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Joan M. Esneault promoted to Foxwoods VP of resort sales

20 December 2007

ASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Joan M. Esneault has been promoted to vice president of resort sales for Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods®. She most recently served as executive director of resort sales for the two properties. In her new role, Esneault will manage a team of more than 18 sales professionals, including destination management services. She will also direct the sales efforts for Foxwoods' three existing hotel properties, pre-opening sales for MGM Grand at Foxwoods, scheduled to debut in spring 2008, and the destination's state-of-the-art conference, meeting and event facilities.

"It is with great pleasure that we promote Joan to the position of vice president of resort sales as a result of her impressive tenure with Foxwoods," said Gillian Murphy, senior vice president and general manager, MGM Grand at Foxwoods. "Over the years, Joan has played an integral role in promoting Foxwoods to the meetings industry. She has expertly serviced our long-term clientele while generating new business for the burgeoning destination which includes the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods property."

A 24-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Esneault joined Foxwoods in 1999 having previously served in various positions with the Marriott Corporation at hotels such as the Salt Lake City Marriott, Chicago O'Hare Marriott and the Minneapolis City Center Marriott. In 1988, she opened the Newport Marriott in Rhode Island as Director of Marketing before accepting the Director of Sales position at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square in 1997 where she worked until 1999. She is an active member of several industry organizations, including ASAE, MPI, PCMA and more.

Esneault holds a bachelor's degree in elementary/secondary education from Rhode Island College and is a native of the ocean state. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mystic Coast and Country and a member of numerous industry organizations such as American Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International and others.

About MGM Grand at Foxwoods

The highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods will feature 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater, 21,000-square-foot spa, celebrity chef restaurants, high-end retail and a state-of-the-art casino when it debuts in May 2008. About Foxwoods North America's largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino® is located in the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticut and is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence. Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods features six casinos with more than 7,200 slots, 380 table games, the only WPT World Poker Room™ in New England, High Stakes Bingo and Ultimate Race Book.

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