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"Interim’ removed from Cavallaro’s title at Harveys

Steve Cavallaro expects to do a lot more traveling with his promotion to executive vice president and chief operating officer for Harveys Casino Resorts.

On Thursday, Harveys’ officials announced the promotion that puts him in charge of all three Harveys resorts in Nevada, Colorado and Iowa as well as the corporation’s marketing department.

Earlier this week Cavallaro had been named on an interim basis to replace Kevin Servatius, who resigned on Tuesday as the senior vice president and general manager of Harveys Resort Hotel/Casino at Stateline. The promotion continues his relationship on a more permanent basis.

He previously worked and will continue to work in the executive position for Harveys Wagon Wheel Hotel/Casino in Central City, Colo. and Harveys Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Cavallaro, who resides in Las Vegas, called Harveys a “family-oriented company” that makes the frequent travel easier to deal with.

With Harveys original casino at Stateline now under his wing, Cavallaro is looking forward to working with its staff.

“I just want to continue on with the great success this property has and the great employee base we have,” Cavallaro said. “They know their jobs and know their customers.

“I’d like to introduce some marketing techniques and things that we’ve learned at other properties.”

Cavallaro is excited to see the city redevelopment projects progress. Harveys has a major stake in the convention center planned for Project 3, which is slated to begin construction after the Park Avenue project.

“I, like Jim (Rafferty, corporate vice president of marketing) and Chuck (Scharer, president and chief operating officer), am very positive on redevelopment,” Cavallaro said. “It’s very important in this market. We can see the vision of where that can go.

“It’s a great lake, and this great environment deserves capital investment that makes sense.”

Cavallaro has more than 19 years in the casino business. The last 10 he has been in general management beginning with The Palace Station and the Nob Hill Casino, both in Las Vegas.

As executive vice president of development for the Maloof organization, which owns the Fiesta in Las Vegas, he helped design and build casinos.

Cavallaro came to the Harveys corporation in 1994, as senior vice president and general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which opened as a partnership with the two corporations. When Hard Rock bought out Harveys interest in 1996, Cavallaro was promoted to chief operating officer of the Iowa and Colorado properties.

“Steve Cavallaro is the most talented casino operator I have worked with,” Scharer said. “He cares about employees and customers and he is focused on the basics. I know Steve can make a substantial contribution to the Lake Tahoe operation.”

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