n his new position, Corchis has assumed responsibility for managing the strategic direction of MGM Grand Detroit while maintaining responsibility for overseeing Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica, Mississippi. He most recently served as President and COO of the company's two Mississippi properties.
"George has done an outstanding job with both Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi. His experience in operating and marketing regional casinos will work well in synergizing our Detroit property," said Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts International, parent company of all three properties.
The company has also promoted Steve Zanella to the position of General Manager of MGM Grand Detroit. In his new position, he is responsible for daily operations and oversight of Michigan's premier hotel and entertainment destination.
Zanella will assume the former operational responsibilities of MGM Detroit President and Chief Operating Officer Lorenzo Creighton, who resigned to become CEO of a Vancouver-based gaming company. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Marketing at MGM Grand Las Vegas, and has worked in various positions for MGM Resorts for the past 19 years.
"Steve has an extensive background in marketing, slot operations and has served in several leadership roles on various corporate committees. Steve is one of the best examples of the depth of talent we have nurtured in our management ranks," said Murren.
Corchis originally joined the Company in 1993 as part of the finance department of The Mirage Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He went on to join Binion's Horseshoe in 1994 where he quickly attained key management positions during a successful 11-year tenure. Corchis is the only executive to serve in primary leadership positions at each of the three Horseshoe properties outside Nevada. He also served in a dual role for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel and the Sheraton Casino & Hotel, both in Tunica, Miss.
He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Honors Business Administration from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.
Zanella joined the company in 1991 as a participant of the corporate Management Associate Program, a hands-on training course for college graduates. After two years in finance-related positions, he was promoted to Domestic Marketing Administrator of Table Games Marketing for The Mirage. From there, he traveled to Beau Rivage to serve as Director of Slot Marketing and Player Development in 1998. He was promoted to Vice President of Slots two years later, before returning to Las Vegas and his first position with MGM Grand Las Vegas in 2001.
He has a bachelor's degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he graduated with high honors.