Lisa DeNaples, owner and managing trustee of Mount Airy Casino Resort, comes from a long line of strong women. “My grandmother pushed me all the time and right behind her, my mother did — and still does. They both still inspire me to this day. Although my mother is a traditional Italian mother and wife, she also understands that being a woman means being independent and having goals.”
De Naples said, “You could say my grandmother was ahead of her time,” explaining that her grandmother, widowed at age 50, took over the daily operations of the family business, Summa’s Hardware in Dunmore. “Because my grandmother only went to school until the fourth grade, she realized the importance of an education. She would always say: “Lisa, in life, you have to go to school,’” said De Naples. She followed her grandmother’s advice: She is a dentist and still maintains a limited practice. In addition, she runs a Harley Davidson dealership with her brother. She was also enrolled in law school before returning to NEPA to help launch the casino. “When we got the approval to build Mount Airy and my father called me to come home . . . I wanted to be a part of it as they built the casino from the ground up. I started my career here wearing a hard hat every day,” she said.
She said she is proud that Mount Airy Casino Resort made a commitment to use local vendors, hire area residents, and employ a diverse workforce.
“My father starts his day at 4 a.m. and goes to church every morning. He has always had a strong religious, family and work ethic. When it comes to my personal life, I am my father’s daughter. I am really very boring. People ask me about my personal life and I tell them, “I don’t have one! I work!”