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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
  • Hotel and Casino General Managers
  • Finance and Legal Professionals
  • Architect and Design Firms
  • Procurement Companies
  • Developers and Construction Companies
  • Hospitality and Gaming  Technology Developers
  • 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

Tribal Early Bird

$945

Tribal Standard

$1045

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

Tribal Group Super Early Bird

$745

Tribal Group Early Bird

$845

Tribal Group Standard

$945

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$945

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

Grand Foyer Ballroom

8:30-8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Ballroom 4-6

Dan O'Connor

Sponsorship Sales Manager | Native Nation Events

8:45-9:45 AM

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

Ballroom 4-6

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

James Klas

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D

  • Given the challenges of 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 this impacted business operations?
  • With two years left under the Biden Administration, what’s to come?

9:45-10:15 AM

Morning Networking Break

Ballroom 1-3

10:15-11:15 AM

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

Ballroom 4-6

Steve Neely - Moderator

General Manager | Rolling Hills Casino Resort

Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Eastern Shawnee Tribe

Mary Smith

Senior Vice President | Four Winds Casinos South Bend

Rich Warren

Vice President, Member Development | Parlay Solutions

  • What is the current state of supply chain shortages?
  • The importance of strategic thinking when purchasing items to stay within budget and timeline.
  • What impact does this have on the construction and operations side of the industry?
  • How can you combat inflation and lack of availability of necessary supplies?

11:15 AM -12:30 PM

Casino Executive Roundtable

Ballroom 4-6

Clara Pratte - Moderator

Consultant | ServiceNow

Pat Crofts

Chief Executive Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises

Robert Livingston

SVP of Development and Tribal West | Caesars Entertainment

Laura Penney

Chief Executive Officer | Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Marty Sauvage

Chief Executive Officer | Silver Reef Casino Resorts

Scott Sirois

General Manager | Meskwaki Bingo Casino

  • Senior Casino Executives will share their experiences with new projects. You’ll hear first-hand how to provide premium customer service and turn your challenges into strengths so that you can be guided in the right direction.
  • How can you ensure you’re attracting and selecting the most qualified candidates in a competitive market to work at your renovated or expanded property?
  • What will the next generation of leaders bring to this industry, and how are we training them?
  • How can hotel and casino management collaborate to maximize the property’s profitability as a whole?

12:30-1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Ballroom 1-3

1:30-2:30 PM

Track A: Implementing Technology to Combat Staffing Shortages

Madison A-B

Jerry Epstein - Moderator

Co-Founder/CEO | Engaged Nation

Andrew "Dru" Alejandre

Chairman | Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California

Jordan Hughes

Hospitality Director | Indigo Sky Casino Resort

Steve Neely

General Manager | Rolling Hills Casino Resort

Nancy Wu

Head of Sales and Customer Success | SkyStem

  • 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?

1:30-2:30 PM

Track B: Access Reimagined

Ballroom 4-6

Darien Long

Vice President of Sales | Dormakaba

Ryan Carrier

Director of Casino Resorts | Agilysys

  • The hotel guest room door is where hospitality happens. It’s the touchpoint where all hotel systems converge and where the delivery of hospitality occurs.
  • Understand how your access control choices play a pivotal role in not only the safety of your staff and guest but also your guest service offering.
  • This isn’t just a guest room lock; it is the keystone of your tech stack and how your guest experiences their stay.

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Ballroom 1-3

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Track A: Roundtable: Implementing the Latest Security Trends Within Your Renovation or Expansion Project

Andy Speropoulos - Moderator

Sales Manager | Cognitec Systems

David Cook

Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises

Walter Gunn

Director of Security | Tachi Palace Casino Resort

Clinton Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises

Justin Preble

Security Operations Manager | River Spirit Casino Resort

  • What latest security trends should be considered in an expansion project?
  • Discuss the newest technologies, such as baggage screening, metal detectors, facial recognition, and artificial intelligence.
  • What security measures should be implemented during the construction phase?
  • How do you ensure that all on-site laborers are authorized to be there?
  • How to deal with the increase in traffic flow on-site?

3:00 - 4:00 PM

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

Ballroom 4-6

Bryan Schuler - Moderator

Vice President for Housing Development | Travois

Brady Bryan

Chief Executive Officer | Brayn Consulting, LLC

Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation

Orlando Moreno

Director | Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Erika McCalvin

Planning Project Manager | Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

  • What new avenues have been opened for tribes?
  • What are the 179D Deductions, and what are their requirements?
  • What are considered qualified energy efficiency standards on tribal government projects?
  • What amount of cost savings can be expected?
  • What are the hidden costs of the IRA?
  • How can you stay in compliance with federal regulations?

4:00-5:00 PM

What Factors go into Project Planning and Marketing when it comes to Attracting Different Generations

Ballroom 4-6

Chris Creasey- Moderator

Director | Tutor Perini Building Corporation

Jennifer Johnson

Vice President of Marketing | Palms Casino Resort

Scott O'Gorman

General Manager | Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino

Merlin Jay Renville

General Manager | Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel

Miguel Sanchez

Director of Sales- Tribal Gaming | Cendyn

  • In a Pre-Renovation/Expansion meeting, how are you as casino owners and operators working with the design, architect, and construction companies to decipher the generational gaps wants and needs?
  • It is proven that GenX spend the most money, do you have the amenities they are looking for?
  • Which proven marketing trends are showing the best results?
  • If you had a suggestion box in your lobby, do you think it would be full? Or are you confident that you know what your clients want?

5:00 PM

Day One Conference Concludes

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

7:30-8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Grand Foyer Ballroom

8:30-9:30 AM

Casino and Hotel Expansion: Expanding Your Property and Expanding Your Opportunity

Ballroom 4-6

Chris Creasey - Moderator

Director | Tutor Perini Building Corporation

Alfredo Jaramillo

General Manager | Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino

Frankee Hall

Tribal Treasurer | Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation

Kimberly Van Amburg

Chief Executive Officer | Casino Del Sol Resort

  • 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 the 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?

9:30-10:00 AM

Morning Networking Break

Ballroom 1-3

10:00-11:00 AM

Marketing Trends Now and For the Future

Ballroom 4-6

Mark Astone - Moderator

Chief Executive Officer | Catalyst Marketing

Karen Johnson

Marketing Database Manager | Tohono O’odham Nation

Michael Michaud

General Manager | WinnaVegas Casino Resort

Yvette Matt

Marketing Director | Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Mervina Skidmore

Marketing Director | Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference Center

  • How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) be used to determine marketing incentive programs?
  • “The New Age of Marketing” Digital Marketing. How effective has it been, and where does it go from here?
  • “You can’t improve what is not measured.” What are key drivers/analytics that measure the success of various forms of marketing?
  • With a downfall in the economy, should properties hold back on marketing dollars, or is it time to double down?
  • If casinos are looking to scale down, what is the most proven and cost-effective marketing method?

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Non-Gaming Amenities That Drive Revenue and Clientele Diversification

Ballroom 4-6

James Klas - Moderator

Founder and Principal | Klas Robinson Q.E.D

Rick Collett

National Sales Director | Global Beer Co.

Kris DesRoches

Director of Business Development | Brunswick Bowling

Michael Engel

VP Hospitality Innovation | Mille Lac Corporate Ventures

Luke Jumper

Senior Project Manager/ Partner | TBE Architects

  • How can your property cater to guests who want to enjoy family-friendly activities?
  • What is the latest data on 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?

12:00 - 12:45 PM

Sports Betting Within Tribal Gaming Success Stories

Ballroom 4-6

Ryan Carrier - Moderator

Director of Casino Resorts | Agilysys

Chris Garrow

Director of Gaming | Prairie Band Casino & Resort

Thomas Gilanyi

Co-Founder | Native Sportsbook

Omer Satter

Co-CEO & Co-Founder | Sightline Payments

  • 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.
  • How have food and beverage sales been impacted since implementing sports betting?

12:45 PM

Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference Concludes

Andrew “Dru” Alejandre

Chairman | Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California
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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

Area Vice President, Gaming Sales | Agilysys
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Rick Collett

National Sales Director | Global Beer Co.
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David Cook

Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprise
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Chris Creasey

Director | Tutor Perini Building Corp.
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Chief Executive Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises
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Kris DesRoches

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Mike Engel

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Jerry Epstein

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Chris Garrow

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Thomas Gilanyi

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Frankee Hall

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Jordan Hughes

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Alfredo Jaramillo

General Manager | Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino
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Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises
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Karen Johnson

Marketing Database Manager | Tohono O'odham Nation
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James Klas

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Robert Livingston

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Darien Long

Vice President of Sales | Dormakaba
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Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation
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Yvette Matt

Marketing Director | Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
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Michael Michaud

Chief Executive Officer | Leech Lake Enterprises
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Steve Neely

General Manager | Rolling Hills Casino
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Laura Penney

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Merlin Jay Renville

General Manager | Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel
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Miguel Sanchez

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Marty Sauvage

Chief Executive Officer | Silver Reef Casino Resorts
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Bryan Schuler

Vice President for Housing Development | Travois
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Scott Sirois

General Manager | Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
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Mervina Skidmore

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Mary Smith

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Andy Speropoulos

Sales Manager | Cognitec Systems
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Rich Warren

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Omer Sattar

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Platinum Sponsors

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Product Demonstration

Gold Sponsors

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