John J Chaszar has joined The Cordish Companies as the new executive vice president and general manager of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana.

John J Chaszar

The new venue, which is costing more than US$270m, is set for a Q1 2025 opening and will be the first land-based casino property in the Shreveport-Bossier market. Chaszar will manage the development, grand opening and day-to-day operations.

Chaszar has held leadership positions with several notable entertainment and hotel companies in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois and South Carolina, serving most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of Tropicana Casino in Evansville, Indiana.

"As The Cordish Companies continues to expand, we are focused on building a team that can deliver the high standards of quality and excellence that have become synonymous with the Live! brand nationwide," said Rob Norton, president of Cordish Gaming Group, the gaming division of The Cordish Companies.

"We are confident that under John's leadership, the new Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will become a premier destination offering first-class hospitality and entertainment, exceptional customer service and generating millions of dollars in economic benefits for the Bossier City community for years to come."