Penn National Gaming, Inc., on Tuesday, named the general Manager of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, which is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014.
Gary DeWitt, Jr., 45, the assistant general manager of Hollywood Casino Columbus, will run the Dayton operation. DeWitt’s appointment, effective January 2014, is subject to customary regulatory approvals. He will report to Penn National Gaming senior vice president of regional operations, John Finamore.
DeWitt will have full responsibility for the start-up, opening and management of the planned $125 million facility, including the recruitment and training of employees. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, under construction at the intersection of Wagner Ford Road and Needmore Road in North Dayton, will feature approximately 1,000 video lottery terminals at opening, a 5/8-mile standardbred racetrack and a variety of food and beverage options.
DeWitt, a 25-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been with Penn National Gaming since 2005 when he joined Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge as vice president of casino operations. He also served as the company’s corporate slot manager from October 2009 to January 2011.
DeWitt was named assistant general manager of Argosy Riverside in January 2011 and joined the team at Hollywood Casino Columbus in January 2013.
“Gary has been instrumental in effectively managing our Columbus operations and has, in a relatively short time, built extensive ties to the local community there and in the state of Ohio,” Finamore said.”We expect Gary to further establish himself in Ohio and believe he is the ideal leader to spearhead our efforts to build close ties with the Dayton community, state government officials and the Ohio standardbred horsemen to ensure that Penn National and the new Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is a valued member of the community from day one.”