Archives for October, 2010

Godfather’s “Sit Down” – The Villas at Green Valley Ranch Station

Now I had the time of my life…and I owe it all to you.  GREAT event!

Here are a few highlights:
The Villas at GVR were amazing!  Flawless event execution by Don Richardson and the staff at Green Valley Ranch Station.  Beautiful 5,000 square foot suite that is only available to high rollers….er, players.

Appetizers and open bar provided by Microsoft and Anexeon

60 of the most amazing people in Las Vegas

Surprise performances by Skip Martin (Kool & the Gang) and Mark Martin (Dancetime Entertainment)

Johnny "Elvis" Thompson performing "Can’t Help Falling in Love:"

Gene Siroren and Heidi Thompson (formerly with Legends in Concert) performing "You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling" with Heidi desperately trying to steal the limelight as a back-up singer.

Benjamin Kuntz of CareerBuilder, Ken Ciancimino of the Las Vegas Hilton and Ben Kalb bringing tears to everyone’s eyes when they each donated $1,000 to Make-A-Wish

Bruce Spotleson giving us an impromptu history lesson on the career of Billy Hinsche

Phantom of the Opera ticket giveaway courtesy of BASE Entertainment

Autographed Zappos book giveaway courtesy Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

Gene and Heidi literally bringing the house down at the conclusion of the evening with my favorite song from my favorite movie – "I Had The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing.  Incredible!!

Check out pictures from the event at

Here are a few of the attendees:
Solveig Thorsgud-Allen, President, The Firm
Jennifer Delange (SVP) and Michelle Sharples (Director), BASE ENTERTAINMENT
Ken Ciancimino, EVP, Las Vegas Hilton
Scot Campbell, SVP, MGM Mirage Hospitality
Rich McGough, SVP, Credit One
Tracey Chernay, SVP, Transact Technologies
David Reese, VP, Caesar’s Palace
Brad Warga, VP, Harrah’s Entertainment
Sherri Gilligan, SVP, MGM Resorts International
Sheri Long, VP, Palms
Charly Paelinck, VP, Harrah’s Entertainment
Renee Rivera-Shaffer, Former Deputy Chief, Gaming Control Board
Michael Starr, EVP, Primm Resorts
Lori Nelson, Director, Station Casinos
Doug Taylor, Executive Producer, Rebel Bingo
Howard Toy, SVP, Treasure Island
Don Richardson, GM, Green Valley Ranch Station
Gary Kapral, SVP, Bally Technologies
Dan Stark, VP, Boyd Gaming
Bruce Spotleson, Group Publisher, Greenspun Media
Brent Bell, President, Bell Transportation
Actress Cassandra Hepburn and Model Minnie Foxx
Kendall Tenney, 10e PR and Chairman of Make-A-Wish
John Daly, TV Host
Billy Hinsche, The Beach Boys
Skip Martin, The Dazz Band, Kool & The Gang
Mike Flanagan, Retired ASAC, US Department of Justice – DEA
Magician Steve Dacri – Although he was unable to join us in person, we know he was with us in spirit.  Get well soon buddy!

I am truly grateful to the following:
God.  First and foremost, I thank God for the opportunity to spend time with all of you.  I am both honored and exceedingly blessed!

Microsoft – Lori Kopczynski, Marc Baxer and Rodney Williams of Microsoft sponsored F&B.  Thank you!

Anexeon – The Las Vegas leader in managed technology services.  Thank you Michael McGhee and Curt Miller!

Green Valley Ranch Station – Don Richardson, Tina Randall and Entire Staff – One of the best produced Godfather events ever!

Rocky Nash ( for taking all the wonderful photos of the evening.  God bless you Rocky, and have fun in China – we’ll miss you!

Mark Martin ( for his great work on the sound board and wireless microphone.  A dramatic improvement over previous events where we did not have a mic.

Scot Campbell – Thank you for swapping chains at the minute so my new cross was highly visible on the Zoot Suit.

My Clients – Without my clients, there would be no Godfather, no Godfather events and certainly no opportunity for me to support church, charity and community.  I am exceedingly blessed and grateful for your support!

Falling into Fall!

Greetings from The Godfather!

Our DISH for Three Square fundraiser was a HUGE success as 800+ attendees enjoyed food from 28 celebrity chefs, bid on live/silent auction items and enjoyed a concert with Smash Mouth.  Thank you to everyone that was at the Godfather’s two tables:

Steve Teske
Nina Foxx
Jennifer Martinez
Rick Murphy
Michelle Sharples
Sean Gerson
Nick Swinmurn
Tony Rose & /Clara Mayer
Sanjiv Goyal
David Chavez
Bobby Ray Harris
Sheleen Quish
Renee Mancino
Kendall Tenney

Quote of the Month – A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference. (Winnie the Pooh)

Scripture of the Month – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." (Matthew 18:21-22)

Outlined below are all my current career opportunities. Also, all the upcoming charity events..and the Godfather "Sit Down" at Green Valley Ranch Station is SOLD OUT!

Career Opportunities
VP, Hotel Operations ($250,000, West Coast) – Must have BIG experience – 1,000+ rooms in a high end hotel/casino property.

VP, Game Studios – Video/Slot ($250,000, West Coast) – Looking for an executive from the slot machine industry with strong emphasis on video background.

VP, Game Studios – Video/Slot ($220,000, West Coast) – Requires college degree (MBA preferred), 10+ years of development experience.  Need an Executive Producer type.

CEO ($200,000, Midwest) – Full P&L responsibility for a rapidly growing company in the gaming services business.

VP, Slots ($200,000, Midwest) – Requires 10+ years experience and background with slot performance and floor management.

VP, Hospitality ($200,000, Midwest) – Extensive F&B background combined with Hotel Operations Experience.

VP, F&B- Casino ($175,000, Las Vegas) – High profile Strip property seeks top food/beverage professional to take them to the next level.

VP, Game Performance – Slots ($175,000, Midwest)

Enterprise Architect – Software ($160,000, Las Vegas)

Sales Account Executive – Systems Sales Experience ($150,000, West Coast)

Director, Slots ($150,000, Las Vegas)

VP, Human Resources – Casino ($150,000, Midwest)

Director, Supply Chain ($140,000, Las Vegas)

Director, IT ($125,000, Las Vegas)

Director, Human Resources – Casino ($120,000, East Coast)

Hardware Engineering Manager ($110,000, Reno)

Director, Marketing – Casino ($100,000, South)

Director, Table Games ($90,000, Midwest)

Director, Loyalty Rewards ($90,000, Las Vegas)

Upcoming Events
Party with the Clubs at the Palms Benefitting the Boys & Girls Club (Las Vegas) – October 23
Terry Fator Benefit for the Arthritis Foundation (Las Vegas) – October 24
The Villas at Green Valley Ranch Station – October 27
Make-A-Wish Fall Fashion Show – November 4
Camelot for Opportunity Village – November