New casino adds more employees and a general manager

April 15, 2011
| By Pete Daly |
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About 200 additional employees were hired at the new Gun Lake Casino in Wayland Township since it opened to a flood of gamblers just a few weeks ago, and now they have a new boss, too.

Rob McDermott has been named general manager and vice president of Gun Lake Casino, according to the interim manager, Richard St. Jean of Station Casinos, the Gun Lake Tribe’s management partner for Gun Lake Casino.

McDermott most recently served as GM of Aliante Station Casino and Hotel, Station Casinos’ newest resort located in Las Vegas. Prior to working for Station Casinos, McDermott worked for MGM Grand in Las Vegas, holding several management positions.

“I’m ecstatic to join such a phenomenal gaming and entertainment facility here in Wayland, Michigan,” said McDermott.

He has already relocated and his family will be joining him when the school year comes to a close. McDermott is married with four children.

Carter Pavey, director of marketing at the new casino off U.S. 131 in Allegan County, said slightly more than 200 employees have been added to the staff, bringing the total to about 900. The additional hiring was prompted by an unanticipated high level of traffic at the casino starting the weekend after it opened on Thursday, Feb. 10.

“Business volumes were, I think it’s safe to say, far better than anyone could have imagined,” said Pavey. “We were able to handle the flow but we were all putting in very, very long hours. You can only do that so long.”

He declined to give an actual estimate of the number of gamblers entering the casino each day.

New dealers now in training at the casino warehouse will be hired after successfully completing the course, which takes a few weeks, he said. Dealer classes are held twice each day to accommodate the influx of potential new employees.

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