he promotion reflects Neilsen’s assumption of an expanded role following the passing of company founder Craig H. Neilsen. In this role, Ray Neilsen continues to be involved in companywide operations and design direction.
Since the passing of his father, Neilsen has also assumed a more active leadership role in the overall strategic direction of the company with an increased focus on growth. Further, he is playing an integral role in continuing to shape the company’s culture and evolving the legacy of Ameristar.
"I am very pleased to announce Ray’s promotion to Senior Vice President and am excited to work with him in this expanded leadership capacity," said John M. Boushy, CEO and President. "Ray brings an invaluable perspective as we build on the legacy that his father and company founder Craig H. Neilsen left us. Further, Ray’s expertise in operations and development will serve us well as we continue to aggressively grow the Ameristar brand."
"As the third generation of the Neilsen family to be involved in the company, I am very excited to be part of an executive team that will lead Ameristar toward even greater achievements and growth. My father established a strong foundation for us to build upon, and we intend to continue that legacy going forward," said Ray Neilsen.