Empire Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: NYNY) today announced the appointment of Emanuel R. Pearlman to the Company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Pearlman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Liberation Investment Group, a New York-based investment management and financial consulting firm. His experience in the gaming industry includes serving as a consultant for Jackpot Enterprises, Inc. and Bally Entertainment Corporation, where he advised the companies on their business and financial activities. Mr. Pearlman also served as a director of Multimedia Games, Inc., a gaming technology developer and distributor, from 2006 to 2010.
“Manny Pearlman is extremely knowledgeable about casino capital formation and finance,” said Empire Resorts Chairman of the Board G. Michael Brown. “He brings invaluable expertise and experience that will assist Empire Resorts as it seeks to complete its restructuring and move to the next level as an operating business.”
“I am extremely honored to be chosen to serve on Empire Resorts’ Board of Directors, and I look forward to working with the Board and their management team to solve the challenges the Company faces,” stated Mr. Pearlman.Prior to founding Liberation, Mr. Pearlman served as the Executive General Partner of Gemini Partners, L.P. and Gemini Partners II, L.P., private investment partnerships that specialized in strategic block investing and financial consulting, from 1988 to 2002. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Pearlman also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Vornado Operating Corporation, a publicly-traded company affiliated with Vornado Realty Trust. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Mr. Pearlman will serve as a Class III director, with a term expiring at the Company’s 2012 annual meeting of stockholders. He was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors pursuant to the recommendation of Kien Huat Realty III Limited, the Company’s largest stockholder under the terms of an August 19, 2009 Investment Agreement.