MGM GRAND DETROIT ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF NEW POSITIONS FOR KEY PERSONNEL
DETROIT – March 27, 2009 - MGM Grand Detroit today announced the creation of two new positions, and a new public relations agency of record. Effective immediately, Juliette Thorpe Okotie Eboh assumes the title of Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; Lisa Alvino assumes the title of Assistant Director of Retail and Corporate Sustainability; and the Commerce Communications Group becomes MGM Grand Detroit's public relations agency of record.
Juliette Thorpe Okotie-Eboh, Ph.D.
Since 2003, Okotie-Eboh served as MGM Grand Detroit's SVP of Community Affairs, responsible for determining the Company's charitable and community activities, and serving as liaison between the Company and community leaders. As SVP of Public Affairs, Okotie-Eboh now takes on the added responsibility of developing and implementing MGM Grand Detroit's strategic government affairs agenda at the local, state, and federal levels; overseeing communications/media relations initiatives for the Company; and serving as the public spokesperson for MGM Grand Detroit.
Since 2007, Alvino has served as Assistant Director of Retail, responsible for: Developing, administering, and adjusting retail, financial and merchandising plans in order to meet customer needs; managing the retail team to ensure efficient staffing, employee development and training; assisting in developing retail tie-in programs; and performing management and policy enforcement. As Assistant Director of Retail & Corporate Sustainability, Alvino assumes the added responsibility of: Overseeing MGM Grand Detroit's day-to-day and special sustainability programs; coordinating with department managers to educate them on how sustainability such as waste and energy efficiency affects their business and operations; and advising the property on best sustainability practices.
Commerce Communications Group
The Commerce Communications Group (CCG) has been retained by MGM Grand Detroit as its agency of record for communications, media, and public relations. CCG also handles the coordination of governmental relations efforts at the local, state, and federal levels for the $800 million entertainment venue.
Jamaine Dickens, CCG's principal, is a public affairs veteran who has served as a communications, media, and outreach advisor to local, state, and Presidential campaigns. He has held positions such as Director of Public Affairs for Leon County, FL; Communications Director for the Michigan House of Representatives' Democratic Caucus; and Communications Director and spokesman for the city of Detroit.
About MGM Grand Detroit
Named as one of the "Top 10 new U.S. hotels of 2007" by Gayot and one of "53 places to visit in 2008" by The New York Times as part of the Detroit destination, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming, and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; 24-hour in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements.
MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading and most respected companies with significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 16 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and Macau. CityCenter, an unprecedented urban metropolis on the Las Vegas Strip scheduled to open in late 2009, is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. MGM MIRAGE Hospitality has entered into management agreements for future casino and non-casino resorts in the People's Republic of China, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Vietnam. MGM MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM MIRAGE has received numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy programs. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the Company's Web site at http://www.mgmmirage.com.
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For more information regarding the MGM Grand Detroit or this release, contact:
Jamaine Dickens, Commerce Communications Group, Inc.