Former Encore Boston Harbor President Robert DeSalvio landed on his feet in New York after he was appointed president of New York City and the Catskills casinos last week.
This month, Genting Group announced it had appointed DeSalvio to oversee the existing properties of Resorts World New York City and Resorts World Catskills. The first is New York City’s only casino, and is the world’s largest slot casino, notes Everett Independent.
In a press release from Genting, DeSalvio said: “It’s an honour to join Genting, which has proven, with the success of Resorts World Casino New York City, that gaming in New York is full of untapped potential, and I am excited to be on the frontlines of the action.”
Genting CEO Tan Sri KT Lim said: “Bob DeSalvio has a proven track record creating and implementing successful marketing and growth strategies in the gaming and hospitality industries.
“Bob’s operational expertise combined with his unique ability to recognise industry trends and adapt to fast-evolving consumer demands will help accelerate growth at Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World Casino New York City.”
In a sudden move last fall, DeSalvio was replaced by long-time Wynn employee Brian Guilbrants after years of leading the Encore casino project from licencing to enabling to open.
DeSalvio was the face of the Massachusetts project and over the years had built a lot of civic support for the project in the communities around it. Many were surprised and disappointed by the switch locally, but DeSalvio moved on happily and has now landed on top of another rising gaming company.
In the summer of 2020, Resort World NYC is developing a 400-room hotel next to its casino. In addition, the company is developing a $4.3 billion Las Vegas casino project to be completed in 2021. Resorts World Las Vegas is the biggest money-wise venture in Las Vegas history.
Resorts World Casino New York City delivers to 10 million visitors each year over 6,000 slots and electronic table games. The property features three unique gaming levels, Times Square Casino, Fifth Avenue Casino and Central Park Casino, as well as several high-limited rooms for members of Platinum and Black Card. RWNY has charged $2.88 billion in taxes to support public schools in New York State since it opened in 2011.
Genting and Kien Huat, the family trust managed by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Group, Tan Sri KT Lim, purchased Resort World Casinos in November.