The Queen Casino & Entertainment strives to bring a fun and safe space where you can enjoy great gaming, entertainment and personalized customer service from our team members. We aspire to make every guest feel like family to create a long-lasting experience.
Our executive leadership team is committed to creating a collaborative work environment for our Team Members, guests and business partners. As experts in the gaming industry, our goal is to bring diverse perspectives throughout the corporation.
Terry Downey has more than 40 years of experience in gaming and sportsbook operations. He served Stations Casinos for many years as general manager and more recently served as President of SLS Las Vegas and Aliante Gaming in North Las Vegas. Terry joined the team in 2019 and his impact was immediately felt through the development of business and strategic initiatives that have transformed the company into a profitable and rapidly growing enterprise with a strong balance sheet.
John Janicky has more than 25 years of gaming industry experience with expertise in marketing, branding and long-term strategic planning. John first entered the gaming industry in 1994 as a valet parking attendant, sparking a career that would span warehousing, procurement and ultimately, casino marketing. Now a senior casino marketing executive for more than a decade, John joined the team in 2019 and has led marketing efforts that have resulted in increased market share and profitability. He currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and three kids.
Cheryl Ash joined the Board of Directors in November 2019 and serves as Chief Financial Officer. Cheryl has established a diverse background and experience over the past 20 years in the gaming industry. She previously served as the Vice President of Finance for SLS Las Vegas and Resorts World Catskills. In addition to her experience in and knowledge of casino operations, regulations, internal controls and financial reporting, her responsibilities have included strategic planning, establishment of financial policies and controls, risk management, SEC reporting and compliance, and capital procurement. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Bill is an attorney and has over 12 years of gaming industry experience, manages the company’s legal affairs, and oversees compliance, licensing, governmental and regulatory affairs, and Louisiana’s surveillance operations. He joined the company as associate general counsel in 2010 and promoted to General Counsel in 2018. Prior to 2010, Bill represented Casino Queen as a client in his private practice. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Law School and served as a public defender, prosecutor, and police officer. Bill lives on a hobby farm in central Illinois with his wife and three dogs and volunteers at a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Scott Kolen began his food and beverage career learning Southern hospitality and Creole cuisine from the Brennan family at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. A gaming veteran with more than 25 years of casino hospitality experience at companies such as Caesars Entertainment and Hard Rock International. Scott is an operations specialist in the culinary, beverage and convention fields. Prior to joining our team, he served as Director of Purchasing & Inventory Control at Aliante Casino Director of Food and Beverage at SLS Las Vegas. He is committed to upholding the long-held prestige of casino hospitality within the modern framework of today’s hospitality industry.
Vanessa Martin began her hospitality career at Palms Casino Resort in 2007, while also pursuing her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She continued her career with Starwood Hotel Brands and spent more than a decade cultivating her skills within different levels of human resources. Mrs. Martin’s most recently gained experience serving as Director of HR in the healthcare industry. With a variety of HR knowledge in various fields, Mrs. Martin has established many programs spanning team member relations, recognition, community partnerships, benefits and more.
Lauren Westerfield has served over fifteen years in the hospitality and gaming industry as a veteran marketing executive, assisting the hospitality world converge into the omnichannel space, own their brands, and create a memorable guest experience inside and outside of the brick and mortar buildings. Her career as a Marketing and Digital Gaming Executive has highlighted by many roles serving as the digital and innovation lead at Station Casinos, Inc., (launching STN Sports and play for fun STN Play), IGT (leading the convergence of the Double Down Social Casino Acquisition) and Maverick Gaming (launching the Play Maverick Sports online and retail sports platforms). In the most recent capacity at she is leading the efforts of online gaming and sports betting space, building start-up solutions and teams from the ground-up in multiple jurisdictions.
Stacy Stagg started working in the service industry in her teen years and fell in love with the industry! Stacy’s first job while attending high school, was as a line cook and dishwasher. She continued her education while working in various restaurants as a hostess and then food server in Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. Stacy soon began her management career with Station Casinos, a leader in Gaming industry in the Las Vegas local’s market, as an assistant restaurant manager. Over her 25-year career with Station Casinos, she held several positions including; restaurant manager, Training & Development manager, Assistant F & B Director, F & B Director, VP & Assistant General Manager and VP & General Manager. Her roles within the company enabled her to work at several different properties over the years within the Station casinos folio, where the scope of properties included a resort, mid – level and small property divisions.
Tim Stephens brings more than a decade of hospitality and gaming experience to his role as corporate director of information technology. Through his extensive experience, Stephens has gained knowledge in technical support and the IT Infrastructure Library to take on a variety of IT positions. He has previously served as a systems analyst at the Hard Rock Hotel and an IT manager at Aliante Gaming and Topgolf. He has also served as the director of IT at Three Square Food Bank, a nonprofit organization working to help end hunger in Las Vegas by providing food to those in need. Outside of work, Stephens enjoys visiting local comic book stores, riding his motorcycle and staying busy with home improvement projects. A proud father of five children, he values spending quality time with his family.