Sonnette Kotze Named Vice President of Finance for Maryland Live! Casino

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Maryland Live! Casino today announced that Sonnette Kotze has been named Vice President of Finance for the new $500 million gaming and entertainment destination currently in development at Arundel Mills. Ms. Kotze brings more than 15 years of international gaming and financial management experience to her new position.


As Vice President of Finance, Ms. Kotze is responsible for the development and management of the property’s finance departments, including accounting, payroll, income & revenue audit, purchasing, warehouse operations, count rooms and the casino cage.

“Sonnette is a strong addition to the executive management team at Maryland Live! Casino,” said Jody Madigan, Chief Financial Officer. “Her financial expertise and leadership will serve us well during this time of rapid growth and development as we move towards our grand opening in Summer 2012.”

A native of South Africa, Ms. Kotze began her gaming career in 1997 as the Casino Controller for Tsogo Sun, a gaming company in South Africa. She went on to serve as the Assistant Director of Finance for the Gold Reef City Casino in Johannesburg, before moving to the United States to join Sun International Resorts in Ft. Lauderdale as a Staff Accountant. In 2002, Ms. Kotze joined Penn National Gaming as Financial Controller for the company’s Casino Rouge, in Baton Rouge, LA, and Director of Finance, for the Bullwhackers Casino, in Black Hawk, CO. Increased financial management responsibility followed her to Tucson, AZ, in 2008, where she was named Director of Finance and, ultimately, Vice President of Finance for Sol Casinos.

About Maryland Live! Casino

Located at the Arundel Mills Mall in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the new $500 million Maryland Live! Casino will be one of the largest gaming, retail and entertainment destinations in the country with 4,750 slot machines and electronic table games; nationally-acclaimed restaurants; designer name brand shopping; and a state-of-the-art, live entertainment venue. Maryland Live! Casino is scheduled to open Summer 2012 (pending approval from the Maryland State Lottery Agency). Visit or follow Maryland Live! Casino on Facebook and Twitter. For employment opportunities, visit Maryland Live! Casino is being developed by The Cordish Company.

About Cordish

The Cordish Companies, now in its fourth generation of family ownership, is an international conglomerate of businesses, including one of the leading gaming, entertainment and real estate development companies in the United States. The company has diverse development expertise with divisions focused on Gaming & Lodging, Entertainment & Mixed-Use, Sports Anchored Districts, Shopping & Lifestyle Retail, Office and Residential. The Cordish Companies also owns and manages a diverse group of operating businesses, ranging from gaming, restaurants/clubs to live music promotion and film/media distribution. The company values itself on the quality of its operations, its long-term relationships, and high level of integrity in all of its endeavors.

The Cordish Companies is the largest and most successful developer of entertainment districts and concepts in the United States. In particular, the company has unparalleled experience in creating and revitalizing high-profile destinations in urban core locations. Many of The Cordish Companies’ projects involve public/private partnerships and are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are the company’s prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world-famous Inner Harbor; Atlantic City, NJ; Hollywood, FL; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Tampa FL; Kansas City, MO; and Towson, MD.

The Cordish Companies has received the highest possible national awards in its various area of expertise. In real estate, The Cordish Companies has received an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence.

SOURCE Maryland Live! Casino
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