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Cordish Gaming Group names Ryan Eller Executive Vice President & General Manager of Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

HANOVER, MD – Cordish Gaming Group, the gaming division of The Cordish Companies, today announced the appointment of RYAN ELLER as Executive Vice President & General Manager of Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland in Hanover, Maryland. The U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business School graduate will lead operations at the AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel, luxury gaming and entertainment destination, which attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.

In his new role, Mr. Eller will assume oversight of the day-to-day management and operations of the property, which is entering its second decade as Maryland’s preferred gaming destination and one of the largest commercial casinos in the country. Mr. Eller will step into the role focused on driving growth at the Live! flagship location while consistently enhancing customer service and encouraging Team Member engagement.

“With his years of gaming experience coupled with his strong leadership qualities, we are fortunate to have Mr. Eller join us as our property continues to grow and expand,” said Rob Norton, president of Cordish Gaming Group. “We are confident that Mr. Eller will fuel our success well into the future.”

With nearly 20 years in the gaming and hospitality industries, Mr. Eller is an industry veteran with extensive experience leading organizations through start-up, expansion, and complex market transactions. He brings a wealth of meaningful experience to his role as General Manager of Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland, including guiding organizations through unique challenges encountered in turnarounds, enterprise expansion, asset development, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Eller most recently served as President of GH Holdings in Austin, Texas. Prior to that position, he was the President, CEO, and Director at Empire Resorts, Inc. in New York. Mr. Eller has also held leadership positions at prestigious gaming destinations throughout his career, including Genting Americas/Resort World in New York, Pearl Rivers Resorts in Jackson, Mississippi, PCI Gaming in Mobile, Alabama, and Caesars Entertainment in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Eller has also served as Chairman of New York’s Gaming Association and served on the board of various trade and community organizations.

Mr. Eller served in the United States Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Major. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School where he received an MBA with honors and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a B.S. with distinction.

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About Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland

The four-time AAA Four Diamond rated Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland is one of the largest and most luxurious commercial casinos in the country. Offering guests a range of activities including gaming, entertainment, world-class dining and hotel accommodations, Live! Casino & Hotel is consistently ranked the top tourist attraction in the state. Located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and adjacent to the popular Arundel Mills Mall, the property features one of the area’s biggest entertainment venues, The HALL at Live!, along with Maryland’s #1 Sportsbook with partner FanDuel at Sports & Social Maryland. Other amenities include 183 live action table games, a large Poker Room, approximately 4,000 slot machines, two High Limit Rooms, and the Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio. The award-winning hotel features 310 luxury guest rooms and The Cordish Art Collection complete with more than 40 pieces of contemporary art from world-renowned artists including Andy Warhol. Multiple dining options and guest services round out the experience at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland is owned and operated by a company that is affiliated with The Cordish Companies. More information can be found at

About The Cordish Companies  

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies’ Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. In gaming, The Cordish Companies has developed among the most successful casino hotel resorts in the world including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Welcoming over 55 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships, and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.  

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For Further Information:

Renee Mutchnik
Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
(410) 979-9035 

Sarah Orzach
Stanton Communications
(410) 707-2466