Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment recently announced the hiring of Rudy Prieto as its new chief executive officer. His appointment follows an extensive nationwide search by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) for the top executive talent in the gaming business. He started his duties on January 8, and will report directly to the TOGE Management board of directors.

Prieto comes to Desert Diamond Casinos with more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, most recently as general manager for Pechanga Resort & Casino in California. His extensive career has involved both domestic and international gaming and hotel enterprises, including operations with multiple facilities. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Prieto’s appointment comes at a significant moment for Desert Diamond Casinos. Under the leadership of the TOGE Management Board and outgoing CEO Andy Asselin, Desert Diamond made great strides in recent years opening its fourth facility near Glendale, Ariz., as well as successfully re-branding and streamlining operations. Asselin’s announcement last June of his pending retirement led to the Management Board’s CEO search that selected Prieto.

In December 2017, Desert Diamond broke ground on the $400 million full-scale home for its Glendale casino and resort, a project that will create over 1,500 construction jobs and produce a facility that employs approximately 1,600 people, with major economic impacts for the region. As construction moves forward, Prieto’s expertise will play a vital role in continuing to build business relations in the Phoenix West Valley. His strong background with tribal gaming operations will also be especially valuable in expanding on the success of Desert Diamond’s three Southern Arizona properties.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Prieto leading our gaming operation,” said Angelina Listo, Ph.D., chairwoman of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise Management Board. “Rudy brings a deep level of industry experience that will help our enterprise continue to grow as a world-class entertainment and resort destination, creating greater opportunities for the Tohono O’odham Nation and all of Arizona.”

“Desert Diamond Casinos has an excellent staff of more than 1,800 employees, a stellar commitment to guest service and diverse amenities across four properties that make this an exciting place to work,” said Prieto. “I’m eager to get started doing my part to further their success.”

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