Management Team

Blake L. Sartini

Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer

Blake L. Sartini is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Golden Gaming.  Mr. Sartini formed the company in October of 2001, following his purchase of southwest Gaming Services, Inc.  Southwest Gaming Services was a small slot route company operating in the southern Nevada metropolitan area.  Today, Golden Gaming is a diversified gaming and entertainment company, operating casinos, gaming taverns, and Nevada’s largest slot route.

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Steve Arcana

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Arcana is the Chief Operating Officer for Golden Gaming.  He serves as senior executive over PT's Entertainment Group with over 40 taverns, Golden Casino Group in Pahrump with three casinos, a hotel and RV park as well as Golden Route Operations with over 7,000 machines in 650 locations. In addition, his responsibilities include new property development, marketing and human resource functions of all properties.

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Matthew Flandermeyer

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Flandermeyer joined Golden Gaming as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2007. Prior to joining the company, Matt served as Chief Financial officer for Global Restaurant Systems from November 2005 through 2007; Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of a collection of restaurants located in Chicago, including The Clubhouse and Nick’s Fishmarket, from June 1999 through October 2005; and Senior Director at Einstein Bagels. Matt began his career in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Cookie Dreschler

Vice President of Finance

Cookie Dreschler is the Vice President of Finance for Golden Gaming.  She oversees all accounting and compliance for Golden Route Operations, PT's Entertainment Group and Golden Casino Group.
Prior to joining the company in July of 2012, Dreschler was with Station Casinos for 27 years and  held many positions during that time in accounting and operations including vice president/general manager. 
Dreschler has assisted local charities including HELP of Southern Nevada and the Shane Victorino Foundation.

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Ross Gdovin

Vice President of Marketing

Ross Gdovin is Vice President of Marketing for Golden Gaming. He oversees all marketing functions for the company including PT’s Entertainment Group, Golden Route Operations and Golden Casino Group. Gdovin manages player rewards programs including Golden Rewards and supermarket chain Checkout Rewards, slot route partner marketing plans and player clubs, creative design and development, promotions, social media, web development, and advertising.

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Jay Fennel

Vice President of Gaming Development & Technology

Jay Fennel is Vice President of Gaming Development and Technology. He manages gaming equipment, gaming systems, and related technology for Golden Gaming, Golden Casino Group, Golden Route Operations, and PT’s Entertainment Group. His primary focus is the implementation of all gaming and related technology. 

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Joseph Romano is Vice President of Operations for PT’s Entertainment Group.


Romano grew up with an appreciation for fine food and the art of cooking. From an early age, he knew he was destined to become a master within the culinary industry.


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Blake L. Sartini, II

Director of Operations

Blake L Sartini, II is director of operations for Golden Route Operations. Sartini, previously the assistant director of operations, is now responsible for all day-to-day chain store operations, dispatch, collection/fill teams and regional sales representatives.

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Jimmy Wadhams

Northern Nevada Director of Operations

Jimmy Wadhams is Northern Nevada director of operations for Golden Route Operations. He joined the company in 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s wholly-owned tavern operations as well as all third-party route partnerships in northern Nevada.

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Chris Porter

Director of Interactive Marketing

Christopher Porter is the Director of Interactive Marketing for Golden Gaming. In addition, Porter is responsible for the development and expansion of GGI’s interactive gaming initiative.

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Kim Ast

Director Creative & Advertising

As Director of Advertising and Creative. Kim drives the concept development and design for all Golden Gaming affiliates including Golden Route Operations, Nevada's largest slot route operator with more than 8,500 machines in more than 627 locations throughout the state; Golden Casino Group, consisting of the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, Gold Town Casino, and Lakeside Casino & RV Park in Pahrump, Nevada; and PT's Entertainment Group (PTEG), Nevada's largest tavern operator with 40 establishments. PTEG’s Southern Nevada holdings include PT’s and Sierra Gold.

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Teresa Ouellette

Director of Human Resources

Teresa Ouellette is Director of Human Resources for Golden Gaming. Prior to joining Golden Gaming, Ouellette was Human Resources Manager for Eastridge Group, Personnel Manager for Marnell Cararro, Human Resources Representative for Lionel Sawyer & Collins, and early on, worked for her father’s company assisting in inventory.

With wide-ranging knowledge and experience, Ouellette currently oversees the Human Resources department including the employment of Golden Route Operations, Golden Casino Group and PT’s Entertainment Group team members.

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Ed Kravetz

Corporate Director of Security

Kravetz joined Golden Gamingin January 2008 as security manager for its PT’s and Sierra Gold taverns, and Golden Route Operations, Golden Gaming’s slot route operation. In his new position, Kravetz will handle all security for the PT’s and Sierra Gold taverns, Golden Gaming home office, the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino and Golden Route Operations.

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