Robert J. Norton
President & General Manager
Maryland Live! Casino
Robert J. Norton is a veteran gaming executive with more than 18 years of hands-on operational experience.
Recognized for driving multimillion-dollar projects forward, Norton has held top executive positions with the MTR Gaming Group and Isle of Capri Casinos, companies whose combined revenues top $1.5 billion. His leadership and passion have become hallmarks of his tenures at both companies, guiding projects from inception to opening and on to profitability.
As president and general manager of Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, Norton oversees all aspects of the operations for the state’s largest casino, including gaming, finance, marketing, human resources, hospitality and information technology. He is committed to expanding the property’s leadership position in the state by creating a world-class casino entertainment experience through innovation, customer service and marketing, with an emphasis on driving revenue.
From 2009 to 2011, Norton served as chief operating officer of MTR Gaming Group Inc., where he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of casino and racetrack facilities in three states and the execution of cost-containment measures that saved $15 million annually. Under his leadership, MTR grew the company’s earnings in each operating year, despite over $1 billion of new competition entering the market.
Over the past 15 years, Norton has been selected to serve on the advisory panels of several leading slot manufacturing companies, including Aristocrat, IGT, Bally’s and WMS, lending his expertise to the strategic planning, design and rollout of innovative, state-of-the art slot machines. He also has consulted on system development for the manufacturers, specifically offering insight from a casino floor design and optimal operational perspective. In addition to the advisory panels, Norton has pioneered the prospectus of Internet gaming throughout the United States on behalf of multiple gaming operators.