Vice President, Food & Beverage
Anthony Wilson’s extensive 30-year track record in the Food and Beverage industry spans culinary, multiple F&B venues, catering/banqueting, buffets, and fine dining. He successfully completes multiple complex projects on deadlineand budget. Leadership,management skills,training, planning, purchasing, problem solving, project management and administration are a solid foundation to Anthony’s ability to increase profitability
Presently Anthony isowner-operator ofClairese’s Restaurant in Alexandria LA, a comfort-soulfood restaurant concept. He also negotiated and secured a service contract for the Lake Charles Port project includinglodging, 3-meal plan for 250 staff, security and transportation.
Anthony’s significant tenure at Paragon Casino Resort spans 1997-2015. The Marksville LA gaming resort features 500 rooms, casino, 5 restaurants, 3 bars-lounges, live entertainment, full-service-spa and 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and golf course. Working his way up the ranks to Vice President, Food & Beverage (6 years), Anthony was responsible for the overall operation, 450 staff and $25 million annual F&B revenue. He managed banquet-cateringplanning and events up to 2,000 from its inception in 1997.
Previous experience atParagon Casino Resort includes Food & BeverageDirector; Manager of
Atrium Ice and BarClub Inferno, high energy dance clubs and bars (generating $500,000 sales and 93% profit margin);Opening Manager of Paragon’s New Buffet; Beverage Managerresponsible for the purchasing all Beer, Liquor and Wine and scheduling 115 servers.
Earlier in his career, Anthony was Buffet Manager at theGrand Casino Avoyelles in Marksville, LA with 110 staff and a million-dollar bottom line profit. He also served asProduction Manager, Purchasing Manager at Piccadilly Cafeteria in Shreveport, LA and serviced 1,300 guests daily.
Anthony is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (B.S. Business).As a stellar Louisiana high school athlete, he earned All State and All District honors in Track and Baseball. Anthony was Basketball All-State MVP and Converse All-American. A 4-year Letterman at LSU, he was the starting guard in the 1986 Final Four and is the LSU single season 3-Point record holder to date. Following graduation, Anthony was selected in the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.