SPARKS -- The new CEO and president of John Ascuaga's Nugget says he'll continue the family culture at the resort, and improve the facility.
At 59, Carlton Geer said he has worked many years in the hotel-casino business, preparing him to take the leadership role at the Nugget. "A friend of mine called, it was after the announcement, and he said: 'congratulations and tell me why you're doing this at your age,'" he said.
Geer said a 50-million dollar facelift for the Nugget is one of the first improvements people will begin to notice. He said rooms, carpets and the gaming area will be upgraded.
He said no layoffs are planned, and workers will see wages unfrozen. Geer said merit pay increases are also under discussion.
Terms of the sale of the Nugget were not disclosed. John Ascuaga's Nugget was owned by the Ascuaga family for more than fifty years.
John Ascuaga was known for being on the casino floor and knowing many workers and customers personally.
"I'll never replace him but let's hope that I create my own style and my own presence," Geer said.
Geer said John Ascuaga's name may be dropped from the marquee in the next few years. He added special events at the Nugget will continue, and Geer hopes the events can be enhanced.