Anthony SanfilippoChairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Sanfilippo is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment. Anthony has more than 30 years of gaming entertainment experience and since joining Pinnacle Entertainment in 2010 has led the company through significant growth. In 2013, Pinnacle acquired Ameristar Casinos, doubling in size to 15,000 team members with 15 gaming entertainment properties in the United States. Also in 2013, Pinnacle acquired the Heartland Poker Tour and entered into a management contract with Retama Park Racetrack in Selma, Texas, holding the majority interest in the racing license. In 2014, Pinnacle opened the Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Anthony is also a member of the board of directors of Pinnacle Entertainment.
Prior to joining Pinnacle, Anthony served as president, chief executive officer and a board member of Multimedia Games Inc., a creator and supplier of comprehensive systems, content and electronic gaming units for various segments of the gaming industry. Prior to joining Multimedia Games, he served in leadership roles at Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. During his tenure at Harrah's, Anthony served as president of Harrah's central and western divisions, overseeing the operations of more than two dozen casinos and gaming resorts. In addition, he was president and chief operating officer for Harrah's New Orleans and a board member of Jazz Casino Corp. prior to Harrah's acquiring full ownership. He has directed tribal gaming operations in Arizona, California and Kansas and has held gaming licenses in most states that offer legalized gambling.
Carlos RuisanchezPresident & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ruisanchez is President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment. In this role, Mr. Ruisanchez is responsible for managing the financial and administrative functions of the finance department, including: management of the capital structure, strategic financial planning, accounting, strategic sourcing, bank and financial community relationships, internal and SEC reporting, and internal and industry analysis to support the Company's goals for growth and profitability. He will also continue to oversee the Company's overall strategy and development activities, as well as its business and gaming analytics efforts.
Mr. Ruisanchez joined Pinnacle in August 2008 as its Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development. Previously, he worked at the investment banking firm Bear, Stearns & Co., which he joined in 1997 and where he most recently served as Senior Managing Director responsible for corporate clients in the gaming, lodging and leisure industries, as well as financial sponsor banking relationships.
Mr. Ruisanchez holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on finance and international business, as well as a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
Ginny ShanksExecutive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
Ginny Shanks brings 30 years of gaming industry experience in marketing and operations to her current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Pinnacle Entertainment. In this role, she is responsible for all company-wide marketing strategies, including the ongoing development of distinct property brand positioning and overall branding strategies; enterprise-wide database marketing efforts; and the continued evolution of the mychoice guest loyalty program. She also has oversight of Human Resources, Information Technology, the Heartland Poker Tour, and gaming research and development.
Prior to joining Pinnacle Entertainment in October 2010, as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Ginny held senior executive positions for more than 25 years at the property, division and corporate levels of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. Throughout her tenure with Caesars, she was responsible for maximizing the value of the company’s key strategic brands – Caesars, Harrah's, and Horseshoe casinos; the Total Rewards player loyalty program; and the World Series of Poker. In addition to setting overall corporate brand strategy, Ginny oversaw sports and entertainment marketing, strategic alliances, consumer insights, retail, public relations and nationwide casino promotions. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Casino Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award, the first woman to be honored with this distinction. Following her career with Caesars, Ginny was the Chief Marketing Officer for Multimedia Games, from 2008-2010, where she led product strategy, project management and investor relations.
Neil WalkoffExecutive Vice President of Operations
Neil Walkoff has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President of Operations since April 2012. He currently oversees all of the operations of the Company’s properties in Missouri, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio.
Neil joined Pinnacle Entertainment in August 2010, as the General Manager of River City Casino & Hotel. In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President overseeing both River City and Lumiere Place Hotels and Casino. In 2012, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Regional Operations adding to his responsibilities Belterra and River Downs. Under his leadership, Pinnacle St. Louis achieved record results from a market share, financial, and employee engagement perspective. In August 2013, he was given additional responsibilities to oversee the Ameristar properties in Missouri, Indiana and Iowa.
Troy StremmingExecutive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs
Troy Stremming is the Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs for Pinnacle Entertainment. He is responsible for enhancing and maintaining the public and governmental perception of the company and he oversees public and community relations. Troy joined the team in 2013 upon Pinnacle’s acquisition of Ameristar Casinos.
Troy’s casino career started in 1996 as General Counsel for Station Casinos’ Midwest Operations. In 2000, when Stations sold its Midwest Operations to Ameristar, he was promoted to Vice President of Government Relations. Since that time Troy has taken on additional responsibilities and his most recent position with Ameristar was Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs. Troy oversaw the public and community relations of the company and served as its spokesperson on all external matters. He also directed the company’s lobbyists, effectively advocating for the company in all of the states in which Ameristar operated and at the federal level. Some of the highlights of his career include playing a pivotal role in campaigns that resulted in the removal of the Missouri loss limit and raising of the bet limits in Colorado.
Donna NegrottoExecutive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Donna Negrotto has 20 years of experience as in-house counsel in the gaming industry. She joined Casino Magic Corp in 1996 as Associate General Counsel, a position she held through the acquisition of that company by Pinnacle's predecessor Hollywood Park in 1998. Over her tenure at Pinnacle and predecessor entities, she has added responsibility and oversight of legal matters related to the strategic development and governmental affairs aspects of the business, most recently focused on key items related to the Gaming and Leisure Properties transaction. Prior to her role as in-house counsel in the gaming industry, she spent six years in private practice, where she primarily focused on gaming, commercial and environmental law.
Keith W. HensonSenior Vice President of Operations & General Manager of L'Auberge Lake Charles
Christina DonelsonSenior Vice President of Human Resources
Mickey ParentonSenior Vice President of Operations & General Manager of L'Auberge Baton Rouge
Christine LaBombardSenior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer