Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort Announces Lisa Garcia as Harrah’s Development System Program Manager

02.24.2011– Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort is pleased to announce that Lisa Garcia has been appointed program manager for the Harrah’s Development System (HDS) program. The goal of HDS is to encourage economic self-sufficiency by providing employment opportunities for Ak-Chin Indian Community tribal members.

Community members have an opportunity to apply for the program and once accepted spend their time working all aspects of the resort, including departments such as housekeeping, front desk and audit/control. Each participant is guaranteed employment at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort in the area where he/she excelled.

Prior to her position at Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Garcia worked for the Ak-Chin Indian Community for 16 years, most recently as the program coordinator and director at the Parks and Recreation Department.

Garcia has a double Associates degree, one in general education and the other in applied science in recreation/ sports management. Garcia plans to complete her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Phoenix in December 2011.

Garcia is heavily involved in her community with various committees and holds an office on the St Peters School Board on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino opened in Maricopa, Arizona in December 1994 and was Arizona’s first Indian casino to have a management partner. The 40,000-square-foot casino has everything you need for a thrilling gaming experience, with the largest selection of reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to World Series of Poker®, Keno and Bingo. The Ak-Chin Bingo Hall has been totally remodeled and provides the latest in Bingo technology. Harrah’s Ak-Chin has the only Bingo hall in the Caesars organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin is more than just a casino. In March 2001, Harrah’s Ak-Chin opened its resort and now boasts 148 luxurious guestrooms, which come complete with all the amenities to make your stay a comfortable one. A hotel tower, currently under construction, will open summer 2011 and will double the number of available guest rooms on property.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin was named a 2010 Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the “Best Places to Work in the Valley” in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Harrah’s Ak-Chin also ranked highest in gaming customer satisfaction among casinos in southern Arizona by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Indian Gaming Casino Satisfaction Study.
For more information, please visit http://www.harrahs.akchin.com

Written by HMA Public Relations

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