NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Following a unanimous vote of the board of directors, Brian Hansberry has officially been appointed president and CEO of the gaming development company, Seneca Gaming Corp. officials recently announced. Hansberry has served as interim president and CEO since February.
''Over the past seven months, Brian has showed that he has the knowledge, vision and dedication to continue to lead this dynamic enterprise toward a bright future,'' said Barry E. Snyder Sr., Seneca Gaming Corp. chairman. ''We have some extremely exciting development plans for our gaming properties in Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo, and Brian will be responsible for leading those plans through to their completion. He has the confidence and support of the board that he will continue to build on our strong record of success, investment and job creation.''
During Hansberry's tenure at the corporate helm, Seneca Gaming Corp. has completed construction on the permanent Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel project, complete with an expanded gaming floor and accompanying 212-room luxury hotel, as well as opened the temporary Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, which has already attracted more than 90,000 visitors in its first two months of operation.
Future development plans call for the conversion of the original Seneca Allegany Casino complex into a 1,700-seat events center scheduled to open in early 2008, the construction of a second hotel tower at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, the design and construction of a permanent Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino complex, and the completion of development plans at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, the company's flagship operation.
''Seneca Gaming Corporation has become a recognized name in the gaming industry and a true leader in the western New York economy in a very short time, and we have only just begun,'' Hansberry said. ''I want to thank Chairman Snyder, the board of directors and the Seneca Nation of Indians for affording me the opportunity to continue to lead this company, and the more than 4,000 employees of Seneca Gaming Corporation, whose hard work has made all of our success possible. This is a tremendous opportunity for me, and I intend to make this company as successful as possible for our patrons, our employees, the people of the Seneca Nation and for all of western New York.''
Hansberry started his career with Seneca Gaming Corp. in October 2002, and later served as general manager at both Seneca Allegany Casino and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Hansberry has 30 years' experience in the gaming industry, and has worked for several gaming corporations including Resorts International Casino and The Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, and Players Island Casino and Isle of Capri Casino in Louisiana.
Throughout his career, he has worked in the areas of operations, marketing and administration, and has previously held the positions of director of operations and vice president of operations and administration with other organizations.