Executive Bios

Mitchell Grossinger Etess
Chief Executive Officer, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Mitchell Grossinger EtessBorn into a family of hoteliers, Mitchell Grossinger Etess brings literally a lifetime of experience in the hospitality industry to his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. Etess joined Mohegan Sun as a member of the casino’s pre-opening team in 1996 as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Marketing. In August 2004, he was elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer to oversee the overall management and operation of Mohegan Sun, the Northeast’s premier entertainment destination.

Two years later, Etess was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), an instrumentality of the Mohegan Tribe who own and operate Mohegan Sun. For several years, Etess held dual roles as CEO for MTGA and President & CEO for Mohegan Sun until 2011, when he decided to focus efforts solely on corporate diversification as CEO for MTGA. In this position, Etess assumes responsibility of the overall management and operation of MTGA’s two main properties: Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he evaluates short and long-term business planning and growth for Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and the Mohegan Tribe as well as business development efforts within the gaming and hospitality industries.

Etess also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA’s professional women’s basketball franchise. He oversees team operations on behalf of the Mohegan Tribe, representing the ownership in all matters pertaining to the day-to-day functioning of the franchise on both the administrative and basketball sides of the organization.

Prior to his career at Mohegan Sun, Etess worked in several high-level marketing positions at Players Island Resort • Casino • Spa in Nevada and Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Before that, Etess was a partner in the advertising and public relations firm of Gordon Etess Associates in Pinehurst, North Carolina after serving as General Manager at CCA/Holly Inn in Pinehurst. Additionally, Etess worked in virtually every capacity – and finally as General Manager – at his family’s Grossinger’s Hotel in Grossinger, New York. It was here that Etess, who was raised at the hotel, got his early training in the hospitality industry.

A graduate of New York City’s Columbia University, Etess resides in East Lyme, Connecticut with his wife Karen.

Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mohegan Sun

Robert SoperIn September 2012, Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”) was named President & Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Sun. He launched his gaming career at the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s flagship property in Connecticut back in 2001 serving as Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Administration, prior to taking the role of President & CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania back in 2005.

Soper is an active member of the Pennsylvania community, having served as Board of Directors and Treasurer of United Way of Wyoming Valley, Board of Directors of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of Misericordia University, Board of Directors for WVIA Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute, Board of Directors of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Scranton Tomorrow.

Soper was born in Atlanta, Georgia and relocated to southeastern Connecticut with his wife, Jackie, in 1997, before moving to northeast Pennsylvania in 2005. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Georgia, and graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law with honors, also serving on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review.

Michael Bean
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Michael BeanBean has been with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs since its opening and played a very significant role in the successful development, opening and operation of the property in 2005. In September 2012, he was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Bean served as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Administration since the opening of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2005. Prior to joining Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Bean was employed at Harrah’s Entertainment. He also served in executive positions at Harrah’s Casino & Hotel, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Boyd Gaming and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Bean holds a Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant College with concentrations in Marketing and Business Communications. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania community serving on the Board of Directors for Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, the Luzerne County Community College Foundation Board and the Board of Directors for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.

Kara Fox-LaRose
Asst. General Manager
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Kara Fox-LaRoseKara was named Assistant General Manager for Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs in January 2013. Kara began her career with Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in 1996 and was part of the original team that grew Mohegan Sun into the world class brand it is today.

In her most recent position, Kara is responsible for all non-gaming operations as well as oversight for the planning and construction of a new 238-room hotel tower which is slated to open this year. Prior to being named AGM, Kara grew through the ranks to become the Vice President of Marketing in Connecticut, a post she held until 2011 when she was asked to lead the Authority’s marketing efforts in Pennsylvania.

Kara is a native of Massachusetts and is very active in community affairs and charitable endeavors. Kara currently serves as a National Vice President for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and is a board member of the local chapter of the American Heart Association.

Mario Kontomerkos
Chief Financial Officer
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Mario joined the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority in September of 2011. Previously, he was the Corporate Vice President of Finance of Penn National Gaming, Inc. from March 2010 to July 2011. Prior to that, Mario served as a senior investor at Magnetar Capital LLC, an investment management company, from July 2007 to May 2009, and was a research analyst for the gaming and lodging industries at J.P. Morgan Securities from May 2005 to May 2007 and at Lehman Brothers, Inc. from August 2001 to April 2005. Prior to that, Mario served as a senior consultant in the forensic accounting group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. His experience also includes service as a consultant for TPG Capital LLC on the acquisition of Harrah’s Entertainment, the largest leveraged buyout in the history of the gaming industry. Mario holds a bachelor of science from Cornell University in New York.

Peter J. Roberti, CPA
Vice President of Corporate Finance
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Peter J. RobertiPeter J. Roberti has been with the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) since September 2002. In his role as Vice President of Corporate Finance, he is responsible for the Treasury and Corporate Finance functions. In addition, he is responsible for all external reporting requirements to the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory bodies.

Prior to joining MTGA, Roberti served as Chief Financial Officer of Reed and Barton Corporation. A certified public accountant, he has been employed by Ernst & Young LLP, as a Senior Audit Manager.

Roberti is a graduate of Babson College with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

Paul Brody
Vice President of Corporate Development
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Paul BrodyPaul Brody brings his eighteen (18) years of service to tribal governments in connection with all aspects of financing, constructing and opening gaming facilities to his position as Vice President of Corporate Development where he identifies and evaluates new tribal and commercial gaming opportunities for the Mohegan Tribe and MTGA. Concurrently, Brody and the Corporate Development staff are assisting the company’s project teams in Pennsylvania with Pocono Downs at Mohegan Sun and in Washington state with the Cowlitz Tribe.

Brody offers extensive interaction with Tribal Gaming Commissions, the NIGC, and state and local regulatory agencies. He has been an attorney at law for 37 years with practice emphasis in business transactions, land use regulation and contract negotiations. Earlier in his career, Brody was a commercial and mixed use real property developer.

Prior to his position with MTGA, Brody was President and Chief Operating Officer of Excelsior Gaming LLC where he lead a team effort to secure tribal gaming management contracts, resulting in two long-term engagements and several consulting contracts. He helped tribal governments secure both start-up and expansion financing for gaming operations and coordinated and supervised tribal, federal and state licensing for Excelsior, its key personnel, major investors and members of its board of directors.

Brody is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1974 and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with honors in 1971. He holds Class III Gaming Licenses from the States of Washington and Connecticut and is a member of the Bar of the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court-Connecticut and the Connecticut Bar Association Indian Law Section.

Scott C. Wells
Vice President and General Counsel
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Scott C. Wells joined the Mohegan Sun team in May 2005 and brings fifteen years of experience in corporate finance, transactional and securities law to the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. Prior to joining MTGA, Wells practiced law at corporate/securities firms in New York City and Norwalk, Connecticut.

Wells earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law and is an honors graduate of Western New England University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Law Review. Wells also received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, where he was a New England Scholar.

Wells is admitted to practice law in the states of Connecticut and New York. He lives in Lyme, Connecticut with his wife, Dottie, and their three children.

Kawel B. Laubach
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Kawel B. LaubachIn February 2013 Kawel LauBach was named Chief Human Resource Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. As an original member of the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’s management team and most recently as the Vice President of Administration, he oversaw non-gaming operations, human resources and guest service functions. Prior to joining Mohegan Sun in 2005, LauBach worked for Harrah’s Entertainment and subsequently Boyd Gaming as a human resource executive at their Louisiana properties. He boasts over 20 years of combined operations and human resources experience with different Fortune 500 companies, most notably, spending several years in the People Department at Southwest Airlines, an organization consistently recognized as a “Best to Work For” and “Most Admired.”

LauBach’s friendly and innovative approach to business helped Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs win accolades as a premier employer in the Wyoming Valley and he was recognized by the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, PA as a “40 Under Forty” honoring 40 local professionals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders, role models and influential community members. LauBach is greatly involved in the community having served on three separate non-profit boards supporting leadership, children and diversity.

LauBach holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University located just outside Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife, Leslie, and their two children will be relocating to the East Lyme area.