Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) Announces Kontomerkos to Lead MGE

UNCASVILLE, CT (September 13, 2017)After an extensive worldwide review, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), operators of Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, manager of multiple properties throughout the United States, and developer of the Inspire Integrated Resort in South Korea, today announced the appointment of Mario Kontomerkos to Chief Executive Officer of MGE effective October 16. In this new role, Kontomerkos will oversee all day-to-day operations for MGE, including ongoing brand growth and continuing to ensure MGE delivers unmatched personalized services and memorable guest experiences. Kontomerkos has served as the Chief Financial Officer for MGE since September 2011.

“Having served as a Senior Executive for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment for nearly six years, Mario has, in his role as Chief Financial Officer, actively supported Mohegan’s development of new opportunities in the United States and abroad,” said Kevin Brown “Red Eagle”, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe and MGE Management Board. “Mario’s knowledge and experience has kept us disciplined in our financial approach, competitive in the gaming and entertainment industry, and always cognizant of a business and management approach aligned with our Tribal Culture and the Mohegan Way.  We trust he will only further build MGE as a compelling, all-encompassing brand – solidifying MGE as an industry leader in integrated resort experiences around the world.”

“Due to the incredible efforts of a very talented, dedicated, and special group of people here at MGE, we have over the last five years quietly been part of an amazing turnaround story in our industry,” said Mario Kontomerkos, Chief Executive Officer of MGE. “I am grateful to the Mohegan Tribe and the MGE team members for the opportunity to lead MGE into our next phase of growth.”

Prior to his work with MGE, Kontomerkos’s career path evolved through various key financial, research and analytical roles with companies like Penn National Gaming, Magnetar Capital LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities, Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Kontomerkos’ experience also includes service as a consultant for TPG Capital LLC on the acquisition of Harrah’s Entertainment, the largest leveraged buyout in the history of the gaming industry.

Vanderpump Rules Stars Shine at Newest Mohegan Sun Reality Check

WHAT: Meet Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney of the hit show Vanderpump Rules on September 30th at Mohegan Sun during a Reality Check event.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, September 30th

Live Q&A – 8:00pm

Free Signing – 8:30pm

The Shops at Mohegan Sun

IN DETAIL: The team behind Hollywood’s hottest restaurant serves up a dish of behind-the-scenes scoop during an exclusive, free Reality Check event at Mohegan Sun. Join Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney Schwartz for a live Q&A followed by an autograph session in The Shops at Mohegan Sun on Saturday, September 30th.

Didn’t get your dose of reality with the Vanderpump Rules cast? Check them out later that night at Avalon as they make a special appearance.

*Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Talent will be signing copies of headshots distributed at the event. Personal photos and signing personalization are prohibited. This event is bracelet-only. A limited number of bracelets will be distributed at the signing location starting at 6:00pm.

Vets Rock Featuring Joe Walsh & Guests: A Concert Benefiting the USO & Veterans Expo Comes to Mohegan Sun

Annual Military and Veterans Event slated For Friday, November 3rd; Concert tickets on sale Friday, September 15th

UNCASVILLE, CT (September 12, 2017) – Mohegan Sun is proud to announce that it will be welcoming back Vets Rock, inpartnership with WTNH and iHeart Media, on Friday, November 3rd. The third annual Vets Rock kicks off with a special day filled with valuable support, services and resources for our military, veterans and their families including a career fair, suit fitting and a mobile vet center. The day will be capped off by a performance by legendary rocker, Joe Walsh, inside the award-winning Mohegan Sun Arena. The concert starts at 7:30pm.

This year’s event is in partnership and benefits the USO Connecticut (USO), our nation’s leading organization dedicated to serving our Armed Forces.

“This year we are all in on helping the USO. The USO is an organization that every veteran or family member of a veteran knows about. They’re a worldwide organization. They provide support to soldiers and families in far-flung dusty locations and here at home,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman, Mohegan Tribal Council.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the support of Mohegan Sun as we further expand USO programs and services throughout the state of Connecticut and the region,” said Brian Whiting, President & CEO USO Metropolitan New York. “This commitment will allow the USO to reach more service members and military families – ensuring they stay connected to the grateful nation they choose to defend.”

Vets Rock 2017 begins with an opening ceremony at 10:00am in The Shops concourse, hosted by Gil Simmons of WTNH-TV. Events thereafter will take place from 10:00am – 7:00pm.

Vets Rock Expo

One week before Veterans Day, the third annual Vets Rock, hosted by Mohegan Sun is to reach an overall goal of help, raise money, provide services and a good time for Veterans in and outside the Southeastern Connecticut community.  Throughout the day in the Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun and the USO, have provided special services and activities for Veterans and their families.  Including a career fair and workshop presented by Hiring Our Heroes whom are featuring 100 employers from throughout the region.  More events in the Uncas Ballroom include the Save – A – Suite Professional Attire fitting, complimentary flu shots for Veterans and a mobile vet center.

“The U.S. Department of Chambers partners with us with a Hiring Our Heroes job fair where over 100 local, regional and some national employers. That will literally take a resume, possibly do an interview and maybe even provide a job that very day right here in the ballroom,” said Brown.

Veterans can register for events at mohegansun.com/vetsrock

Discounted hotel rates will be available for Veteran’s signed up as well, subject to availability.

Vets Rock Concert

Mohegan Sun Arena presents a very special Vets Rock Benefit Concert beginning at 7:30pm on Friday, November 3rd.  The concert is MC’d by longtime veteran’s advocate and music icon, Tony Orlando, will feature performances by special guests, to be announced, and headlined by Eagles legend, Joe Walsh.

Tickets are $89.00, $69.00 & $49.00 and go on sale Friday, September 15th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.  Tickets will also be available at Mohegan Sun’s Box Office at 10:00am on Saturday, September 16th, subject to availability.

ABOUT USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN

Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 90 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view us on YouTube and find us on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.