Rodney Ferguson Hired By Pamunkey Indian Tribe For Norfolk Resort

Rodney Ferguson has been hired as a senior executive for the Norfolk Resort & Casino by the Pamunkey Indian Tribal Gaming Authority.

Ferguson has been named executive vice president of gaming and resort operations, and will start on Monday, April 12th. Ferguson has over 30 years of commercial and Native gaming and resort experience.

Decades of experience

Tim Langston, chairman of the Pamunkey Indian Tribal Gaming Authority said: “The tribe and the gaming authority could not be more excited to welcome Rodney to our team.

“He brings decades of experience to our Norfolk casino and understands the mission of our tribe and our goal of bringing a world-class casino to the region, and investing back into the community.”

Ferguson began his career in the early 1980s in Atlantic City, worked with some of the industry’s biggest names, and most recently served as the CEO/general manager of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He managed the organisation’s day-to-day management, actively implemented effective growth plans, and established a Tribal Career Development Program, in addition to serving as CFO and COO.

Premier destination resort and casino

Ferguson said: “I am honoured the tribe has put their trust in me to bring their vision of a premier destination resort and casino to an area I know well. It feels great to return home to Virginia and Hampton Roads.” 

The Norfolk Resort & Casino, which is expected to open later this year, will feature a Four-Diamond full-service convention centre, many onsite restaurants, a spa, an entertainment area, and indoor and outdoor pools.

Thousands of construction and existing full-time employment will be created, as well as millions of annual visitors and tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue for the city.

Robert Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe said: “When we started our national search, we had no idea that the road for this important position would lead us right back to Hampton Roads.

‘Talent and integrity’

“He understands the business and he understands the community. We couldn’t have found a better combination of talent and integrity.”

Kenneth Alexander, mayor of Norfolk, noted: “We welcome Rodney back to Hampton Roads and we are pleased to see that the Pamunkey Tribe is delivering on its promise of equity and inclusion in the top leadership of the Norfolk Resort and Casino.”