Our Team

Our Team

George Papanier

President & Chief Executive Officer

George Papanier’s association with Twin River began in 2004 when he served as the Chief Operating Officer, an appointment he held until February 2011 when he was then appointed to the role of President and CEO. His career in the gaming industry spans some 35 years. Prior to joining Twin River, Mr. Papanier served in the same capacity for Peninsula Gaming with properties in Iowa and Louisiana, from 2000-2004 and as COO for Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1997 – 2000. Both positions involved strategic and tactical planning for the resorts and supervision of major renovation and construction projects. He was also active in evaluating potential acquisitions and development projects for the two organizations.

From 1995 – 1997 he served as CFO for both Sun International Hotels Limited in the Bahamas and Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Earlier in his career he served in executive operations capacities for Hemmeter Enterprises in Denver, Colorado and in an executive financial capacity for Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Mr. Papanier is a graduate of Rowan University where he received a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served as Treasurer of the Casino Association of New Jersey in 1999 – 2000. George Papanier is a member of the Board of Directors of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

Steve Capp

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Capp joined Twin River as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2019.  He previously served as a member of the Twin River board of directors from 2012 through 2018, and was a member of the audit and compensation committees during that time.  From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Capp served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment, a then-public casino gaming and hospitality company based in Las Vegas.  Prior to working at Pinnacle Entertainment, Mr. Capp was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns in New York from 1997 to 2003, specializing in leveraged finance, and prior to that was a Managing Director at BancAmerica Securities in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Mr. Capp brings 30 years of financial, banking and operating experience to the Twin River management team.

Marc Crisafulli

Executive Vice President, Government Relations & President, Rhode Island Operations

Marc Crisafulli serves as Executive Vice President, Government Relations & President, Rhode Island Operations, responsible for directing the company’s government and public affairs for all of the TRWH properties nationwide as well as the company’s pursuit of strategic initiatives. He also serves as President of Twin River Casino Hotel and Tiverton Casino Hotel, two of the company’s Rhode Island properties.

Mr. Crisafulli most recently served as the President of the US&C and Global Device Protection for Brightstar Corporation, a Softbank Company, where he was responsible for a $5 billion region, based outside of Chicago, with operations in the United States and Canada as well as a $300 million global division with operations on five continents. Prior to that he was an active member of the Rhode Island business community having served as managing partner of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder as well as a senior executive and general counsel for GTECH Corporation, now IGT.

Craig Eaton

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Craig Eaton is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Compliance Officer for Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. He has been associated with the Company since 2005 and has over 25 years of legal, regulatory and business experience. Mr. Eaton was a partner at the law firm of Adler, Pollock and Sheehan, chairing its regulatory and compliance practice group from 1998 through 2004. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Eaton was General Counsel to the Narragansett Electric Company. A 1987 cum laude graduate of Union College and 1990 graduate of Boston College Law School, he is an active participant on various charitable and civic boards, and is a volunteer coach for various youth sports organizations.

Phil Juliano

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Phil Juliano is a casino veteran of over 35 years, working with such industry luminaries as Steve Wynn, Ivana and Donald Trump and Jack Binion. After starting his career as a successful Casino Host, Mr. Juliano rose through the management ranks; eventually earning the title of Chief Marketing Officer at several gaming properties in a variety of markets. Phil is known in the industry for his enhanced casino marketing performance, while growing the expertise of his teams’ skillset in the business. He joined Twin River in 2009 and is responsible for the management of all marketing functions for TRWH properties, including Advertising, Direct Mail, Promotions, Players Club, Entertainment and Player Development. A graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Phil attended a number of advanced marketing seminars at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and is a native of Atlantic City.

Rob Weir

Chief Information Officer

Rob Weir is the Chief Information Officer for Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and brings over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. In this role, Rob oversees the company’s IT organization, ensuring they deliver outcomes that support the goals of the business while delivering a strategic vision for the future.

Prior to his current role, Rob was the Director of Technology for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, MS. A member of the pre-opening team, he was directly involved in the planned opening in 2005. After a devastating hurricane, he helped remediate, rebuild and reopen the property in 2007.  

Rob began his career with Grand Casino as an IT Technician. He went on to hold positions of Systems Administrator, IT Manager and IT Director. Rob graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Jay Minas

Vice President of Finance

Jay had been Twin River Casino’s CFO and VP of Finance since 2006. In April 2013, Jay was elevated to Vice President of Finance for Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. Jay Minas is responsible for the company’s financial (reporting, budgeting and analysis across all subsidiaries) and information technology functions. He is also the liaison on financial matters with the Rhode Island Division of Lotteries and other outside parties. Previously, he was property CFO for a number of leading gaming companies, including several facilities under Pinnacle Entertainment. Mr. Minas holds a Chartered Accountant designation from Canada.

Maria Johnson

Vice President of Human Resources

Maria Johnson joined Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in January 2017 as the Vice President of Human Resources with 25 years’ experience in the gaming industry.  Maria began her career in Slot Operations at President Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1992.  Her eagerness, initiative, and commitment escalated her role into a key management position.  Following the Gulf Coast’s devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Maria continued her success in the gaming industry, ultimately landing as Director of Human Resources for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi in 2007.

In 2014, Maria began her association with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. when the Biloxi property was including in their portfolio.  Soon thereafter, Maria was promoted to the corporate role of Executive Director of Human Resources; later to be named the Vice President of Human Resources.  In this position, Maria is responsible for the directing all of the people functions of the organization in accordance with the policies and practices of the company, the ethical and social consciences of business and society, and the laws, regulations and administrative rulings of governmental organizations and other regulatory and advisory authorities and organizations.  Maria will also be responsible for the strategic human resource planning to provide the organization with the best people talent available and to position the organization as the employer of choice by being aware of policies, practices and trends within the industry.

Joseph McGrail

Vice President of Finance, Chief Accounting Officer

Joe McGrail serves as the Company’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. Joe joined Twin River in January of 2019 as Executive Director of SEC Reporting. After his first year with the Company, in which he played a key role in the Company’s transformation into a public company, as well as numerous other strategic initiatives including work in investor relations and M&A, he was elevated to his current role in January 2020. Joe is responsible for the Company’s external reporting, financial governance and control and technical accounting functions. Prior to joining Twin River, Joe served in several finance and accounting leadership roles at both United Natural Foods, Inc. and The Clarks Companies, North America from 2014 to 2018 and 2012 to 2014, respectively. Joe is a 2002 graduate of Bentley University and a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts, having spent the first nine years of his career in the audit practice at KPMG, LLP.