Nevada Gold & Casinos’ Executive Team brings together the strength and combined experience of a talented group of executives with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Our management has extensive, hands-on, in-depth knowledge and experience with successful gaming operations, both large and small, in numerous domestic and international jurisdictions. They are committed to personal service and attention to detail in all of their endeavors, and will continue to execute the corporate vision for enhancing shareholder value.
Nevada Gold Casinos has experienced significant recent growth and is now positioned for continued strong cash flow generation providing a solid foundation for future opportunities.
Michael P. Shaunnessy – President and CEO
Mr. Shaunnessy was appointed President and CEO of the Company in December 2012. Before joining Nevada Gold & Casinos, he was the Executive Vice President of Operations of MGM Resorts International. In that capacity he was the chief operating and financial officer overseeing all operations of MGM’s Railroad Pass and Gold Strike casino hotel properties, both in the Las Vegas area.
Prior to joining MGM, Mr. Shaunnessy served as Vice President of Administration of Monarch Casino Resorts, Inc. and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Full House Resorts, Inc., both publicly listed casino companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shaunnessy was Vice President of Finance for Primadonna Resorts, Inc., a Nevada-based casino and hospitality company, and served in various capacities with Aztar Corporation, formerly Ramada, Inc. A certified public accountant, he earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Lewis University and an M.S. in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
James Meier – CFO
Mr. Meier joined Nevada Gold as Vice President of Finance and CFO in November 2014. With over 15 years working with publicly traded companies including small cap gaming companies, his diversified experience includes card rooms, acquisitions, strategic planning and financial analysis, internal controls and SEC reporting, as well as hands-on experience in casino accounting and regulatory compliance. A CPA and CMA, Mr. Meier earned his Master’s Degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State University.
Victor H. Mena — Vice President of Washington Operations
Mr. Mena has been involved in the Hospitality Industry since 1979 and has been involved in the Gaming Industry for the last 12 years. His career has spanned all aspects of the Restaurant Industry and has grown into him developing and running 9 mini-casinos in the state of Washington for Nevada Gold. In 2009 Washington Gold Casinos, a wholly-owed subsidiary of Nevada Gold, acquired its first 3 mini-casinos and appointed Mr. Mena as Chief Operating Officer of the properties.
As President of Operations, Mr. Mena was instrumental in the creation and development of these properties. In 2010 Nevada Gold acquired an additional 6 mini-casinos and Mr. Mena was instrumental in the turnaround of these newly acquired assets. In 2011 another mini-casino was added to the Washington Gold portfolio bringing the total to 10 locations. In October of 2012 Nevada Gold added Mr. Mena to their team as Vice President of Washington Operations.
Ernest E. East — Vice President and Chief Regulatory & Compliance Officer
Mr. East has more than 20 years of gaming experience. From 1998 until 2004 he was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Hyatt Gaming Services, LLC. He was most recently Chief Legal Officer of Global Trust Management, LLC, and prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sierra Pacific Resources. Mr. East also served as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts. Mr. East is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School and the University of Tulsa.