Horseshoe casino

The $400 million Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, seen from Russell Street looking east, is taking shape, with the opening planned for mid-2014. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun / December 26, 2013)

Four longtime gaming industry players were named Tuesday to help direct Baltimore's new Horseshoe Casino, filling out the majority of the leadership team for the Russell Street facility as it nears its 2014 start date.

Three of the men previously worked for Horseshoe or Caesars Entertainment, the parent company for Horseshoe, Horseshoe Baltimore General Manager Chad Barnhill said in a statement.

Brian Carr, the new vice president of finance, worked for Caesars in Illinois, New Jersey and Louisiana; Noah Hirsch, the new vice president of marketing, worked at Horseshoe Cleveland; and Mike Forster, the new director of video lottery terminals, worked for Caesars for 10 years, most recently in Northeast Ohio.

Bob Westerfield, the new director of table games, has worked in the industry for 34 years. He will be responsible for hiring more than 1,000 dealers and supervisors for the new casino's table games and poker room.

Westerfield and Hirsh are already living in the city. Carr and Forster are relocating and will start fulltime in January. Vice President of Human Resources Joan Wilmer-Stewart was named to her post in October.

The new casino is slated to open in the third quarter of 2014 and is expected to generate about 1,700 jobs.