SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino recently welcomed new additions to its senior leadership team. Derek Amundson takes the helm of casino operations as vice president and Anthony Olheiser joins as vice president of food and beverage.
“Derek and Anthony’s expertise and leadership will prove invaluable as we move this property forward,” said Paul Hobson, senior vice president and general manager for SLS Las Vegas. “They are key pieces in a team of passionate, enthusiastic professionals who are excited to fulfill the potential of this iconic Las Vegas resort.”
Amundson brings extensive hands-on experience in table games and casino operations, most recently as vice president of table games at Excalibur Hotel and Casino overseeing all table games operations, the race and sports book, keno and the poker room. During his time at Excalibur Hotel and Casino, he served in a wide range of roles from analyst to casino shift manager, helping to develop team members and ensure adherence to gaming rules, regulations and compliance. Amundson was instrumental in developing and promoting a culture of exemplary guest service within the department and beyond, receiving the MGM Resorts International President’s Leadership Award for his continued dedication to developing and improving successful best practices and procedures. Steadfast in his commitment to teaching others, Amundson also works with universities as an industry expert to promote the casino/integrated resort career path and remains a key contact to several hospitality programs including his alma mater, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Olheiser is a veteran of the hospitality industry, beginning his career in nightlife as operations manager of The Ultra Lounge at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. He went on to open Tao Nightclub and Asian Bistro where, during his tenure, the venue became the highest revenue generating nightclub/restaurant in the nation. He then became nightclub general manager for MGM Grand and was subsequently promoted to director of nightlife, then director of entertainment and development. Later, he led the strategic repositioning of food and beverage for the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live before returning to MGM Resorts International as executive director of brand activation for Monte Carlo leading to his most recent role as executive director for Park MGM.