In major realignments of top executive slots for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Tribal Member Robert J. “Bobby” Soper is returning to Connecticut as President and CEO, Mohegan Sun, and Norwich-area native Michael Bean is stepping up to be the new General Manager for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
MTGA’s Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Etess made the announcements September 28. In coming back here, Bobby leaves the position of President and CEO of MTGA’s Pennsylvania property, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, which he has held since 2005. Mike Bean, a southeastern Connecticut native, was formerly Assistant General Manager at Pocono Downs. They will officially assume their new roles on October 22. “We are thrilled to have Bobby back at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut,” Mitchell said. “He has done a wonderful job in Pennsylvania. Bobby has proven to be an outstanding leader and has built a great team at Pocono Downs that has led the property to perform at today’s level of success.
“Michael Bean has a proven track record in his role managing our Pennsylvania property, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs,” Mitchell continued. “I am eager to work more closely with him and focus on the very exciting hotel project currently underway, and many more future opportunities.” Both Soper and Bean report directly to Etess. Mike, a Norwich Free Academy graduate, acknowledges his roots in the Nutmeg State, even as he has come to enjoy life in Pennsylvania. “Having grown up in Norwich and having lived in Noank much of my adult life,” he says, “southeastern Connecticut and all of the wonderful people here will always be home. I am fortunate to have worked at our Mohegan Sun casino in Pennsylvania for the past seven years—where the community is similarly giving and caring, making the transition much easier.”
Mohegan Tribal leadership is happy about Bobby Soper’s reunion with Uncasville. “The Mohegan Tribe is pleased to be welcoming Bobby back to Connecticut and having him reunite with fellow Mohegan Tribal member, Raymond Pineault. We are proud to have such talented Mohegan Tribal members leading our efforts in Indian Gaming,” said Tribal Chairman, Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum. “This is a perfect example of what Tribal gaming was intended to do,” said Two Dogs. “My goal has always been to have Mohegan Tribal members in senior positions in our operations.” Tribal member Raymond Pineault holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Bobby responded that, “Although leaving Pennsylvania and the many friends and associates I have made over the past several years will be challenging, I am excited to have the opportunity to once again contribute to our Connecticut flagship property where my career was truly first launched.”
Since its opening in 2005, he has held the position of President and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, leading the 2008 Project Sunrise expansion which included increased gaming, restaurant, and retail space and—in July 2010—the introduction of Pennsylvania’s first table games. He began his career in the gaming industry in 2001 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Revenues at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs have experienced substantial growth over the years. In Uncasville, Bobby once held the positions of Senior Vice President of Administration at Mohegan Sun and was legal counsel for the Mohegan Tribal Government.
About his new position, Mike said, “I am honored to assume the role of General Manager at such an important time in the history of the company. Bobby has been an effective leader with our employees and in the community, with big shoes to fill, I am excited to strive to meet and exceed the Tribe’s expectations” said Mike. His new role utilizes his extensive executive gaming experience in the day-to-day management and operations of one of Pennsylvania’s most profitable gaming properties.
Mike was Assistant General Manager at Pocono Downs since May 2010, responsible for various departments including Slots, Table Games and Racing Operations. He has been with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs since its opening and played a significant role in the successful development of the property starting in 2005. Prior to joining Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, he was employed at Harrah’s Entertainment, also serving in executive positions at Harrah’s Casino & Hotel, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.