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Meet The Hosts

Christine JohnsonChristine Johnson
Senior Casino Host

Christine Johnson's path speaks for itself. For over 13 years Christine has worked in the field of Hospitality making sure the customer is always satisfied. Christine's experience began with an Associates Degree in Business and Health Administration from the Utica School of Commerce. She began her career as a Health and Safety Coordinator and Radar Assembler for General Electric Company then moved onto a position at Turning Stone Casino Resort as a Diamond Card representative, Supervisor and later a Casino Host. Ensuring customer satisfaction, lead her to Vernon Downs Casino where she represents as Senior Casino Host. Christine takes great pride in being able to meet people from different walks of life, building relationships, and creating fun and exciting events for people to enjoy. Christine has earned several awards throughout her career including Woman of the Year for Outstanding Leadership, with General Electric Company and has been placed among some of our most accomplished professionals as a life time member into the Cambridge Who's Who. Christine is an avid singer, singing the National Anthem for Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel on opening day of racing 2009! So stop by and say hello to Christine. She may even sing you a song!

Dan KaplanDan Kaplan
Player Development Host

Dan's career began at Turning Stone Casino Resort where he worked as a Kitchen Steward from 2006 to 2007. He then became a Stock Porter in 2007 and decided to resign in 2008.

In April of 2009 Dan joined the team at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel at the track as a Bounce House Attendant providing a safe and fun environment for our younger patrons, as well as building a relationship with their parents. It was this opportunity in which he had discovered that there wasn't a person, young or old, that he couldn't spark up a conversation with.

At the end of the 2009 race season, Dan was hired at the Vernon Downs Player's Club, where he really began to develop relationships with all the guests that stood in his line. Striving to provide the best customer experience, he learned as much as he could about the events, and other happenings going on with the property. In September 2011 Dan was promoted to a new department at Vernon Downs called VIP Services. Answering many customer questions and providing information, Dan built his relationship even stronger with our guests.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys taking apart and rebuilding any type of electronics. He enjoys hunting and target shooting. Please welcome Dan as our new Host of Player Development!

Mike VanAllenMike VanAllen
Player Development Host

Mike brings over 16 years of casino experience to the Player Development Dept. His experience began as a Table Games Dealer, progressed to a Floor Supervisor and then a Poker Room Shift Manager. He may look familiar to many of you having started his time here out front at the Player's Club desk.

The son of a military retiree, Mike has lived in the area since he was nine, and having grown to be a father of four, Family is of paramount importance. Mike sees Vernon Downs as a family this includes the employees and all the guests.

Admittedly a six foot tall man in a suit can be intimidating; Mike is always one to put people at ease whether with humor or the ability to talk on a myriad of topics. His experience has led to the ability to truly listen to people and strive to get done what is needed to help all parties involved.


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