Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) announced today that subject to customary regulatory approvals, Scott Saunders, 46, has been named General Manager of Argosy Casino Alton in Alton, IL, effective January 7, 2013. Mr. Saunders most recently served as Assistant General Manager of the Company’s Hollywood Casino Columbus which he joined in January 2012 and helped to oversee the final development of the property and its successful opening in October. Penn National intends to appoint a replacement for Saunders in Columbus shortly.
Mr. Saunders joined Penn National in May 2010 as Director of Finance for Hollywood Casino Perryville as part of the opening team for the property. In July 2011 he was appointed Assistant General Manager for Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg where he served until being named Assistant General Manager for Hollywood Casino Columbus. Prior to joining Penn National, Mr. Saunders held several senior management positions at regional gaming companies. He was Senior Director of Casino Operations, Corporate for Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. where his responsibilities included managing the rollout of a player bonusing system and directing gaming analysis functions. From 2003-2006, Mr. Saunders served in management roles at Station Casinos in Las Vegas, including General Manager of Wildfire Casino, Corporate Director of Operations Analysis and Director of Slots for the Fiesta Rancho, Santa Fe Station and Texas Station properties. From 1995-2002 he held management positions at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel/Bluffs Run Casino in Council Bluffs, IA including Planning and Analysis Manager, Operations Analyst, Slot Shift Manager and Slot Supervisor. Mr. Saunders began his career in the gaming industry at President Casino in Biloxi, MS in 1992.
John Finamore, Senior Vice President Regional Operations of Penn National Gaming, commented, “In the two and a half years Scott has been with Penn National he has made invaluable contributions towards the successful opening and/or operations of three of our properties. His wealth of expertise and experience in operating regional gaming and locals focused gaming operations in competitive markets make him ideally suited to lead Argosy Casino Alton. We expect that under his leadership Argosy Casino Alton will further its focus on offering excellent guest experiences that will help to drive improvements in the property’s operating performance.”