GREEKTOWNChristopher Colwell, a senior vice president at The Fine Point Group, will serve as general manager at Greektown Casino-Hotel, subject to necessary regulatory approvals.
As part of The Fine Point Group team of gaming industry veterans recently hired by the property, Colwell’s responsibility will be the oversight of all operating departments.
“Christopher Colwell possesses vast experience in the gaming industry, having held senior roles on both sides of the proverbial fence – as an operating executive over gaming operations, and a senior leader with a major slot and systems provider,” said The Fine Point Group’s Managing Director Randall A. Fine. “He understands the issues the property is facing, and more importantly, understands the opportunities the property can take advantage of. I have no doubt that Chris is the right person for this position and that we will see outstanding results in the future as a consequence of his appointment.”
Three weeks ago, Fine was named CEO of Greektown, subject to necessary regulatory approvals.
During his tenure with The Fine Point Group, Colwell has led a major slot profit optimization program for a billion-dollar tribal gaming company and developed a new table games business for a major technology supplier startup. Prior to joining FPG, Colwell acted as Director of Project Development for Stations Casinos, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nev., overseeing operational development for a new $10B gaming resort and casino complex. There he was responsible for cross departmental development of a 110 acre complex integrated resort including casino, hotel, restaurant, and convention business as well as for pro-forma financial analysis and phased profitability of the integrated resort.
Colwell has served as Vice President of Gaming Operations and Administration North America for one of the world’s largest gaming vendors – Bally Technologies, Inc. Here he oversaw forecasting of gaming division quarterly sales volume; budgeting future expected sales; establishing Sales Executive and Director level commission plans; and asset management and sales administration of $400M annual revenue for the North America gaming division, achieving 33 percent year over year growth.
Colwell has also served as Director of Gaming Operations and Director of Slots for Harrah’s Entertainment in North Kansas City, Mo., where he was responsible for executing a gaming plan that exceeded $200M in gaming revenue and $100M in operating income, resulting in a 53 percent operating income margin. Customer satisfaction scores were also improved by 5 percent as compared to the prior year and customer wait-times were reduced by 30 percent.