Rick Mazer was approved by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission as the new regional president and general manager of Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

Rick Mazer, the new regional president and general manager of Harrah’s Resort, will address the Atlantic City Hotel and Lodging Association on Tuesday at Tropicana Casino & Resort.

Mazer, 59, started as a craps dealer in Atlantic City and rose in the Caesars Entertainment organization in Las Vegas.

He previously served as president of the Harrah’s, Flamingo and Quad casinos on the Strip, where he oversaw a $550 million project.

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In Atlantic City, he’ll oversee the $125.8 million convention center expansion at Harrah’s.

Caesars Entertainment is the world’s biggest casino company and has about 40 percent of the Atlantic City market through its Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat casinos.

The company has been restructuring its Atlantic City executive ranks after Don Marrandino, the former Eastern Division president, left in January for undisclosed reasons. Mazer replaces John Smith, who left to become regional president and general manager of Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe casino operations in Indiana.

Vineyard mixer

What better place to meet and greet business people than a winery?

The Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce and Southwind Winery and Vineyards will host a free Business after Business Networking Event early Thursday evening.

Southwind Vineyard is a family owned vineyard and winery in Deerfield Township. The property has 100 acres of lush pastures, woodlands and vineyards.

Free tasting and light appetizers will be served.

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Worked as a reporter for various weekly newspapers in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties before joining The Press many moons (and editors) ago as a business copy editor. Passionate about journalism, averse to serial commas.

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