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Outgoing President Steve Callender has been praised by the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ), which has announced a series of collaborations aimed at initiating joint campaigns to vaccinate Atlantic City casino employees.
Callender, who is also the regional president of Caesars Entertainment, is leaving the company after 43 years, with the CANJ praising him as “a fixture of the Atlantic City gaming industry since its inception.”
Callender is credited with serving in “many meaningful career opportunities throughout his tenure,” including becoming “one of the first dealers at Atlantic City’s very first casino after gaming was legalised in 1978.”
He oversaw five Caesars Entertainment facilities, including Tropicana, Caesars, and Harrah’s in Atlantic City, Horseshoe Baltimore, and Harrah’s Philadelphia, as regional president.
According to a CANJ spokesman: “Steve has been an instrumental leader who understands that as Atlantic City’s top employer, the gaming industry is the economic backbone of our local and regional economy. He has always supported initiatives that contributed to Atlantic City’s revitalisation and diversification.
“Since 2019, he served as president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, a trade organisation that advocates for legislation and initiatives that support the ongoing transformation of Atlantic City into a world-class destination resort.”
Adding: “Through it all, Steve has remained true to his core values of providing outstanding service to our guests. His drive for our industry has never wavered, and his passion is as evident today as it was the day Steve first stepped onto the casino floor.
“While we will miss Steve’s leadership, wisdom, generosity, and unparalleled dedication, it was an honour to have worked with him all these years. We wish Steve and his family the best of luck in retirement, and we thank him for everything he’s done for Atlantic City and our industry.”
AtlantiCare and Unite Here Local 54
In addition, the CANJ has teamed up with AtlantiCare and Unite Here Local 54 to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Atlantic City casino staff.
Governor Phil Murphy earlier this week extended eligibility to hospitality staff across the state, with the three groups collaborating to vaccinate nearly 25,000 casino employees by Memorial Day (Monday 31 May).
Callender said: “It’s hard to believe that this time last year, Atlantic City casinos were closed due to the pandemic,” commented Callender. We have worked very hard to safely bring back thousands of our valued employees and guests over the last year.
“Today marks a major step forward in recovering from this crisis, and we look forward to bringing back even more employees and guests to our properties.
“I would like to thank our partners, AtlantiCare and Unite Here, for their tireless commitment to providing all our casino employees the opportunity to be vaccinated before Memorial Day. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and is an important season for our industry.”