MONTICELLO, N.Y. (December 14, 2017) – Empire Resorts, Inc. (NasdaqGM:NYNY) (“Empire” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) announced today that Jamie M. Sanko has been appointed the Chief Accounting Officer of Empire, and Kevin D. Kline has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Resorts World Catskills.
Mr. Sanko has nearly 20 years of accounting and finance experience. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer of by Genting Americas, Inc. and was responsible for the financial oversight of casino and resort properties located in New York, including Resorts World Casino New York City, Miami, Bimini and Las Vegas.
Mr. Kline has 25 years of experience in the gaming industry. He has held roles at various casino properties with oversight of casino marketing, operations oversight and development. Most recently, Mr. Kline served as the senior vice president and general manager of the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, overseeing the development and operations of the $450 million casino in downtown Cincinnati. Prior to that role, he served as the assistant general manager for the Horseshoe Hammond Casino and vice president of casino marketing for Harrah’s New Orleans and the Rio, Las Vegas.
“With the upcoming opening of Resorts World Catskills, Empire is expanding its first-class executive team,” said Ryan Eller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire. “Jamie and Kevin bring years of gaming experience to strengthen the deep bench of leadership talent we already have in place, and will be key to the success of our exciting new resort casino.”
The development of Resorts World Catskills continues to progress. It is anticipated the opening of Resorts World Catskills will occur in time to herald in the Lunar New Year, with celebrations commencing in mid-February 2018.
“There is global anticipation for the opening of Resorts World Catskills,” Eller said. “We are opening a resort casino that we believe is different than the typical regional casino model. We aim for this property to exceed expectations and deliver on our promise to be the resort casino of choice.”
About the Company
The Company was awarded a gaming facility license by the New York State Gaming Commission to develop and operate a resort casino to be located at the site of a four-season destination resort being developed in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County, approximately 90 miles from New York City. The Company is the sole holder of a gaming facility license in the Hudson Valley-Catskills Area, which consists of Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York State.
Resorts World Catskills will include an 18-story hotel, casino and entertainment complex with approximately 100,000 square feet of casino floor, featuring over 150 live table games, 2,150 state of the art slot machines, a poker room and private gaming salons. Guest amenities will include 332 all-suite luxury rooms, which include 12 penthouse suites, 8 garden suites and 7 two-story villas, two indoor pools, a spa and fitness center — all designed to meet 5-star and 5-diamond standards. Guests will be able to choose from over 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, including fine dining, and an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant. Guests can also enjoy year-round live entertainment at the over 2,500-seat event center, casino bars, restaurants and lounges.
The destination resort in which Resorts World Catskills is located will also include an entertainment village providing additional entertainment, food and accommodations and a Rees Jones-redesigned golf course, both of which are being developed by subsidiaries of Empire. In addition, the destination resort will include an indoor waterpark lodge.
The Company also owns and operates Monticello Casino and Raceway, a 45,000-square foot video gaming machine and harness horseracing facility located in Monticello, New York, approximately 90 miles northwest of New York City.
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