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Coyote Valley hires new management team

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REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. – The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, owners and operators of Coyote Valley Casino, formerly Coyote Valley Shodakai Casino, announced Dec. 17 a new management team for the casino.

“We are pleased to welcome a group of seasoned gaming professionals,” said Coyote Valley Tribal Chairman John Feliz Jr. “As our casino operations grow, it is reassuring to know that the years of experience this new team brings to the operations ensures that the tribe and local community will benefit.”

Norman Runyan has been named the casino’s new general manager. Runyan has extensive gaming experience and comes to Coyote Valley Casino from River Rock Casino in Geyserville, Calif. where he served as general manager and chief operations officer. Runyan’s background includes senior management positions with Casino Arizona in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Apache Gold Casino and Resort in San Carlos, Ariz.

“We decided to change the name of the Casino from Coyote Valley Shodakai Casino to Coyote Valley Casino to lessen the confusion with the names of neighboring casinos and to accurately reflect the name that identifies the tribe,” Runyan said. “We are very excited to be working with the tribe and helping them to complete their current project for a new permanent casino, hotel and spa.”

Coyote Valley Casino’s new chief financial officer (CFO) is David B. Wolfe. Wolfe, who is responsible for all financial and accounting practices at Coyote Valley Casino, recently managed financial accounts for Lumiere Place Casino in St. Louis, Mo. and River Rock Casino. Wolfe is a registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Jody Shaffer has been appointed as Coyote Valley Casino’s director of human resources. Shaffer was most recently the director of human resources at River Rock Casino. Shaffer is responsible for ensuring the Casino’s employee relations, recruitment and selection, compensation, benefits and labor compliance.

Lynn Mueck is Coyote Valley Casino’s new director of table games and bingo. Mueck served as director of table game operations at Konocti Vista Casino Resort and Marina in Lakeport, Calif. for seven years prior to her position with Coyote Valley. Mueck directs all table game operations including blackjack, three card poker, fortune pai gow and Texas hold em’ poker.

Coyote Valley’s new director of marketing, L.A. Brown, joins the Coyote Valley Casino from Table Mountain Casino in Friant, Calif., where she established and allocated multi-million dollar advertising and promotional budgets. Brown has also managed marketing departments for casino resorts in Nevada and Mississippi.

The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is a 380 member tribe, which regained its federal recognition by the federal government in 1976. The tribe signed a tribal-state compact in August 2004 that was ratified by the State Legislature and approved by the Secretary of the Interior in December 2004. The tribe operates the Coyote Valley Casino in accordance with the terms of the August 2004 compact.

The tribe signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mendocino County in 2007, agreeing to pay in excess of $16 million over the life of the agreement, to mitigate any impacts of their casino expansion and providing for law enforcement, fire protection, emergency services, traffic and air quality.

The tribe has formed the Coyote Valley Community Outreach Program, which has given in excess of $400,000 over the past 10 years to a variety of charitable organizations, including the Redwood Valley Fire Department, the American Cancer Society-Mendocino County, American Red Cross-Ukiah, the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah and the California Highway Adoption Program.

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