LAS VEGAS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials for Navegante, a leading management, development and consulting company for the gaming industry, today announced the promotion of two senior executives. Larry D. Woolf has been named Chief Executive Officer and Rick Stevens has been promoted to President and COO.
"Both Larry D. Woolf and Rick Stevens intimately know the gaming and hospitality industries and are committed to continuing our traditional efforts focused on honest communication with our clients to fulfill their needs," said Larry J. Woolf, Chairman and Founder of Navegante. "At Navegante we continually strive to provide effective leadership at the executive level and these promotions will add even more to the unparalleled level of attention our clients and customers receive."
Larry J. Woolf founded Navegante in 1995 and has more than 40 years experience as a top-level gaming and hospitality executive. His background includes numerous executive positions in many high-profile hotel/casino companies including Harrah's, Caesars and MGM Grand where he served as the Founding Chairman, CEO and President. Larry J. Woolf retains the position of Founder and Chairman for Navegante and continues to oversee and implement the company's vision, manage strategic initiatives, participate in business development, provide operational and managerial oversight, develop contractual arrangements and lead the executive team.
Larry D. Woolf brings more than 25 years of gaming and hospitality industry and management experience to his position as CEO of Navegante. A fundamental player in the development and launch of the company, Larry D. Woolf has furthered his career with Navegante through pre- and post-opening development work and monitored the ongoing operations of numerous casinos in domestic and international markets. His list of projects, completed and current, is extensive and includes Casino Niagara, Casino Fandango, Grey Eagle Casino, Casino New Brunswick, Casino Iguazu, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Plaza Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Club, Gold Spike Hotel and Casino, Western Hotel and Casino, Red Lion Hotel and Casino and the Gold County Inn and Casino. He has been an integral part of the growth and stamina of Navegante where his areas of expertise include casino operations, pre-/post-opening development, internal controls, hiring and training, executive recruiting, casino marketing and retail.
Rick Stevens, formerly Vice President of Finance for Navegante, has more than 25 years of gaming and hospitality industry experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas. He has an extensive background in the transition and launch of new ventures, including pre-opening and operational development in new jurisdictions. Stevens' expertise in financial management, acquisitions, leasing and consulting has proved a significant factor in the success of multiple Navegante projects including the Sahara Hotel & Casino, Elko Acquisitions and Amazing Holdings. Stevens assumes the position of President and COO for Navegante with a focus on the specialty areas of financial reporting, license applications, asset management, acquisitions & divestitures, casino/hotel/tavern operations management and strategic business planning.
Established in 1995 by Larry J. Woolf, former Founding Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Navegante owns leases, manages and operates casinos throughout Nevada and Canada and provides a full array of comprehensive development and management consulting services worldwide. With extraordinary depth and breadth of experience in the development and management of hotel and casino projects in the hospitality industry, Navegante has a comprehensive track record of successful projects and an unparalleled reputation built on its commitment to integrity, honesty and fair dealings. Navegante provides executive recruiting and staffing through its sister company, CasinoRecruiter.com. Focused on positions at the director level and above, CasinoRecruiter.com provides top-tier candidates to casinos seeking the best executive talent in the industry. For more information, call (702) 798-1000 or visit www.navegantegroup.com.