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Tom Lamarra

Executives Resign Posts at Mountaineer Parent

Two executives have resigned from MTR Gaming Group, which owns Mountaineer.

Two executives have resigned their positions at MTR Gaming Group, which owns and operates Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia and Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania.

MTR Gaming Group announced Sept. 29 that president and chief executive officer Robert Griffin resigned to “pursue another professional opportunity.” On Sept. 30, the company said chief financial officer David Hughes tendered his resignation based on Griffin’s resignation but would assist with a 90-day transition.

MTR Gaming Group chairman of the board Steven Billick will take over from Griffin until a new CEO is hired, the company said.

“We thank Bob for his commitment to MTR Gaming over the past several years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Billick said in a statement. “We have commenced our search for a permanent replacement and look forward to sharing news on this front as soon as possible.”

Said Griffin: “I would like to thank the board and the MTR management team for allowing me to lead the company, and I am confident the company will continue in its success after my departure.”

There have been many changes and a reduction of staff at Mountaineer over the past few years. Many of the changes took place after Edson “Ted” Arneault, who led the group that purchased Mountaineer and turned it into a public company with several other holdings, left the company.

MTR Gaming Group also owns Scioto Downs, a Columbus, Ohio-area harness track that could get video lottery terminals pending action by the governor.