Newly named president and CEO of Resorts Atlantic City, Gary Van Hettinga, makes it clear that Atlantic City's oldest casino is an "asset that has a lot of potential."
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Newly named president and CEO of Resorts Atlantic City, Gary Van Hettinga, makes it clear that Atlantic City's oldest casino is an "asset that has a lot of potential."
Speaking at the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association luncheon held at Resorts on Thursday, Sept. 27, Van Hettinga — who is also president of Mohegan Gaming Advisors, which manages two Mohegan Sun casinos in the Northeast — discussed his feelings about the future and present state of Atlantic City and its casino industry, his new property and its partnership with the other Mohegan properties, and how Atlantic City should increase its room rates to attract more business and tourists.
The Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun gaming company is now in of charge of operations at Resorts, taking over late this summer, with several key executives from Mohegan already replacing execs from the former Resorts regime, including Aaron Gomes, who took a job in Australia, Stephanie Nielson, Sherry Amos, and others.
Van Hettinga says Resorts and the Indian-owned Mohegan Sun is a synergy that will include an exciting, new cross-marketing program to allow customers at Resorts and Mohegan Sun’s two casinos in Connecticut (Foxwoods) and Pennsylvania (Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs) to use their hotel, dining and entertainment comps at all three properties.
Van Hettinga states that Mohegan did a lot of market research before entering into an agreement with Resorts, and executives from the company have been in and out of the Atlantic City casino for a while, checking it out.
The new executives at Resorts, says Van Hettinga, are very impressed with the employees there. He called them a "big plus for us," with regard to the deal.
Partially owned and run by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority since August 2012, Resorts, on Jan. 10, opened two new players’ club lounges — the Epic Lounge and Paramount Lounge — that combine the elegant feel of a club Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson would appreciate but with the modern touches — like flat-screen TVs — that current casino patrons will enjoy.
"While it is 75 percent Christmas songs, it has an Elvis Presley tribute and it has some Bobby Darin stuff in it and a tribute to Dean Martin. I also do a tribute for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy and a tribute to our veterans."
Plus, Resorts' new Rewards Program partnership with Mohegan Sun, the Album of the Week (The Wallflowers) and Drew Toonz.
Executive VP of Operations, Gomes Gaming/ Resorts Casino Aaron’s career in casino operations began in Las Vegas. He is a product of the MGM Mirage Management Training Program specializing in slot operations. During his tenure with The Mirage Casino Resort, Aaron, 28, worked as a slot attendant, a slot technician, a slot supervisor, a slot shift manager, a slot marketing analyst and casino marketing executive. In 2007, Aaron joined the Gomes Gaming team as vice president of marketing and operations to develop,...
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