New casino boss takes over in Akwesasne

New casino boss takes over in Akwesasne

CORNWALL, Ontario – There’s a new boss at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.

Mohawk Gaming Enterprises, LLC, announced this week the selection of Shannon Keel as the new general manager of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR).

Keel takes over the AMCR leadership team following the resignation of former-general manager Patrick Bassney on May 1.

“Shannon comes to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort with more than 10 years of senior-level casino resort management experience and a proven track record on increasing revenue,” said MGE chair and Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance. “Her extensive knowledge of financial analysis and marketing strategies, coupled with superior guest relations and hotel operations, made her an ideal candidate for general manager. Her accomplishments as a gaming and hotel executive placed her in the top three out of 65 individuals that applied for the position from across the country.”

Keel received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing from California State University-Long Beach, where she garnered President’s and Dean’s Honor List recognition for studies in Hospitality Food Service and Hotel Management.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected to oversee a beautiful property and work with such a dedicated group of individuals,” said Keel. “I look forward to improving upon an already strong foundation of impressive financial results, guest service, quality and sense of community.”

Tribal officials were equally pleased with the selection.

“The support of Tribal Council and the dedication of AMCR’s leadership team, combined with Shannon’s cumulative understanding of managing gaming operations, is a winning formula toward ensuring the continued growth and financial success of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort,” said Tribal Chief Eric Thompson. “Our community relies on the continued profitability of our gaming operations and under Shannon’s leadership, I am confident that the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort will continue to be an economic anchor for the North Country.”

Share this article