Sunday, December 18, 2011
On Hatteberg's People, with only a week left until its official opening, The Kansas Star Casino will soon be a reality. Some folks are ecstatic, other's not so much. Either way, a lot of people are talking about it so I met up with Diana Farha, who is Director of Human Resources for the new venture. She's in charge of a lot of humans and a lot of resources.
"The day after Christmas, the 26th, that's when we're going to start," said Farha.
Located at the Sumner/Sedgwick County Line at the Mulvane exit off I-35, the Kansas Star Casino is about to open round the clock, and for folks behind the scenes, the excitement is fresh.
"Right now, to walk through the casino is unbelievable, it is unbelievable. It's hard to describe," said Farha.
This is Farha's first venture into casino management as Director of Human Resources. Farha and her staff work in a small building immediately adjacent to the Casino. She and her staff received 11,000 applications from people looking for work. Out of those, they've hired 500 employees.
"Fifty percent of the candidates that we've seen and that we've targeted were unemployed. And we've had a lot of employees that were so excited for the opportunity, so definitely they display that energy and excitement for the opportunity. So we were thrilled to give them that opportunity for a position here," said Farha.
While casinos are never without controversy, it's hard to argue with the employment figures in a down economy. Around 48 to 50 percent of those 500 employees come from the Wichita metro area and 35 percent from Sumner County and Mulvane. More will be hired later as the casino enlarges.
"All I've heard is excitement about that. The team members cannot wait to open those doors. So we've been busy, we've been very busy," said Farha, "We're ready for the big day, it's real exciting to see everything come together."