LAS VEGAS, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Fine Point Group, the gaming industry's leading independent strategy consulting and management company, announced that Joseph C. Howard will be joining the firm as a Vice President in its Casino Operations practice.
Mr. Howard joins the firm with more than twenty-two years of casino operations experience. He currently serves as a Regional Vice President for Harrah's Entertainment, where he manages more than 500 employees in its Las Vegas region at the Rio, Paris, Bally's, Planet Hollywood, Harrah's, Flamingo, Bill's, O'Shea's, and Imperial Palace properties. After leaving Harrah's later this month, Joe shall manage labor optimization and service improvement engagements as well as assist in the day-to-day leadership of the firm's management contract clients.
Mr. Howard has been responsible for Harrah's security protection of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama during visits to Las Vegas, and is best known for leading the effort to get the Harrah's New Orleans property open in less than one month after the state of Louisiana failed to issue a permit after security inspections. He has demonstrated an ability to cut millions in operating expenses – while improving service levels. Prior to Harrah's, he spent eleven years in management with Fitzgerald's in the Tunica, Mississippi market. A decorated United States marine sergeant who served as a tank commander prior to joining the casino industry, Mr. Howard began his gaming career as a security officer in Reno, Nevada.
"I have known Joe since I joined this industry almost ten years ago," said Randall A. Fine, founder and managing director of The Fine Point Group. "His employees and colleagues show him a level of loyalty and commitment I have never seen replicated, and it is an honor to have him join our firm. I look forward to his perspective, planning, and strategic insight across our portfolio of consulting clients and management contracts," Fine added.
About The Fine Point Group
Headquartered in Las Vegas, and with offices in Florida and New Jersey, The Fine Point Group is one of the gaming industry's leading full-service management and consulting firms. In six years from its founding, the firm has completed engagements in 20 U.S. states and eight countries, and has more than a dozen, full-time, gaming experts – all of whom had years of property-level gaming expertise prior to joining the firm. Named "one of the most sought-after consultants in the industry" by Global Gaming Business magazine, the firm specializes in asset optimization of gaming assets around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.thefinepointgroup.com.
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