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Tribe appoints CIO

March 14, 2018
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J. Kevin Bassett
J. Kevin Bassett. Courtesy Gun Lake Tribe

A tribe in West Michigan has created a new management role and named the person for the job.

Gun Lake Tribe in Shelbyville said last week it added the position of chief information officer and hired J. Kevin Bassett for the position.

Bassett served as director of information technology at Gun Lake Casino for the past six years.

“Kevin’s successful tenure at the Gun Lake Casino, and his impressive resume, provides the tribal government with technological expertise needed to achieve the advancements we are planning for the future,” said Scott Sprague, tribal chair.

Bassett will manage information technology and staff within tribal government, casino operations and the tribal gaming commission.

Bassett’s background

Bassett joined the U.S. Navy in 1986, where he trained and eventually led sonar operation teams. He achieved the position of sonar technician, first class, and was decorated for his service.

By his retirement in 1997, he had achieved a top security clearance.

He also has 20 years of business technology experience, including corporate and pharmaceutical IT positions.

Under his tenure as director of information technology at Gun Lake Casino, the tribe said the IT department retained 100 percent of its team members, improved efficiency and reduced costs.

Bassett earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Hawaii.

Gun Lake Tribe

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, or Gun Lake Tribe, has its historic residential and cultural center at the Bradley Indian Mission near Wayland.

The tribe’s ancestors signed treaties with the U.S. government dating back to 1795.

Its official recognition by the federal government was renewed in 1999.

Gun Lake Casino

Gun Lake Casino opened in 2011, and it employs more than 1,000 people.

The casino features more than 2,000 slot machines, 47 table games, a high-limit room, a 225-seat café and a 300-seat buffet, along with bars, lounges and live entertainment.

Gun Lake Casino is owned and operated by the Gun Lake Tribe.

The tribe said it has shared more than $100 million with state and local governments over 14 separate distributions since the gaming facility opened.

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