Executive Chairman

  • James B. Perry
    Executive Chairman

    Considered one of the most respected executives in the gaming industry, Jim Perry joined Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. as a member of the board of directors in 2007. He was named executive vice chairman and chief executive officer in March 2008 and became chairman of the board in August 2009. Effective April 25, 2011, he was named executive chairman continuing to guide the strategic direction of the Company when Virginia McDowell was named president and chief executive officer.

    Prior to joining Isle of Capri Casinos, Jim held leadership roles with Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc. and Argosy Gaming Company. Under his guidance, Argosy was transformed from a struggling operator of regional riverboat casinos to a company with one of the strongest balance sheets in gaming.

    In October 2000, Jim was named CEO of the Year at the Gaming Industry Annual Awards, and Argosy received top honors as Company of the Year. Barron’s magazine recognized that the company’s 1999 jump in stock price was the third highest for the year among the more than 3,000 companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

    Originally from New Castle, Pennsylvania, Jim began his career in 1976 as an internal auditor for Ramada, Inc., at the company’s headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1978, he became regional controller for Ramada, a position he held until he was appointed assistant controller for the Ramada-owned Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

    In 1980, Jim relocated to Atlantic City to serve as controller for the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. From 1985 to 1987 he served as controller for Ramada Inns, Inc. and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility with the company. In September 1992, he was appointed president and general manager of the Tropicana, serving as chief operating officer for Aztar Corporation’s largest property. After leaving Aztar, Jim worked with the Keating Group before joining Argosy as president and chief operating officer in 1997.

    He retired from Argosy in 2003, then joined the board of directors of Trump Entertainment Resorts in 2005, and subsequently assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Atlantic City-based company. He left Trump in June, 2007, and joined the board of Isle of Capri shortly thereafter.

    Jim received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1972, after which he pursued graduate studies in business and accounting at Arizona State University.

    He has served on the board of directors of the ShopRite LPGA Classic; was a member of the executive committee of Shore Memorial Hospital and served as a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis. Jim is formerly a member of the board of trustees of the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.