Know the Woman Behind Seneca’s Success

Holly Gagnon, CEO of Seneca Gaming Corporation, completes its second anniversary as the head of one of the biggest entertainment facilities. Soon, they will reveal their $40 million renovation project.

Here are a few things you don’t know about the CEO!

How did you get into gaming?

Holly is an accounting major, but she completed 27 years in the gaming community this year. She became a part of Beau Rivage in its re-opening after Katrina and has been in love with the community. She feels like it’s her home.

What kind of leader are you?

Holly strives to be a leader that inspires and drives passion among its employees. She constantly communicates with the HR and marketing team to help everyone enjoy their shift in the company. She believes a leader should listen to its team and give them the best tool to work with.

Did you face any problem when you become CEO, especially as a CEO and non-Native American?

Holly said Seneca has been very progressive as this is not their first Woman CEO. Hence, the Board and the team supported me a lot when I came here.

What was your first 100-day plan of action?

Holly believes in adapting to the situation. When she first came to Seneca, she talked to a lot of personnel to understand the environment in the Corporation. Once I understood the root cause of the situation, I put in my strategic as soon as possible.

What is your greatest impact so far?

Apart from the renovation project that will be completed in June. We have also set up Continuous Improvement, which is a department where employees come and give their feedback. On how to improve their job and the work environment.

She also believes Seneca has made a positive impact, and she is proud to be part of the community.

Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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