Valley Forge Casino Resort President CEO Stepping Down to lead VFTCB 5.27.151
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VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT
PRESIDENT & CEO MIKE BOWMAN TO STEP DOWN
Bowman to lead Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board;
King of Prussia, Pa. (May 27, 2015) Valley Forge Casino Resort announced today that Mike Bowman is leaving his role as president and chief executive officer. Effective June 15, 2015, he will assume a new position as president of Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, where he has served as chairman.
“We’re thrilled for Mike and support him in his new position. Having Mike serve in leadership roles at both Valley Forge Casino Resort as well as Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board has created great synergies for both organizations – and has been a terrific asset to the region,” said Bob Pickus, chairman of Valley Forge Casino Resort. “With his innovative marketing instincts and investments in the property, Mike has charted a strong course of success for Valley Forge Casino Resort that will continue.”
Pickus added that in his new role with the Convention and Tourism Board, Bowman will be in an even greater position to drive opportunities for all tourism and hospitality businesses in the area.
“This move comes at a critical time with the Pope’s visit this summer and the Democratic National Convention coming next year,” Pickus said. “We need to ensure we are fully prepared as a region to highlight Montgomery County as a prime convention location and leisure visitor destination. Mike is absolutely the right person to do that.”
Under Bowman’s leadership, Valley Forge Casino Resort became the 11th casino to operate in Pennsylvania and quickly became a significant economic engine for Montgomery County. Always focused on the customer experience, Bowman continually invested in the casino resort property and reestablished the storied Valley Forge Music Fair, bringing in high-caliber headline entertainment.
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Valley Forge Casino Resort established a reputation as a committed community partner with Bowman at the helm. He coordinated efforts with the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, the Asian Heritage Festival and Mission Kids
Child Advocacy Center. Bowman is also a board member of Upper Merion’s Board of Community Assistance and Peddler’s Village.
In just over three years of operation in a highly competitive gaming market, Valley Forge Casino Resort has clearly distinguished itself from its regional competition under Bowman’s tenure. While the other Philadelphia-area casinos saw a decline in revenues in 2014, Valley Forge Casino Resort’s revenues increased by nearly 20 percent.
“As president of Valley Forge Casino Resort, I have had a fantastic opportunity to build and grow an amazing property,” said Mike Bowman. “That experience, along with my work at the convention and tourism board and the relationships I have developed along the way, has uniquely positioned me to maximize the exposure of our hotels, restaurants, attractions and services here in Montgomery County. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Valley Forge Casino Resort will conduct a national search for a new president and chief executive officer to continue its growth and momentum.
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 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 signature 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 range from live piano music at Cameo to a country-rock experience with a mechanical bull at Deuces Wild Buckin’ Bull Saloon; roughly 100,000 square feet of recently-renovated state-of-the-art exhibit, meeting, conference and banquet facilities; and luxurious hotel accommodations. At Valley Forge Casino Resort, the possibilities are endless.
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