MGM Resorts International announced that Lorenzo Creighton has rejoined the company. A veteran of the gaming industry and MGM Resorts, Creighton will focus on the company’s efforts to develop markets in the eastern U.S.
The first African-American to be named president of a major Las Vegas casino resort, Creighton has a broad range of experience. Previously in his career, Creighton worked as an attorney for the state of Iowa and as an Iowa magistrate state judge, before becoming the deputy director for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, where he crafted the state’s initial gaming regulation and oversaw the opening of the first modern riverboat casinos. He also served as executive director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission, where he similarly oversaw the development of state gaming regulation and the opening of that state’s modern casino industry. Creighton also has extensive experience on the operations side of the industry.
Previously with MGM Resorts, he served as president and COO of New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and MGM Grand Detroit. Prior to MGM Resorts International, he was the president of the Flamingo where he was responsible for the renovation of most of the property and served as the general manager for the Lady Luck in Natchez, Miss.; general manager for the President Casinos in St. Louis, Mo., and senior vice president of operations for Bally’s Casino in New Orleans, La. Most recently, he was chief executive officer of Gateway Casinos, a Vancouver company that manages 12 casinos in Canada.