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Navajo Gaming’s Derrick Watchman Named One of Arizona’s Top CEOs

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Derrick Watchman, CEO of The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, was honored as one of the Top CEOs in Arizona by Arizona Business Magazine at its annual Most Influential Leaders banquet. Watchman launched Arizona’s first Navajo resort casino Twin Arrows in May 2013. Less than a year later, Twin Arrows expanded to include an additional 110 rooms and earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond distinction.

“I am honored to be recognized as a leader for my vision of creating the premier gaming entertainment destination in the state,” Watchman said. “We hope the quality of work we have done at the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Twin Arrows will provide jobs and economic stimulus for Arizona to serve as a catalyst for additional organizations success.”

 As the first Navajo CEO of Navajo Gaming, Watchman created more than 700 new jobs in Arizona and pumped thousands of dollars into Northern Arizona’s economy with the launch of Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort outside Flagstaff, Arizona. Twin Arrows’s stunning architecture and Navajo decor have earned numerous awards, including Global Gaming Expo's Top Native American Casino Facility in the Nation. Twin Arrows Zenith Steakhouse was recently recognized by Wine Spectator magazine for its wine list.

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“Mr. Watchman, like his late father Leo Watchman, is a tireless servant who always brings 100-percent effort to the table,” said Martha L. King, Navajo Gaming Board Chairperson. “He, along with the board, has put together a wonderful team of business professionals, and we invite guests to visit and witness our award-winning resort and service.”

Watchman has held leadership roles with JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo, served as the director of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, and most recently, named the CFO of Navajo Gaming.

To learn more about Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, make reservations at Zenith Steakhouse, or to book a room in its recently expanded 200-room resort, visit