BILOXI, Miss – Sept. 5, 2013 – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is partnering with the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter to launch its Boots to Business program that helps veterans transition from military service into employment at resorts owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
Through the donation of a $250,000 national grant, MGM Resorts has partnered with the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Giving Program, which helps support members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Through the grant, the Red Cross will work with Beau Rivage to identify, recruit and hire veterans for employment at the resort, as well as provide support for MGM Resorts employees who are called to duty, and provide ongoing support in the form of mentoring and networking.
“We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in the development and expansion of an innovative program that identifies recruits and trains recent U.S. military veterans for professional and technical positions at MGM Resorts,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.
Boots to Business (B2B) is a 10-week hands-on employment training program specifically designed to provide veterans with unparalleled instruction, support services and mentoring experiences.
“We find it both exciting and innovative to package two world class organization’s skills and resources to offer meaningful – and often life changing – engagement for veterans,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts International’s Regional Operations. “We look forward to leveraging the Red Cross’ respect, integrity and history of working with military families with MGM’s business leadership and capabilities to ensure the leadership and experience of our veterans are honored.”
MGM Resorts, the Red Cross and veterans employment services have been working to identify candidates who possess leadership skills, a positive attitude and a desire to go above and beyond to exceed customer satisfaction.
Locally, the Red Cross has hired U.S. military veteran Chadwick J. Cashin to serve as a veteran employment coordinator to administer the program for Mississippi. Cashin is responsible for recruiting, assisting veterans with pre-employment support services, training and placement into available positions.
Veterans Michael Chevere and Tyler Angelle have been selected for participation in Beau Rivage’s inaugural Boots to Business program. Starting today, each participant will complete an extensive onsite orientation/development program, attend a series of Red Cross workshops and do work rotation throughout their selected department. At the end of the 10-week training period, Chevere and Angelle will be placed into full-time positions. Participating departments for the current program cycle include Hotel Operations and Food & Beverage.
“Veterans deserve jobs in our communities,” said Joshua Joachim, Chief Operations Officer for American Red Cross Mississippi Region. “MGM Resorts and the Red Cross saw a need in returning veterans to be able to translate and truly showcase their skills and leadership abilities into the corporate workplace. Together, we’re able to give veterans meaningful jobs in our communities and make them a better place to work and live.”
Biloxi is one of the five communities benefiting from the national grant. Other areas include Las Vegas, Detroit, Prince George’s County, MD and Springfield, MA. The 10-week employee training and transition support program will be offered in Biloxi, Las Vegas, and Detroit, where MGM Resorts has an operational presence. In communities where MGM Resorts is establishing a presence—Prince George’s County, MD and Springfield, MA— the grant will support the identification, recruitment and transition support for veterans into existing community-based employers.
“This partnership is powerful,” said Leslie Pitre, Service to the Armed Forces Regional Manager, American Red Cross Mississippi Region. “Together we are proudly serving our service members and veterans with job resources and other effective programs.”
Interested veterans and/or Gulf Coast companies interested in hiring veterans or otherwise supporting the veterans hiring program are encouraged to contact Chadwick Cashin at the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter at (228) 896-4512.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mississippi or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossMiss.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts-Mississippi Operations, (228) 547-8473, email@example.com
Martha Duvall, American Red Cross Mississippi Region, (228) 369-9886, firstname.lastname@example.org