The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana has announced the appointment of Michael A. Hamilton as general manager of the Paragon Casino Resort. Hamilton will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility.
Hamilton brings Paragon over 20 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry with his most recent role as vice president of resort operations at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, one of the most profitable gaming and entertainment destinations in the United States owned and operated under Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) management.
At Mohegan Sun, he was directly responsible for retail development through tenant acquisition and construction development including Mohegan Sun’s current $130-million, 400-room Earth Tower hotel project slated to open this fall and the $13.8-million renovation to Sky Tower, Mohegan Sun’s existing 1,200-room hotel currently underway. His duties included operation of the transportation, engineering and security departments. Hamilton served his local community as an active member on education boards and chambers of commerce, as well as the American Heart Association and the United Way.
“We are proud to have Mr. Hamilton join and lead the team at Paragon Casino Resort,” said Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Chairman Joey P. Barbry. “Michael’s experience working in all facets of gaming and resort operations at one of the world’s most thriving entertainment destinations, as well as his top-to-bottom knowledge and understanding of the business, will benefit Paragon customers and employees.”
Chairman Barbry said Chris J. Barbry Sr., formerly acting general manager, has been named vice president of facilities of Paragon Casino Resort. “We appreciate the hard work Chris has done over the years. His experience is valuable, and we look forward to seeing what he will do as vice president of facilities.”
About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and follow us on Facebook.
About Paragon Casino Resort
Since opening its doors in 1994, Paragon has strived to provide the most entertaining gaming destination in the south. Over the past 20 years, Paragon’s amenities and services have been expanded to create the ultimate gaming experience. The best is yet to come.
Paragon features an impressive lineup of luxury amenities and attractions, including a 531-room hotel; full-service spa and salon; 18-hole golf course with a fully stocked pro-shop and grillroom; indoor tropical pool with a swim-up bar; a soaring retail atrium with “living” bayou and live alligators; three-screen cinema; Atrium Bar with an ice bar; seven restaurants; daiquiri bar; full-service RV resort with 205 slips and 30 cabins; Kids Quest child care activity center; Cyber Quest arcade; over 75,000 square feet of meeting space; and three retail shops.
With more than 1,600 Las Vegas-style slot machines and over 64,000 square feet of gaming action, Paragon also features over 44 table games, including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and an eight-table poker room. Paragon also has a free player’s club membership program.
Paragon Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. For more information, please visit www.paragoncasinoresort.com and follow Paragon Casino Resort on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
About Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority is an instrumentality of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut and operates two of the most successful gaming and entertainment destinations in the United States, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun Pocono in Pennsylvania. Additionally, MTGA was recently awarded a license from the Korean Government to develop and build a first-of-its-kind integrated resort at Incheon International Airport in South Korea.
MTGA is credited with advancing the once struggling Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, into record profitability over the four years that is has served under its management and investment contract. MTGA’s venture with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe of Washington State will introduce the $500-million-dollar casino project that will be the West Coast’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination slated to open in 2017. MTGA announced a partnership with the Tunica-Biloxi Gaming Authority, the owner and operator of the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana for a consulting agreement which started in the spring of 2016. More information about MTGA and its properties can be obtained by visiting www.mohegansun.com, www.mohegansunpocono.com, www.resortsac.com, www.ilaniresort.com or www.mtga.com.