Salvatore Semola

Salvatore Semola

Salvatore Semola

Chief Executive Officer | Gun Lake Casino

Sal Semola has been in the hospitality/gaming industry for over 40 years and has a broad range of experience and exposure in all consumer gaming market groups. Sal began his career as a dishwasher, and for the past 25 years, he has held executive-level positions in the operations and development of several major gaming/resort projects. Sal has been involved in over $2 billion in development projects, having opened 4 properties and participating in several renovation and master planning projects as well.

Sal is currently the CEO of Gun Lake Casino in Wayland Michigan which is owned and operated by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe). Gun Lake Casino currently has a $330 million expansion underway. This is the 5th expansion since the casino opened 13 years ago and begins the transformation to becoming a full-fledged resort. The expansion features a 252-room, 4-diamond hotel, spa, additional food and beverage outlets, and the Wawyé oasis, a unique multi-purpose non-gaming amenity. The Wawyé oasis will be a significant market differentiator. Additionally, Sal serves as the CEO of Gun Lake Hospitality. Gun Lake Hospitality is an all-encompassing gaming management resource which is a wholly owned entity of the Gun Lake Tribe and overseen by the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority.

In addition to Sal’s current involvement at Gun Lake Casino, Sal’s prior experience in tribal gaming has included the Casino of The Sun, Greektown Casino, which has the distinction of being the first commercial native American casino in the United States, the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Odawa Casino, Eagle Mountain Casino, and Foxwoods.

Sal has been the recipient of the Eastern Division of the Casino Management Association “Gaming Professional of the Year” award and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration “Industry Executive of the Year” award.

He is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Nevada-Reno. Sal also serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Michigan.