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Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum
Mohegan Tribal Council
Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum was first elected to the Tribal Council in 2004, and served as Chairman from 2005-2009. He was re-elected to the Chairmanship in October 2010 after serving as Vice Chairman in the interim. Prior to being a member of the Tribal Council, he served as the Manager of Cultural and Community Programs for the Tribe, responsible for educational outreach programs, the annual Wigwam Festival and Cultural Week. In addition to his duties as Chairman, Bozsum is an appointed ceremonial Pipe Carrier, and has played a vital part in significant life events for members of the Mohegan Tribe. He lives with his wife Kelly in Rhode Island, and they are the parents of eight children.
Mitchell Grossinger Etess
Chief Executive Officer
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)
Born into a family of hoteliers, Mitchell Grossinger Etess brings literally a lifetime of experience in the hospitality industry to his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. Etess joined Mohegan Sun as a member of the casino’s pre-opening team in 1996 as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Marketing. In August 2004, he was elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer to oversee the overall management and operation of Mohegan Sun, the Northeast’s premier entertainment destination.
Two years later, Etess was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), an instrumentality of the Mohegan Tribe who own and operate Mohegan Sun. For several years, Etess held dual roles as CEO for MTGA and President & CEO for Mohegan Sun until 2011, when he decided to focus efforts solely on corporate diversification as CEO for MTGA. In this position, Etess assumes responsibility of the overall management and operation of MTGA’s two main properties: Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he evaluates short and long-term business planning and growth for Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and the Mohegan Tribe as well as business development efforts within the gaming and hospitality industries.
Etess also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA’s professional women’s basketball franchise. He oversees team operations on behalf of the Mohegan Tribe, representing the ownership in all matters pertaining to the day-to-day functioning of the franchise on both the administrative and basketball sides of the organization.
Prior to his career at Mohegan Sun, Etess worked in several high-level marketing positions at Players Island Resort • Casino • Spa in Nevada and Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Before that, Etess was a partner in the advertising and public relations firm of Gordon Etess Associates in Pinehurst, North Carolina after serving as General Manager at CCA/Holly Inn in Pinehurst. Additionally, Etess worked in virtually every capacity – and finally as General Manager – at his family’s Grossinger’s Hotel in Grossinger, New York. It was here that Etess, who was raised at the hotel, got his early training in the hospitality industry.
A graduate of New York City’s Columbia University, Etess resides in East Lyme, Connecticut with his wife Karen.
Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”)
President and Chief Executive Officer
In September 2012, Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”) was named President & Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Sun. He launched his gaming career at the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s flagship property in Connecticut back in 2001 serving as Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration, prior to taking the role of President & CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania back in 2005.
Soper is an active member of the Pennsylvania community, having served as Board of Directors and Treasurer of United Way of Wyoming Valley, Board of Directors of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of Misericordia University, Board of Directors for WVIA Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute, Board of Directors of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Scranton Tomorrow.
Soper was born in Atlanta, Georgia and relocated to southeastern Connecticut with his wife, Jackie, in 1997, before moving to northeast Pennsylvania in 2005. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Georgia, and graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law with honors, also serving on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ray Pineault, who is a Mohegan Tribal member, brings more than 21 years of legal and business experience to his position with Mohegan Sun. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mohegan Sun, Pineault manages and oversees all Mohegan Sun operating departments including Table Games, Slots, Security and Resort Operations, among others.
Pineault has been with the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun since March 2001. Prior to his current position, Pineault served as Senior Vice President of Casino Operations, where he was responsible for managing and overseeing gaming and retail operations, among others and prior to which Pineault served for 2 years as Senior Vice President of Administration where his responsibilities included managing all human resources and legal functions of Mohegan Sun. While working for the Mohegan Tribe, Pineault was responsible for managing the legal issues associated with all commercial transactions of the Tribe as well as negotiating and drafting agreements related to business opportunities and consulting with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) on security issues, including financial reporting and debt financing.
In addition, Pineault has provided legal services to several of the Mohegan Tribe’s departments and entities, including the housing authority, utility authority, planning, development, information systems and finance departments as well as Little People, LLC. and Crow Hill Properties. Pineault currently serves as a member of the Anthem Connecticut Advisory Board, Mitchell College Hospitality and Tourism Board and as an adjunct professor at Mitchell College teaching a class on Business and Hospitality Law.
Pineault holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut as well as a law degree from Quinnipiac College School of Law. He resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut with his wife and three children.
Chief Financial Officer
Timothy S. Williams has been with Mohegan Sun since 2000 and has held the positions of Manager of Financial Accounting, Director of Financial Accounting and in September 2006, was appointed Vice President, Financial Controller. His responsibilities included Financial Planning and Analysis, all accounting functions, Labor and Productivity, Countrooms, Collections, Risk Management, Payroll and Accounts Payable. In January 2011, Williams was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Mohegan Sun.
In his current position, Williams oversees all aspects of Mohegan Sun Finance. In addition to the responsibilities he held as Vice President, Financial Controller, he also oversees Cashiering Operations, Credit and Marketing Analysis.
Williams also serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA’s professional women’s basketball franchise, which is owned and operated by Mohegan Sun and calls Mohegan Sun Arena home. With the Connecticut Sun, Williams is responsible for overseeing the team’s finance department, monitoring all aspects of team finances and ensuring that all WNBA league financial reporting requirements are met.
Williams has over twenty years of experience in the finance industry. He began his career with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young and held various finance positions in the healthcare industry prior to joining Mohegan Sun.
A graduate of Indiana University, Williams is a certified public accountant and resides in Stonington, Connecticut.
Senior VP of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer
Christopher Friday oversees the Information Systems division which includes the Systems Infrastructure and Engineering department, as well as the Customer and Application Services department.
Prior to his roles as Vice President of Information Systems and Chief Information Officer, Friday was Vice President of Customer Relationship Management at Mohegan Sun where he oversaw the Database Marketing, Direct Marketing, VIP Services, Revenue Management and Market Research departments. From 2005 – 2009, Friday held the role of Director of Program Management at Mohegan Sun, where he managed the IS project portfolio, the information security organization, business continuity, technical training and the Project Management Office. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
Christopher resides in North Stonington, CT with his wife Elizabeth, son Alexander and daughter Sophia