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June 27, 2011

Joe Magliarditi new Palms prexy

Posted by daveschwartz

I just got this press release via email:


Palms Casino Resort has appointed Joseph A. Magliarditi as President.

In his role, Magliarditi will oversee all hotel and casino operations for the 1,300-room resort destination.

"We are thrilled to have Joe as part of our team," said Palms owner George Maloof. "We look forward to him being a part of the Palms' continued success."

Magliarditi brings more than 18 years of hotel and gaming experience to the Palms Casino Resort. An accomplished senior gaming executive, he most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Before the Hard Rock, he held the position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the M Resort and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Marnell Sher Gaming, where he operated the Edgewater and Colorado Belle in Laughlin. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and was also Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of TRIRIGA INC., an enterprise software company.


Magliarditi was pretty new at the Hard Rock when the ownership change forced his departure. I interviewed him last year for a profile in Vegas Seven. After the jump, I'll share an excerpt.

Here it is:

After leaving the Rio, Magliarditi moved into software, reuniting with the Marnells at Tririga, an enterprise software provider. In 2007, he returned to gaming with Anthony Marnell III, when the latter's Marnell Sher Gaming acquired Laughlin's Colorado Belle and Edgewater casinos from MGM Mirage. As chief operating officer and vice president, Magliarditi oversaw a complete transformation of the properties.

"I took over the two properties, stripped them down to their bare bones and built them up," he says. His encore? Being the operations guy at the M Resort, "from drawing to opening."

His 16 years in the business have given him plenty of insight into what it will take to bring the Hard Rock to the next level.

"The unique thing that I bring to the table," he says, "is that I have an operations and finance background, but I've been lucky enough to work in properties that were hip and mainstream, both in times when gaming was taking off and when it was much tougher."

Taking the helm of the Hard Rock Hotel

Those who want some hint into what his hiring means for the future of the Palms should read that piece. I'm pretty sure he'll be following the same basic game plan, with an even bigger reliance on locals.