Penn National Gaming appoints Richard St. Jean and Frank Quigley to new general manager positions
27 May 2015
Mr. St. Jean will have full responsibility for the opening and management of the planned $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, which will be owned by the Jamul Indian Village of California and managed by Penn National Gaming. The new property, situated approximately 20 miles east of downtown San Diego off State Route 94, is scheduled to open in mid-2016 and is expected to feature 1,700 slot machines and 43 live table games along with multiple food and beverage options. Mr. St. Jean will also oversee the Company’s efforts to recruit and train approximately 1,000 employees who will serve at the property upon its opening. In addition, he will assume an oversight role at the Company’s Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack, where he will work closely with recently named General Manager Hussain Mahrous to drive continued growth at the property, which saw the addition of a new 154-room hotel in August 2014.
Richard St. Jean served four years as general manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, where he led the team credited with the successful May 2012 opening and ramp of operations at the Company’s $300 million facility. He joined Penn National in May 2011 following a 16-year career at Station Casinos during which he served in a number of roles, including President of Native American Gaming, Vice President and General Manager of Development, and a variety of property management roles. Mr. St. Jean’s nearly 30-year career has also included roles at the Tropicana Las Vegas, Colorado Belle Casino Resort & Microbrewery in Laughlin, Nevada, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Jay Snowden, chief operating officer of Penn National Gaming, commented, “Richard has the ideal background and experience to join the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego team and lead the effort to prepare for the opening of our newest property. Richard’s track record of operational success and team building in Toledo speaks for itself and he has demonstrated his ability to drive excellence across all areas of property operation. In addition, Richard knows and understands the Native American gaming business based on his experience at Station Casinos. We believe this experience is a great match as we establish Penn National’s foundation in a new market while providing the Jamul Indian Village of California the opportunity to become economically self-sufficient.”
Frank Quigley rejoined Penn National in January 2015 as interim general manager of Casino Rama. Previously, he served as general manager of Penn National facilities in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Prior to joining Penn National in 2003, he served as vice president of Slot Operations at Harrah’s Showboat Atlantic City in New Jersey and for over 20 years at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, where he ascended from dealer to the rank of vice president of Table Games/Credit/Security.
“We are extremely excited to have Frank Quigley back on the team,” said Mr. Snowden. “He brings a strong record of accomplishment at Penn National Gaming to his new role in Toledo and has extensive experience with our diverse base of regional gaming operations. Gaming is clearly in Frank’s blood and we believe his knowledge of the Company’s goals and operating strategies will ensure that our Toledo property can continue to grow.”