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Atlantic City Casino Successes Abound

22 May 2003

NEW JERSEY – As reported by the Associated Press: "It was the summer of 1976 and a guy who went to college mostly to play soccer was wondering how to employ his new degree in law and justice.

"…Receptive to just about anything after 11/2 years of rudderless drift, he answered a newspaper ad for a unique job in Atlantic City.

"On May 26, 1978, a tuxedoed Steve Callender was dealing craps the day Resorts International Casino Hotel opened.

"A quarter-century later, Callender and his family of five are living the good life. He earns a six-figure salary as a senior vice president at Bally's Atlantic City, they have a big house here, his three children, two of whom are in college, have their own cars, and the family is scouting for a vacation home in the Poconos or on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

"…There are dozens of Steve Callenders around, both here and at casinos in Mississippi, Illinois and Delaware - men and women who, regardless of their education, started on the front lines in the formative years of this once-unique Atlantic City industry and found success in a way they never thought possible.

"…Callender followed a fairly typical path to the executive ranks: dealer in 1978, boxperson/floorperson '79, scheduling supervisor in '81, pit boss in '83, shift manager in '88, casino manager in '91, vice president of casino operations in '93.

"…The Callenders pay a price for Steve's success. Like others in his position, he works 60 to 70 hours per week, six days per week - and always on the holidays to support the employees who have to be there.

"…`My kids can go to any college they want to. I told them that early on, that if they work hard and do well, we can afford to send you anywhere you want to. We have plenty of money in the bank. We support them in whatever they want to do - ballgames, vacations, things not everybody gets to do,' he said…"

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