New manager at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
AKWESASNE -- The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort has a new general manager.
Emily Lauzon takes over the position, following the departure of Todd Papineau, said a news release from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.Lauzon has been the assistant general manager since 2013.
Lauzon brings eighteen years of Class II and III executive gaming operations experience to the team. She began her career with the casino in the start-up phase in 1999 as the associate relations manager. In 2012, she was chosen to lead the Mohawk Bingo Palace through the merger with the Casino, and as GM, she oversaw the transition while the operations were integrated.
“Emily has a deep-rooted commitment to the Casino and its employees. Her work is fueled by the greater needs within Akwesasne. Her tireless effort to strengthen our community is reflected in her three-year term served as a Tribal Sub-Chief and participation on local boards. The Casino is our region’s top employer, and the most vital funding source for our people. We have every confidence in her ability to lead the Casino through this pandemic as our General Manager,” according to a prepared statement from the members of Saint Regis Mohawk tribal chiefs.
Lauzon holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial labor relations with a minor in business economics from SUNY Potsdam, and has certification from the University of Las Vegas in their Executive Development Program. She is serving a fourth term on the Board of Education at Salmon River Central School as president, and has been involved in public safety as a member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission Board since December 2019.
“I am humbled and honored to be appointed as the General Manager of our Casino. We are the economic engine for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and I thank Tribal Council and the MGE Board for the confidence bestowed upon me. We’ve resumed operations mid-pandemic with a well-executed strategy and a focus on the safety and public health of our guests, our employees and our community. I take this responsibility very seriously, and I am committed to the mission and financial success of our property," Lauzon said in a prepared statement.