Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort parent company has new CEO
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 6:03 pm

AKWESASNE -- Mohawk Gaming Enterprises LLC, which oversees the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, recently named Todd Papineau as the new AMCR general manager.Todd Papineau

Papineau takes over following the departure of former GM Shannon Keel, who left in October.

Assistant general manager Emily Lauzon worked as acting GM while a search was conducted for Keel’s replacement.

Papineau takes on the leadership role for the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort following nearly 16 years as executive director for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Gaming Commission, which “provided extensive experience and understanding of gaming regulations,” according to a news release from the tribe. He also has prior experience as an investment advisor and branch manager for the Bank of Montreal, and has a bachelor of arts in economics from Syracuse University.

“The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort is a great place to work and has grown dramatically over the past 18 years that I have been here. It continues to be a privilege to be a part of it and I look forward to the opportunity to take the casino associates and property to the next level,” Papineau said in a prepared statement from the tribe.

He is a former board member of the National Tribal Gaming Commissions/Regulators Association from 2005 to 2012; serving as Board Treasurer from 2009 to 2012. He also served on the National Indian Gaming Commission Minimum Internal Control Standards Committee from 2006 to 2007; which entailed experience on a tribal advisory committee in proposing amendments that enhanced regulatory efficiencies, as well as participation on various gaming conference panels.

Papineau was a board member of the National Tribal Gaming Commissions/Regulators Association from 2005 to 2012, serving as board treasurer from 2009 to 2012. He also served on the National Indian Gaming Commission Minimum Internal Control Standards Committee from 2006 to 2007, which included experience on a tribal advisory committee in proposing amendments that enhanced regulatory efficiencies. He was also on various gaming conference panels with the committee, according to the tribe.

“On behalf of the Mohawk Gaming Enterprise Board of Managers, we are honored to once again have an Akwesasne Mohawk serving our community and employees as General Manager. This day has been coming for a long time. Todd has a technical awareness that will help to bring our Casino and Bingo operation to the next level for many years to come,” Chief Michael Conners, who is also the Mohawk Gaming Enterprises chariperson, said in a prepared statement.

"Todd’s intimate knowledge of the casino’s regulatory requirements and fiscal performance makes him ideally suited to help ensure the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort continues to benefit our community and serve as an economic anchor for Northern New York State Chief Eric Thompson said in a prepared statement.

"I have every confidence that Todd will ensure the continued success of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort," Chief Beverly Cook said in a prepared statement.