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Golden Entertainment, Inc. Honors Heroic Team Members at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod with Chairman’s Award Ceremony

April 21, 2022

Las Vegas – April 21, 2022 – Golden Entertainment, Inc. has rolled out the company’s esteemed “Chairman’s Awards” at the company’s flagship property The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, where 10 team members were honored for exemplary and sometimes life-saving acts performed while on the job.  

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious recognition Golden Entertainment awards to a team member who, in extraordinary circumstances, acts in a manner that ennobles themselves and the company by extraordinary acts of service.

“The difference between life and death can often mean taking immediate, decisive action,” said Steve Arcana, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Golden Entertainment. “We are incredibly proud of these award recipients, who demonstrated extreme bravery and potentially saved lives.”

Several of the award recipients were recognized for their immediate and lifesaving actions to return a guest who attempted to take their own life to safety. Other team members were honored for acting quickly to revive a guest who suffered cardiac arrest.

Arcana was joined at the ceremony, which was held at the top of The STRAT’s iconic tower in the indoor Observation Deck, by Blake L. Sartini, Chairman and CEO of Golden Entertainment, and Stephen Thayer, Vice President and General Manager of The STRAT, who together presented the heroic team members with Chairman Awards. The recipients include Freddie Sowell, Franklin Fournier, Amador Cruz, Sterling Bayne, Michael Turcotte, Michael Koenekamp, John Pilsitz, Carl Guerra and Christopher Christian from the security team; and David Bartholomew from the tower operations department.

The awarded recipients and executives from both The STRAT and Golden Entertainment later posed for photos and were treated to a reception with hors d'oeuvres and other refreshments throughout the remainder of the event. 

About The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, formerly the Stratosphere, Casino, Hotel & Tower, has introduced a full reinvention of the iconic property since Golden Entertainment, Inc. took ownership in late 2017. Located on the north Strip at the gateway to the Arts District at 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., the hotel offers 2,427 guest rooms, including the newly remodeled “Elevate” series rooms and suites, and an 80,000-square-foot casino. The SkyPod, located at the top of the iconic tower at 1,149 feet high, is comprised of Top of the World, serving award-winning cuisine in a 360-degree rotating dining room on the 106th floor; the Observation Deck, which offers SkyJump Powered by MTN DEW, 108 Eats and 108 Drinks, located on the 108th floor; and thrill rides, located at the top of the tower, including: Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream. The STRAT’s main floor has introduced PT’s Wings & Sports, View Lounge and STRAT Café, each offering chef-driven cuisine; the William Hill Sports Book; and REMIX Lounge. The STRAT offers two resort-style pools, WET24, located on the rooftop of the 24th floor, open seasonally; and the Elation Pool, with three oversized spas and poolside café. A variety of shows and entertainment include “Banachek’s Mind Games Live,” a mentalist act; Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker, an illusionist show; iLuminate, a multi-sensory blend of dance and technology; and L.A. Comedy Club, which showcases up-and-coming stand-up comics. Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s innovative guest loyalty rewards program, True Rewards, is now available at The STRAT and 140+ other locations. Free valet and self-parking are available anytime for all guests. More information is available at or by calling 702-380-7777. The STRAT is on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.
About Golden Entertainment, Inc. 

Golden Entertainment owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – casino operations and distributed gaming. Golden Entertainment operates over 16,700 slots, 120 table games, and 6,200 hotel rooms. Golden Entertainment owns 10 casino resorts – nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at over 1,000 locations and owns over 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. Golden Entertainment is also licensed in Illinois and Pennsylvania to operate video gaming terminals. For more information, visit
Media Contacts:
Lauren Cahlan/Lauren Addante
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Tim Evans of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod  
(702) 383-4782
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