| Customer Testimony |
Chef Doug Simon
Doug Simon realized his childhood dreams and became a chef in 1989. He graduated from Johnston & Wales University in Providence, RI, with a Bachelors degree in Food Service Management and an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts. Previously, he earned a Bachelors degree in Economics with a minor in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Chef Simon's training includes his work for The Park Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., as well as at Stouffer's Top of the Sixes in New York City. He has had numerous opportunities to travel and work with some of today's most well known chefs.
Chef Simon moved to Altoona in 1992 and resides with his two daughters, Abigail and Phoebe. He credits his love of food to his fond memories of family gatherings and holiday celebrations growing up in New York.
Sharon Drenning King, Banquet Manager
Sharon is a veteran in the food service industry with 35 years experience. Sharon makes sure she runs an effective and efficient front of the house banquet and bar operation by meeting the client's needs and maintaining budget requirements. Sharon's goal is to guarantee our guests have fun and perceive value in the services we provide. She says "I enjoy seeing smiles on gratified customer's faces when they choose us for their special event. I love being part of making all of their visions come together."
Victoria Mirenda, General Sales Manager
Victoria Mirenda has been planning special events since she moved to Altoona. As a former business owner, school volunteer, charity fundraising chair or community service advocate, Vicky brings her unique ideas and passion for creating successful events to her role as General Sales Manager and Special Events Coordinator for The Casino and Snappy Chef Catering. Vicky oversees our entire sales team, coordinating each area of sales in our growing business. But she places special emphasis on wedding coordination, a passion she's had for as long as she can remember.
Vicky grew up outside of New York City. She is a graduate of Concordia College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Vicky smiles as she states, "I feel like I have been coordinating special events all my life!" From the evaluations we get from her brides, they think so too!
Helen Sickle, Business Development Coordinator
Helen joined the Casino in December 2002. Helen has over 17 years of sales and marketing experience, with a strong background in customer service and management. Her main responsibilities are working with customers who choose to use Snappy Chef catering. Snappy Chef is the division of the Casino at Lakemont that provides catering services to the location of your choice. As Business Development Coordinator, Helen spends a great deal of time working with community organizations and business leaders to improve relationships and increase business opportunities.
Yvonne Lender, Business & Social Event Coordinator and Business Development
Yvonne is a 2003 graduate of Lock Haven University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Recreation Management with an emphasis in commercial recreation. She joined the Casino and Snappy Chef in December of 2004 bringing her experience in sales, business development and special events planning to our team.
Yvonne's primary responsibilities include ensuring that the business and social sides of the Casino's catering and event planning operation run smoothly and efficiently as well as assisting with the development of new business opportunities for us. Yvonne's greatest assets are her attention to detail, proficiency in her job and her joyful attitude. She enjoys working with the staff and customers to guarantee the success of every event. Yvonne was a Casino bride in October of 2005.
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