Executive Team

Eric Althaus

Eric is the President & General Manager of Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2018 and is responsible for the oversight of all day-to-day operations and activities for the entire Mardi Gras property. Eric comes to the Mardi Gras team with more than 28 years of experience in the casino industry. His previous experience includes serving as Vice President & General Manager at Gun Lake Casino, Assistant General Manager at Station Casinos and various opportunities with Pinnacle Entertainment and MGM Detroit. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports and traveling. Eric resides in the Charleston area with his family.

Mike Allen

Mike is the Director of Security at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2006 and is responsible for the oversight of security and safety of Mardi Gras Casino & Hotel. Mike is also responsible for the oversight of all investigations and works with local law enforcement to resolve all investigations and the oversight of all key control for the property. Mike comes to Mardi Gras with more than 14 years of experience in the security and gaming industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University and has served as United States Marine Corp Helicopter Mechanic. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, working out and working on classic cars. Mike resides in St. Albans with his family.

Jerry Anderson

Jerry is the Director of Hotel Operations at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2010 and is responsible for the oversight of all hotel operations including yielding, hotel staffing, housekeeping and maintenance, to ensure an optimum guest experience. Jerry comes to Mardi Gras with more than 32 years of experience in the hotel and gaming industry. His previous experience includes serving as General Manager at the Blake Hotel and General Manager at Prime Hospitality. Jerry holds a degree in Political Science from Marshall University and is currently working on obtaining a CHA certification through the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Outside of work, Jerry operates an antique business and enjoys running 5ks. He resides in Saint Albans, WV.

Christopher Batog

Christopher is the Director of Surveillance at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2009 and is responsible for the oversight of minimizing business risk by ensuring compliance with local legislation, internal policies and procedures, and the Minimum Internal Controls, set forth by the West Virginia Lottery. Christopher also oversees the operation, maintenance, and installation of all video and audio monitory and recording devices throughout the property. Christopher came to the Mardi Gras team with more than 17 years in the gaming and surveillance industry, and eight of those years he has been providing service to the Mardi Gras property. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science from Lake Superior State University. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and photography. Christopher resides in Charleston, WV with his wife, Elaine.

Jon Buerck

Jon is the Director of Human Resources and Compliance at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2009. He is responsible for the oversight of all recruiting, on-boarding, employee relations, labor management and all other aspects of Human Resources. Jon also oversees compliance for the casino and ensures the abiding of all rules and regulations put forth by the WV lottery and WV Racing Commission. Jon comes to Mardi Gras with more than 15 years in the Human Resource and casino industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nevada. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, powerlifting, watching spots and spending time with family. Jon resides in Hurricane, WV with his family.

Steven Carrier

Steven is the Director of Facilities at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 1995 and is responsible for the oversight of environmental compliance and safety & health code compliance. Steve also is responsible for the oversight of property construction projects including HVAC, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and property upkeep. Steven comes to the Mardi Gras team with more than 23 years in the maintenance and casino industry. Mike holds multiple certifications for his knowledge in electrical and plumbing work. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, riding ATVs, fishing and camping. Steven resides in Charleston, WV with his family.

Jeff Gerencir

Jeff is the Director of Managed Information Systems at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2000 and is responsible for the oversight of all technical support of administration, casino and the hotel. Jeff comes to the Mardi Gras team with more than 18 years in the IT and casino industry. He holds a degree from West Virginia State College and multiple IT certifications. Outside of work, he enjoys taking care of his antique business “Antique Pleasures”. Jeff resides in South Charleston.

Jessica Glenn

Jessica is the Director of Food and Beverage at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. She joined the Mardi Gras team in 1995 and is responsible for the oversight of all food and beverage operations including four full service bars, Louie’s Lounge, a state of the art sports betting location, the French Quarter, quick service locations, hotel room service, special events and offsite events utilizing the Mardi Gras mobile kitchen. Jessica holds a degree from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and is continuing her education at CIA, located in Hyde Park, New York. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her kids. Jessica resides in Frazier’s Bottom, WV with her family.

Craig Heinaman

Craig is the Director of Cage Operations at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2008 and is responsible for the oversight of all cage, vault, simulcast and cashier window operations. Craig comes to the Mardi Gras team with more than 10 years of experience in the casino industry. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing. Craig resides in Scot Depot, WV.

Joel Lawson

Joel is the Senior Director of Finance at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2006 and is responsible for the oversight of the company’s accounting, planning & financial reporting. Joel came the Mardi Gras team with more than 12 years of experience in the casino & finance industry. Joel holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Accounting from West Virginia University and Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University.

Philip Pinson

Philip is the Director of Gaming at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. He joined the Mardi Gras team in 2000 and is responsible for the oversight of all gaming operations including scheduling, staffing, game purchases, configurations and all layout designs. Philip also oversees all communications with the West Virginia Lottery Commission and any special projects that are assigned by Delaware North and the Mardi Gras President & General Manager.

Philip came to Mardi Gras with more than 20 years of experience in the casino gaming industry. Philip holds certifications from the United States Navy in Computer Science and communications. Philip is also enrolled in the Pinnacle II program hosted by Delaware North. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, doing repair work and being a family man. Philip resides in St. Albans, WV with his family.

Mike Staats

Mike is the Director of Racing at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. Mike joined the Mardi Gras team in 1985 and is responsible for the oversight of all property responsibilities pertaining to racing, including live racing, simulcast racing, operations, wagering, print shop and CCTV. Mike has been in the racing and gaming industry for more than 33 years, all of which he has spent developing the racing operations at Mardi Gras Casino and Resort into the program we have today. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts Education from Marshall University. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, skiing and to travel. Mike resides in Dunbar, WV with his family.