FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kim Butler
CRDA NAMES RICK SANTORO AS DIRECTOR, SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ ( April 3, 2014) — CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri announced today that Richard Santoro has been selected to fill the position of Director of the agency’s Special Improvement Division.
Santoro will fill the vacancy created when Don Guardian was victorious in his Atlantic City Mayoral election bid. “This is a critically important job for the Tourism District,” said CRDA Executive Director Palmieri. “Clean and safe is a threshold initiative for the Tourism District and Mr. Santoro’s background was very compelling. He has worked in Atlantic City for nearly 25 years and has demonstrated time and time again his understanding of how to build, improve and maintain a clean and safe environment for visitors, employees and residents alike. “
Santoro began his casino security career in 1980. From the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, to the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Santoro’s responsibilities included executive protection for the Wynn family, property-wide security functions, investigations, emergency management, safety and evacuation plans. He returned to Atlantic City in 1991, first as Chief Investigator at Resorts, before joining the Trump Organization in May of 1991. He was responsible for the 350 member security team at Trump Taj Mahal, executive protection of the Trump family, as well as contracted athletes, entertainers and other famous personalities. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2005, overseeing the safety and protection of human, financial and physical assets at three casino properties, warehouses and aircraft. In 2010, Santoro left the Trump Organization and became a managing partner/owner at Interbrief.Org, LLC, a security and risk management consulting firm.
Santoro’s responsibilities as Director of the Special Improvement Division of CRDA will include overseeing the landscape, ambassador and maintenance operations within the Tourism District. His affiliations within the law enforcement and Atlantic City communities are numerous, including the NJ Homeland Security and Preparedness NIPP Committee, Board member of the Atlantic City’s Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association and a past Board member of Atlantic County Crime stoppers. Santoro is licensed and certified as a New Jersey O.H.S.P,/NJSP Regional Intelligence Academy Instructor, a tactical O.C. (Pepper Spray) Instructor, UNLV/DHA Soft Target Terrorism Awareness Instructor and a 2011 FBI Citizen’s Academy Graduate. He holds an ASIS International Certified Protection Professional certificate, which is the highest form of security certification in the United States and a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Santoro resides in Galloway Township with his wife and their son. He has two adult children from a previous marriage.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide- the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide. Under the 2011Tourism District legislation, CRDA responsibilities have expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to market and attract visitors to Atlantic City.