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Lorenzo Creighton

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Gaming Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Barbecue Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/5/1953
Birth Location:
Waterloo, Iowa

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Gaming Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Barbecue Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/5/1953
Birth Location:
Waterloo
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Biography

Gaming executive Lorenzo David Creighton was born on January 5, 1953 to David and Lucille Fox Creighton in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1975, Creighton received his B.A. degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Creighton’s first job was as an interviewer with the Pre-Trial Release Project for the Iowa Department of Corrections. He worked in community affairs and served as marketing director for the National Bank of Waterloo from 1978 to 1985.

At the age of thirty-one, Creighton decided to attend Drake Law School in Des Moines and obtained his J.D. degree in 1988. He then worked as a labor contract negotiator and consultant for the Iowa Department of Personnel. In 1989, Creighton became the deputy director of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. After six months, Iowa legislature passed the Riverboat Gambling Bill and gave the regulatory authority to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Creighton was responsible for writing the regulations for the riverboat gaming industry. The first casino opened in 1991, and Creighton became interested in pursuing a career in the gaming industry.

Creighton has held several positions within the gaming industry including Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission; an executive position with the Lady Luck in Natchez, Mississippi; general manager of the President Casinos in St. Louis, Missouri and vice president of operations for Bally’s Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2002, Creighton became President of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas. The MGM Mirage named Creighton President and COO of the New York New York Hotel and Casino in 2005, making Creighton the first African American property President on the Las Vegas’ strip. Creighton and his wife, Lisa, have five children.

Lorenzo Creighton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 4, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Creighton lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers his paternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls how his parents met and moved to Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his neighborhood in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the Christmas traditions in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the black business community in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls the construction of a highway through his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his secondary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about the race riots in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers his decision to pursue a college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the Black Student Union at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers Principal Walter L. Cunningham
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls his experiences as a correctional officer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers running for the Iowa House of Representatives
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers working at the National Bank of Waterloo in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about becoming a magistrate in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls his decision to attend Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his experiences at Drake University Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his duties at the Iowa Department of Personnel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls working for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers developing riverboat gambling regulations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls his recruitment to the Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers his move to Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his challenges at the Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the riverboat gambling regulations in Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers the economic conditions in Tunica, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls his transition to casino operations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls operating the Lady Luck Natchez in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Creighton remembers the Bally's Casino and Lakeshore Resort in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about his role as vice president of community and government affairs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls becoming the CEO of the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the operations of the MGM Mirage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the accommodations and clientele of the New York-New York Hotel and Casino
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Creighton reflects upon the impact of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Creighton recalls rebuilding his secretary's home after Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about the impact of taxes on the gaming industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the community outreach programs at MGM Mirage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about the MGM Mirage's international casinos
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lorenzo Creighton describes the employment challenges faced by former inmates
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about the MGM Mirage's scholarship programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lorenzo Creighton describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lorenzo Creighton shares his advice to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lorenzo Creighton reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lorenzo Creighton reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Lorenzo Creighton talks about his organizational memberships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Lorenzo Creighton narrates his photographs