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PHILADELPHIA — May 20, 2015 — SugarHouse Casino Director of Marketing Erika Joy Erb was recognized last night as a winner in Philadelphia Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 Awards program.

“SugarHouse is very excited to have Erika recognized for her outstanding professional leadership and community involvement in Philadelphia,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino and 2011 Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award program alumna. “Erika is a star on our team and a credit to both Sugarhouse and Fishtown.”

Erika’s path to SugarHouse began just a few blocks from where the casino is located in Fishtown on the site of the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery. She was born and raised in the very same neighborhood. Since joining SugarHouse five years ago from the New York Stock Exchange, Erika has been involved with all phases of marketing, promotions and events. She has been instrumental in shaping Philadelphia’s first and only casino since before the doors opened in 2010. A key member of the SugarHouse marketing team, Erika leads, builds and manages the marketing team to meet business goals and deliver brand standards.

In and out of the office, Erika is committed to building positive and productive relationships with the city and community. She has been an integral part of the casino’s ongoing effort to give back more than $2.6M to her neighborhood through the Penn Treaty Special Services District. Erika is also committed to lending her time and talents within the community and serves as the Marketing and Public Relations liaison for the non-profit organization Friends of Kensington Football Inc. Teaming up with her brother Ellwood Erb, Assistant Head Coach for the Kensington Tigers High School football program, Erika helps to foster the ideals of academic achievement, personal responsibility and community pride in the neighborhood where they grew up. Erika applies her marketing skills to help with fundraising, event planning and marketing materials, while forging partnerships and securing news coverage for the team and its supporters.

The Philadelphia Business Journal 2015 40 Under 40 Awards program recognizes 40 individuals, under the age of 40, who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities. These dynamic leaders have shaped the community in ways that have made greater Philadelphia a better place to do business and live. Winners are profiled in a special section of the Philadelphia Business Journal.



SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,606 slots, up to 62 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for four consecutive years, has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal.  SugarHouse also has been named a “Top Workplace” four consecutive years by For more information, visit



Leigh Whitaker

SugarHouse Casino

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Jeff Shurilla

For SugarHouse Casino

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