Tim Parrott, a renaissance man in the gaming industry, passed away last month, just weeks after taking a leave of absence from Shuffle Master Gaming. He suffered from an undisclosed illness.
Shuffle Master first announced that Parrott would take a leave of absence from the company, and later said he would be replaced permanently.
Prior to joining Shuffle Master, Parrott served as president of Aristocrat Americas for two years. He was the founder of Boomtown Resorts, which was based in northern Nevada, with properties in southern Nevada, as well. The company became part of Pinnacle Entertainment, and Parrott sat on the board of that company. He was also chairman and CEO of On Stage Entertainment, which produces the Legends in Concert production shows.
In just one year at Shuffle Master, Parrott was credited with changing the culture of the company, cutting costs and improving customer service. The company is conducting a search for a permanent CEO.
Parrot was also a founding member and longtime board member of the American Gaming Association. Frank Fahrenkopf, AGA president and CEO, mourned his passing.
“Tim Parrott was a dedicated family man and a beloved leader in the gaming community,” said Fahrenkopf. “He brought his vibrant and creative energy to so many sectors of our business over the years, and became one of the most well-liked and respected executives in the business. His passing marks a significant blow to our industry, and he will be sorely missed.”