Richard J. Haskins, the president of Red Rock Casino, died on July 4 after a fatal watercraft accident.
Haskins was spending the weekend on Lake Michigan with his family. The accident happened roughly around 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon. Haskins was traveling westbound in Little Traverse Bay, and at the same time, a 27-foot powerboat, driven by a 77-year old man named James Moffat, was traveling northbound. The boats collided at top speeds.
Immediately following the accident, Haskins was transported to Harbor Springs launch area, where he was pronounced dead by the medical staff. The accident remains under investigation, and very few details have been released yet. It is unknown who is technically at fault for the accident.
Red Rock Casino’s board of directors released this statement in response to Haskins death,
“The entire Station Casinos family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Haskins family.”
Red Rock Casinos board of directors will release a plan for Haskins’ replacement sometime in the next couple of days. Right now, they are focused on mourning his death and grieving with his family over their loss.
Haskins has been with the company for over twenty-five years and was an essential part of the business. Frank Fertitta III, Red Rock’s CEO described him in this way,
“He was a trusted advisor, a brilliant strategist, a steady hand in good times and in bad and most important – a friend to all.”
Red Rock Casino and its staff are mourning the loss of their beloved president, Richard J. Haskins. After twenty-five years with the company, he had earned the respect of many and will be greatly missed.
Whoever is hired to replace him will have big shoes to fill. When more details regarding the future of Red Rock are released, I will be sure to share them with you.