Arnold Block, president and chief operating officer, joined Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. as senior vice president, Isle operations in 2008 and was promoted to chief operating officer in July 2011. He was named president in 2016.
Arnold’s entrepreneurial spirit and focus on operational excellence are assets to his leadership role as evidenced in both his record of excellence in the gaming industry, as well as his background as a former restaurant and hotel owner.
He began his career as a restaurant general manager and later owner of a 150-room hotel in Alton, and from 1975 to 1988 he also owned and operated two quality St. Louis restaurants. His dedication and skill led him to also serve as president of the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Beginning in 1993, he served as general manager of the Alton Belle Casino and later ran the Argosy Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg, the highest revenue producing and most profitable riverboat casino in the country at the time.
He then served as regional vice president of Argosy Gaming Company from 2002 until 2005 and was responsible for three Argosy properties – Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During that time he worked closely with the corporate design team on the implementation of innovative ideas and concepts for the $105 million renovation of the Kansas City property, resulting in a 50% year over year improvement in gaming revenue.
Following the sale of Argosy Gaming Company, Arnold served as senior vice president and general manager of the Harrah’s St. Louis property from 2005 until early 2008 when he retired. Under his leadership, the property rose to become leader in the St. Louis market.