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Empire Resorts Inc (NYNY.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Emanuel Pearlman

55 2016 Executive Chairman of the Board

Joseph D'Amato

67 2010 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Laurette Pitts

46 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Nanette Horner

51 2014 Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Charles Degliomini

57 2008 Executive Vice President - Governmental Affairs and Corporate Communications

Keith Horn

57 2016 Director

Edmund Marinucci

65 2014 Director

Nancy Palumbo

54 2009 Independent Director

Gregg Polle

54 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Emanuel Pearlman

Mr. Emanuel R. Pearlman is Executive Chairman of the Board of Empire Resorts Inc. Mr. Pearlman currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Liberation Investment Group, LLC, a New York based investment management and financial consulting firm, a position he has held since January 2003. Since January 2012, he has served on the board of Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NTIP). From January 2012, through January 2013 he served on the Board of Dune Energy. From October 2006 to March 2010, Mr. Pearlman served on the board of Multimedia Games, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS:MGAM).

Joseph D'Amato

Mr. Joseph A. D'Amato, CPA, serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of Empire Resorts Inc since 2010. Mr. D’Amato has served as a director since September 2010. Prior to his employment with the Company, Mr. D’Amato most recently served as chief executive officer of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2009 and as chief operating officer of the Seneca Gaming Corporation in Western New York from 2005 to 2007, and as its chief financial officer from 2002 to 2005. During his earlier career in the gaming industry, Mr. D’Amato served in various executive capacities with Resorts International, Trump Entertainment, Bally’s Park Place and Golden Nugget organizations. Mr. D’Amato has participated in raising over $2 billion in the public and bank finance markets, and has extensive experience with Sarbanes Oxley and the filing requirements and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been a CPA in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and received an MS in Taxation from Widener University, an MBA (Finance) from LaSalle University, and a BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University.

Laurette Pitts

Ms. Laurette J. Pitts serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Empire Resorts Inc. In August 2011, Ms. Pitts was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, in August 2012, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and, effective July 1, 2014, she was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Pitts has served in various capacities in the gaming industry since 1992. Prior to her employment with the Company, Ms. Pitts most recently served from December 2008 until December 2010 as regional vice president of finance and administration for American Racing and Entertainment, LLC, a private company that owns and operates horseracing, resort, and gaming facilities, including Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. She previously served as chief financial officer for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, a gaming and entertainment facility owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, from April 2005 until November 2008.

Nanette Horner

Ms. Nanette L. Horner serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer of Empire Resorts Inc effective July 1, 2014. Ms. Horner was appointed to serve as the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer in August 2010 and has served as the Company’s Corporate Vice President of Legal Affairs since July 2010. In August 2011, Ms. Horner was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and, effective July 1, 2014, she was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Ms. Horner has been involved in the gaming industry, as an attorney, since 1996. Prior to her employment with the Company, Ms. Horner worked in the Office of Chief Counsel assigned to the Bureau of Licensing of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board since July 2005. In September 2006, Ms. Horner was named the Board’s first director of the Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling, and is a member of American Mensa and the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Charles Degliomini

Mr. Charles Degliomini serves as the Executive Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Corporate Communications of the Company. He has been an employee or consultant of the Company since 2004 and was promoted to his current position in February 2008. Currently, Mr. Degliomini serves as a director of the New York Gaming Association, a not-for-profit trade association created in 2011 to advance the interests of New York State’s nine racetrack casinos. He is on the board of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership that markets the Hudson Valley region as a prime business location to corporate executives, site selection consultants and real estate brokers. Previously, he was senior vice president of Sales and Marketing of eLottery, Inc., the first firm to advance the technology to facilitate the sales and marketing of governmental lottery tickets on the Internet. Before taking the position at eLottery, Mr. Degliomini was President and founder of Atlantic Communications, a New York-based corporate and government affairs management company. Mr. Degliomini served in the General Services Administration as chief of staff to the Regional Administrator from 1985 to 1998, and was the New York State communications director for Reagan-Bush in 1984. Mr. Degliomini has a B.A. in political science from Queens College and is an M.A. candidate at the New York University School of Public Administration.

Keith Horn

Mr. Keith L. Horn is Director of the Company. He served as chief operating officer and a member of the management committee of Elliott Management Corporation (“Elliott”), a global, multi-strategy private investment fund with more than $27 billion of assets under management, from 2003 to 2015. Mr. Horn’s role at Elliot encompassed, among other things, direct responsibility for operations, accounting, finance, IT, applications development, human resources, compliance and all aspects of infrastructure and security. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Horn served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association, and was also a member of such Board’s Executive Committee and served as chairman of its nominating committee and chairman of its international affairs committee. Prior to joining Elliott, beginning in 1987, Mr. Horn spent 16 years at Merrill Lynch serving in various capacities, including global head of Leveraged Finance, head of Latin America Debt, chief of staff to the chairman and president and a managing director in High Yield Finance and Investment Banking. Mr. Horn began his career in private practice as a corporate and securities attorney. He is a member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee. In addition, Mr. Horn is a member of the Board of Directors of PeacePlayers International. Mr. Horn received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and holds B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors.

Edmund Marinucci

Mr. Edmund Marinucci is Director of the Companysince March 2014. Mr. Marinucci has been a partner at PCH Hotels, LLC, a boutique hotel and resort operator based in San Francisco that is an operating division of Pacific Union Company, since 1983. From October 1983 to December 2008, Mr. Marinucci served as president of PCH Hotels, LLC. PCH Hotels owned and managed properties in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Such properties included Meadowood Resort (Napa, California), Windermere Island Club (Bahamas), Divi Resorts (Aruba), Downtown Athletic Club (New York City), Frangipani Resort (Anguilla) and Marriott Resort (Grand Cayman). During his presidency of PCH Hotels, he oversaw the ground-up development of The Hotel Griffon and the renovation and repositioning of the Drisco Hotel (each in San Francisco). Prior to PCH Hotels, Mr. Marinucci served as director of development for HCP Hotels/Aston Resorts in Hawaii. In such position, Mr. Marinucci oversaw all development aspects of the hotel group and grew inventory from 15 to 20 hotel resorts. From 1978 to 1981, Mr. Marinucci served as director of resort operations for Kapalua Resort Maui in Hawaii. While at Kapalua Resort Maui, Mr. Marinucci was responsible for the daily operations of the resort, including the Kapalua Bay Hotel, 150 rental villas, two golf courses, The Bay and The Village. He serves on the board of directors of Miami JV Member LLC, a private hotel and resort company, and has previously served on the board of directors of Jameson Inns/Colony Capital, a private hotel and resort company. Mr. Marinucci is a member of The Cornell Hotel Society. Mr. Marinucci received a BS in Hotel Administration from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Nancy Palumbo

Ms. Nancy A. Palumbo serves as an Independent Director of Empire Resorts Inc since June 2009. Ms. Palumbo also acts as an independent consultant in the areas of strategic marketing, corporate communications and business development. Since May 2011, Ms. Palumbo has also served as a principle in CRAMN LLC, a global business development company. From March 2009 to December 2010, she served as president of the Green Planet Group, a company that advised on solar and renewable energy solutions. Prior to joining Green Planet Group, from May 2007 to March 2009, Ms. Palumbo was the general manager for Walker Digital Lottery and from October 2006 to May 2007, she served as the senior vice president for Strategic Marketing and Corporate Communications for the New York Daily News. From January 2004 to October 2006, Ms. Palumbo served as the director of the New York Lottery, where she managed a $6 billion a year business and oversaw the opening of six video gaming facilities. From February 1995 to January 2004, Ms. Palumbo served as the executive deputy commissioner for the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation for the State of New York, where she was instrumental in developing public-private partnerships to generate additional revenue to expand park services. Ms. Palumbo is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University..

Gregg Polle

Mr. Gregg Polle serves as an Independent Director of Empire Resorts Inc since December 2010. Mr. Polle is a Managing Director for Moelis & Company, an investment bank that provides financial advisory services and capital raising solutions to clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and other strategic matters. He has also served as an investment banker with Citigroup Inc. (“Citigroup”) and its predecessors Salomon Brothers and Salomon Smith Barney from 1983 until November 2008. Mr. Polle most recently served as head of the global industrial group at Citigroup and previously was the co-head of Citigroup’s global mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Polle was a private investor from November 2008 through July 2011. Mr. Polle received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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