Friday, April 17, 2009

Twentynine Palms Band fires GM of Spotlight 29 Casino

Doing poorly in a bad economy leads to changes at Spotlight 29 Casino.

The general manager of Spotlight 29 Casino and his administrative assistant were dismissed this week.

Raymond DelFiandra, who was general manager, was told Monday that his services were no longer required. His administrative assistant, Amy Redford, was let go as well.

Paul Speirs, a spokesman for the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, which owns and operates Spotlight 29 Casino, said the tribe's former chairman, Dean Mike, will serve as interim general manager for the casino until a replacement is found.

Tribal members did not return calls to comment. has the rest of the story, but here is an interesting comment, a bit racist:

TLAlbert: Just what any Indian casino needs, an Indian taking over management...they have no concept what is needed or necessary to making a casino survive even in a good economy. It takes a careful GM to run an Indian casino as he has to walk a tightrope with tribal members who all have an opinion of how the casino should be run, and more importantly who the casino should hire. I've spent more than 25-years employed casinos in Las Vegas, Mesquite and in California at Indian owned casinos...and believe me, with the execption of the two casino's owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians, I would never, ever work for an Indian owned casino again. The two best days of your life in Indian gaming are the day you accept the job and the day you walk out the front door a free person, again.


Anonymous said...

Friday Pechanga fired their General Manager is this a trend?

Anonymous said...

I guess that is a normal practice. They do not usually last to fulfill their contracts. They do not know how Indian casinos works.

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