In his 12th year as CEO of the Connecticut Sun, Mitchell Grossinger Etess continued to oversee team operations on behalf of the Mohegan Tribe, representing the ownership in all matters pertaining to the day-to-day functioning of the franchise on both the administrative and basketball sides of the organization.

Born into a family of hoteliers, Etess brings literally a lifetime of experience in the hospitality industry to his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA). Etess joined Mohegan Sun as a member of the pre-opening team in 1996 as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and was responsible for marketing, food and beverage, sports and entertainment and hotel operations.

As Chief Executive Officer for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Etess is responsible for the overall management and operation of MTGA’s two main properties, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township, Pennsylvania. Additionally, he evaluates the short and long-term business planning and growth for Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and the Mohegan Tribe as well as business development efforts within the gaming and hospitality industries.

In 2004, Etess was promoted to President and CEO of Mohegan Sun, overseeing the overall management and operation of the Northeast’s premier entertainment destination. In 2006, Etess was appointed CEO of the MTGA, assuming responsibility of the overall management and operation of Mohegan Sun and its sister entities, including Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs – Pennsylvania’s first slots casino and harness race track in Wilkes-Barre – and four off-track wagering facilities in Pennsylvania. Etess also is responsible for overseeing the Mohegan Gaming Advisors, the management arm of MTGA, which currently operates Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in which the MTGA is a partner.

Before 1985, Etess worked in virtually every capacity at his family-owned Grossinger’s Hotel in Grossinger, N.Y. It was here that Etess, raised at the hotel, received his early training in the hospitality industry.

A graduate of Columbia University, Etess resides in Lyme with his wife Karen. They have two daughters, Piper and Maxie.