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SENIOR EXECUTIVE HOSTS

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MARIO CARDENAS

Hello, my name is Mario Cardenas. I was born and raised in Blue Island, IL. Go White Sox!!! I started my career with Harrah’s Ak-Chin in 1994 as a Total Rewards Representative. I’ve worked in many capacities at Harrah's Ak-Chin including Casino Host, Player Development, and Senior Executive Host since 2009. When I’m not at work, I love playing baseball with my son and golf with my father.

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RETHEMA MARTINEZ

Welcome! My name is Rethema Martinez and I am truly a native of Arizona – born and raised! I'm a Native American Indian from the Maricopa Tribe located southwest of Phoenix. I began my career in the gaming industry in 1995 at Harrah's Laughlin and I've been with Harrah's Ak-Chin since 2003.

During your next visit, I recommend trying the Roasted Norwegian Salmon in the Range Steakhouse or the crab legs from The Buffet. I absolutely love those dishes and I'm confident you will too. When I'm away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family.

I promise to make your next visit a memorable stay with Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort!

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CAREY SHARP

Welcome! I am Carey Sharp. I started my casino career with Harrah's St. Louis. I've been in the gaming industry since 1997, and have been at Harrah's Ak-Chin for the majority of that time. On your next visit, I recommend trying the Halibut from our Range Steakhouse. It is my favorite. When I'm away from work, I have the pleasure of spending time with my twin daughter and son.

I love being a Casino Host and I promise to always be ready and eager to help with a smile.

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APRIL WATERS

Welcome! I'm truly motivated to provide superior service to each person during his/her visit to Harrah's Ak-Chin. The joy I feel from making a guest smile can't be described with words. I have had the pleasure of working at Harrah's Ak-Chin since 2006 and really enjoy my job.

When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my three little girls who own my heart. We like to visit our favorite wild life park and swim during the summer. I enjoy all different types of food although Thai food is my favorite.

Service is my specialty and I look forward to the next opportunity to serve you.

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TRISTA LANGE

Hello and welcome to the Valley of the Sun! My name is Trista Lange and I proudly represent Harrah’s Ak-Chin as a Senior Executive Host. My favorite part about working here is the great relationships I have had the honor to make with many of our guests and co-workers since I started at Harrah’s Ak-Chin in 2008. Before I worked at Harrah’s, I was a flight attendant for five years and I truly understand the expectations for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation! If you have ever wondered who that was on the casino floor rooting for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, that would be me! If I am not traveling, I enjoy watching movies, playing trivia games and spending a lazy day with my dog, Bodie.

I promise to put my travel experience and knowledge of Caesars Entertainment to use for you to deliver superior service and make your trips amazing. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance!

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BRIAN MITCHELL

Hello, I'm Brian Mitchell.  I started working at Harrah's Ak-Chin in late 2008 in Valet.  In 2010, I was promoted to start the new VIP Host team and in December 2012,  I was promoted again to Senior Executive Host.

I am very dedicated to providing the best experience to each player I meet.  I am very diligent and work at a fast pace to ensure an “A”wesome experience. 

 I have a handsome son named Leo and a beautiful daughter named Teagan,  I am recently engaged and plan to be married in May of 2014. When I'm not working I spend time with my family or train in the fighting sport of Muay Thai.  I fight at a competitive level. When I’m not preparing for a fight I love to snack on the Calamari from The Range or the Gelato from The Buffet. 

I promise to do everything in my power to provide "A" service.   My guests become like family and I love family!

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VALERIE MAIN

Welcome! I am Valerie Main, YOUR Senior Executive Host!  I thrive on building lasting relationships with my guests and learning about them and their families as they also become a part of my working family!  I love to help guests learn about what the benefits are of being a part of the Harrah’s Ak-Chin/Caesars Entertainment world.

I began my career with Harrah’s in the summer of 2003 in Total Rewards and a year later was a lead and a month later was promoted to Supervisor.  2 years later I decided to try the host world and have been there ever since!  

In my leisure hours, I love being around my kids and grandchildren, they have being the driving force in my life.  I also have 2 dogs and 1 cat that want every moment I can give them as well!

When thinking about dining at Harrah’s, Agave’s has a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu, try the nachos!  For dinner The Range has a petite filet that melts in your mouth, and for dessert you cannot go wrong with the Crème Brulee’!

VIP COORDINATOR

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KELSEY WILKE

Welcome! I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I moved to sunny Arizona shortly after graduating from Missouri State University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Management. I started my gaming career with Harrah’s Ak-Chin as a VIP Host a month after relocating to AZ. I am a very driven and energetic person, and I pride myself on my professionalism. I enjoy what I do, and cherish the relationships I maintain with our guests. I love being in the exciting environment that Harrah’s is known for, and seek to provide a memorable experience with each and every guest.

I enjoy the Buffet, but would recommend the Filet from the Range Steakhouse. And I couldn’t enjoy the Filet without a loaded baked potato and grilled asparagus on the side.

I look forward to assisting you with any aspect of your visit to Harrah’s Ak-Chin.

VIP HOSTS

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AMANDA GROENEVELD

Welcome! My name is Amanda Groeneveld and I’m a proud member of the Harrah’s Ak-Chin host team! My journey in the gaming industry began right here in 2010. When I’m not at work you can find me shopping, enjoying the Arizona nightlife or spending time with my family and friends.

While you are at Harrah’s Ak-Chin, I recommend you dine at the Range Steakhouse; the filet is to die for!

I promise to welcome you with a big smile and deliver A+ service! I look forward to seeing you soon. Good luck!

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FELICIA LEE

Hello, my name is Felicia Lee and I love delighting guests with my Midwestern charm. I have worked at Harrah’s Ak-Chin since 2008 and have loved every minute of it. Prior to joining the gaming industry I spent 15 years in the customer service industry.  Making people happy is truly my specialty.

I love spending time with my three wonderful children and traveling. When I’m not in Arizona you can more than likely spot me in Disneyworld, it is by far the happiest place on earth and I can’t get enough of it. 

You can count on me to welcome you with a smile and to own your gaming experience from start to finish.

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Carrie Roberts

Welcome!  I’m Carrie Roberts.  I was born and raised in Harvey, IL.   I joined the Harrah’s family in 2012 as a Valet Attendant.  I went on to spend six months as a Guest Service Representative with our hotel team before joining the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Host family.

When I’m not at work, I’m busy juggling the schedule of my six wonderful children.  I enjoy supporting all of my children’s extracurricular activities from football to wrestling, volleyball and karate. There’s never a dull moment in my household. 

I love my job as a host!  Encouraging grown up’s to play is what I do best!  My job is not done until I put a smile on your face and delight you with my A+ service.  I look forward to having you join me in the fun here at Harrah’s Ak-Chin!