Providing his guests with an enjoyable gambling experience is a priority for Joseph Farruggio, senior vice president of gaming operations for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Miss.
In this role, Mr. Farruggio manages the selection and operations of all of the casino’s table games and slot machines. In addition to creating Internet-based marketing initiatives, Mr. Farruggio travels throughout the Gulf states and Georgia to develop relationships with potential players. Along with overseeing employee hiring, he works extensively to mentor new company gaming executives.
Mr. Farruggio brings more than three decades of experience in the gaming sector to his position. Before joining the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2008, he served for five years as director of operations for Pinnacle Entertainment in Biloxi and Lake Charles, La. In addition, Mr. Farruggio was employed for more than six years as vice president and general manager at the Isle of Capri Casino in Vicksburg, Miss.
A former police officer and FBI employee, Mr. Farruggio began his career in casino management in 1982 with the Tropicana Casino and Resort in New Jersey. Mr. Farruggio has served as president of the Louisiana Casino Association and the Cripple Creek Casino Association in Colorado. He is active in his community through his service on the board of directors of the regional chapter of the American Red Cross of Mississippi.