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Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission hires chief innovation officer

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ONAMIA, Minn. – The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Corporate Commission, which manages Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, has hired an experienced casino IT director as its new chief innovation officer. Dwight Terrance, a tribal member of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, comes to the Mille Lacs Band after leading IT departments for two of the largest Native American casinos in the United States.

In his role with the Corporate Commission, which he began July 19, Terrance will develop the commission’s information technology strategies and ensure that its system innovations are linked to growth objectives.

Terrance comes to the Mille Lacs Band’s Corporate Commission from the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, where he was IT director for eight years and was instrumental in the implementation of server-based gaming to the casino floor. He has also held executive information technology positions at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort & Casino.

Terrance earned a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in computer science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Included in his many years of experience, Terrance has also taught computer science courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Currently, he is a board member for TribalNet, an organization helping tribes make well-informed decisions on the use of technology in their organizations. He is also a member of the IGT Customer Advisory Board.

“Dwight’s expertise and strong track record as a technology expert and strategic leader make him an ideal fit for the Corporate Commission,” said Michael Garrow, commissioner of corporate affairs for the Corporate Commission. “I look forward to working closely with him as we set the direction for the company’s continued leadership in technology and innovation.”

About the Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission

The Mille Lacs Band Corporate Commission manages all the band’s businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and other band-owned businesses such as a cinema, a grocery store, gas/convenience stores, a golf course, wastewater treatment plant, and an auto maintenance garage. It also oversees many of the band’s investments and considers new business opportunities to provide economic support for the band’s future. The Corporate Commission has more than 3,200 employees and its board of directors is comprised of five band members, who guide the business and investment decisions for the band.