Innovation Winners: Following up on the big win, next steps

The Insider Innovation contest winners get ready to cash in!

The Insider Innovation contest winners get ready to cash in!

LAS VEGAS – The news has had a chance to sink in, plans have been made for the prize money, and preparations are under way to make their ideas reality.

With the Company’s first-ever Insider Innovation competition over, Team Insider News checked in with the winners to find out how they were feeling and what the next steps are.

“I think for each of us, it’s been a little bit of a surreal experience in knowing that our ideas are going to leave a thumb print on this company,” said ARIA Front Services Manager John Romo, who’s idea is one of four NOIR-level winners selected for implementation Companywide.

Mr. Romo’s $10,000 grand prize-winning idea: modifying the luggage tags Bellmen use to help team members better communicate simple information about arriving guests, such as whether they are a return customer or the reason for their stay. His colleague at Vdara, Austin Raymond won for his Platinum Floor program proposal, guaranteeing room upgrades and other extra amenities to upper-level M life members. Some of his colleagues might reap the benefits of his idea as well.

“There are some team members I definitely need to recognize, so I might take them out for a fancy dinner as a thank you,” Mr. Raymond said. READ MORE AND HEAR THE WINNERS ON THEIR IDEAS

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Winning dish: Company chefs choose contest winner

mtg-recipe-winner(secondary)LAS VEGAS – Knives down and step away from the table. We have a winner.

Last week, MGM Resorts crowned a meeting planner from Canada the best recipe creator at the finals of the Meeting Planner Recipe Showdown. Melissa Moskal from Vancouver was named champion for her Mousaaka dish.

“I don’t know what to say! I honestly didn’t think my dish would make it. To be chosen by these phenomenal chefs out of this group of talented cooks is unreal,” said Ms. Moskal. “Thanks to my husband, to MGM and all the competitors. This event had been amazing.”  READ MORE

Company resorts recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York has been lit up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York has been lit up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

LAS VEGAS – Eagle-eyed visitors to The Strip may have noticed an added dose of pink this month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a few MGM Resorts properties are doing their best to paint the town pink, figuratively and literally. The Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York has been decorated with strands of pink lights, while just down the street at Luxor, BODIES…The Exhibition has partnered with Nevada Health Centers’ Mammovan to perform complimentary mammogram screenings.

Nevada Health Centers’ certified medical staff will perform the screenings inside the Mammovan at Luxor’s Purple Lot from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 23. Those who receive screenings will also be offered a complimentary audio tour guide of BODIES if they purchase a ticket to the Exhibition. BODIES has also pledged to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from tickets purchased between now and the end of the month to the Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

The Company itself is encouraging employees to be proactive in their healthcare. Mammograms can help detect breast cancer early, when treatments are most likely to be successful. When breast cancer is detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Be sure to contact your health plan to find out where you can schedule your annual preventive mammogram.

Company touting Springfield jobs as critical election approaches

Attendees create career profiles during a recent career showcase for MGM Springfield.

Attendees create career profiles during a recent career showcase for MGM Springfield.

MGM SPRINGFIELD – A recent career showcase event in support of the Company’s proposed resort in western Massachusetts attracted more than 500 attendees.

The Oct. 15 event, held at the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, offered attendees the chance to speak to current employees from various departments, fill out questionnaires to see what type of resort-industry job best suits their interests, and hear from project leaders.

“We had a line forming before we even opened the doors at 11 a.m. We had really great engagement all the way around,” said Kelley Tucky, Eastern Region Vice President of Community and Public Affairs. “The goal for the event was to demonstrate that 3,000 new jobs can lead to 3,000 careers at MGM Springfield. It’s really important that we help people prepare for these jobs.” READ MORE