AUSTINTOWN - The assistant general manager at Penn National's Toledo casino in January will take over as General Manager at the planned Austintown racino, the company announced Monday.
Michael Galle, 43, who has served as assistant GM at Hollywood Casino Toledo since June 2011 was promoted to the new post, subject to customary regulatory approval.
Galle, a 21-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been with Penn National Gaming since February 1995, when he joined Argosy Sioux City Casino. Since then he has served in several roles in Sioux City and Toledo, including surveillance director, slot director, director of casino operations and assistant GM. Previously Galle worked at Silver Eagle Casino and at Dubuque Casino Belle. He holds his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
Galle will be responsible for startup, opening and management of the planned $136 million facility under construction at the intersection of state Route 46 and Interstate 80 in Austintown Township. His duties will include recruitment and employee trainings.
The facility will feature approximately 1,000 video lottery terminals at opening, a state-of-the-art 1-mile thoroughbred racetrack, more than 1,000 enclosed, climate-controlled seats with racetrack views, a year-round simulcast wagering facility and additional food and beverage options. It is expected to open in mid-2014.
Penn National Gaming Senior Vice President of Regional Operations John Finamore called Galle's appointment a "key milestone in the evolution of this project."
"Since joining the team in Toledo in mid-2011, Michael has been an instrumental part of the property's growing success, having built close ties among the local community in Toledo and across the state. We expect him to leverage those ties and that experience as he moves to the Austintown area and believe he will help Penn National create a close relationship with the community, state officials and the Ohio thoroughbred horsemen to ensure that Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Track is a key, valued member of the local community."