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Moving On Up: This Week’s Promotions, Hirings and Transitions in the Business/Gaming World

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Indian Country Today Media Network compiled a list of business executives, managers, attorneys, board members, medical professionals and others making big moves in (and out of) Indian country:

The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria announced that John McGinnis will be the new general manager for the Bear River Casino Hotel.

McGinnis, a member of the Bear River Band and an elected member of the tribal council, brings 13 years of gaming experience to his new position and has been employed at the casino in a variety of roles with increasing levels of responsibility.


John McGinnis was named general manager of the Bear River Casino Hotel

A new director of tribal affairs for BNSF Railway, one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, has been announced. Chris Howell, the former executive director for the Kansas Native American Affairs Office and tribal liaison to Gov. Sam Brownback, joined BNSF in November and was elevated to the role in January.

Howell, according to a news release, will build relationships with the Indian Nations in the states where BNSF operates. He is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

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Chris Howell BNSF's director of tribal relations

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The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi named Jim Wise vice president of marketing at its FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich.

Wise, who was the chief marketing and communications strategist at Magnum Integrated Marketing in Philadelphia, will be responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing and analyzing all aspects and activities of the marketing department, including advertising, special events, player development and much more, according to a news release. Wise has years of gaming experience; as vice president of marketing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, director of corporate communications at Argosy Casino in Alton, Ill., and director of corporate marketing at Hollywood Casino in Dallas.

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Jim Wise is the new vice president of marketing at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Mich.

On Feb. 9, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., named Alison Fogarty its vice president of marketing.

Fogarty has more than 15 years of experience, and 10 of those years was spent in the casino industry. In her time with Caesars Entertainment, she successful opened casino properties; and has worked for Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley and Little Six Casino.

Fogarty earned her BA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 2005.

Mike McBride III was re-elected treasurer of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

McBride, an attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy, has focused his practice on Native American law, as well as gaming, and litigation.

Kevin Gordon, president of Crowe & Dunlevy said of McBride, “We are very proud of his contributions to the IMGL and his legal work for the American Indian community in Oklahoma and across the nation.”


Mike McBride III was re-elected treasurer of the International Masters of Gaming Law.

Chad McReynolds, Cherokee, was named 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,” McReynolds said in a press release. “The gaming industry was always intriguing and seemed like a great way to make a living.”

McReynolds has more than 20 years of operational management experience, and experience in gaming operations, which will assist him in his new role. At the hotel, he will oversee all operations for the property, including the opening of the Nation’s $80 million, 170,00-square-foot. new entertainment venue.