September 18, 2019
“Competing in Today’s Gaming Market”
Uncasville, CT – September 18, 2019 – The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) hosted their bi-annual Membership Meeting today at the Mohegan Sun Casino Resort.
As part of the Membership meeting, a variety of gaming and political topics were discussed. One of the discussions entitled, “Competing in Today’s Gaming Market,” brought together prominent tribal gaming property leaders to the table to discuss the factors leading to their success.
The panel moderated by Jason Giles, Executive Director of NIGA included Ray Pinault, President and General Manager of the Mohegan Sun, John J. James, President, and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino and Brian Parrish, Chief Executive Officer of the Navajo Gaming Enterprises.
Giles began the discussion by asking the panel a variety of questions centered around maintaining the industry standards while diversifying the tribal government gaming initiatives.
Brian Parrish gave a thorough overview of the operations on the Navajo Nation which encompass two States. Mr. Parrish stated that “For the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, our mission and purpose are directly linked to the goals and objectives of the Navajo leadership. We’re here to adapt gaming to Navajo to stimulate job creation, economic development, and ultimately support nation-building in accordance with the values of the Diné [Navajo] people.” He attributed Navajo Nation’s gaming development to the vision and perseverance of the Navajo Nation government and Tribal leaders.
John James, who heads the Foxwood Resort & Casino, talked about the competition from the surrounding States and how they have managed in a tough competitive environment. “Foxwoods transformed the traditional gaming model through a relentless pursuit of guest-first experiences resulting in the only true all-encompassing resort destination. We are always committed to getting down to business with a continued focus on where the future takes us.”
Mr. Ray Pinault, CEO of the Mohegan Sun Casino and resort spoke about the importance of maintaining a two-prong approach. “Diversifying while keeping our eye on Connecticut. We continue to trust in our leadership for their guidance in diversifying, which includes adding new amenities.” He noted that the Mohegan Tribe was not satisfied with owning a single property and has not hesitated to branch out in other States to bring their unique brand of hospitality to new consumers.
The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods resorts continue to plan and develop a joint venture for a world class gaming venue in the near future. NIGA is grateful that these esteemed CEO’s shared their work experience and knowledge to describe how Indian Country can continue to compete in an ever growing gaming market.