Hard Rock Hires Its 3000th Rock Star. Less than two months before its grand opening, Atlantic City’s new Hard Rock is still looking for the best. And what makes such a hotel and casino roll? It’s staff, of course!
Last week, New Jersey native Leonard Coleman became the new resort’s 3,000th employee. Matt Harkness, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s property president, greeted Coleman himself. And though Coleman was confident, he was not expecting the president himself to offer him a job as a craps dealer.
Coleman comes highly recommended
The 54-year-old family man started working in the industry nearly ten years ago. He began at Harrah’s Atlantic City before moving to the now-closed Revel Casino Hotel. He currently deals at Resorts Casino Hotel and Golden Nugget Atlantic City. But not for long!
On June 28th, he’ll be part of the new Hard Rock casino team. The former Taj Mahal, which has been completely revamped, will have more than 120 table games and 2,100 slot machines.
“It feels great,” Coleman said. “With my experience, I know I can move up quickly.”
The new Hard Rock team
Since the casino closures in AC in 2014, about 11,000 people have lost their jobs. And people want to work!
A spokesperson for Hard Rock says: “In preparation of the highly-anticipated opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City this summer, the property has received more than 20,000 applications for like-minded ‘rock stars’ who are interested in a career in the gaming and hospitality industry.”
Harkness said the goal is to hire at least 3,500 people before Hard Rock’s June 28 opening, but noted that reaching the current number of 3,000 was a big milestone.
“It bodes well for the quality level of staff of the people who are applying for positions here,” he said. “It’s people with experience; it’s people with excitement. We’re looking for rock stars.”