Rush Street Gaming’s future Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady already has a general manager.
The $330 million Rivers Casino slated for the old Alco site in Schenectady has yet to be built, but operator Rush Street Gaming of Chicago announced on Monday that Mary Cheeks would be its general manager.
Cheeks currently serves as the chief financial officer of Rush Street’s Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. She has 30 years of experience working in the gaming industry, according to Rush Street.
“Mary was instrumental in Rush Street’s win of the gaming license for New York’s Capital Region,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street. “She’s a natural-born leader with an unwavering commitment to excellence and an impressive track record.”
Cheeks visited the Capital Region in September and was part of a panel that presented the plans for Rivers Casino in Schenectady to the Gaming Facility Location Board at the state Capitol.
The siting board recommended Rivers Casino for a casino license in December. The operator has not yet received the license from the Gaming Commission, but is expected to by the end of the year.
“During my many visits to Schenectady this past year, I’ve met many residents and leaders from the community, and learned a lot about the city and its rich history,” Cheeks said. “I am eager to make Schenectady my home, and I’m excited about opening Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor.”
Cheek’s appointment as general manager of the Rivers Casino in Schenectady is pending approval from the Gaming Commission.
Once the casino license is awarded, the casino is expected to be built within 18 months, according to Carlin. As part of the Upstate NY Gaming and Economic Development Act, the casino must be built in two years of receiving a license.
Cheeks joined Rush Street in 2010 as vice president of finance for the SugarHouse Casino and later became CFO and senior vice president of finance for Rush Street’s two casinos in Pennsylvania.
Before Rush Street, Cheeks was an auditor for Resorts International Casino & Hotel, followed by the director of finance at SMG, an agent for the Atlantic City Convention Center and then moved to Showboat and Harrah’s as regional vice president and CFO.