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Kevin “Red Eagle” Brown
Mohegan Tribal Council
After being elected to the Tribal Council in his first candidacy, Kevin P. Brown, “Red Eagle” was also selected as Chairman on October 7, 2013, his first day of holding office. He arrives back home to Uncasville, Connecticut after a 25 year career in the United States Army with extensive leadership and organizational management experience in deployed combat environments. Brown also held stateside management of a large Army base at Fort Riley, Kansas. At Fort Riley, his military role was the equivalent of city manager for a small city of 55,000. He is well prepared for his position as Chairman, having led complex organizations of between 150 and 4000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and government civilian employees, and also having experience in managing multimillion dollar operational budgets. Additionally, he has served as an analyst at the Pentagon in Washington DC following attainment of a Master of Science in Operational Research and Systems Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Brown also holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts in Public Diplomacy from Norwich University, and a Doctoral Candidacy in Security Studies from Kansas State University.
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 Pocono 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”)
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)
In March 2015, Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”) was named President of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. In his new position, Soper will oversee all day-to-day operations of The Authority.
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. In September 2012, Soper returned to the Connecticut property to fulfill his new position as President & Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Sun.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)
Thomas Burke serves as Chief Operating Officer of MTGA. In this position, he oversees operations of all MTGA owned and managed properties. Burke has over thirty-five years of experience and work in the gaming industry. Prior to his former position as President of Mohegan Gaming Advisors, Burke was Senior Vice President of Regional Gaming Operations for Penn National Gaming, Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing all facets of eight (8) gaming facilities located in Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. Previously, Tom served as Penn National’s Vice President and General Manager of Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Riverside, Missouri as well as President and General Manager of the Bullwhackers properties in Colorado.
Burke’s career also includes senior positions with organizations such as Ameristar Casinos, Station Casinos, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Trump Castle Hotel/Casino, American Gaming and Entertainment and the Majestic Star Casino.
Burke maintains and/or has had Key/Level 1 gaming licenses in Connecticut, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico and Ohio.
Burke has been involved with casino industry associations as well as community and charitable organizations such as the United Way and Scouting. Burke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
President and General Manager
Ray Pineault brings more than fifteen years of legal and business experience to his position with Mohegan Sun. As President & General Manager for Mohegan Sun, Pineault manages and oversees all day-to-day operations of Mohegan Sun.
Pineault, the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mohegan Sun, has been with the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun since March 2001. He served as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Tribe, where he was responsible for managing the legal issues associated with all commercial transactions of the Tribe and Mohegan Sun 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 also serves as a management board member of Mohegan Information Technology Group, LLC, a subsidiary majority owned by the Tribe.
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.