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Laura Penney

CEO, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort

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The Coeur d’Alene tribe in northern Idaho opened its casino more than 30 years ago and Laura Penney was there from the start. She rose through the ranks, taking increasingly more important jobs until she was appointed CEO in late 2019. Four months later, Covid hit and like all casinos, the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort closed down. The hardships that immediately hit the tribe, its members and the employees were difficult and Penney was tasked with navigating the uncertain time. The process was guided by the recommendations of health officials and went smoothly, and now Penney has big plans for the property. She spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in Anaheim in April.

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Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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