NAACP Names Lorenzo Creighton a “Barrier Breaker”
LAS VEGAS – March 6, 2008 – The Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored Lorenzo Creighton, who was recently appointed President & Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Detroit, as one of America’s trailblazers in diversity.
At its annual Freedom Fund Dinner, the NAACP honored Creighton as a “Barrier Breaker” who has helped blaze a path for African Americans. Creighton, the first African American to hold the position of president on the Las Vegas Strip, was recognized among notable individuals in business and government, including the Honorable Lorraine Miller, the Honorable James Clyburn, the Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Matthew Fogg, Ernie Green and Lieutenant General Michael Rochelle.
Previously, Creighton served as President & Chief Operating Officer at the company’s New York – New York Hotel & Casino, a position he held since 2005. His career has been wide-ranging, having served as an attorney, judge and gaming regulator. In addition, he has more than 10 years of experience in casino operations.
Under Creighton’s leadership, New York – New York began several remodeling projects which have been honored by industry experts. In 2007, the property was recognized by Meetings & Convention magazine with the prestigious Gold Key Award. The award followed an extensive redesign and expansion of the property’s 21,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. New York – New York also opened a newly-redesigned spa in August of 2007.
An active member of the community, Creighton has been honored for his service with prestigious awards from Luther College (2005) and Black Meetings & Tourism magazine (2006). He also received an esteemed Trumpet Award (2006) for his contributions to the gaming industry.
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