John James has been named chief operating officer for Seminole Gaming, with overall responsibility for the operations of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Hollywood and Tampa, Fla., as well as Seminole Casinos in Coconut Creek, Hollywood, on the Immokalee Reservation near Naples, on the Brighton Reservation northwest of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee. James most recently served as general manager of the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, Calif. His earlier gaming and resort experience includes stints at Station Casinos, the Regent Las Vegas, Palms Casino Resort, Fiesta Casino & Hotel, Boomtown Las Vegas Resort, Four Queens Hotel & Casino, Gold River Casino Resort and Bally’s Las Vegas.