Lupo named president of Hard Rock Las Vegas; Faranca to lead Atlantic City property

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City President Joe Lupo was named president of the future Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, according to a Wednesday announcement from Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen.

Joe Lupo.

Lupo’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval of Hard Rock International’s previously announced plans to purchase the Mirage Hotel & Casino from MGM Resorts International. He will assume the role once the Nevada Gaming Commission licensing process has concluded.

An Ohio native, Lupo has more than three decades of casino gaming experience. He was named president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in November 2018, after spending two successful years at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

“As president of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City for the past four years, Joe Lupo has achieved amazing results,” Allen stated. “Thanks to his dedication and expertise, financial results continue to outperform expectations, while our team members share an unmatched commitment to guest service and satisfaction. I am confident Joe Lupo will achieve even greater success at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.”

Lupo is no stranger to Las Vegas, having worked at various Boyd Gaming properties in Las Vegas and in Laughlin, Nevada, including the former Stardust Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, where he was the Director of Race and Sportsbook. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Anthony Faranca.

In Atlantic City, Anthony Faranca will be promoted to property president, subject to regulatory approval, effective Sept.1. A Philadelphia native, Faranca is a seasoned casino executive with extensive experience managing large gaming properties in several states, including New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

“Anthony’s deep knowledge of the Atlantic City and Northeast region is an invaluable asset to the company,” Allen said. “We are confident that Anthony will continue Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s legacy of success and impactful leadership in the community.”

Faranca began his casino career in Atlantic City as a guest services manager, and was promoted through the ranks to regional vice president of national casino marketing at the four Caesars Atlantic City properties. Faranca eventually relocated to Philadelphia and was appointed vice president and general manager of Parx Casino in 2009. Faranca then moved to Las Vegas to join Station Casinos and served as vice president and general manager for the Palms Casino Resort while also managing the company’s enterprisewide strategy for table game operations.

Faranca returned to the East Coast in 2019 and joined the Cordish Cos. as vice president and general manager of Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland. In this role, Faranca navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, launched a FanDuel Sportsbook and opened a 5,000-seat event center.