ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
Joe Lupo, President of Hard Rock Casino, becomes the new leader of the Atlantic City Casino Trade Association.
Lupo was named president on Tuesday of the Casino Association of New Jersey, which defends the city’s nine casinos and represents their interests in the state capital of Trenton, among other responsibilities.
“I am ready to move CANJ forward as we work to re-energize Atlantic City,” Lupo said in a statement. “Our industry is invested in this community and we believe that with hard work and continued determination, Atlantic City’s best days lie ahead.”
Lupo succeeds Terry Glebocki, the former CEO of Ocean Casino Resort, who stepped down last month.
It is taking over as casinos continue to recover from the effects of the COVID19 pandemic, which has lowered incomes and jobs.
New Jersey’s legal sports betting industry leads the country, but is set to take a hit once neighboring New York starts offering mobile sports betting, which is slated for next year. On its other border, Pennsylvania is already doing this.
The association has also lobbied state lawmakers for measures to help improve casino finances, although they were at a standstill last year, and are likely to be subject to review. renewed attention from the association.
Lupo has 35 years of experience in the gaming industry, serving as President of Hard Rock Atlantic City since 2018. He joined Hard Rock International in 2016 and previously served as President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, in Florida.
He spent more than three decades with Boyd Gaming, where he was a senior executive at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City for 13 years, helping to launch the casino when it opened in 2003.