On Monday, March 14, Jeff Barnes, AIA, presented at the 31st annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The convention is hosted by the National Indian Gaming Association and is the largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in the country.
Barnes collaborated with other team members to present on the recently completed Wind Creek Casino and Hotel renovation and expansion in Montgomery, Alabama. The presentation was titled, “Let the Good Times Roll,” a nod to both the B.B. King’s Blues Club at the casino and the success the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have seen since the grand opening. “We concentrated on creating an integrated resort where we blended the amenities so that everyone, gamers and non-gamers, are interested in visiting and returning to the Wind Creek destination multiple times,” Barnes explains.
Team members each spoke on their respective roles on the project. Arthur Mothershed, VP of Business Development at Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, led with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ vision that combined their Wind Creek product with an internationally known brand like B. B. King to offer a unique experience for patrons. He also reviewed the statistics since the property’s opening such as receipts being up over 300%. Barnes discussed the designs and other architectural services. Stephanie Rolin of Rolin Construction explained the use of Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) throughout the project, as well as the role she played as the 51% managing firm of her joint venture during the construction; and Tommy Peters of B.B. King’s Blues Clubs spoke about how the B.B. King brand was a perfect fit for the casino.
The group presented on Monday morning to a room of 40 attendees of the National Indian Gaming Association. The Association is a non-profit organization of 184 Indian nations with other non-voting associate members representing organizations, tribes and business engaged in tribal gaming enterprises around the country. For more information, visit www.indiangaming.org.