Bobby Soper

    Company: Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

    Robert J. (Bobby) Soper is the president of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority.Since March 2015, Bobby has been overseeing all day-to-day operations of the MTGA. Along with overall operation and management of MTGA’s portfolio of properties, Soper is responsible for evaluation and oversight for the business development of the MTGA.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 Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania back in 2005. In September 2012, Soper returned to the Connecticut property to serve 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.

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    Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has announced that Bobby Soper has been appointed to the new role of International President, a role in which he will oversee all aspects of the firm’s efforts related to both the Inspire Korea Project in South Korea and the joint bid for an integrated resort license in Nagasaki with Oshidori International.

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    Tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE) has announced the appointment of Mario Kontomerkos as its chief executive officer, effective October 16. Kontomerkos replaces Bobby Soper, and 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 […]
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