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Bill Hornbuckle

President & CEO, MGM Resorts International

Bill Hornbuckle

MGM Resorts International has changed quite a bit over the past few years. When the company instituted its MGM 2020 program that was aimed at reducing costs, creating efficiencies and streamlining the corporate structure, there was no vision of the pandemic. But when it hit in March of last year, MGM 2020 had the company prepared for the worst. But when Jim Murren resigned as chairman and CEO of MGM in February, Bill Hornbuckle was elevated to CEO. A inspirational leader who learned his trade working under Steve Wynn, Terry Lanni and Murren, Hornbuckle has set his priorities on his employees first and the future of the company soon after that. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros for the cover story in the January 2021 issue, 25 People to Watch, at Hornbuckle’s office in the Bellagio in December.

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Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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