This March, Borgata celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring their phenomenal female team members. Throughout the month, Borgata is profiling associates who truly define what it means to be not only a remarkable woman, but a remarkable employee. In this post, we’re highlighting team members who work in our Casino and Slot Operations departments.
Kamini Surti, Slot Operations Shift Manager
How do you feel you impact the people around you? I impact the people around me through my strong work ethic, positivity, and leadership.
What is the one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? Be who you are and don’t let anyone put you down.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher? My mother has been the biggest mentor and the biggest inspiration in my life.
Marjorie Tomasic, Slot Operations Shift Manager
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? My favorite part of the job is definitely interacting and conversing with customers. I’ve gotten to know many guests over the years and it’s always a pleasure when they come in and ask for you.
Who is someone you really admire? My late parents are the two people I most admire. My love of reading and crafting came from my mother. My father taught us with hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals.
What is the one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? You are responsible for your own destiny. The choices you make, the way you treat people, the outlook you have on life, falls solely on your own shoulders.
How many years have you been at Borgata? I have been at Borgata for just over 16 years. My favorite memory goes back to 2003 and being part of the team that worked at the Atlantic City Convention Center, interviewing applicants to work at Borgata.
Rosemarie Mason, Slot Operations Supervisor
How do you feel you impact the people around you? I try to engage the slot staff at pre-shift with easy jokes or trivia. If I don’t have a joke to tell, they are disappointed. I always tie in a learning lesson with the joke or trivia. I feel that my staff appreciates being sent off to the floor with a smile.
What is one thing about you that surprises others? People cannot guess my age. They think I’m much younger than I am!
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be? Lily Tomlin. Like her, I can be funny or serious when needed.
How many years have you been at Borgata? I’ve been here for over 14 years. My favorite memory is every New Year’s Eve. The slot supervisors and managers coordinate with each other in selecting the same color shirt or blouse to wear with a black suit. At shift change, we have the “family” picture taken in the hotel lobby.
Rosalie Lopez, Online Gaming Compliance Manager
What is the career highlight you ar most proud of? Being involved in the opening of five brick-and-mortar casinos including Borgata, and BorgataCasino.com in 2013. Being on the forefront of online gaming has been exciting.
What is the one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? If you can’t get from where you are to where you want to be, try looking at the solution or problem backwards. The different perspective leads me to find alternative options.
What is one thing about you that surprises others? I love roller coasters.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you work? Honesty, truthfulness, and directness.
Margie Simicich, Slot Operations Dual Rate Supervisor/Shift Manager
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a child? I can remember wanting to be a vet, a pharmacist, and even a professional singer, which was definitely never going to happen, but little kids have high aspirations!
What is one thing about you that surprises others? When I was young, I was a competitive roller skater. I used to travel around the Northeast with my figure skating club for competitions.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you work? I believe that one of the best qualities a person can have is respect towards others. I’ve always believed in treating everyone the same as I’d like to be treated.
How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do for a living? She’d probablly be shocked that I moved from a small town in upstate New York, where I graduated with only 60 people, to South Jersey specifically to work in the fast paced environment of Atlantic City.
Betty Parker, Casino Controller
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? As a woman, my career highlight would be “becoming a director” at a large company. It’s so important for women to know that they can be whatever they want to be by working hard, being honest, being themselves, and not being afraid to speak up for what is right, and, lastly, that there is a place at the table for women in today’s world if they want it.
Who is someone you really admire? I admire both my husband and son, who encouraged me to become a successful woman. They were both extremely supportive through the past 40 years, even when it wasn’t popular for women to leave their home to attempt to be successful.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher? My father was my biggest teacher. His hard work and dedication to his work and family will stay with me forever.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you work? Integrity, honesty, devotion, and the eagerness to learn and help others.
Synthia Moore, Credit Executive
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? My favorite activity is the interactions with the guests and team members that take place daily. Everyone has a story. You just never know who you will come across and what the experience will be like.
What is your definition of success? My definition is being happy with living on my own terms and expectations. I set a goal and go after it until it’s obtained and if I fail, at least I learned something along the way.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher? My biggest teacher has been life! You make plans and they derail. You have hopes and dreams and sometimes they are put on hold or even fall flat. But, I’ve taken the approach of control what you can and everything else will fall into place.
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be? I would want it to be my daughter. I aim to raise her much differently than the way I was. It would give her insight into my transformation through life and understanding why I am the way I am.
Tamara Brown, Director of Casino Cashiering
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? I’m most proud of my promotion to Director of Casino Cashiering. In my career, I’ve worked as a Cashier, Banker, Supervisor, Department Trainer, Dual Rate Manager, Shift Manager, and now Director of Casino Cashiering. I can understand every aspect of the job that my team does and I have used my experience to ear the respect and trust of my team.
How do you feel you impact the people around you? I believe that my team respects and trusts me not only because of the knowledge I provide, but my willingness to show that I’m not perfect. I walk in their shoes, listen to them, and will jump right in when they need help.
What is the one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? I was told once to never doubt myself, that I know more than I think. That has pushed me out of my comfort zone more than once and I’ve never regretted it.
How many years have you been at Borgata? I’ve worked at Borgata for 15 and a half years. My favorite memory was the time I paid a school teacher out a jackpot for over $100K. I couldn’t think of any person that would be more deserving of that kind a win.