Hard Rock has announced that Joe Lupo, the current President of its Atlantic City location, will run the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas once the company completes its purchase from MGM Resorts International.
The Associated Press reported that Lupo will step into the role of President of the casino “once the sale is completed and approved by Nevada gambling regulators.”
Lupo hails from Ohio but is no stranger to Las Vegas. He has worked at several Boyd Gaming locations throughout Nevada, including its Las Vegas site. Lupo also held a position at Stardust Hotel & Casino Las Vegas as the director of the race and sportsbook.
He has held other executive positions, including his role as President of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida, and as the Senior Vice President of Atlantic City’s Borgata casino.
Lupo has served as the president of Hard Rock’s Atlantic City casino since its opening in 2018.
Hard Rock Chairman Jim Allen commended Lupo and said he “has achieved amazing results” running the company’s Atlantic City property during the past four years.
Allen commented: “Thanks to his dedication and expertise, financial results continue to outperform expectations, while our team members share an unmatched commitment to guest service and satisfaction.
“I am confident Joe Lupo will achieve even greater success at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.”
Lupo commented about his new role and his excitement to return to Las Vegas.
He said: “The last four years in Atlantic City have been such a rewarding experience for me. I feel humbled and excited to be appointed as the new President of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas project, and to return home to my family.”
Hard Rock Atlantic City General Manager, Anthony Faranca, will succeed Lupo as President starting September 1.
“I’m thrilled to lead this incredible team and confident that we will continue to accomplish great things in Atlantic City,” Faranca said.
In addition to serving as Hard Rock Atlantic City’s President, Lupo holds a position with the Casino Association of New Jersey as its President. The association has not appointed a successor at this time.