYU and Cornell.
MICHAEL CHARLES, CPA
Accounting and Internal Control Specialist
Michael Charles graduated from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant with strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate at every level. His achievements include over 30 years of gaming experience in a variety of jurisdictions. Prior to entering the industry, he began his career as an auditor with a Big 8 Public Accounting firm in Chicago.
His first venture into casino gaming was at Resorts International in Atlantic City, when gaming first spread from Nevada to New Jersey. He helped write the original set of Internal Controls in New Jersey and was the first Director of Internal Audit. His financial career in casino gaming began in the Bahamas working for Carnival Cruise Lines as CFO which led to other key positions in the gaming industry such as VP of Finance for Bally’s in Mississippi. Other successes include Native American Gaming in Wisconsin and Oklahoma as a financial and Gaming Commission consultant who assisted the Tribes in setting up their accounting systems and controls. Michael was also appointed General Manager of a racetrack in Maryland that expanded his scope of management experience. His most recent positions were CFO for Sun Cruz Casinos and acting CFO for Nevada Gold at their Colorado Grand property in Cripple Creek, CO.
DALE A. DARROUGH
Casino Operations Specialist
Dale worked with The Continental Companies, LLC, and the related company, Carnival Resorts and Casinos, for a total of over twelve years, having served as General Manager of their Casino Rouge Riverboat Casino operation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in his more recent capacity of planning and developing potential gaming opportunities for the company. While serving as General Manager at Casino Rouge, he was instrumental in keeping the property in the number one revenue position in that market during his entire tenure, as well as through the eventual sale to Penn National Gaming. He has also served as General Manager of Boomtown Hotel Casino, (formerly Casino Magic) in Bossier City, Louisiana, after the sale of Casino Rouge.
Prior to joining Casino Rouge, Dale served in senior executive positions with Hyatt Gaming as a consultant for their Rising Sun Indiana property, and for Shuffle Master Gaming as Executive Vice President of Operations and Sales. From 1991 to 1995 he was Senior Vice President of Gaming Operations for Bally’s Hotel Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there, Dale was instrumental in increasing gaming revenues by ten percent annually.
Previous to this, Dale was employed at Caesars Tahoe Hotel/Casino and held various progressively responsible positions leading up to Vice President/Casino Manager during his twelve year tenure with that company. He began his gaming career in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with Harrah’s Hotel/Casino having spent five years with Harrahs.
Dale is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. He has attended advanced management courses throughout his career, including an executive management course at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Reeder Glass has worked on a variety of real estate and hotel development projects over the last 25 years, including land acquisitions and real estate development agreements for casino operations, casino management agreements for land side and riverboat casino operations; preparation of the full range of agreements related to Native American gaming, including application for approval of casino management agreement under IGRA; ballot preparation and related agreements seeking amendment to State Constitutions to allow casino gaming. He has also engaged in an extensive government, corporate and real estate practice representing government entities in their public/private transactions.
Mr. Glass served as a board member of Highland Hospitality Corp., a public Real Estate Investment Trust (HIH) from 2003 to 2007 when the company was taken private. He is a graduate of Emory Law School and has a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia.
Marty Gray is a highly experienced marketing executive who has worked in a wide variety of gaming and hospitality positions during his career. He is a results driven executive management leader with a distinguished career building organizations, developing management teams and significantly improving operational performance. Marty has an in depth knowledge of social media platforms and software utilization with proven ability to turn engagement into commerce. He has the proven ability to drive business growth through aggressive initiatives that deliver revenue growth, market share, and market penetration.
During his career, Marty served as Senior Vice-President of Marketing for Carnival Resorts and Casinos during which he developed successful marketing and promotional campaigns for the 800 room Crystal Palace Hotel and Casino, the Casino Rouge Riverboat in Baton Rouge Louisiana and Casino Rama in Orillia Ontario. He also served as a marketing consultant for Suncruz casinos during the management of that business by Nevada Gold and Casinos.
Marty also has significant hotel experience having served as President of Trusthouse Forte Hotels, in which he oversaw that companies 30 hotels in the Americas and senior vice-president of marketing for both Hilton International Hotels and Holiday Inns Express Worldwide.
Marty received a B.A from Bowdoin College and served in the United States Navy Reserves as a Qualified Engineering Officer, Legal Officer and Staff Consulting Expert.
Marketing and Player Development Specialist
Bill is an accomplished results-driven leader with over 30 years experience in Hotel/Casino Marketing & Credit Operations. Proven record of exceeding revenue performance goals while developing, operating and managing some of the most dynamic hotels and casinos in the world including: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Sun International, Harrah’s Entertainment, Sands Hotel and Casino, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Strong business and financial aptitude with ability to collaborate to create high-performance work environments focused on superior customer service levels. Consistent record of bringing profitability to new heights by enlivening old processes with innovative ideas and results.
Drove new business and incremental gaming revenue through innovative marketing and promotional activities, event project conceptualization and planning, and high-end/VIP player development programs. Proven track record in increasing casino clientele and repeat visits by guests through development of extensive database, leading Casino Credit project, and various special events. Wrote Player Development manuals and developed Host Productivity systems and processes for tracking sales team. Key Clients have included the Venetian Las Vegas, Monte Carlo Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Atlantis, Gold Strike Casino Resort, Biloxi Grand, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Casino Magic in Biloxi, Ritz-Carlton San Juan, Maximillion Casino Cruises and the Condado Casino in Aruba.
ROBERT B. STURGES
CEO, T.E.A.M. Hospitality Management,
Mr. Sturges founded T.E.A.M. Hospitality Management in October, 2012. Mr. Sturges served as CEO of Nevada Gold,(NYSE MKT:UWN), from October, 2006 until September, 2012 where he succeeded in improving that company’s EBITDA every year in which he was CEO. The company owned and operated 11 gaming operations at the time of his departure. During his tenure the company had operations in New York, Colorado, South Dakota, California, and Washington. He also successfully guided the company to obtaining a gaming license in the state of Nevada.
He has over 25 years of gaming industry experience including over 15 years with Carnival Resorts & Casinos and Carnival Corporation. He first joined Carnival as the Special Assistant to Carnival founder Ted Arison. Among his many accomplishments as President of Carnival's Gaming Division, Mr. Sturges oversaw the development and operation of the Casino Rouge Riverboat in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Casino Rama Resort and Casino in the Toronto, Ontario market and the 800 room Crystal Palace casino resort in the Bahamas.
Earlier in Mr. Sturges' career, he also served as Deputy Director and Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Mr. Sturges served as a board member of Benihana, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNHN - News) from 2003 -2009 where he served as the Lead Independent Director, and a member of the Audit, Compensation and Executive Committees. He served as a board member of AmeriCredit Corp. (NYSE: ACF) in 2009 and 2010 until the company was sold to General Motors for $3.5 billion. Mr. Sturges is a limited partner of the Miami Heat NBA franchise. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a cum laude graduate of Rutgers School of Law.
Development and Business Strategy Specialist
Mark Troy co-founded Angel Peak Partners, LLC in 2015, in partnership with Andy Watson, ex-CEO of Dubai World, as an investment management platform to originate and asset manage real estate investment opportunities in emerging markets around the world.Based in Miami, FL, Angel Peak Partners consists of a core team from Istithmar World (subsidiary of Dubai World), which led the company’s $7B global portfolio restructuring process from 2008-2015. As a strategic operating partner for a major UK-based investor, Angel Peak Partners is actively involved in a number of large-scale development projects, including a public-private partnership with the Government of Gibraltar and various cruise port-anchored, mixed-use development projects in the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions.
Prior to Angel Peak, Mark served as Managing Director for Dubai-based Istithmar World, and was responsible for setting up a NY-based team to manage the group’s North American investments in hospitality, real estate and private equity. During his 7-years with Istithmar, Mark played a key role in the group’s investment of $350m+ equity into various strategic assets and successfully executed approximately $2.5B of asset sales and $4B of debt restructurings.On behalf of Istithmar, Mr. Troy held numerous board directorships for portfolioowned companies, including Barneys New York, Cirque du Soleil and Fontainebleau Miami.
Preceding Istithmar World, Mark’s professional career encompassed 8 years as VP of Development & Acquisitions for BAP Development, a Miami-based real estate development company, and 3 years as a market/financial analyst and management consultant. Mark holds B.S. degrees in Marketing and Multi-National Business from Florida State University, is a member of the 2001 Leadership Miami class.
Slot Operations Specialist
Mike is an expert in the operation of electronic gaming. With his nearly 30 years of experience, he can repair, convert and market any form of electronic gaming device. Mike established, owned, and operated, A.G. Trucano Son & Grandsons, Deadwood, South Dakota’s largest slot route operation, providing over 900 slot machines to twenty casinos. He owned and operated this business for 27 years until its’ recent sale to Nevada Gold, a publically traded gaming company. After the sale, due to his extensive knowledge and experience, Mike was asked by Nevada Gold to continue as a consultant to the business. Trucano is currently licensed by the South Dakota Commission on Gaming as an Operator.
Mike holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He has been involved in numerous business and charitable organizations, and served under three governors as a Commissioner for South Dakota’s Department of Transportation.
Hotel Operations and Food and Beverage Specialist
Bradley Weiser has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry with an emphasis on hotel and restaurant operations. Most recently Brad is working with Hostmark Hospitality and was responsible for the acquisition of a 176 room hotel in Orlando, Florida.
He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Continental Companies for 8 years. During his leadership of this company, he oversaw the acquisition of several significant hotels and served as the asset manager for three hotels with revenues in excess of $100 million.
Mr. Weiser has also served as the General Manager of the Sheraton Royal Biscayne, Key Biscayne, Florida, the Mutiny Hotel, in Coconut Grove, Florida, and Assistant General Manager of the Grand Bay Hotel, Miami, Florida.
Mr. Weiser also has extensive restaurant experience having served as the Chairman and CEO of the Tango group. This group developed and operated 9 restaurants in Florida, Georgia, New York and California. He personally developed the Café Tu Tu Tango concept which won several national restaurant awards including the prestigious Hot Concepts Award and the Visionary Award.
Early in his career, Mr. Weiser served for two years as the Assistant General Manager of the world renowned Regines night club in Miami.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver where he was a hotel/restaurant major.
Marketing and Entertainment Specialist
Tom Willer has over 30 years’ experience in the casino industry. He has developed marketing, branding and entertainment programs for some of America's top gaming companies including Caesars Palace, Tropicana-Atlantic City, Las Vegas Hilton, Greektown Casino and Cannery Casino Resorts. In 1979, Mr. Willer joined Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to serve as the Corporate Vice President of Entertainment.
Mr. Willer has opened five casino properties handling all advertising, branding, players’ club design, entertainment and special events.
In 2010, Mr. Willer joined American Wagering and launched the first legal mobile sports betting application in the US. He later became involved with all of the New Jersey and Nevada online gaming operators in providing a valuable account funding solution for their online gaming applications.
Willer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.