Michael L. Darley is Chief Executive Officer responsible for the management and strategic direction of Next Gaming, LLC. He brings over 30 years of operational and executive management experience within the gaming industry providing leadership, growth opportunities and proven, service-oriented teams.
Previously, he held positions as Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer with Majestic Star, LLC, Sr. VP and General Manager for Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino, and VP of Casino Operations with Trump Casinos. This extensive background has provided him with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in all aspects of gaming. His operational expertise, and business acumen and leadership abilities, has allowed him to build strong partnerships and diverse relationships within the business community.
Earlier in his career, Darley lead casino operations and service management for Harrah’s Entertainment Corp. and showcased his skills leading casino start-ups, casino design, branding, operations, slot floor revenue maximization, cost controls, CMS systems, OEM purchasing, compliance and multi-jurisdictional management.
Darley conducted his Master’s Degree work in Curriculum Development at California State University Dominguez Hills and earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credential in Secondary Education from California State University Long Beach. He’s received the Harrah’s Excellence in Management and Leadership Certifications and Award of Excellence. He has been involved in many community organizations such as The Shade Tree, Nevada Youth Alliance, Southern Nevada Youth Gang Task Force and Las Vegas Centennial Optimist Club. He is married to his wife Kathy of 29 years and has three children and four grandchildren. His hobbies include surfing, snow and water skiing, boating and fine arts.