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ONAMIA, Minn. – The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Corporate Commission has announced that Heidi Hamers has rejoined its team as corporate vice president of marketing. Hamers previously served in this role in 2007. She will oversee all elements of marketing for both Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, including; database marketing; advertising; entertainment; promotions; and player development.
Hamers has more than 20 years of experience in marketing leadership positions, ten of which are with Native American casinos. She has held senior marketing positions with successful gaming enterprises such as Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C.; Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi, Miss.; Park Place Entertainment in Gulfport, Miss.; Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich.; Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, C.A.; and most recently at the Cannery Casino Resorts in North Las Vegas where she was the senior vice president of marketing and gaming for the Cannery’s four casino resorts.
“Heidi is a proven strategic marketer with an impressive background in Indian gaming,” said Joe Nayquonabe, commissioner of corporate affairs. “She will provide great leadership and strategic direction as we continue to take our gaming enterprise to the next level. She is a true innovator in our business and I am excited to have her back on our team.”
Hamers holds a bachelor of arts degree in Social Science from St. Cloud State University.
About Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley:
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are owned by the Mille Lacs Band’s Corporate Commission. The casinos feature gaming, accommodations, dining, conference and banquet facilities, live entertainment, and The Grand Harmony Spa and Grand National Golf Club at Grand Casino Hinckley. The casinos directly employ more than 3,000 people and cover more than 3,500 people with their insurance plan. The Band taxes these entities at 100 percent and utilizes the revenues to provide health care, education, and other programs and services to Band members. The Band also invests in infrastructure and economic development that directly benefit the entire community.
About the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians:
The Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians owns and operates all the Band’s businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and other Band-owned businesses such as a cinema, a grocery store, gas/convenience stores, a golf course, wastewatertreatment plant, Sweetgrass Media. the Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Hotel and the Doubletree by Hilton Saint Paul Downtown in St. Paul, Minn.. It also considers new business opportunities to provide economic support for the Band’s future. The Corporate Commission has over 3,900 employees and its board of directors is comprised of five Band members, who guide the business and investment decisions for the Band.