Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has named Albert Geldres as its new vice president of slot operations.
Geldres got his start in gaming more than 17 years ago, as a P&A analyst at Caesars Entertainment at the Horseshoe in Hammond, Indiana. He quickly moved up to the slot department and progressed into leadership
roles in slot performance and was promoted to director of slot operations at the property, where he helped lead the expansion of the casino floor as part of a $485 million expansion in 2008. From there, he joined Rush Street Gaming as a vice president of slots on the opening team for Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois. During his tenure there, he expanded his leadership experience to include slots, players club, valet, and guest services.
Following seven years at the Des Plaines property and a year as the corporate VP of gaming with Rush Street, Geldres returned to a property-leadership role in slots and built his knowledge of tribal gaming at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota. He helped lead the property through a reopening, oversaw the day-to-day operations, and drove initiatives focused on new technology and gaming enhancements for one of the largest casino floors in the Midwest.
Outside the gaming industry, he actively volunteered with and supports medical charities in Peru where his family is from. He has also served on the Board of Directors at Horizons For Youth, a non-profit in Chicago that supports students in underserved communities with one-on-one mentoring to help them achieve their goals.
Geldres was raised in the metro Detroit area and received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He currently lives in Lakeville, MN, with his wife, Gina, and two young daughters, Bree and Alexandra. The family is in the process of relocating to Tampa.