Hartmann revels in return to Connecticut [The Day, New London, Conn.]
(Day, The (New London, CT) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 12--OLD SAYBROOK -- His sixth-month stint over as Revel Casino Hotel's interim chief executive officer, Jeffrey Hartmann has returned to Connecticut, his family and the consulting business he started soon after leaving Mohegan Sun a year ago.
On Thursday, Revel's board of directors announced the promotion of Scott Kreeger, interim chief operating officer, to president and permanent COO. The board thanked Hartmann "for his leadership over the past six months."
Hartmann, in a phone interview Friday, said he left Revel, the Atlantic City behemoth that's struggled since its April 2012 opening, more stable than he found it. He accepted the interim post in March, just as Revel was preparing to file for bankruptcy.
"My interim CEO role was to take Revel into and through the bankruptcy process, which we were successful in completing," Hartmann said. "During the six-month period, Revel's gaming market share moved from the low 3 percent range to 6-plus percent. Unfortunately, we had to also reduce costs as part of the post-bankruptcy process."
Hartmann said he "reoriented the company toward the gamer," overseeing the introduction of new restaurants and other amenities and allowing smoking for the first time on part of the casino's gaming floor. His decision to leave Revel, he said, was driven by his desire to return home to Old Lyme, where he lives with his wife and two teenage sons. He also has two grown daughters.
"You only have one opportunity to raise children," Hartmann said. "I truly enjoyed my experience at Revel and Atlantic City."
He said he looks forward to returning to work at The Hartmann Group, whose office is in Old Saybrook. He said the firm will focus on casino-management opportunities and other consulting work in the gaming and hospitality areas.
"We are looking for projects that are a little too small for the big gaming companies," he said.
Hartmann joined Mohegan Sun in 1996 and served as chief financial officer and then chief operating officer before taking over as president and CEO in January 2011. He departed 21 months later.
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