Long established tribal gaming executive Richard St Jean has been appointed by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians as their new COO overseeing the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, California. He replaces John James, who has moved on to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut to take a similar position.
For over 25 years of successful hospitality and casino experience, St Jean’s career ranged from New York City’s Waldorf Astoria to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where he held many management positions.
He spent 17 years at Station Casinos where, before becoming president of Native American Gaming, he worked as general manager of several gaming assets. In this role, he oversaw the programming and design of the four tribal gaming projects of Stations, as well as the operations and $720 m Thunder Valley Casino expansion in Lincoln, California, and the Gun Lake Casino’s $200 m launch in Wayland, Michigan.
In 2011, St Jean moved to Penn National Gaming where he opened two properties in Ohio and San Diego County’s Jamul Casino.
Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said: “Richard comes to Morongo at an exciting time and brings with him a successful track record of operational excellence and proven leadership.
“We are confident that his vision, deep industry expertise, and innovative spirit will fuel the next chapter of prosperity at Morongo while advancing our ongoing commitment to consistently exceeding the expectations of our guests.”
The majestic 27-story Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion plan to incorporate sleek new decoration and guest facilities, including a stunning 65,000-square-foot expansion opening in mid-2020, scheduled to celebrate its 15th anniversary in December 2019.
St Jean said: “As a nationally recognised leader in tribal gaming, Morongo has a proud legacy of protecting tribal sovereignty and creating new opportunity for Indian Country, and I am honoured to be a part of that history.”
It is with great pleasure to announce the Morongo Tribal Council has selected Richard St. Jean as the new COO of Morongo Casino Resort & Spa! With more than 25 years of successful hospitality and casino experience, Richard St. Jean is a respected and highly accomplished executive pic.twitter.com/DO8YJHLxSD
— Morongo Casino (@MorongoCasino) November 30, 2019