Kelly to oversee Park Place’s new projects

Jun 10, 2003 7:18 AM

Robert F. Kelly, Jr., a major figure in the building of several casinos in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area during the 90’s, has been appointed vice president for construction by Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE).

He has been given the responsibility of overseeing development and construction of new Park Place projects, including the planned Mohawk Mountain Casino Resort in Sullivan County, N.Y. The property, to be owned by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, will be managed by Park Place.

Kelly joined Park Place in 1999 when the company acquired the Mississippi casino resorts owned by Grand Casinos Inc. Before the acquisition, Kelly was vice president of construction for Grand when the company built the Grand Casino Gulfport, Grand Casino, Biloxi, and the Grand Casino Tunica, all in Mississippi.

Also while with Grand Casinos, Kelly oversaw construction of two Native American casinos in which Grand Casinos was a partner. They were the Grand Casino Coushatta and Grand Casino Avoyelles.

Leslie Stone Heisz, a two-decade veteran of Wall Street activity, has been appointed to the board of directors of International Game Technology (IGT).

Heisz is a senior advisor with Lazard Freres & Co., a position she accepted after spending seven years with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and its predecessor, Wasserstein Perella & Co. as head of the Gaming and Leisure Group.

She also has had affiliations with Salomon Brothers Inc. and Price Waterhouse.

And, last week, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, active participants in the gaming industry, inaugurated Mitchell Cypress as the tribe’s new chairman. He succeeds James E. Billie who was ousted by the Tribal Council for alleged shady financial practices.