Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sallisaw Native Tapped to Lead Roland Casino

Cherokee Nation Entertainment (CNE) officials have named Chad McReynolds as the new general manager of Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland.

"I started my career with CNE as a card dealer and a way to just get my foot in the door," said McReynolds, "The gaming industry was always intriguing and seemed like a great way to make a living. During my years at CNE, not only have I loved the job, but I've also come to apprecitate the great things the Cherokee Nation is doing with its gaming profits. It gives a greater sense of purpose knowing the work we are doing improves services and creates more jobs for the Cherokee people."

McReynolds, a Cherokee Nation citizen, brings more than 20 years of operational management experience, the last decade of which has been working in gaming operations. He joined Cherokee Casino Roland in 2003. During his 12 years with CNE, McReynolds worked at various locations in the casino's operations. He's worked as a card dealer, concessions attendant, cashier, materials manager, poker manager, card games manager and, most recently, as the casino operations manager.

"Chad is a great example of our commitment to developing Cherokee leaders within the organization," said Mark Fulton, CNE chief operating officer. "We look forward to watching his continued growth, especially given the vast expansion this property is undergoing."

In his role, McReynolds will oversee all operations at the property, which includes transitioning the entertainment destination to its new facility this summer. This summer, Cherokee Casino will open its new $80 million, 170,000-square-foot venue, featuring 850 electronic games, table games, two dining venues, convention space and a resort-style hotel.

The Sallisaw native moved to California following high school, where he studied business administration at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. During his years in California he worked as a facilities manager for a just-in-time logistics company that serviced numerous industries, but he focused on military clients in the Western region and the Pacific Rim. One day he decided to head back to his small town roots. The first place he looked for work was with the Cherokee Nation. Since his time back home, he has built a reputation for moving through the company, helping area kids participate in Future Farmers of America and raising cattle.

Cherokee Casino Roland is located off U.S. Highway 64 on Cherokee Boulevard in Roland. For more information on Cherokee Casinos, visit www.cherokeecasino.com or call (800)256-2338.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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