Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: Nasdaq) (the “Company”) announced today that Gary DeWitt, Jr., 45, who has served as the Assistant General Manager of Hollywood Casino Columbus since January 2013, has been named General Manager of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway which is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014. Mr. DeWitt’s appointment, effective January 2014, is subject to customary regulatory approvals and he will report directly to Penn National Gaming Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, John Finamore.
In his role as General Manager of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Mr. DeWitt will have full responsibility for the start-up, opening and management of the planned $125 million facility, including the recruitment and training of employees. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, under construction at the intersection of Wagner Ford Road and Needmore Road in North Dayton, will feature a video lottery terminal (VLT) facility with approximately 1,000 VLTs at opening, a companion 5/8-mile state-of-the-art standardbred racetrack and a variety of food and beverage options.
Mr. DeWitt, a 25-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been with Penn National Gaming since 2005 when he joined Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge as Vice President of Casino Operations. During that time, he also served as the Company’s Corporate Slot Manager from October 2009 to January 2011. He was named Assistant General Manager of Argosy Riverside in January 2011 and joined the team at Hollywood Casino Columbus as Assistant General Manager in January 2013. Prior to joining Penn National, Mr. DeWitt served in a variety of property-level senior management positions which included Vice President of Slot Operations at Horseshoe Casino Hammond from October 1998 to July 2005, and he also worked at other Caesars Entertainment facilities from February 1986 to October 1998 including the Showboat Las Vegas and the Company’s East Chicago properties.
John Finamore commented, “We are excited to move Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway forward with the appointment of Gary as its first General Manager. Construction is underway in North Dayton and we expect Gary’s experience at several of our regional facilities as well as his integral role in the ongoing ramp in operations at one of our newest and most exciting properties, Hollywood Casino Columbus, will serve us well as he oversees the construction, hiring process, opening and ramp of our new property in Dayton.