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Hard Rock lines up Las Vegas, Atlantic City leaders

Hard Rock International (HRI) announced the leaders for two key positions in two of its high profile properties Aug. 3.

Joe Lupo

Joe Lupo is set to be president of the forthcoming Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Located on the Strip, the development – which is to feature a guitar-shaped hotel – will rise at the site of the Mirage Hotel & Casino, which HRI bought from MGM Resorts in Dec. 2021. Lupo’s position becomes official once the Nevada Gaming Commission completes its regulatory approvals for the property.

Lupo has been the president of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City since 2018. Before that, he was the president of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Lupo has previously worked at properties in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, during a three-decade career in gaming.

Anthony Faranca

Meanwhile, Anthony Faranca will take Lupo’s place as president of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City beginning Sept. 1.

HRI said the Philadelphia native is a seasoned casino executive with experience in managing large gaming properties in Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Faranca began his casino career in Atlantic City as a guest services manager and was eventually promoted to regional vice president of national casino marketing for four Caesars Atlantic City properties.

Most recently, Faranca worked for the Cordish Cos. as vice president and general manager of the Live! Casino Hotel in Hanover, Maryland. HRI said he helped the property navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, launch a FanDuel Sportsbook, and open a 5,000-seat event center.

The Seminole Tribe is the parent entity of HRI. More information is at hardrock.com.

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