No women or minorities now run Atlantic City’s casinos

With the departure of the head of the Tropicana, none of Atlantic City’s nine casinos are now run by a woman or a black person – a rapid change from the diverse management of the city’s casinos just two years ago. .

Jacqueline Grace stepped down as senior vice president and general manager of the Tropicana in late July after nearly two years in the role. She is now CEO of Beam Living, a New York property management company.

Grace was the latest in a group of four women, two of them black, who ran Atlantic City’s casinos two years ago.

In a Facebook post Monday, Grace said she was “blessed beyond measure to continue doing what I love: serving an amazing team of humans, serving our residents and serving the community.”

Caesars Entertainment, owner of the Tropicana, announced Tuesday that Joe Giunta, a seasoned executive who has been with the company for 20 years, will succeed Grace as head of the Tropicana. He was most recently vice president of operations at Harrah’s Casino, which is also owned by Caesars Entertainment.

As of September 2020, four of Atlantic City‘s nine casinos were run by women: Grace at the Tropicana; Melonie Johnson, a black woman who ran the Borgata; Terry Glebocki, who ran the Ocean Casino Resort, and Karie Hall, who ran Bally’s.

Each has since left those positions, which have been held by white men.

Johnson returned to the Washington, D.C. casino she ran before coming to Atlantic City.

Glebocki resigned from Ocean in October 2021. No reason has been publicly announced for his departure, which occurred days before half of the casino was sold to the Ilitch family of Detroit, and the casino declined. to comment when asked.

Hall was replaced when a new owner took over Bally’s in November 2020.

The American Gaming Association, the national casino industry trade group, does not keep statistics on the number of US casinos run by women, but many casino executives and analysts said at the time that they struggled to think of another market with a higher percentage of casinos run by women.

All agreed that this was far less than the number of men in these jobs, with many putting it at around 10%.

Grace had more than 20 years of experience in the casino industry when she took the job at Tropicana, having previously served as vice president and assistant general manager of Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Baltimore property.

In this role, she helped oversee several expansion projects, including the launch of several celebrity chef outlets, a complete renovation of the casual dining venue The Marketplace, and the opening of The Terrace, a gambling venue. and $15 million outdoor entertainment.

Prior to joining the gaming industry, she spent nine years on Wall Street and held leadership roles in technology, diversity and inclusion.