In this position, Blanks will oversee MGM Grand Detroit’s labor and employee relations duties, training, employment, employee services, compensation, benefits, events, recognition and human resource compliance duties. Additionally, he will develop and implement the department’s strategic plan and administer its budget.
Blanks started with MGM Resorts International in 2006, serving as the Executive Director of Human Resources at MGM Grand Las Vegas. Prior to joining MGM Grand, he served for five years as Director of Human Resources for Encore Productions, also in Las Vegas, where he received the Employee Award of Excellence for outstanding service. He also has held leadership positions with Corestaff Services and Cintas Corporation and was a Training Manager with the U.S. Air Force, where he was named Employee of the Year and led the “Best Overall Training Department.”
“In the past five years, Rozell Blanks has served MGM Resorts International well and with great success,” said Zanella. “We are happy to welcome him to Detroit and look forward to seeing what he will bring to the property.”
The Detroit resident received a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska and an Associate of Science in Training Management from the Community College of the Air Force. Blanks is originally from St. Louis.
Blanks is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and served a three-year term on the society’s Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel. He is also involved in participating in community service initiatives.
About MGM Grand Detroit
Awarded the 2011 Forbes Four-Star Award and AAA’s prestigious Four-Diamond rating, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming, and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world’s preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants;
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM ) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau. One of those investments is City Center, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts' unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company's renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's Web site at www.mgmresorts.com.