By Chris Korman
3:00 PM EDT, September 25, 2012
Chad Barnhill, an 18-year veteran of the gambling industry, was named general manager of Harrah's Baltimore at a press conference Tuesday at the planned site of the casino.
Most recently the assistant general manager at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Bossier City, La., he has worked with Caesars, which along with Rock Gaming leads the group licensed to run Baltimore's facility, since graduating from college.
"He's one of the best," said John Payne, Caesars president. "He's so focused on finding great employees who can ensure customer satisfaction."
Though he won't relocate to Baltimore until the beginning of next year, Barnhill has begun transitioning to his new duties and announced the creation of a website where potential employees can learn more information about the company and sign-up to receive email updates on the hiring procedures. The casino plans to hire at least 1,200 people; if Question 7 passes and allows the installment of table games, an additional 500 jobs would be created. A majority of those jobs, Barnhill said, would be filled by Marylanders.
One of Barnhill's immediate duties will be to collaborate with the building design team on gaining city approval for the $375 million project. UDARP panelists flatly rejected a plan that called for massive parking structure to be built behind the casino. They also asked to see re-configured designs for traffic flow, and suggested changes to the materials used on the building.
Representatives from the casino group are expected to deliver revised designs at work session with the city on Wednesday, UDARP coordinator Anthony Cataldo said. That meeting could pave the way for another official UDARP review in coming weeks. Caesars and the other partners in CBAC would like to begin construction soon in order to open the casino in the third quarter of 2014
"We'll do whatever we need to do to work with the city," said Barnhill. His main duty over the next few months, he said, will be getting "ingrained with the city."
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