Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Nasdaq-NMS: ASCA) has appointed Ursula Conway to Chief Information Officer. In this newly created role, she will work closely with corporate executives to align technology efforts with key business objectives, and monitor advances in technology that can further improve Ameristar’s financial and operating performance. She will also have responsibility for all of Ameristar’s information technology functions, including development of new capabilities, system implementation, contract management, and property support.
“I am very pleased to announce Ursula’s promotion to Chief Information Officer,” said Craig Neilsen, Ameristar President and Chief Executive Officer. “Her vision, leadership and innovation will continue to be a tremendous asset to the company and strengthen the information technology infrastructure that is so critical to our business.”
Conway joined Ameristar in 2000 as Vice President of Information Technology. In this position, she has been responsible for information technology company-wide. She led the conversion of Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City and Ameristar Casino St. Charles to the company’s information technology systems following the acquisition of these properties in 2000. She and her team also played an integral role, from a technology standpoint, in opening the new Ameristar Casino St. Charles in August 2002. Further, her department supported the introduction of the first coinless gaming slot machines in Missouri at Ameristar Casino St. Charles. Some of her additional accomplishments include centralizing systems and implementing a company-wide information technology help desk, evaluating and selecting a new slot systems vendor, deploying standardized desktop systems and introducing voice over IP at corporate.
During her 16-year career in information technology management, Conway has been a consultant for Resources Connection and was Chief Technology Officer for Mirage Resorts, where she introduced a new operating paradigm that centralized systems management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Management Information Systems, from the University of Arizona. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Ameristar Casinos, Inc. is an innovative, Las Vegas-based gaming and entertainment company known for its distinctive, quality conscious hotel-casinos and value orientation. Led by President and Chief Executive Officer Craig H. Neilsen, the organization’s roots go back nearly five decades to a tiny roadside casino in the high plateau country that borders Idaho and Nevada. Publicly held since November 1993, the corporation owns and operates six properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi, two of which carry the prestigious American Automobile Association’s Four Diamond designation. Ameristar’s Common Stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol: ASCA.