AUSTINTOWN - The first seven members of the leadership team that will guide the $250 million Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course toward its opening this fall were announced this week.
"These are the people who will play major roles as we gear up for our grand opening and then begin to greet thousands of patrons every day in our new gaming and racing facility," Mike Galle, general manager, said in a prepared statement.
The leadership team includes:
Heidi Farulia, director of finance. A Pittsburgh native, Farulia comes from a similar position at Hollywood Casino Toledo, also operated by Penn National Gaming. She worked 18 years for Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based gaming company, eventually serving as director of operational finance.
Scott Frost, director of marketing. Frost worked 10 years for Radio One in Detroit and New York City. He previously coordinated security and events at the Louisiana Superdome, and later was marketing director at Station Casino St. Charles, and marketing director for the opening of MotorCity Casino.
Queeta Hewitt, director of human resources. Hewitt worked in the gaming industry for 12 years, including Sheraton Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Miss., Caesars Entertainment; was human resources director of the new Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel; then became director of human resources at Penn National's Argosy Casino property in Sioux City, Iowa.
Anthony Quarantillo, director of VLT operations. Quarantillo comes from Hollywood Casino Toledo, where he was a slot performance manager. The western New York native previously worked in customer care positions for Verizon Wireless in Buffalo, Denver and Topeka before becoming slot supervisor at Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel.
Barry Rhodes, director of food and beverage. Rhodes' career began in England, where he earned the equivalent of an associate degree in hotel management and then completed an apprenticeship with a British hotel company. He joined Inter-Continental Hotels and served at hotels in England, Switzerland, Russia, Indonesia and the United States. He was executive chef at Bally's Casino in Tunica, Miss., and vice president of food and beverage at the Four Winds Casino. He was executive chef at Hollywood Casino Toledo.
Patrice Freeman, information technology manager. Freeman began her career with Electronic Data Systems, now a part of Hewlett Packard, before joining Penn National Gaming in 2010 at Hollywood Casino Joliet in Joliet, Ill., transferring in 2013 to Hollywood Casino Toledo as information technology manager.
Herman Stein, facilities manager. Stein's entire career has been in the Mahoning Valley and area. He began by delivering residential appliances for Marlowe's Appliance in Vienna, completed a course on HVAC and refrigeration at ATES Technical School in Niles, and joined Morgan's Foods, a KFC franchisee, managing all aspects of HVAC and restaurant kitchen equipment. For the past seven years he has managed more than 30 restaurant remodeling projects and new construction for Morgan's Foods.
Scheduled to open this fall, pending regulatory approval, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course, will feature 850 video lottery terminals, a wide variety of food, a one-mile thoroughbred racetrack, and enclosed seating for more than 1,000 patrons.
The gaming facility will be open 24 hours a day.