John Shigley is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Mr. Shigley joined MGM Grand in 2005 after spending three years at New York-New York Hotel and Casino as Executive Vice President. Both properties are part of MGM MIRAGE, the world’s most respected gaming company. Mr. Shigley’s twenty year career in the gaming industry is legendary, as he has served as a property president for both Caesars Palace and Primm Valley Resorts. Additionally, he has held executive positions with Caesars World, Inc., Caesars World Business Services and Caesars Tahoe. The MGM Grand is the world’s largest casino resort with 5,038 rooms, and produced more than $1 billion in revenue in 2006. The MGM Grand boasts more AAA Diamond awards than any other property in the United States. Mr. Shigley’s responsibilities include planning and executing MGM Grand’s financial strategy with the Chief Operating Officer, as well as managing the following departments: all Accounting Departments; Financial Planning; Customer Analysis; Purchasing; Cage/Credit/Collection; Warehouse; Security, Engineering, and Retail. Mr. Shigley attended Northern Illinois University and received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in accountancy. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Nevada, and earned his C.P.A. while working for Coopers Lybrand.Mr. Shigley’s professional affiliations have included being a member of the Financial Executives Institute, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois and Nevada Societies of Certified PublicAccountants and Beta Alpha Psi. Mr. Shigley is a father of four who enjoys golf and travel.Mr. Shigley named this scholarship is named in honor of himself and his mother, Mrs. Winifred Shigley. Mr. Shigley established this scholarship in recognition of the financial and emotional support he received from his mother, a single parent on a limited income, while finishing high school, attending NIU and starling his career. Mr. Shigley recognizes that without her sacrifice and support, completion of his education would not have been possible and his life could have taken a very different course.