Golden Entertainment Names Blake Sartini II as COO

Golden Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: GDEN) has announced significant leadership changes, with Blake Sartini II, the company’s former executive vice president of operations, stepping into the role of chief operating officer as of March 20, 2024. In his previous role, Sartini II oversaw Golden’s tavern operations and had direct responsibility for the company’s five local casinos in Las Vegas and Pahrump. His appointment comes as a result of his extensive experience within the organization, having worked in various capacities since joining the company almost 17 years ago.

Simultaneously, Steve Arcana, the current chief operating officer, has transitioned into the position of chief development officer. In this new capacity, Arcana will be responsible for spearheading new tavern development, identifying new third-party food and beverage concepts for the company’s casino resorts, and exploring opportunities to unlock value in the company’s excess real estate in Las Vegas, Laughlin, and Pahrump.

Golden Entertainment’s portfolio comprises eight casinos and 69 gaming taverns in Nevada, with over 5,600 slots, 100 table games, and more than 6,000 hotel rooms. The company’s Chairman and CEO, Blake Sartini, expressed confidence in the leadership changes, emphasizing the potential for additional shareholder value through a focus on maximizing performance in core operations and exploring opportunities for future improvement by introducing new concepts to the existing portfolio. Following these announcements, the company's shares moved 0.8%, and are now trading at a price of $35.38. For more information, read the company's full 8-K submission here.

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