Penn National Gaming this week announced management changes at its three Mississippi casinos.
Kees Eder is retiring as manager of Boomtown Biloxi Casino. Chett Harrison, who was the GM at Boomtown before moving over to manage Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis in 2010, will manage both casinos.
Harrison started with parent company Penn National in January 2001 as director of marketing at Boomtown Biloxi. He was promoted to assistant general manager in 2006 and general manager in 2007. He also worked at the Copa Casino in Gulfport and at the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi.
He serves on the board of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.
In another move, Steve Lambert, a 33-year casino industry veteran, was named general manager of Hollywood Casino Tunica. He joined Penn National in 2005 and is acting general manager of Hollywood Casino Perryville, a Maryland property owned by Gaming & Leisure Properties.
"Our new leadership structure on the Gulf Coast unites the nearby Boomtown Biloxi and Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis properties under the leadership of Chett Harrison, who possesses significant local market experience including nine years of prior management experience at Boomtown Biloxi," said Jay Snowden, Penn National chief operating officer. "We believe that Chett will successfully leverage the ongoing marketing efforts of both properties and enable Penn National Gaming to take advantage of a host of other opportunities in the local community. Chett's prior experience with managing marketing activities across multiple properties and his deep experience with the Biloxi and Bay St. Louis communities will serve him well as he assumes this additional responsibility and spearheads the evolution of Penn National Gaming's presence on the Gulf Coast."
Snowden thanked Eder, who is retiring after 13 years with Penn National and more than 40 years in the casino and hospitality industry.
"Kees was an instrumental member of the Penn National Gaming management team as he helped establish Argosy Casino Sioux City as the leading entertainment option in that market and built Boomtown Casino Biloxi into the Gulf destination it is today," Snowden said.