Las Vegas (Nov. 6, 2003) -- Apparently, business is booming in Sin City -- Big Four firm Ernst & Young announced that it has opened a Las Vegas office in response to increased demand for professional services in the gaming, real estate, and hospitality markets.

Pacific Southwest Area managing partner Tony Anderson said the Vegas marketplace is "a top priority" for the firm.

E&Y named 20-year veteran Peter M. Zofrea as managing partner and Thomas M. Roche as the firm's gaming industry leader for the Pacific Southwest Area. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Zofrea worked in Ernst & Young's Irvine, Calif., office, where he specialized in serving clients in the real estate, hospitality and construction industries.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young as a partner, Roche, a 24-year veteran of the gaming industry, served as Deloitte's national gaming industry leader and as the co-head of Andersen's gaming industry practice in Las Vegas. He also served as one of the three members of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board from 1989 to 1993.

-- WebCPA staff

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