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Feb 26, 2008 10:53 PM

By GT Staff | Lorenzo Creighton, who, since 2005, has served president and chief operating officer (COO) of New York-New York in Las Vegas, has been named president and chief operating officer of MGM Grand Detroit Casino.

Creighton’s career has been wide-ranging, having served as an attorney, judge and gaming industry regulator. In addition, he has more than 10 years of experience in casino operations. Prior to joining MGM MIRAGE, he served as the President of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, where he made history as the Las Vegas Strip’s first African-American property president. Creighton has previously held executive positions at locations such as Lady Luck in Natchez, Mississippi; The President Casino in St. Louis, and Bally’s Casino in New Orleans.

Creighton replaces George Boyer, who remains with MGM MIRAGE, serving as a Senior Executive in MGM MIRAGE Development, a subsidiary of the company.

Kiser-Murphey headed to New York-New York

Cynthia Kiser Murphey, currently the senior vice president of MGM MIRAGE Human Resources, has been named president and COO of New York-New York Hotel & Casino. She is the second woman to be named by MGM MIRAGE to head a major Las Vegas Strip property, following Renee West, who was appointed president and chief operating officer of Excalibur in 2005.

Kiser Murphey joined the company in 1989 and served on the Human Resources opening team for The Mirage. She then joined the MGM Grand Las Vegas opening team in 1992 and managed all Human Resources activities related to the property’s opening. She was instrumental toward the creation of an in-house corporate university and an on-site child development center, as well as the design of an industry-standard benefits program. Last year, she led the company’s negotiating team during collective bargaining talks with the Culinary Union, the largest such agreement in the city’s history.

Bill Hornbuckle to oversee A.C. development

Bill Hornbuckle’s responsibilities have been expanded to include president and COO of the MGM Grand Atlantic City development, retaining his current position as president and COO of Mandalay Bay Resort. A 25-year veteran of the gaming industry, Hornbuckle previously served as president and COO of MGM MIRAGE Europe, a position he assumed after spending three years as president and COO of MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Before joining MGM Grand, he was president and COO for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Hornbuckle spent the majority of his career with Mirage Resorts in various senior management positions, including president and COO of the Golden Nugget Laughlin, executive vice president and COO of Treasure Island (TI), and vice president of hotel operations for The Mirage while opening the hotel in 1989.

Bingo whiz Steve Smallman joins LVGI

Las Vegas Gaming, Inc. which specializes in server-based gaming application delivery, announced that bingo technology leader Steve Smallman has joined LVGI as senior vice president and general manager of LVGI’s Bingo Strategic Business Unit (SBU).

Smallman joins LVGI with extensive experience in the electronic bingo industry. He has held several vice presidential titles at Bingo Technologies Corporation, GameTech International and Blue Dog, Inc.

In 1997 Smallman joined Bingo Technologies Corporation (BTC) and aided in the launch of the electronic bingo revolution. As the head of Marketing and Customer Service, he helped grow BTC’s revenues from $4 million to $16 million by early 1999.