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2022 Face of Gaming: Saracen Development LLC & Saracen Casino Resort
Who or what has been a source of inspiration for you?
As crazy as it sounds, Richard Nixon’s final speech is something I go to a lot:
“It is only a beginning, always. The young must know it; the old must know it. It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”
What’s your “go-to” first thing in the morning?
Espresso. Several times.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Right after greed comes poverty.” — Bruce Hawkins
Which is the last book you read?
At the Sands: The Casino That Shaped Classic Las Vegas, Brought the Rat Pack Together and Went Out with a Bang, by David Schwartz
In your experience, what’s the secret to inspiring others to action?
Showing folks that you care matters. Saracen has 900 folks in its employ, and we all work together.
Is your leadership style more hands-on or hands-off?
I’m a hands-on person and believe that you set the standard for others. People will pick up all of your bad traits and some of your good ones. And I believe that as long as you’re authorized and trained to do something, it’s part of your job.
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