Hartford, CT, November 11, 2015 — MMCT Venture, the company created by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes to preserve Connecticut jobs and revenue, today announced that Bill Rubenstein, former Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), will join its Board of Directors.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Rubenstein Commissioner of the DCP in 2011, and Rubenstein served in this position for four years, retiring in January 2015. Rubenstein worked to halt unfair and deceptive business practices and to educate Connecticut consumers of all demographics during this tenure through cornerstone initiatives including landmark law enforcement actions, the strengthening of the Prescription Monitoring Program, the creation of smartconsumer.ct.gov, and the founding of a youth financial literacy program.
Rubenstein was previously a partner at Hartford law firm Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, where he also served as the firm’s ethics officer. Earlier in his career, Rubenstein served for 11 years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, specializing in antitrust and consumer protection litigation. He has served as counsel at the Federal Trade Commission and as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
“I am honored to join the Board of Directors of MMCT Venture” said Rubenstein. “I have spent my career advocating for Connecticut’s consumers, and I welcome the chance to join the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes in their fight to preserve jobs in our state.”
“As MMCT moves forward in our efforts to save Connecticut jobs, it will be a privilege to work with Bill Rubenstein,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. “We are confident that his understanding of our state’s economy and consumers will prove an invaluable asset.”
“The Board of MMCT is thrilled to welcome Bill Rubenstein,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. “Bill’s lifelong commitment to promoting ethics and transparency in the private and public sectors is truly commendable.”
Rubenstein will be the Board’s fifth member, joining current members Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council; Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council; Robert Soper, President of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority; and Felix Rappaport, President and CEO of Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise.
MMCT Venture, formalized in September, unites the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes in their efforts to build a new casino in the Hartford region and protect Connecticut jobs in the face of threats from across state lines.