MGM Resorts International has appointed Chris Kelley as the new President and COO of the Ohio resort, currently trading as the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The venue will be re-branded when MGM Resorts acquires the property, completion of which is anticipated in the first half of 2019. In this role, Kelley will oversee daily operations at the property while providing strategic direction and leadership.

“We are thrilled to have the Northfield Park team joining the MGM Resorts family and look forward to Chris’ leadership and strategic vision driving the company’s success as we expand into a new market in Ohio,” said Anton Nikodemus, Chief Operating Officer of Regional Operations.

He added: “The Rocksino already cemented itself as a market leader in gaming and entertainment and, with Chris at the helm, we are looking forward to building on that successful foundation and driving further growth.”

Kelley joined MGM Resorts as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MGM Grand Detroit in 2017. During his time there, he was key to the development of the property’s strategic plan and the implementation and management of continuous improvement efforts, in addition to ongoing enhancements to guest experience.

Prior to joining the MGM Resorts, he held numerous leadership positions with Viejas Casino & Resort near San Diego, including several years as the Chief Financial Officer.

He will assume his new role at Northfield Park upon closing of the acquisition and the completion of licensing requirements.