President of MTR resigns

CHESTER – The search is on for a new president and chief executive officer for MTR Gaming Group following the resignation Tuesday of Jeffrey J. Dahl.

In announcing the change, MTR Gaming said Dahl had tendered his resignation “to pursue other business opportunities.”

Dahl, who also resigned his board seat, will remain at MTR’s helm while the board conducts its search, though his board seat is already vacated.

“We want to thank Jeff for his service to MTR Gaming, including his valuable contribution to the construction and opening of our new Scioto Downs gaming facility in Columbus, Ohio,” said MTR Gaming Chairman Steven M. Billick. “We also appreciate Jeff staying on as CEO to assist in facilitating a smooth transition.”

Dahl said he was “proud of the progress and accomplishments we created at MTR Gaming during my tenure.”

“The opening of our Scioto Downs gaming facility has put the company on a successful path,” he said. “We’ve put together a solid team during my time here, and while I will miss everyone at MTR Gaming, I’m confident the company will continue to prosper.”

Dahl was appointed president and CEO in January 2011 and was appointed to the board in April of that same year.

He’s worked in the gaming industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining MTR, he had been a founder and principal of the Jay Daniel Co., a consulting and management services firm for the gaming industry with a client list that included Harlow’s Casino Resort in Greenville, Miss. He’d also been president and CEO of Torguson Gaming Group in Biloxi, Miss., from 2006-08, as well as president and CEO of Beau Rivage Resorts in Biloxi from 2000-04, where he’d managed the operations of the resort and more than doubled its operating profits, taking it to more than $80 million in a five-year period. Under his tenure the resort also was recognized in 2003 and 2004 as one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine.

Dahl also worked at other casinos in Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis, Miss., as well as the Mirage in Las Vegas. He received his bachelor of science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.