Event Details

16th Annual Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference

March 19-20, 2024

Casino Del Sol

Event Details

The 16th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference will be held March 19-20, 2024 at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona!

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

Thank you to our Media Sponsors, Casino Life Magazine and Sports Better Operator for their efforts in spreading awareness of this upcoming event.

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

Expires 03/19

Tribal Standard Rate

$1045

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

Tribal Group Super Early Bird

$745

Tribal Group Early Bird

$845

Expires 03/19

Group Tribal Standard Rate

$945

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$945

Pro Early Bird

$1045

Expires 03/19

Pro Standard Rate

$1145

HOTEL INFORMATION

Casino Del Sol

5655 W Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85757

Room Rate: $179 per night

Room Cut-Off Date: Friday, February 16, 2024

Booking Information: Use the code 7858 when booking your room.

For questions or concerns, please call 855-765-7829

 

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16th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

March 19 - 20, 2024

Casino Del Sol - Tucson, AZ

Tuesday, March 19

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Grand Ballroom C and E

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Grand Ballroom AB

Dan O'Connor

Sponsorship Sales Director | Native Nation Events

8:45 - 9:45 AM

Roundtable: The State of Indian Gaming and What 2024 Will Bring

Grand Ballroom AB

James Klas - Moderator

Founder & Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation

Scott Sirois

General Manager | Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel

Melinda Coffin

Chief Executive Officer | Soaring Eagle Gaming

We will open the conference with an expert account of the latest gaming trends and be briefed on what legal and political landscapes are developing and how they can impact tribal gaming.

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Morning Networking Break

Grand Ballroom C and E

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Building and Renovating: Is It the Right Time?

Grand Ballroom AB

David Nejelski - Moderator

Vice President, Creative Director, Principal | TBE Architects

Michael Olujic

General Manager | Tachi Palace Casino Resort

Bob Iyall

Chief Executive Officer | Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation

Kara Fox-LaRose

President and General Manager | ilani

Gary Murrey

General Manager | Jena Choctaw Pines Casino

The past three years have been filled with ups and downs, from high interest rates and staffing shortages. Tribal leaders no also have to consider if their older buildings should even be renovated, or if they should simply be rebuilt. Hear from experts answer: is now the right time?

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Construction Planning and Contract Controls for Successful Projects

Grand Ballroom AB

Stephen Bacchetti - Moderator

Partner | Moss Adams

Charnee Foston

Senior Manager | Moss Adams

Lucas Osceola

Assistant Chairman | Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida

Erika McCalvin

Principal Planner | Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Experts will cover a variety of topics within construction planning, including understanding project lifecycles and stakeholder transparency, and strategies for an efficient construction management program. They will also cover the most commonly used construction contracts, project cost components, project controls, and highlight the best practices for tracking construction program performance.

12:15 - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

Grand Ballroom C and E

1:15 - 2:15 PM

Creating the Right Casino Continuity Program For Your Property

Grand Ballroom AB

Scott Nicholson - Moderator

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships | Imagine This

A continuity program is designed to increase incremental visits from customers while also building your brand. How do executives measure the success of such programs, and what sort of analytics will they need? How can a continuity program work with a marketing strategy, and how can the provider of a continuity program work with your marketing department? Discover how a continuity program could benefit your enterprise.

2:15 - 3:00 PM - Track A

Yes, Chef! Using Food to Enhance Your Property

Grand Ballroom AB

Jonathan Karam - Moderator

Vice President Franchise Development | Sbarro Pizza

Melinda Coffin

Chief Executive Officer | Soaring Eagle Gaming

Barry Wells

Senior Manager Non-Traditional Development | Denny's

Mary Richardson

Director, Non-Traditional Business Development and Operations | Qdoba

Daniel Frank

Food and Beverage Director | BlueWater Casino Resort

Properties throughout Indian Country are using restaurants with familiar brands to enhance the customer experience. Listen to experts and executives who’ve recently added in a variety of food options explain how you could attract more guests through food.

2:15 - 3:00 PM - Track B

Product Demonstration: Elevating Your Casino Communication and Security With Relay

Grand Ballroom D

Chase Martin

Enterprise Account Executive | Relay

Casinos face unique challenges in their daily operations, from managing sprawling floor plans to ensuring high-stakes security. Effective communication is crucial, and it’s time to consider a solution that sets your team up for long term success. Learn how Relay, a cutting-edge communication solution designed for modern casino operations, can centralize communication, save time and money, while also enhancing guest and staff safety.

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Grand Ballroom C and E

3:30 - 4:45 PM

Entertainment Amenities Roundtable: How They Boost Gaming Revenue

Grand Ballroom AB

James Klas - Moderator

Founder and Principal | KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

David Nejelski

Vice President, Creative Director, Principal | TBE Architects

Salvatore Semola

Chief Executive Officer | Gun Lake Casino

Jeff Wheatley

Chief Operating Officer | Angel of the Winds Casino Resort

Andy Nesbit

Assistant Director of Modernization Sales for Capital Equipment | Brunswick Bowling Products

Mark Birtha

President | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento

Non-gaming amenities can help increase the number of guests and their length of stay to transform your casino from an activity to a destination. Discover diverse entertainment options you could offer future guests, ranging from movie theaters and bowling alleys to golf courses, spas, and lazy rivers.

4:45 PM

Day One Concludes

Wednesday, March 20

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Grand Ballroom C and E

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Emerging Technologies Discussion: Artificial Intelligence and More

Grand Ballroom AB

Neil Bora - Moderator

Vice President, Venue Acquisitions | Extenet

Sid Chandak

Chief Technology Officer | SHR Group

Richard Rader

Chief Technology Officer | Umpqua Indian Development Corporation

Ryan McGrath

Executive Vice President of Digital and Marketing Innovation | Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures

Andrew Kordek

Vice President of Customer Engagement, Support, and Marketing | iPost

Tim Branham

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer | Cherokee Nation Entertainment

Technology is constantly improving in every sector of our industry. With the rise of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and subscription-based technologies, it is more important than ever to be able to keep up in a revolving world of advancements and understand how it can positively impact your enterprise.

9:30 - 10:15 AM - Track A

Product Demonstration: Cleaner Rooms + Happier Guests = Revenue Boost

Grand Ballroom AB

Eric Robinson

Director of Sales | FreshAir Smoking Sensors

Tribal casino hotels like Mohegan Sun have unlocked a substantial new profit center with FreshAir Smoking Sensors. Learn how their in-room devices enable them to immediately detect, stop, prove, and charge for marijuana and tobacco smoking violations, while also reducing lost chargebacks, damages, and more.

9:30 - 10:15 AM - Track B

Product Demonstration: Golf Course Design & Viability for Native American Casino Resorts

Grand Ballroom D

Paul Albanese, ASGCA

Principal | Albanese & Lutzke Golf Course Architects and Construction

Tony Mancilla

General Manager | Island Resort and Casino

Golfers are gamers — they are cut from the same cloth. Listen to how one tribe built not just one, and not just two, but three golf facilities in order to grow the revenue of the casino. Creating a true destination through the development of a golf course, in a cost effective manner, will draw customers from outside your normal area of operation. Understanding how to best create a golf course, that will respect your tribal heritage and the natural environment is the key to long term sustainability.   

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

Grand Ballroom C and E

10:45 - 11:30 AM - Track A

Navigating the Development of an Online Sports Betting Platform and Sportsbook

Grand Ballroom AB

Thomas Gilanyi - Moderator

Co-Founder/Head of Sportsbook and IGaming | Native Sportsbook Solutions

Jim Wise

Vice President of Marketing and Sports/Online Gaming | FireKeepers Casino Hotel

What legislation by state is coming that would allow tribes to engage online? What successes have tribes who have entered into the arena enjoyed, and what hurdles have they overcome? Join this panel of experts who will delve deeper into the world of sports betting and design considerations to create the ideal sportsbook for your casino, and hear firsthand the value of choosing the right partnerships.

10:45 - 11:30 AM - Track B

Implementing Technology to Reduce Crime

Grand Ballroom D

Nikhil Arora - Moderator

Field Solutions Engineer | Relay

Juan Baca

Senior Vice President Non-Gaming Operations | Sycuan Casino Resort

David Cook

Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises

Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises

Justin Preble

Security Operations Manager | River Spirit Casino Resort

Per the Pew Research Center, the nationwide crime rate has risen by 24% since 2019. This session will focus on the evolving enhancements of technology and how you can use security products and software’s to prevent crime within your business. Within the industry, weapons detection, license plate recognition, and facial recognition have served a huge purpose when it comes to keeping your staff and patrons safe.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Guest Room Experience: What Impression Is Being Left?

Grand Ballroom AB

Chris Ahne - Moderator

Vice President of Sales | Genesis Air

John Lenz

Vice President of Sales | Intelligent Blends

Lori Tousignant

Vice President of Hospitality | Cache Creek Casino Resort

David Kopasz

Chief Operations Officer, Hospitality | Yaamava' Resort and Casino

Patrick King

Director of Business Development | Hackney Furniture

Shaun Caplis

Sales Director, Hospitality | Serta Hospitality

How are you ensuring your guest rooms are up to the competitive standard regarding comfort and luxury? What in-room amenities have brought success and left clients happy? Hear from industry leaders as they share success stories and keep guests returning.

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Grand Ballroom C and E

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Digitalized Guest Experiences

Grand Ballroom AB

Mark Astone - Moderator

Chief Executive Officer | Catalyst

Michael Michaud

Chief Executive Officer | Leech Lake Gaming

Kyle Gawthorp

Executive Director of Marketing and Resort Operations

Chris Barranco

Senior Sales Director | GoZone WiFi

From the beginning to the end of your customers experience, digital technologies can improve each step of your customers’ journey. Personalize your marketing efforts and guests experience with the power of AI technology. This discussion will explore the different technologies available and how you can use them to provide a better hospitality experience for your customers. Are you ready to take your marketing to the next level?

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Understanding and Attracting Multiple Generations Despite Differences in Consumer Behavior

Grand Ballroom AB

Steve Anderson - Moderator

President | Steelman Partners

Laura Penney

Chief Executive Officer | Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Scott O'Gorman

General Manager | Gila River Resorts & Casinos

Rick Collett

Vice President | Global Beer Co

It is imperative that Casino Executives and owners understand the distinct differences dividing the generations from “The Greatest Generation” Baby Boomers to the youngest Generation Z and those in-between. Hear from leaders in their fields how each generation looks for their own unique gaming experiences, ranging from the types of games, how they are played, and their look and feel. What do
designers need to consider when renovating or expanding? What F&B options are needed to attract all ages? How have casino executives started to rethink their operations?

3:30 - 4:45 PM

Roundtable: Building and Renovating From the Tribal Leaders' Perspective and Determining What’s Best for You

Grand Ballroom AB

Andrew "Dru" Alejandre

Chairman | Paskenta Tribe of Nomlaki Indians of California

Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Eastern Shawnee Tribe

James Siva

Vice Chairman | Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Patty Kinswa-Gaiser

Chairwoman | Cowlitz Indian Tribe

In this session, tribal leaders will cover the process behind developing a new casino and renovation. We will hear firsthand how they went about assembling the right team for the job and the advantages or disadvantages when deciding to partner with a company like Caesars to run the day-to-day operations. Given the current interest rates, have some projects been shelved for now, and what has been the overall approach to obtaining financing recently? How have tribes been able to maintain their sovereignty while at the same time allowing their partners to protect themselves during the contracting process?

 

4:45 - 5:00 PM

Raffle

Grand Ballroom AB

Sponsor Prize Raffle Drawing will take place immediately after the final session. Winners must be present to win.

5:00 PM

Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference Concludes

Chris Ahne

Vice President of Sales | Genesis Air Inc.
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Paul Albanese, ASGCA

Principal | Albanese & Lutzke Golf Course Architects and Construction
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Andrew “Dru” Alejandre

Chairman | Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California
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Steve Anderson

President | Steelman Groups
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Field Solutions Engineer | Relay
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Mark Astone

Chief Executive Officer | Catalyst Marketing
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Juan Baca

Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations | Sycuan Casino Resort
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Stephen Bacchetti

Partner | Moss Adams
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Alexander Baird

Founder and CEO | Beacon
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Chris Barranco

Senior Sales Director | GoZone Wifi
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Justin Barrett

Treasurer | Eastern Shawnee Tribe
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Mark Birtha

President | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento
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Neil Bora

Vice President, Venue Acquisitions | Extenet
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Tim Branham

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer | Cherokee Nation Entertainment
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Shaun Caplis

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Sid Chandak

Chief Technology Officer | SHR Group
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Melinda Coffin

Chief Executive Officer | Soaring Eagle Gaming
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Rick Collett

National Sales Director | Global Beer Co.
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Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprise
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Director of Business Development | Hackney Furniture
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Senior Manager | Moss Adams
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Daniel Frank

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Kyle Gawthorp

Executive Director of Marketing and Resort Operations | Quechan Casino Resort and Paradise Casino
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Thomas Gilanyi

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Bob Iyall

Chief Executive Officer | Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation
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Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises
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Jonathan Karam

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Patty Kinswa-Gaiser

Chairwoman | Cowlitz Indian Tribe
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James Klas

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David Kopasz

Chief Operations Officer, Hospitality | Yaamava' Resort and Casino
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John Lenz

Vice President of Sales | Intelligent Blends
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Tony Mancilla

General Manager | Island Resort and Casino
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Chase Martin

Enterprise Account Executive | Relay
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Andrew Masiel

Treasurer | Pechanga Development Corporation
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Erika McCalvin

Planning Project Manager | Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
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Ryan McGrath

Executive Vice President of Digital and Marketing Innovation | Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures
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Michael Michaud

Chief Executive Officer | Leech Lake Enterprises
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Gary Murrey

General Manager | Jena Choctaw Pines Casino
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David Nejelski

Vice President, Creative Director, Principal | TBE Architects
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Andy Nesbit

Assistant Director of Modernization Sales for Capital Equipment | Brunswick Bowling Products
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Scott Nicholson

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships | Imagine This
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Scott O'Gorman

General Manager | Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino
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Michael Olujic

General Manager | Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
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Lucas K. Osceola

Assistant Chairman | Miccosukee Tribe
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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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Richard Rader

Chief Technology Officer | Umpqua Indian Development Corporation
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Mary Richardson

Director, Non-Traditional Business Development and Operations | Qdoba
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Eric Robinson

Director of Sales | FreshAir Smoking Sensors
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Salvatore Semola

Chief Executive Officer | Gun Lake Casino
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Scott Sirois

General Manager | Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
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James Siva

Vice Chairman | Morongo Band of Mission Indians
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Lori Tousignant

Vice President of Hospitality | Cache Creek Resort Casino
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Barry Wells

Senior Manager Non-Traditional Development | Denny's
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Jeff Wheatley

Chief Operating Officer | Angel of the Winds Casino Resort
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Jim Wise

Vice President of Marketing & Sports/Online Gaming | FireKeepers Casino Hotel
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Platinum Sponsors

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Product Demonstration

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Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

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Media Sponsors

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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Sponsors & Exhibitors

The 15th Annual Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was an exciting two days of networking, sessions, and all-around good times. We hope to see you this year!