Blake L. Sartini is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Golden Gaming. Mr. Sartini formed the company in October of 2001, following his purhase of southwest Gaming Services, Inc. Southwest Gaming Services was a small slot route company operating in the southern Nevada metropolitan area. Today, Golden Gaming is a diversified gaming and entertainment company, operating casinos, gaming taverns, and Nevada’s largest slot route.
Prior to establishing Golden Gaming. In 2001, Mr. Sartini had over 20 years of experience in the hotel and casino industry. Mr. Sartini started as a dealer in a downtown Las Vegas hotel casino; ultimately, he became the chief operating officer, and board member, of a major multi jurisdictional gaming company.
Today, Golden Gaming operates three divisions under Sartini’s leadership: Golden Route Operations (GRO), PT’s Entertainment Group (PTEG), and Golden Casino Group (GCG).
In addition to his gaming interests, Mr. Sartini is co-founder, board member, and largest share holder of Nevada’s largest start up bank, Service First Bank of Nevada, which has now become a part of bank of Nevada.
Mr. Sartini and the Sartini family are also advocate’s and partner’s in the betterment of the Las Vegas community. He served as chairman of the Bishop Gorman High School fund raising committee which raised more than $50 million toward the construction of a new campus. Sartini is also a board member of the Unlv Foundation.
Additionally Golden Gaming and the Sartini family consistently partner with local charities including opportunity village, Bishop Gorman High School, and the Shane Victorino Foundation.
Mr. Sartini earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration from the university of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Joseph Romano is Corporate Vice President of Food & Beverage for Golden Gaming.
Romano grew up with an appreciation for fine food and the art of cooking. From an early age, he knew he was destined to become a master within the culinary industry.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America and graduating with honors, Romano joined Aureole New York, one of Manhattan's most sophisticated fine dining restaurants. Under the progressive American food movement, and direction of Charlie Palmer, Romano quickly became Palmer’s right-hand man.
Having participated in a culinary tour throughout the United States to explore regional American cooking, Romano settled in Palm Beach, Florida to open Aqua Terra for the Charlie Palmer Group. Managing all aspects of the restaurant, he earned the Silver Spoon Award. He then relocated to his current home in Las Vegas to serve as executive chef for Aureole Las Vegas. Romano also opened JW’s Tavern at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and served as consultant to The Stirling Club at Turnberry Place and Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.
In addition to Romano’s culinary involvement with PT's Entertainment Group, he is responsible for all day-to-day food and beverage operations for our casino subsidiary; Golden Casino Group.
Michael Snyder is the Director of Operations for PT's Entertainment Group. In this role, he oversees five regional managers and the day to day operations of all 48 taverns throughout northern and southern Nevada.
Michael's background is in the restaurant and hospitality business and worked at several establishments in Las Vegas before joining PT's Entertainment Group in 2009. Working his way through the ranks, he opened the Buffalo location as General Manager and worked as a Reginal Operations Manager for Las Vegas and Reno before his promotion to Director of Operations.
Michael originally hails from Upstate New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Shawn P. Donovan has worked with PT’s Entertainment Group (PTEG) since 1996. When hired, he brought an extensive background of experience and knowledge to Golden Gaming. Prior to joining PTEG, he served as Sergeant in the United States Air Force in the 820th Red Horse Squadron at Nellis AFB, and on the management team of Big Dog's Bar & Grill.
Donovan served as Assistant Manager and General Manager before his promotion to Regional Manager for seven taverns throughout the Las Vegas area. In 2005, Donovan transferred to Reno as Northern Nevada’s Regional Division Manager and controlled operations for eight tavern locations including Sierra Gold, Sierra Junction, Sparky's Sports Bar & Grill, and Gold Bar.
In 2007, Donovan rejoined the Southern Nevada division and currently oversees operations for eight locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley as Regional Operations Manager.
Gian Sapienza is Regional Operations Manager for PT’s Entertainment Group (PTEG). When hired, he brought more than 10 years of restaurant and bar management experience to Golden Gaming. Prior to joining PTEG, Sapienza served as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage for the Palms Casino Resort.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Sapienza moved to Las Vegas in 1993 and was employed as a food server at Planet Hollywood. He went on to work as the General Manager of Chicago’s Cactus Club, Multi-outlet Room Manager at Harrah’s Las Vegas and VooDoo Lounge atop the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, and Restaurant Operations General Manager of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
With extensive knowledge and experience, Sapienza currently oversees the daily operations of eight locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
Sapienza dedicates some of his spare time to local charities including HELP of Southern Nevada and AFAN. He graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California with a degree in Drums & Percussion. In Sapienza's spare time he enjoys the art of photography. You can view some of his work at http://www.gfsimages.com.
Jason Anderson is regional operations manager for PT’s Entertainment Group (PTEG). \Prior to joining PTEG, Anderson served as Motorola dealer for Mcintosh Communications and Questar Radio Company.
In 1996 Anderson joined the PTEG family as a graveyard bartender and worked his way up to a tavern manager. Anderson left PTEG from 2004 to 2009 to start his own detail shops in Boulder City, Henderson and Summerlin. Anderson missed the interaction of his loyal guests and came back in 2009. Anderson was promoted to regional operations manager in 2013 after overseeing nine locations as the tavern manager.
With extensive knowledge and experience, Anderson currently oversees the daily operations of eight locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
Anderson dedicates some of his spare time to local charities including HELP of Southern Nevada and Opportunity Village. He is a native of Henderson and graduated from Basic High School.
Dirk Kahl is regional operations manager for PT’s Entertainment Group (PTEG). He brings fifteen years of restaurant and nightclub management experience to the position, working in Miami, New York City and San Francisco before settling in Las Vegas two years ago. Kahl was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany.
In this role, he will oversee eight PTEG locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley.