THE RIGHT PEOPLE - THE RIGHT PLACE
Our people are masters of operations, marketing, technology, finance and the human element, with a twist. We believe that having the right people in place sets a solid foundation; add a philosophy of ethical and social consciousness throughout the corporation, and success is bound to happen.
Talent from gaming, hospitality and entertainment brings the right industry experience to our properties. And expertise from select companies beyond gaming brings a fresh perspective that keeps us on our toes every day.
GEORGE PAPANIER PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
George Papanier’s association with Bally’s Corporation began in 2004 when he served as the Chief Operating Officer at Twin River, an appointment he held until February 2011 when he was then appointed to the role of President and CEO. His career in the gaming industry spans some 35 years.
Prior to joining Twin River, Mr. Papanier served in the same capacity for Peninsula Gaming with properties in Iowa and Louisiana, from 2000-2004 and as COO for Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1997 – 2000. Both positions involved strategic and tactical planning for the resorts and supervision of major renovation and construction projects. He was also active in evaluating potential acquisitions and development projects for the two organizations.
From 1995 – 1997 he served as CFO for both Sun International Hotels Limited in the Bahamas and Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Earlier in his career he served in executive operations capacities for Hemmeter Enterprises in Denver, Colorado and in an executive financial capacity for Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Mr. Papanier is a graduate of Rowan University where he received a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served as Treasurer of the Casino Association of New Jersey in 1999 – 2000. George Papanier is a member of the Board of Directors of Bally’s Corporation.
STEVE CAPP EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Capp joined Bally’s Corporation as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2019. He previously served as a member of the Bally’s board of directors from 2012 through 2018, and was a member of the audit and compensation committees during that time. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Capp served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, a then-public casino gaming and hospitality company based in Las Vegas.
Prior to working at Pinnacle Entertainment, Mr. Capp was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns in New York from 1997 to 2003, specializing in leveraged finance, and prior to that was a Managing Director at BancAmerica Securities in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mr. Capp brings 30 years of financial, banking and operating experience to the Bally’s management team.
MARC CRISAFULLI EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS, & PRESIDENT, RHODE ISLAND OPERATIONS
Marc Crisafulli serves as Executive Vice President, Strategy & Operations, and President of Twin River Casino Hotel and Tiverton Casino Hotel, two of the company’s Rhode Island properties.
Mr. Crisafulli is responsible for the company’s pursuit of strategic initiatives and directs the company’s government and public affairs for all of the Bally’s properties nationwide. Mr. Crisafulli was also appointed by the Board of Directors as the executive sponsor for the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. Mr. Crisafulli most recently served as the President of the US&C and Global Device Protection for Brightstar Corporation, a Softbank Company, where he was responsible for a $5 billion region, based outside of Chicago, with operations in the United States and Canada as well as a $300 million global division with operations on five continents. Prior to that he was an active member of the Rhode Island business community having served as managing partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder as well as a senior executive and general counsel for GTECH Corporation, now IGT.
CRAIG EATON EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL & SECRETARY
Craig Eaton is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Compliance Officer for Bally’s Corporation. He has been associated with the Company since 2005 and has over 25 years of legal, regulatory and business experience.
Mr. Eaton was a partner at the law firm of Adler, Pollock and Sheehan, chairing its regulatory and compliance practice group from 1998 through 2004. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Eaton was General Counsel to the Narragansett Electric Company. A 1987 cum laude graduate of Union College and 1990 graduate of Boston College Law School, he is an active participant on various charitable and civic boards, and is a volunteer coach for various youth sports organizations.
PHIL JULIANO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CASINO OPERATIONS & CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Phil Juliano is a casino veteran of over 40 years, working with such industry luminaries as Steve Wynn, Ivana and Donald Trump and Jack Binion. After starting his career as a successful Casino Host, Mr. Juliano rose through the management ranks; eventually earning the title of Chief Marketing Officer at several gaming properties in a variety of markets. Phil is known in the industry for his enhanced casino marketing performance, while growing the expertise of his teams’ skillset in the business.
He joined Bally’s Corporation in 2009 and is responsible for the management of all marketing functions for all Bally’s Corporation properties, including Advertising, Direct Mail, Promotions, Players Club, Entertainment, Public Relations and Player Development.
Over the last year, Bally’s has grown rapidly by expanding its land-based operations greatly. Phil now oversees not only marketing, but also casino operations for all 14 Bally casinos in 10 states. Phil takes pride in effectively integrating his extensive gaming experience into each property and tailors the company’s vision to the needs of his customers nationwide.
A graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Phil attended a number of advanced marketing seminars at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is a native of Atlantic City.
ROB WEIR SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Rob Weir is the Chief Information Officer for Bally’s Corporation and brings over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. In this role, Rob oversees the company’s IT organization, ensuring they deliver outcomes that support the goals of the business while delivering a strategic vision for the future.
Prior to his current role, Rob was the Director of Technology for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, MS. A member of the pre-opening team, he was directly involved in the planned opening in 2005. After a devastating hurricane, he helped remediate, rebuild and reopen the property in 2007.
Rob began his career with Grand Casino as an IT Technician. He went on to hold positions of Systems Administrator, IT Manager and IT Director. Rob graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
JAY MINAS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCIAL REPORTING & ANALYSIS
Jay has been CFO and VP of Finance for Bally’s Lincoln property since 2006. In April 2013, Jay was elevated to Vice President of Finance for Bally’s Corporation. Jay Minas is responsible for the company’s financial (reporting, budgeting and analysis across all subsidiaries) and information technology functions. He is also the liaison on financial matters with the Rhode Island Division of Lotteries and other outside parties.
ADI DHANDHANIA, CFA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGY AND INTERACTIVE
Adi Dhandhania joined Bally’s Corporation as the VP of Strategy and Corporate Development in 2019 and currently serves as the company’s Senior Vice President, Strategy & Interactive. In his current role, Adi is responsible for the company’s strategic initiatives and transition towards an interactive gaming and digital first organization. He led the effort to expand the company’s market access footprint, partnership with Sinclair to launch Bally Sports, acquisition of Bet.Works, Monkey Knife Fight and SportCaller, to position the company as a vertically integrated omnichannel gaming organization.
Previously, Adi served in senior management roles at Brightstar Corporation, a Softbank Company, where he was the Head of Strategy for US&C. At Brightstar, Adi led the global transformation effort alongside the CEO to optimize operations and pivot towards a service-oriented business model. Prior to that, Adi has held several management roles in gaming and lottery businesses with IGT Corporation. Adi has a BS in Electronics Engineering from Johnson & Wales University, an MBA from Bryant University, and an MS in Technology Leadership from Brown University.
MARIA JOHNSON SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Maria Johnson joined Bally’s Corporation in January 2017 as the Vice President of Human Resources with 25 years’ experience in the gaming industry. Maria began her career in Slot Operations at President Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1992. Her eagerness, initiative, and commitment escalated her role into a key management position. Following the Gulf Coast’s devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Maria continued her success in the gaming industry, ultimately landing as Director of Human Resources for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi in 2007.
In 2014, Maria began her association with Bally’s Corporation when the Biloxi property was including in their portfolio. Soon thereafter, Maria was promoted to the corporate role of Executive Director of Human Resources; later to be named the Vice President of Human Resources. In this position, Maria is responsible for the directing all of the people functions of the organization in accordance with the policies and practices of the company, the ethical and social consciences of business and society, and the laws, regulations and administrative rulings of governmental organizations and other regulatory and advisory authorities and organizations. Maria will also be responsible for the strategic human resource planning to provide the organization with the best people talent available and to position the organization as the employer of choice by being aware of policies, practices and trends within the industry.