esert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment has announced the hiring of Mike Bean as its new Chief Executive Officer, who will be taking over today, Aug. 30, 2021.
Bean has served in senior management positions at some of the largest and most reputable gaming operations in the country, including Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Harrah’s Entertainment, and Boyd Gaming. At Foxwoods, Bean was part of the team that grew the first casino on the east coast outside of Atlantic City from 1,200 team members to more than 12,000.
Most recently, Bean served as Chief Executive Officer of the Saginaw Chippewa Gaming Enterprises, overseeing three locations, according to a press release by Desert Diamond Casinos.
Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise Management Board, said: “Mike Bean has the experience and expertise that we’re looking for in our next CEO. This is an exciting time for tribal gaming in Arizona. We need a leader who is forward-thinking and ready to embrace a new era of gaming in our state. Mike understands where we’re going and what we want to accomplish for our enterprise, for the Tohono O’odham Nation, and for our community partners across Arizona.”
Bean commented: “I am proud to become part of this great organization and to have this tremendous opportunity. Desert Diamond Casinos has an incredible team in place and a record of providing quality gaming entertainment. The future of Desert Diamond Casinos is bright and I am honored to take the helm as we move forward with new gaming opportunities at our facilities.”
Bean will report directly to the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise’s Management Board of Directors.