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Station Casinos announces layoffs, MGM shakes up executive management

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Posted at 1:00 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 10:31:23-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 11 P.M. UPDATE: The economic downturn due to COVID-19 is forcing a number of business changes among Las Vegas gaming companies.

On Friday, Station Casinos, which operates 18 properties around Las Vegas and Henderson announced the company would layoff an unspecified number of employees until business resumes.

"It comes as no surprise, certainly how quickly and how substantially business will rebound is anybody's guess," said 13 Action News Financial Analyst Steve Budin.

Budin says when business dries up, the financial belt-tightening gets even tighter.

"I would guess they did an internal analysis of which properties generates what type of cash flow, which properties have the most overhead, and then they made those decisions accordingly," explained Budin.

Station Casinos tells 13 Investigates the impacted employees would be paid until May 16, and healthcare coverage is provided until the end of September.

Unaffected full-time employees will continue to be paid, with benefits, through the end of May.

The Culinary Union, Local 226, released a statement regarding the situation Friday:

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have sent a letter demanding immediate bargaining for thousands of workers that we represent. The Culinary and Bartenders Unions will fight to ensure all workers are retained and do not have to reapply for their jobs, that their seniority remains intact, and that all workers are offered extended recall rights when the casinos reopen.

The Culinary and Bartenders Unions will be monitoring the layoffs at Station Casinos closely and will continue fighting to ensure
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"Certainly it's reflective of the economy, we are not getting visitors, and locals, which Stations tend to cater to, are staying home," explained Budin.

MGM Resorts International tells 13 Investigates, as of Friday, a number of high level executives have been shuffled around a variety of Las Vegas properties.

The changes include:

Property Senior Leaders

Las Vegas

Bellagio and Park MGM/NoMad:

Anton Nikodemus, President

Franz Kallao, SVP of Hospitality

Doug Sandoval, CFO

ARIA and Vdara:

Steve Zanella, President

Mark Lefever, CFO

Mandalay Bay/Delano and Luxor:

Chuck Bowling, President

Kevin Holyfield, VP Hospitality

Heith Bettelman, CFO

MGM Grand Las Vegas and New York-New York:

Mike Neubecker, President

Patrick Miller, SVP Hospitality

Mark Czerniak, CFO

The Mirage and Excalibur:

Nik Rytterstrom, President

VP Hospitality, Jeff Segan

Sarah Rogers, CFO

Regional Properties

Mid-Atlantic – MGM National Harbor and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa:

Jorge Perez, President, MGM National Harbor

Max Fisher, CFO, MGM National Harbor

Pete Brascia, SVP Marketing & Operations, Mid-Atlantic Group

Melonie Johnson, President, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Hugh Turner, CFO, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Northeast – MGM Springfield and Empire City:

Chris Kelley, President, Northeast Group

Ed Domingo, SVP Finance/CFO & Operations

Ryan Ross, VP Marketing

Midwest – MGM Grand Detroit and MGM Northfield Park:

David Tsai, President, Midwest Group

Matt Buckley, SVP Marketing & Operations

Cameron Steinagel, CFO

Southeast – Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica:

Travis Lunn, President, Southeast Group

Brandon Dardeau, SVP Marketing & Operations

Paul Heard, CFO

The downturn is good news for some.

Billionaire Casino Mogul Phil Ruffin tells Forbes he has enough cash on hand to keep his casinos closed for 20 years.

Ruffin owns Treasure Island, Circus Circus, and a 50% stake in the Trump hotel in Las Vegas.

Ruffin purchased TI for half of what it is currently worth during the financial crisis in 2008, according to Forbes. He has faced criticism amid the shutdown due to 4,400 of his 5,000 employees are furloughed without pay.

The Sahara has announced it will be accepting reservations for May 22, and Boyd Gaming, which operates ten properties around Las Vegas, is targeting a reopening for the later part of May and most, if not all, of their properties across the country to reopen by June.

ORIGINAL STORY: Station Casinos has announced which properties it will reopen first and the impact on its workforce. According to a letter sent to its employees, they will reopen Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Santa Fe, Palace Station, Sunset Station and Boulder Station first.

The Wildfire division will also most likely open in the first phase.

The Palms, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station will be reopened once they have had a chance to assess how their business is performing in a “post-COVID-19 world.”

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As a result, they are making “meaningful staffing level reductions” at the properties that are opening first and the corporate office. Additionally, they are also making reductions at the properties that are not opening in the initial phase.

Station Casinos says that its employees have been notified by telephone and mail.

Gov. Steve Sisolak initially ordered all casinos in Nevada to close until April 30 as part of the Stay-At-Home Order. That order was extended until May 15 on Thursday. The reopening of the state will happen in phases, according to the governor. Smaller businesses and venues where crowds can be controlled and limited will be allowed to open first. Sisolak has said that casinos will not be reopening in phase one.