Foxwoods names two new marketing execs

Mashantucket - Foxwoods Resort Casino announced Thursday the hirings of two veteran executives, one a former casino president who lost his gaming license after lying about a gambling problem.

Gary DiBartolomeo, named Foxwoods' chief marketing officer, was president of Caesars Atlantic City when the New Jersey Casino Control Commission stripped him of his "key employee" license in 2001. The commission restored his license four years later, noting his "exemplary" behavior in the interim, according to published reports.

As a three-year member of the board of directors of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, DiBartolomeo has advocated for problem-gambling recovery programs, according to Donald Weinbaum, the council's executive director.

"He's been a real asset to our organization and the field generally," Weinbaum said.

As chief marketing officer, DiBartolomeo will direct all aspects of Foxwoods' marketing, including casino services, promotions, special events, player development marketing, customer development, bus/junket marketing, advertising, database marketing, ecommerce and public relations.

Most recently, DiBartolomeo served as chief operations officer, gaming operations, at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. During his 20-year career, he also served in various management capacities in marketing, player development and other positions for Revel Entertainment, Harrah's/Caesars Entertainment, Bally's Casino Resort and Trump Taj Mahal, all in Atlantic City.

"Gary has worked tirelessly in the gaming industry implementing strategic plans to expand market share and increase customer loyalty in the face of increased competition," Scott Butera, Foxwoods' president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "He understands what Foxwoods faces today and in the future. He has the knowledge, experience and drive to lead us toward continued success."

Foxwoods also announced the hiring of Gary K. Ng as vice president of Asian marketing, making him responsible for the direction and management of marketing programs focused on the casino's Asian customers.

Ng, who has more than 20 years of experience in casino marketing and hotel administration, is fluent in Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese. He has served as executive director of Asian marketing at Trump Taj Mahal and in other capacities for Trump Entertainment Resorts. In 2005-06, he was vice president of international marketing at Mohegan Sun, and has also worked for Harrah's Entertainment Inc., Resorts Hotel Casino, Showboat Hotel Casino and Caesars Hotel.

"Throughout his career, Gary has not only achieved but exceeded sales performance expectations by maintaining a strong professional image and a dedication that we have become known for here at Foxwoods," Butera said of Ng.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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