ARIZONA INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION
Nelson A. Diaz
Judy Ferreira has accepted the position of deputy director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA). Ferreira was selected by tribal leaders during an extensive search that attracted dozens of outstanding candidates.
In her new position Ferreira will work closely with AIGA Executive Director Valerie Spicer and assist Spicer in coordinating the communications outreach for the association and working with her to develop the Associate Member program, among other responsibilities.
Most recently Ferreira was executive assistant to Terry Rambler, chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and vice chairman of AIGA, where she was assigned to cover areas of gaming, public safety, health care projects, education, telecommunications and housing and economic development.
From 2006 to 2010, Ferreira served as marketing director and assistant marketing director for Apache Gold Casino Resort in San Carlos. Previously she worked in public relations for her Tribe and was community relations coordinator for the San Carlos Unified School District.
Ferreira is a member of the board of directors for Apache Gold Resort Enterprise and has served on Seven Mile Wash Enterprise Board, the San Carlos Natural Resource Conservation District, San Carlos Tourism Alliance and the San Carlos Tribal Farm board.
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has a membership of 17 tribes representing more than 90 percent of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. AIGA was established November 21, 1994 by Arizona tribal leaders.
» PHL LOCAL GAMING LLC
PHL Local Gaming, LLC, one of six bidders for the available casino gaming license in Philadelphia, Pa., has voted to add Nelson A. Diaz to its board of managers, contingent upon PHL’ s selection as the city’s second licensee.
Diaz, a partner at the Dilworth Paxson law firm, is a former general counsel for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, a former Philadelphia city solicitor, and the first Hispanic at Temple University Law School. He was also the first Hispanic to pass the Pennsylvania Bar Exam. Judge Diaz was, in addition, the first Hispanic person to be elected to the City of Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, or to any Pennsylvania Court. He also serves as a board member of Exelon, as a trustee at Temple University, and as a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Active in civic, economic and community affairs in the City of Philadelphia, Judge Diaz has also devoted much of his professional life to leadership roles in the local and national Hispanic communities.
If successful in its bid for the available casino management license in Philadelphia, PHL Local Gaming LLC plans to open “Casino Revolution,” a $428 million, 250-room hotel and gaming facility. The casino will offer 2,400 slots, 105 table games, a steak house, a coffee/espresso bar, an Italian restaurant, a 300-seat buffet, a 156-seat cafe and a 1,600-car garage. The facility would be located at Front and Pattison Streets in South Philadelphia.
» SAMSUNG TECHWIN AMERICA
Samsung Techwin America, a leading global supplier of video surveillance and security products, announced recent additions to its Canadian sales team. New appointments include Daniel Couillard as national sales manager and Dan Ireland as regional sales manager for Central and Western Canada.
In his new role, Couillard will focus on new business development and brand extension by reaching out to integrators and end users in the Canadian security market. He will additionally implement sales and marketing initiatives that will support the Canadian team in meeting corporate objectives.
Prior to joining Samsung Techwin, Couillard served as regional sales manager Eastern Canada for Axis Communications. His resume also includes similar positions with Anixter and Siemens Building Technologies.
Ireland brings an accomplished skill set to his new position that includes expert technical knowledge and advanced system design competency as well as strategic account management. He has earned his CPP designation and is a known and respected professional in the Central and Eastern Canadian region having worked at leading video surveillance and security companies throughout his career, including Avigilon, DVTel, Securac and Access Direct Sales.
Most recently, Ireland was national sales director for Idea Networks, a Toronto-based systems integrator.
» TMG CONSULTING
Eric Melancon has joined TMG Consulting as an associate, where he will specialize in economic, financial and political consulting for TMG’s public and private sector clients. His skill set includes statistical analysis, cost risk evaluation, database management, independent government cost estimation, GIS mapping and public policy development.
In the private sector, Melancon previously worked for two years in Washington, D.C. as a cost estimation analyst for a consulting firm contracted by the Department of Defense. In the public sector, he served as a graduate fellow for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee conducting policy analysis.