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Felix Rappaport

President & CEO, Foxwoods Resort Casino

Felix Rappaport

Felix Rappaport, a highly regarded and beloved casino executive, died on June 18 in the place he most loved, a suite at Foxwoods Casino Resort where he was president and CEO. A former Wynn and MGM executive, Rappaport was appointed president and CEO of Foxwoods in 2014. Since that time, Foxwoods has improved its financial performance and backed away from the fiscal cliff it was approaching. Rappaport explained how his team has approached their task, the simple solutions they employed to improve performance, and how the Mashantucket Pequots now have a five-year plan for Foxwoods. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at his offices in Foxwoods in August 2016.

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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