Hard Rock International Announces Key Appointments for Las Vegas and Atlantic City Properties


   Joe Lupo and Anthony Faranca

 Hard Rock International has confirmed some major appointments for its Las Vegas and Atlantic City properties. Joe Lupo has been named president of the future Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; while Anthony Faranca will be promoted to president of properties.
According to Hard Rock International, Joe Lupo has been named President of the future Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, subject to regulatory approval of Hard Rock International's previously announced plans to purchase The Mirage Hotel & Casino from MGM Resorts International.

Consequently, Joe Lupo will take over the role once the Nevada Gaming Commission licensing process has concluded. An Ohio native, Lupo has more than three decades of casino gaming experience. He was named President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in November 2018, after spending two successful years at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

The appointment was announced by Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen, who is the driving force and vision behind Hard Rock International's purchase of The Mirage Hotel & Casino and the company's plan to build an iconic Guitar Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.

Allen said Lupo is uniquely qualified to become the President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

The president has highlighted the achievements of Joe Lupo at the helm of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City during the last four years and said: “Thanks to his dedication and expertise, financial results continue to outperform expectations, while our team members share an unmatched commitment. to guest service and satisfaction. I am confident Joe Lupo will achieve even greater success at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.”

As part of his previous experience, we should mention that he worked at various Boyd Gaming properties in Las Vegas and in Laughlin, Nevada, including the former Stardust Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, where he was the Director of Race and Sportsbook.

In Atlantic City, Anthony Faranca will be promoted to property President, subject to regulatory approval, effective September 1. A Philadelphia native, Faranca is a seasoned casino executive with extensive experience managing large gaming properties in several states including Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

In this case, Jim Allen underlined: "Anthony's deep knowledge of the Atlantic City and Northeast region is an invaluable asset to the company."

"We are confident that Anthony will continue Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City's legacy of success and impactful leadership in the community," he added.

He began his casino career in Atlantic City as a Guest Services Manager and was promoted through the ranks to Regional Vice President of National Casino Marketing at the four Caesars Atlantic City properties.

Finally, the company has highlighted the fact that Anthony Faranca has joined Cordish Companies as Vice President and General Manager of Live! Casino in Hanover, MD. In this role, he overcame the COVID-19 pandemic, launched FanDuel Sportsbook, and opened a 5,000-capacity event center.
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