Stephen Ascuaga Appointed Director of Peppermill Casinos

Stephen Ascuaga, former chief operating officer of John Ascuaga’s Nugget, has joined The Peppermill Casinos, Inc. as the state-wide corporate director of business development. Ascuaga, who will develop new business partnerships and lead corporate and community relations, highlights The Peppermill’s confidence in the growth of Nevada’s economy.

Ascuaga led marketing and operations in his more than 23 years at the Sparks casino, and spent the past nine years as the casino’s chief operating officer. “The Peppermill has a dynamic team and has done a great job building up the next generation of talent in gaming and hospitality,” Ascuaga said. “I am excited to be part of such a special team and get back into the hospitality environment that I grew up in.”

He will work closely with Peppermill General Manager Billy Paganetti. “Stephen has such a deep knowledge in all aspects of management and operations in the casino, hotel, special events and hospitality industry,” said Paganetti. “When you see the talent out there like Stephen that you can add to your team, you add it whether you have a position open or not.”