Event Details

15th Annual Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference

April 24 - 25, 2023

The Palms Casino Resort

Event Details

The 15th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference will be held April 24 – 25, 2023 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV!

This unique conference is dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts, and hotels. Tribal leaders will gather with industry professionals to discuss the most relevant topics in the casino and hospitality business. Advancements in technology, the latest in gaming trends, renovation and expansion plans and government legislation all mean constant change to the gaming industry. You’ll also discuss with experts what the future of gaming may look like and how your property can emerge as a leader. If you are looking to build, expand or update your casino or hotel, this is a can’t-miss event!

Fantastic Networking

From all meal functions in the exhibit hall to one-on-one meetings with conference delegates and sponsors, this is an excellent opportunity for you to meet casino executives who share your goals and challenges.

Extensive Learning

This conference offers a variety of engaging sessions, panels, case studies and speakers which provide delegates a complete update on industry trends, new technologies, and what to look forward to in the field.

Business Solutions

The exhibit hall features numerous casino and hotel solution-providers who will showcase their products and services to help you achieve your goals.

Who Should Attend:

  • Tribal Leaders and Council Members
  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Attorneys and Accounting Professionals
  • Casino Marketing Professionals
  • Gaming Commissioners
  • Gaming Authority Members
  • Hotel and Casino General Managers
  • Finance and Legal Professionals
  • Architect and Design Firms
  • Developers and Construction Companies
  • Engineers
  • Owner’s Representatives
  • Feasibility Study Companies
  • Technology Developers
  • Government Personnel

TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT ATTENDING, SPEAKING, SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING, PLEASE CALL US AT 201-857-5333 OR EMAIL SALES@NATIVENATIONEVENTS.ORG.

At Native Nation Events, we pride ourselves on offering best-in-class networking events in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No need for suits and ties; business casual is the preferred dress code for our conferences. 

Thank you to our Platinum sponsors for their continued support, dedication to knowledge, and drive to enhance the Native American community.

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Register Now To Attend

For Professionals, Executives & Leaders from Government or Tribal-Owned Enterprises

Tribal Super Early Bird

$845

Expires 02/10

Tribal Early Bird

$945

Tribal Standard

$1045

Group Rate (Four or More Paid From Same Tribe or Entity)

Tribal Group Super Early Bird

$745

Expires 02/10

Tribal Group Early Bird

$845

Tribal Group Standard

$945

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$945

Expires 02/10

Pro Early Bird

$1045

Pro Standard

$1145

HOTEL INFORMATION

The Palms Casino Resort

The Palms Casino Resort

4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Room Rate: $99 per night

Room Cut-Off Date: Friday, March 24, 2023

To book your room, call 702-942-7777. Please mention the group code G15A423 to receive the discounted rate.

 

 

 

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15th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

April 24-25, 2023

The Palms Casino Resort- Las Vegas, NV

Monday, April 24, 2023

7:30-8:30 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45-9:45 AM

State of the Economy and It's Effect on Tribal Gaming

James Klas - Founder & Principal of KlasRobinson Q.E.D

James Klas

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D

  • Given the challenges presented by inflation and the possible risk of recession, how are casino operators planning for the future?
  • How can you determine what items and capital expenditures are necessary during a time when prices are continuing to rise?
  • In just a few years we have witnessed the highest revenue increases followed by the largest revenue decreases – How has has this impacted this business operations?
  • With two years left under the Biden administration what’s to come?

10:15-11:15 AM

How Are Supply Chain Shortages Affecting Hotel and Casino Capital Projects and Operations?

Steve Neely

General Manager | Rolling Hills Casino

Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Easter Shawnee Tribe

  • What are the current state of supply chain shortages?
  • The importance of strategic thinking when purchasing items to stay within budget and timeline.

11:15-12:15 PM

General Manager Round Table

Pat Crofts

Chief Executive Officer | Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos

Laura Penney

Chief Executive Officer | Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Robert Livingston

Gm/ Sr. VP of Development and Tribal West | Harrah's Resort Southern California

Scott Sirois

General Manager | Meskwaki Bingo Casino

12:15-1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:!5-2:15 PM

Breakout Sessions: Implementing Technology to Combat Staffing Shortages

Andrew "Dru" Alejandre

Chairman | Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California

Steve Neely

General Manager | Rolling Hills Casino

  • How can leveraging new technologies and strategies maximize operational capabilities with lower staffing levels?
  • What are the ethics of replacing jobs with technology? Does this help or harm your business and community?
  • What can casinos do to maintain high quality levels of service?
  • How can using self-service technology be beneficial for your patrons?

2:15-3:15 PM Track A

Implementing the Latest Security Trends Within Your Renovation or Expansion Project

Justin Preble

Security Operations Manager | River Spirit Casino Resort

Andy Speropoulos

Sales Manager | Cognitec Systems

Walter Gunn

Director of Security | Tachi Palace Casino Resort

2:15- 3:15 PM Track B

How the Inflation Reduction Act Can Decrease Costs on Tribal Government Projects

Brady Bryan

Chief Executive Officer | Brayn Consulting LLC

3:15-3:45 PM

Networking Break

3:45-5:00 PM

The Palms Case Study

  • Building a “TEAM” that works as one mind.
  • What were the challenges faced while doing a major renovation during a worldwide pandemic while under new tribal ownership by San Manuel?
  • Understanding your market and clientele while making decisions on the go.
  • How important it is to come together and work an efficient and affective team.

Tuesday, 25, 2023

8:30-9:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30-9:30 AM

Expanding Your Property and Expanding Your Opportunity

Chris Creasey

Director | Tutor Perini Building Corp.

Ron Lansky

Director of Business Development Penta Building

Alfredo Aramillo

General Manager | Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Frankee Hall

Tribal Treasurer | Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

  • Are you taking into consideration your clientele’s wants and needs with expansions?
  • All the steps you need to know about pre-development; from financing to finding a contractor.
  • You have been issued a notice to begin your expansion project, what are the next steps?
  • Examining how effects of rising costs, inflation and interest rates will affect financial diversification and expansion projects.
  • The importance of curating a good team to plan and execute expansions and construction.
  • What are potential operational conflicts or challenges regarding employees and guests while your property is under construction?
  • How can you determine what expansions are most necessary, and will have the biggest payoff?

10:00-10:45 AM

Using Marketing to Expand Your Clientele

Mark Astone

Chief Executive Officer | Catalyst Marketing

Karen Johnson

Marketing Database Manager | Tohono O'odham Nation

  • How can you leverage new technology to bring in younger demographics?
  • How to use Social Media to highlight amenities.
  • Hot topics and emerging trends in market research.
  • How can you use partnerships to spread brand awareness?

10:45- 11:30 AM

Non-Gaming Amenities That Drive Revenue and Clientele Diversification

Matthew Klas

Senior Associate | Klas Robinson Q.E.D

Luke Jumper

Senior Project Manager/ Partner | TBE Architects

Michael Engel

VP Hospitality Innovation | Mille Lac Corporate Ventures

  • How can your property cater to guests who want to enjoy family-friendly activities?
  • What is the latest data o family entertainment centers, bowling alleys, cinemas and RV parks at Indian Casinos?
  • Are you exploring all the possible revenue streams outside of gaming?
  • What will expansions (like a new restaurant) add to your property? Is the return worth the expense?
  • There is an increased need for conference spaces-how can your property rise to the challenge?

11:30-12:30 PM

Sports Betting Within Tribal Gaming Success Stories

Hubert Nanty

General Manager | Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Ryan Carrier

Director of Casino Resorts | Agilysys

  • What are the state laws and tribal ordinances that you need to know when it comes to sports betting?
  • How will sports betting affect the popularity of table games? How can you keep table games relevant?
  • Introducing in person sports betting to your casino.
  • Benefits of in person sports betting versus mobile sports books.
  • The importance of creating an inviting space for customers to participate in sports betting.

Andrew “Dru” Alejandre

Chairman | Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California
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Alfredo Aramillo

General Manager | Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
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Mark Astone

Chief Executive Officer | Catalyst Marketing
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Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Eastern Shawnee Tribe
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Brady Bryan

Chief Executive Officer | Brayn Consulting LLC
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Ryan Carrier

Director of Casino Resorts | Agilysys
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Chris Creasey

Director | Tutor Perini Building Corp.
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Pat Crofts

Chief Executive Officer | Muscogee Creek Nation Casinos
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Mike Engel

VP of Hospitality Innovation | Mille Lacs Corporate Adventures
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Walter Gunn

Director of Safety and Security | Tachi Palace Casino Resort
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Frankee Hall

Tribal Council Treasurer | Crow Creak Sioux Tribe Council
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Karen Johnson

Marketing Database Manager | Tohono O'odham Nation
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Luke Jumper

Senior Project Manager/Partner | TBE Architects
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James Klas

Founder & Principal | Klas Robinson, Q.E.D
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Matthew Klas

Senior Associate | KlasRobinson Q.E.D
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Ronn Lansky

Director of Business Development | Penta Building Group
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Hubert Nanty

General Manager | Mazatzal Hotel and Casino
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Steve Neely

General Manager | Rolling Hills Casino
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Laura Penney

Chief Executive Officer | Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort
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Justin Preble

Security Operations Manager | River Spirit Casino
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Robert Livingston

SVP of Corporate & Tribal Development & General Manager | Harrah's Resort Southern California
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Marty Sauvage

Chief Executive Officer | Silver Reef Casino Resorts
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Scott Sirois

General Manager | Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
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Andy Speropoulos

Sales Manager | Cognitec Systems
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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

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Media Sponsors

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT SPEAKING, SPONSORING AND EXHIBITING OPPORTUNITIES, CONTACT OUR SPONSORSHIP SALES TEAM AT SALES@NATIVENATIONEVENTS.ORG  OR GIVE THEM A CALL AT 201-857-5333.

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