MOUNT POCONO, Pa., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee of Mount Airy Casino Resort, has announced veteran Las Vegas casino executive John Culetsu has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mount Airy Casino Resort.
Culetsu will take over the helm Tuesday, August 10, 2010. He spent the past 20 years managing The Crowne Plaza Hotel and most recently The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
On Friday, George Toth stepped down from his position as President and CEO of Mount Airy to pursue other career opportunities after successfully guiding Mount Airy Casino Resort through the debut of table games.
"George Toth brought a great deal of experience and knowledge of the gaming industry into his role as CEO. We thank him for leading us through the highly successful transformation of Mount Airy Casino Resort and we wish him continued success," said DeNaples.
Culetsu began his hospitality career in marketing for The Meridien Hotels in New York in 1982. In 1986, he headed west to Beverly Hills to oversee marketing for the L'Ermitage Hotel Group. He also spent time managing and marketing The Resorts International Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and The Utell International in Secaucus, N.J.
Culetsu received a degree in sales and marketing from the Centre de Formation De Perfectionnement Hotelier in Tour, France, and majored in business administration at California Coast University in Santa Ana. He also has a hotel management certificate from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"I'm excited and eager for the opportunity to work in the newest gaming destination in the country," Culetsu said. "Mount Airy Casino Resort offers an extraordinary product and the property has tremendous potential. The DeNaples family has created an all-encompassing resort destination which complements the ambiance of the Pocono region. When it comes to exciting gaming, fine dining, luxurious hotel rooms and spa accommodations and a championship golf course, Mount Airy has it all," he added.
"We are thrilled to welcome John Culetsu in a leadership position to Mount Airy Casino Resort," DeNaples said. "He brings decades of experience in managing blue chip properties and has mastered the fine art of creating the perfect customer experience for each guest. He will take us to the next level as a destination and ensure our position as the ultimate casino resort on the East Coast," she added.
As Culetsu transitions into his new role, which includes attaining Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board regulatory approval, DeNaples will serve as Mount Airy's General Manager.
About Mount Airy Casino Resort
Located 75 minutes from New York City, set in the serene and picturesque Pocono Mountains, Mount Airy Casino Resort offers guests the ultimate experience in casino gaming, golf, outdoor activities, entertainment, five restaurants, lavish guest rooms and deluxe suites. The destination completed its transformation with the debut of 72 table games in July of 2010. The main gaming floor features 46 tables including three craps, four roulette, and the rest a mixture of black jack and specialty games such as Pai Gow Poker, three-card poker and "Let it Ride." Mount Airy Casino Resort's new Poker Room, located on the main floor near Gypsies Nightclub, features Seven Card Stud, Texas Hold 'em and Omaha.
The guest rooms at Mount Airy are elegantly designed with outstanding amenities and features, exceeding the highest quality rooms available in the Pocono Mountains. Each room and suite has been designed with the goal of obtaining a four-star rating, including features such as pillow-top beds, a 37-inch LCD TV, Internet access, and a luxuriously appointed bathroom. Room options include King or Double Queen Rooms and spacious King Suites.
With five exciting restaurants exclusive to Mount Airy Casino Resort, guests can choose from perfectly cooked prime steaks to a quick bite. red Steakhouse offers the highest quality steaks and fresh seafood in a stylish and chic setting. The Steakhouse also boasts an extensive wine list for all palates and serves small plates and a menu of specialty martinis. Le Sorelle Cucina features exquisite time-honored recipes with Italian hospitality and candle-lit ambiance. Distinctive and warm, "sister's kitchen" is open with a signature brick-oven. Betty's Diner, featuring classic All-American dining, is reminiscent of a time when jukeboxes and soda fountains reigned supreme. Reggie's Express is open 24 hours, serving guests with any-sized appetite a menu of takeout food including soup, salads, sandwiches and pastries. The Buffet, with more than 50 hot and cold food items to choose from, includes wide selection of culinary delights and feast of more than 30 desserts.
The Spa and Salon at Mount Airy provides guests with a range of invigorating salon and spa treatments, including signature facials, skin treatments, personalized massages and more. In addition to spa treatments, guests at the Spa can relax in the luxurious sauna or indulge in a full makeover at the Salon.
Mount Airy's 18-hole golf course opened spring 2009. The course had been temporarily closed for two seasons due to construction of the new Mount Airy Casino Resort. Now, guests of all skill levels can enjoy over 6,000 yards of challenging and beautiful terrain with rolling tree-lined fairways, multiple ponds, lakes and streams.
For more information, visit www.mountairycasino.com
SOURCE Mount Airy Casino Resort