Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation welcomed Kari Stout-Smith as the new general manager and chief operating officer of its Cache Creek Casino Resort.

“Kari has the skills, approach and experience we sought in our nationwide search for a new general manager,” said Anthony Roberts, Yocha Dehe tribal chairman and chief executive officer of Cache Creek Casino Resort. “She has deep knowledge of all facets of casino operations, a commitment to team-spirited leadership, and two decades of experience in tribal gaming.”

In more than 20 years in hospitality and gaming, Stout-Smith has worked her way up the ladder through operations, marketing and administration: from guest services, to midlevel management, to executive leadership. She has held positions at leading tribal resorts including Barona, Thunder Valley, Morongo, and, most recently, was general manager at Agua Caliente’s Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs.

“Through her experience in California tribal gaming, she already knows the business challenges and issues we face statewide and locally,” said Roberts. “Plus, as we prepare to open our new, expanded hotel and facilities, she has the marketing background to make the most of it in this competitive and evolving entertainment environment.”

“I look forward to working hand-in-hand with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and its devoted team of executives and managers as we begin a bright new chapter in the Cache Creek Casino Resort story with the opening of the expanded hotel,” said Stout-Smith. “I am truly humbled and honored for the opportunity to work with such a highly respected organization.”