Executive casino veteran Steve Callender retires

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Executive Steve Callender, on Friday, has announced that he is taking retirement after spending 43 years in the business.

Callender was an amateur craps dealer on the first-day of gambling. Then became a senior executive of one of the biggest casino companies.

Mr. Steve is 66 years old and is the eastern regional president of Caesar’s Entertainment. He has been a longtime executive at Atlantic City Tropicana casino.

‘I had just completed college. Ten thousand people were competing for 500 jobs. I got selected, then I learned how to deal. It used to be the first craps recreation I had ever seen, and I used to be dealing with it’

Callender realized the commercial enterprise from the backside up, rising from provider to emerging as vice president of online casino operations at Resorts. In a decades-long profession spent in Atlantic City, he additionally labored for the Atlantic City Hilton and Bally’s besides Tropicana. Lately, he helped Eldorado Gaming raise out its merger with Caesars Entertainment beneath the Caesars brand.

Callender additionally is president of the Casino Association of New Jersey.

The alternate team representing the Atlantic City casinos. He was a strategist for insurance policies that assist the lodge as nicely as a go-to contact with country officers on things involving Atlantic City and the gambling industry.

He has considered it all in Atlantic City. The dizzying upward thrust of casinos when New Jersey had a monopoly on East Coast playing and the profit goes up to the sky. The painful crash as rivals popping up all around Atlantic City drained away so much that 5 of the 12 casinos shut down (there presently are nine). Finally, the recovery from that painful length as Atlantic City grew to become a smaller market, adjusting to the new monetary realities.

He has been a vocal advocate of Atlantic City’s health and safety protocols as the casinos reopened ultimate July after three half months of closure because of the coronavirus shutdown. Callender has pushed country officers to loosen the virus-related restrictions on occupancy that stay on the casinos. He argued that the playing halls have demonstrated they can function safely.

Callender is optimistic about Atlantic City’s short- and long-term prospects.

“There is a lot of pent-up demand, he said. Many of our older clients have their photographs. They are coming back. People will come eventually.”

A resident of Brigantine, Callender stated that he appears to use his grandchildren to sports activities, practices, and games besides playing some Philadelphia Phillies video games, between rounds of golf and journey with his wife.

The organization has no longer named a successor yet.

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