Valley Forge Casino Resort Announces New President and CEO



King of Prussia, Pa. (July 1, 2015) Valley Forge Casino Resort announces today that James A. Rigot, a 40-year veteran of the gaming industry with senior leadership experience in major U.S. gaming markets including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Connecticut, and Philadelphia, has been named president and chief executive officer.

Having served in key roles at Harrah’s, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, and Parx, Rigot will oversee all aspects of Valley Forge Casino Resort’s operations, with a depth of knowledge in finance, internal controls, strategic planning, capital projects and developing a customer service-oriented culture.

“We’re thrilled that Jim will lead the Valley Forge Casino Resort team.  With his extensive experience in the industry and his knowledge of the market, he is perfectly suited to succeed Mike Bowman,” said Bob Pickus, chairman of the casino resort.  “We are confident Jim will continue the incredible momentum Mike set.”

Over the past year, Valley Forge Casino Resort invested $1 million to renovate and upgrade its convention center space and more than $600,000 to extend its nightlife outdoors with the addition of the new Valley Beach Poolside Club. Also this year, Valley Forge Casino Resort revived the storied Valley Forge Music Fair, bringing in high-caliber headline entertainment throughout the year.

Rigot says he will focus on continuing to build on Valley Forge Casino Resort’s steady business growth by enhancing the property and its amenities and maintaining the highest levels of excellence for its guests.

“While this is an incredibly competitive industry, I could not be more excited to take the lead at a property with so much positive momentum,” Rigot said.  “I’m thrilled to be able to put my experience to work at Valley Forge Casino Resort to continue to build on our strong business success and exceed our guests’ expectations.”

About Valley Forge Casino Resort

Valley Forge Casino Resort is the region’s only full-amenity gaming resort, located conveniently near the Main Line and easily accessible from Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Valley Forge Casino Resort offers an unparalleled guest experience featuring a safe, exclusive gaming environment with 600 of the hottest slot machines and 50 table games; live entertainment including the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair, which brings national headliners to the Valley Forge Casino Resort Convention Center; upscale dining at Tony Clark’s signature restaurants, Pacific Prime and Viviano; bars and lounges that offer a range of experiences from the area’s hottest DJ’s at Center Bar to Valley Beach, a new daytime poolside and outdoor club, to Valley Tavern where sports fans can watch their favorite teams on big screen TVs while enjoying pub fare and a wide assortment of craft and draft beers. Valley Forge Casino Resort offers over 100,000 square feet of recently renovated meeting, conference and banquet facilities, and luxurious hotel accommodations. Valley Forge Casino Resort, Philadelphia’s only premier entertainment destination.