With vast expertise in gaming industry operations, starting at the legendary Playboy Club in London’s Park Lane in the heady days of casino development in England in the early ’70s, Ricki Chavez-Munoz progressed in his career with the opening of Playboy casinos in Portsmouth and Manchester, before returning to London as an assistant operations manager.
Following an operations management position at Colombia’s leading casino in Cartagena, Ricki was headhunted to form part of the 5-man team that changed the fortunes of Sun International in South Africa. He moved on after 5 years and a balance sheet improved hundreds-fold to open casinos in his native Peru at the birth of the regulated gaming industry in that country, now one of the leading jurisdictions in the region.
Most of us fall into the gaming industry out of opportunity rather than choice, but Jess on the other hand had been sure this was the industry for him since his childhood when he attended the Playboy Kiddies Christmas parties, where children had the complete attention of Playboy Bunnies in full sexy regalia. With a very varied gaming career Jess has worked his way to the top, beginning in England and then moving to South Africa of his own accord, where he progressed in the ranks.
Beginning a management career in Peru, Jess travelled to Russia, Turkey, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, where he held top management positions, and currently is Casino General Manager at Hard Rock Punta Cana Hotel & Casino, in the Dominican Republic.
Assessing local political, economic, regulatory and technological developments are part of an ever changing brief for gaming industry operators. Greata Gaming Group has widespread and hands-on experience in many countries and specializes in Latin America.