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Caesars’ Attaway to fly south

Sally J. Taylor

David Attaway, general manager of Caesars Tahoe, is saying goodbye to Caesars, its corporate owners and Lake Tahoe.

Attaway announced Thursday that he had accepted a position as resident and chief operating officer of Aladdin Music in Las Vegas. Attaway will help develop a new 1,000-room casino and performing arts complex, an addition to the privately owned Aladdin Hotel. The complex should open in 2000.

“This is an exciting opportunity to get in on the ground floor to design, build and create a new project. It doesn’t happen often,” said Attaway on Thursday following a hectic schedule of meetings.



“Caesars was a great company to work for. We’ve lived in Tahoe for quite a few years now. It’s going to be extremely difficult to leave.”

Attaway, who is married to comedian Diane Ford, said the move to Las Vegas and its more convenient airport access will be easier on Ford’s travel schedule.



They will keep their Tahoe home, however.

“It’s only because of this exciting project that I’d possibly leave here or leave Tahoe,” he said.

Attaway’s move also impacts the newly organized Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Authority. Attaway, who represents Caesars on the TDVA board of directors, also serves as its chairman.

Because the organization is so new, Attaway was not sure whether vice-chairman Kevin Servatius, general manager of Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino, would take that seat or there would be a new election.

Attaway stepped up to the top position at Caesars Tahoe in September 1996 following 10 years with the company and 12 years as a Tahoe resident. He previously worked for Caesars as the vice president of casino operations and marketing and holds a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Ohio.

Caesars has not yet announced his replacement.

The change in top management comes just a month after Starwood Hotels & Resorts took over ownership of ITT Corp. holdings, including Caesars Tahoe, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and a number of hotel brands. So far, Starwood officials have not announced their plans for the organization.

There has been some speculation that Starwood, which has focused on hotel resorts, might sell the gaming operations.

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