Casino Association of NJ appoints new president

The New Jersey Casino Association (CANJ) issued a press release revealing that Marc Giannantonio will take over as the organization’s new president. Giannantonio has over 35 years old experience in the industry, and his appointment is effective immediately.

The organization represents Atlantic City’s casinos and resorts

CANJ’s primary purpose is to represent the interests of the Atlantic City casino industry. The organization advocates for beneficial legislation, supporting Atlantic City’s growing tourism industry. CANJ represents most of the prestigious casinos and resorts in Atlantic City. He is currently involved in several initiatives and advocates against the ongoing smoking ban efforts in New Jersey.

Giannantonio takes over the post of Joe Lupo, president of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. He would move to Las Vegas to manage the Mirage Hotel & Casino, leaving him unable to fulfill his duties as president of CANJ. Lupo expressed his confidence in Giannantonio’s abilities and experience and named him a worthy successor.

Mark is a longtime Atlantic County resident who cares deeply about this city and this community, and I’m confident he will be a great voice for the future of the industry.

Joe Lupo, President of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

Giannantonio is an experienced professional

Mark Giannantonio praised his predecessor’s efforts, noting that Lupo had done a great job as the leader of the organization. He swore to work for the benefit of Atlantic City and to elevate it to a premier resort town.

I have deep roots in this community and am ready to work with the city and state to continue moving Atlantic City forward.

Mark Giannantonio, President of CANJ

Giannantonio has over 35 years of experience in the gaming industry and has earned the trust and respect of his fellow CANJ members. He was previously CEO and President of Tropicana Atlantic City and now runs Resorts Casino Hotel. Giannantonioa also holds several positions on boards and advisory committees at Stockton University and serves on the board of the Atlantic City Police Foundation.

Atlantic City is on the road to recovery

The new president will have to navigate the region’s post-COVID recovery over the upcoming summer season. The gambling and resort industry has suffered a minor shock recently due to ongoing casino employee strikes. However, the issue was resolved amicably, with all nine Atlantic City casinos agreeing to Union’s proposal. Giannantonio’s Resorts Casino was among the last to agree to the terms of the deal, but has shown public support for its workers and expressed optimism the industry can move forward.

The region has recently experienced a slow but steadily improving recovery. In the first quarter, the Atlantic City casino industry marked an increase of more than 25% compared to 2021, and results exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time. The favorable results were attributed to a busy schedule of events and improved visitor sentiment.

Andrew B. Reiter