Executive Bios

Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”)
President, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Robert SoperSince March 2015, Robert J. Soper (“Bobby”) has served as President of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) overseeing all day-to-day operations of the MTGA. Along with overall operation and management of MTGA’s portfolio of properties, Soper is responsible for evaluation and oversight for the business development of the MTGA.

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 Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania back in 2005. In September 2012, Soper returned to the Connecticut property to serve as President & Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Sun.

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.

Thomas Burke
Chief Operating Officer, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Thomas BurkeThomas Burke serves as Chief Operating Officer of MTGA. In this position, he oversees operations of all MTGA owned and managed properties. Burke has over thirty-five years of experience and work in the gaming industry. Prior to his position, Burke was Senior Vice President of Regional Gaming Operations for Penn National Gaming, Inc. where he was responsible for overseeing all facets of eight (8) gaming facilities located in Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. Previously, Tom served as Penn National’s Vice President and General Manager of Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Riverside, Missouri as well as President and General Manager of the Bullwhackers properties in Colorado.

Burke’s career also includes senior positions with organizations such as Ameristar Casinos, Station Casinos, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Trump Castle Hotel/Casino, American Gaming and Entertainment and the Majestic Star Casino.

Burke maintains and/or has had Key/Level 1 gaming licenses in Connecticut, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico and Ohio.

Burke has been involved with casino industry associations as well as community and charitable organizations such as the United Way and Scouting. Burke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

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

Mario KontomerkosMario 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 an analyst 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.

Gary Luderitz
Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Gary LuderitzGary brings to Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority over thirty years of experience in the gaming industry.

His experience includes leading the opening of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course as Vice President and General Manager where he spent four years. Prior to joining MTGA, Gary held the position of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Parx Casino in Bensalem Pennsylvania.

Gary started his career in casino administration at Bally’s Park Place in Atlantic City New Jersey. Early in his career he also worked at Sands Hotel and Casino where he held positions for nearly seventeen years which included Vice President of Organizational Development and Senior Vice President for Casino Operations and Marketing.

Gary’s international experience includes leading the casino division of Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas for three years as Senior Vice President for Casino Operations and Marketing.

In addition to serving in the U.S. Navy Active Reserves, Gary holds a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.

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 Pocono 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 Pocono 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.

George Galinsky
Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

George GalinskyGeorge Galinsky was named Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) in June 2014. In his role, Galinsky assists with property collaboration on all communications and cross property promotion, and helps with synergy for brand, budget, media and production efficiencies for all MTGA owned and managed properties.

Galinsky has been a large contributor to MTGA for over 15 years. His main focus began at the flagship property in Connecticut, but his work has expanded to include all current and future MTGA owned and managed properties. Additionally, he is responsible for overseeing marketing strategy and execution for all consumer and casino communications for Mohegan Sun, Mohegan Sun Pocono and Resorts Casino Hotel.

Tom Cantone
Senior Vice President of Sports and Entertainment
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA)

Tom CantoneIn his role as Senior Vice President of Sports & Entertainment for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), Tom Cantone oversees all aspects of the entertainment offerings at all MTGA properties including Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Additionally, he resumes similar responsibilities at all future properties acquired and/or managed by MTGA.

Cantone previously served as Vice President of Sports & Entertainment of the flagship property in Connecticut since 2007. Prior to Mohegan Sun, Cantone held senior management marketing positions at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Sands Hotel & Casino, Hershey Entertainment & Resort Co., Hollywood Casino and various Trump properties. He brings over 25 years of experience to his new role and is a graduate of Penn State University.