The Directors of the Mississippi Casino Operators Association announced today that Beverly Martin has left her position as its executive director after 17 years. Martin was the first executive director for the MCOA after the merger of the coast casino operators association and the Mississippi Gaming Association. Martin helped to form the organization, whose purpose is to promote the interests of the gaming industry in the State of Mississippi, to improve the gaming industry’s service to the public, to cooperate with Government Officials in advancing the public interest, to improve conditions within the industry and to pursue common goals. 

MCOA Chair, Tess Ingram, general manager of the Lighthouse Point Casino in Greenville, Miss., along with Vice-Chair, Chett Harrison, general manager of the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Miss., on behalf of the MCOA Board of Directors wish to thank Martin for her dedicated years of service to the organization and industry.  “The entire gaming industry and its 30,000 employees owe Beverly a debt of gratitude for her tireless work and devotion on behalf of our industry.  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” Ingram said. 

Kimberly Fritz has been appointed interim executive director effective immediately.  Fritz, a local business owner, is a 25 year gaming industry veteran who has held senior management positions at several casino companies since her move to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Atlantic City, N.J. in 1994. “We are excited to have Fritz serve as Interim Executive Director of MCOA.  Her experience and intelligence will be great assets to the organization, and her enthusiasm will assure the success of this year’s Southern Gaming Summit,” Harrison said.

For more information, contact Chett Harrison, vice chair, Mississippi Casino Operators Association, at (228) 697-0800.