Gaming briefs

Apr 4, 2006 4:17 AM

William S. Boyd
Named Hotelier of the Year

William S. Boyd, chairman and chief executive officer of Boyd Gaming Corporation, will be honored as the Nevada Hotelier of the Year at the 27th annual Las Vegas International Hotel and Restaurant Show (LVIHRS), April 12-13, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The award will be presented at the LVIHRS Keynote Luncheon. Boyd is being honored for outstanding contributions of leadership, service and professionalism to Nevada’s lodging industry.

"Bill Boyd truly embodies what this award is all about," said Gillian Murphy, chairman of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association. "His vision and leadership have created one of the most dynamic gaming companies in the world."

Boyd co-founded Boyd Gaming Corporation in 1974 with his father Sam Boyd. A practicing attorney for 15 years, he turned his attention to gaming full time in 1975 and has since developed and operated Boyd Gaming properties in major markets throughout the United States.

The company currently owns and operates 19 properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. The company is also developing Echelon Place, a world-class destination on the Las Vegas Strip, expected to open in early 2010.

Foxwoods’ William Sherlock to retire

William Sherlock, the longest-serving president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, has announced plans to retire at the end of 2006.

For almost a decade, Sherlock worked to strengthen and improve Foxwoods’ position as the premier gaming resort in the Northeast.

Most recently, Sherlock played a key role in the $700 million development project, which includes a new hotel tower, performing arts center and expanded convention facilities.

"Bill understands and supports our Tribal Mission Statement," said Michael Thomas, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. "His leadership has guided Foxwoods Resort Casino ”¦ We look forward to working with him on future endeavors."