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Pinnacle closes deal, could create new hospitality jobs in Vegas

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Pinnacle Entertainment has announced it closed a big deal that could create or break hospitality jobs in Vegas.

Pinnacle announced today that it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of River Downs Racetrack in southeast Cincinnati, Ohio. †Pinnacle funded the $45 million acquisition with cash on hand.

Anthony Sanfilippo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, commented, “We are excited to officially welcome River Downs into Pinnacle’s family of properties. †Our intent remains to quickly move to revitalize River Downs as a new gaming, racing and entertainment destination if video lottery terminals (VLTs) become operational in Ohio. †Its location is expected to complement our existing Belterra Casino Resort, less than one hour away.”

River Downs Racetrack, located directly off of Interstate 275 in southeast Cincinnati, recently celebrated its 85th anniversary of thoroughbred racing. †One of North America’s most picturesque racecourses, the track is situated on approximately 160 acres of land, 40 of which are currently undeveloped, and offers live thoroughbred racing from mid-April through Labor Day as well as simulcast wagering throughout the year broadcast on more than 500 monitors throughout the facility. †River Downs features a Grandstand with open-air seating, the Pavilion which includes seating for 50 to 300 guests as well as a private bar and grill, and the Turf Terrace in the upper Clubhouse with tableside monitors, a bar, buffet options and formal seating.

Survey projects possible surge for entry-level jobs in Vegas

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

A new survey points to a possible surge for entry-level jobs in Las Vegas.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted their Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey and found that hiring trends for 2011 graduates are looking positive. Some industries expect to hire more and employers reveal which majors they gravitate toward.

My Colleges and Careers helps students educate themselves before going to school for the first time or going back to school to finish a degree; whether at traditional schools or online universities. They help students do the research before deciding on a major. Knowing what industries are growing and which ones are expected to provide more career opportunities can help a student decide what major will give them the largest return on their college investment.

The survey conducted by NACE reveals that employers are especially interested in students who majored in business, computer science and engineering. These degrees, that can often be earned from online universities, which can be extremely convenient, can be beneficial to students since they are broad enough to encompass many careers but specialized enough to make the student an asset.

The NACE survey found that 62 percent of employers plan to hire accounting majors this year and 57 percent plan to hire finance majors. Accounting and finance majors can work as accountants at large firms or corporations. Or they can even work in small business and non-profits. Some specialize in specific types of accounting or even taxes.

With this kind of flexibility, accounting and finance graduates may have more options than majors in other fields. My Colleges and Careers helps students explore these options and understand the career potential they could have with the major they choose. With resources about top careers, program descriptions, the cost of online colleges and salary statistics, My Colleges and Careers is the one-stop guide for education.

According to the survey, about 53 percent of employers would like to hire electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science majors. These industries have experienced growth so it’s no surprise that employers will be looking to hire.

My Colleges and Careers follows these trends and gives students the chance to see what it’s like the day of the life of a professional. The site posts videos of interviews with professionals in their work place so students can learn what it’s like to have a specific job and get tips on how to land that job directly from the experts. A recently updated video featuring an information technology professionals can help students learn what it takes to be successful in this ever-changing industry. Students can then explore accredited online college courses and find enroll in the ones that will help the land the degree they need for their dream job.

The NACE survey also revealed that 52 percent of employers would like to hire business administration or management majors. This major prepares students to enter management-level jobs in almost any industry. One benefit students with this major might enjoy is the ability to change industries throughout their career. They may work as the manager at a high-tech company and then change to work as the director of a non-profit organization.

However, while certain industries are planning to hire students with these degrees, that is not all the good news the survey brings. The NACE research also shows that in 2011, employers are planning to hire 13.5 percent more new bachelor’s degree program graduates than the did from the class of 2010.

This is good news for students who are working toward their degree. My Colleges and Careers believes that an education can help students reach their highest potential. It helps students find the right school for them so they can earn the bachelor’s degree and start a successful career. The site also helps students find ways to earn an online PhD or one of many online master’s degrees while they continue with their full-time job.

These findings are in line with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s projected job growth for 2008 to 2018. The bureau predicts that some of the jobs to be in higher demand in the next several years include: retail salespersons, office clerks, accountants and auditors, bookkeepers, accountants, and auditing clerks and computer software engineers (applications), just to name a few.

Station Casinos to hire for hospitality jobs in Vegas

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Station Casinos announced this week it is recruiting for 1000 hospitality jobs in Vegas.

The news is a positive sign for Vegas and its economy, which has the worst unemployment rate in the nation.

The news is also a great sign for the thousands of job seekers looking for hospitality jobs in Vegas.

Station Casinos is hiring 1000 at its many properties. Jobs are available in food and beverage, hotel management, gaming and security.

About half of the jobs will be full time, while the other half will be part-time.

Interested applicants should check the Station Casino’s website for more information.

Over the next 60 days, the company will be looking to fill all the positions.

According to Fox5Vegas.com, many of the jobs will be created through the opening of new Grand Cafes at older Station properties, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station and Santa Fe Station. During the boom years, Station was busy acquiring properties and building new ones, including the popular Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort.

MassMedia recruits for marketing jobs in Vegas

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

One Vegas company has announced it has filled key spots for marketing jobs in Vegas.

Paula Yakubik, managing partner of MassMedia Corporate Communications, a full-service public relations, advertising and marketing corporate communications agency, recently announced the hiring of Steven Sandler as vice president and Pam Myers as account executive of the companyís pet marketing division.

As vice president of MassMedia Pet Marketing, Sandler will handle business development and strategic marketing plans. He will oversee multiple client accounts by managing and executing communication campaigns, deepening the relationship between its clients and the clientsí audiences, and increasing brand awareness.

Sandlerís experience encompasses all channels of distribution in all businesses, including big box retailers, specialty (pet, toy, sporting goods, and electronics), drug, grocery, warehouse club, and international markets.

Most recently, Sandler worked for Worldwise, Inc. an environmentally-friendly pet product company specializing in dog and cat beds, toys, and accessories. He served as the vice president of sales and marketing for key accounts including Wal-Mart, Target, Petco and Petsmart. During Sandlerís three years at Worldwise, sales increased by more than 150 percent. He has long-standing, professional relationships with traditional mass market accounts as well as regional distributors across the country that cater to small, mom and pop specialty pet retailers.

Sandler has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in marketing from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts.

As account executive, Myers will manage both local and national pet client accounts with day-to-day account activities including implementing strategic marketing and public relations tactics, advertising activities, and online marketing.

Myers brings 10 years of marketing experience to MassMedia with the last six years in the advertising specialty industry. As director of marketing for H&H Enterprises, she oversaw a department focused on brand development, product launches and tradeshow management.

Myers earned her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in marketing from the University of Phoenix.