MGM's vice president of global gaming development will replace the current president of the Springfield casino development.
MGM announced Thursday morning that Michael Mathis will replace Bill Hornbuckle as President and Chief Operating Officer of the MGM Springfield development.
This was announced as MGM made its final presentation to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. CBS 3 will be live at 4 p.m. in Boston in the first five minutes to bring you updates.
Should MGM receive the Western Mass casino license award from the Gaming Commission, Mathis will transition into leading the reopening effort and eventual operation of the facility, according to a news release from MGM.
"Mike will be responsible for implementation and strategic planning for the development of MGM Springfield going forward," Hornbuckle said in the news release
Bill Hornbuckle was MGM Springfield President throughout the project's application phase, which began with the announcement of MGM Springfield in August 2012.
"Mike has been MGM's leader in Massachusetts since the beginning of this project and his experience in the Western Massachusetts region provides invaluable insight, and his background and expertise will be instrumental in guiding the MGM Springfield Development through the licensing and planning processes, and the eventual opening," Hornbuckle said. "The time is right to be prepared to have a leader and chief operator on the ground in Springfield to demonstrate to Springfield and Western Massachusetts that we will have strong leadership and accountability on the first day of licensing."
Mathis, a senior MGM representative in Springfield, has participated in hundreds of meetings and has met with thousands of business leaders, stakeholders and residents, according to the news release.
"I'm appreciative and grateful for this opportunity," Mathis said. "There is much to be done in and around Springfield to bring this exciting project to completion. I look forward to continuing to build a team that will create a world-class urban casino-resort proposal and anchor a renaissance for this important Gateway City and the region around it."
Since joining MGM in 2011, Mathis has been part of the Global Gaming Development team for MGM Hospitality, a division of MGM Resorts.
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