The top speakers at Raving’s 19th Indian Gaming National Marketing Conference, held at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., last month, gave attendees a unique chance to appreciate the past, present and future potential of tribal gaming. They also served as two examples of what really makes any business viable over time; the quality and commitment of its people and their strategic vision.
The highlight for me at least was Janie Dillard, now executive officer of operations Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Division of Commerce. She started working for the tribe 35 years ago and spent two decades running its bingo and casino gaming operations. She brings a sense of mission to her job that is unique to the tribal sector of this industry.