Casino operator hires for full house upon opening

Joe Hasson is the newly appointed general manager of the Graton Resort & Casino currently being constructed by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in northwest Rohnert Park.

The 320,000-square-foot casino building is easily from Highway 101. Construction will have employed more than 700 by the time it's complete. To be built at some future time is a 200-room hotel.

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Mr. Hasson moved his family to California just last year, but he has more than three decades of casino industry experience, often in general manager roles. In 2003 he came to Las Vegas-based Stations Casinos, developer and future operator of Graton Resort, to be general manager of Green Valley Ranch Resort then  held such positions at Sunset Station and Aliante Station, all in the Las Vegas area.

Green Valley Ranch when he arrived was doubling the number of rooms and convention space. During his time there, it earned American Automobile Association's four-diamond award four straight years, has bene named Best Locals' Casino by Las Vegas Review-Journal and was featured on Discovery Channel's and Travel Channel's reality series American Casino, on which Mr. Hasson was called "The Boss."

Before Station Casinos, Mr. Hasson was general manager at Harrah’s, Harveys and Bill’s casinos on in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., Hollywood Casino in Indiana, Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin in Nevada, Harrah’s Prairie Band in Kansas and Harrah’s Tunica in Mississippi.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., he began his gaming career at the Harrah’s hotel there, where his assignments included hotel director, controller and audit director.

Mr. Hasson was a certified public accountant with Deloitte in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

He is set to speak on Graton Resort project progress at Construction Conference 2013, hosted by the Business Journal in Santa Rosa on May 15. His team and he responded to Journal questions about the project and employment opportunities.What are some interesting project aspects?

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