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Casino Resort hosts annual Associate of the Year reception


AKWESASNE – Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort recently held its annual Associate of the Year Reception in the Winter Ballroom.

Department directors, managers, and nominees gathered for the annual reception with dinner prepared by Executive Chief Garrett McKeeman and his staff.

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council was represented by Chief Ron Lafrance, Chief Beverly Cook, Sub-Chief Michael Conners, and Sub-Chief Shelley Jacobs.

“Tonight we are here to celebrate 15 individuals who stood above the rest with their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort,” Craig Fuller, director of Human Resources, said.

“What we have in this room is a team. It’s not just one person or a group of directors who make this casino what it is – it is team effort. As I look at the nominees here tonight, I want to tell you that each one of you is a winner because of your guest service. You guys are the leaders of the team,” Mr. Fuller added.

Typically, a committee will review the nominations and select the winner based on a vote. This year, the format for choosing the associate and manager of the year changed.

“When the committee sat down and reviewed all the associates in this room tonight, we could not come up with a clear winner. We will have a drawing, because all the individuals in this room tonight are worthy of holding the title – this is the fair way to do it,” Patrick Bassney, general manager, explained.

Chief Lafrance drew the name for Associate of the Year, and the winner was Jeffrey Lashomb of Table Games.

Chief Cook drew the name for Manager of the Quarter, and the winner was Kanvvy Palmer of Food and Beverage.

Each winner received a $1,000 Keybank gift card and a plaque of recognition. All of the nominees received a $150 AMCR gift certificate and a plaque, as well.

“In this business, it’s important to find people you can count on, people who can help you build the business. We found you. Your willingness to go above and beyond is well-known to all of us on the Mohawk Gaming Enterprise Board of Managers and Tribal Council,” Sub-Chief Jacobs said.

She is the former assistant director of Food and Beverage at AMCR and said she knows just how committed the team is to delivering exceptional service, 24/7.

“I look forward to another positive year working alongside each and every one of you,” Emily Lauzon, assistant general manager, added.

2013 Associate of the Year Nominees

Each one of the following associates was honored as an Associate of the Month during 2013:

Alan Cree – Security

Helen Cole – Rapids Food Court

William Deleel – Facilities

Kim Olsen – Slot Dept

DJ Bigelow – Information Technology

Millard Fiemann – Facilities

Bryanna Herne – Hotel

Jeffrey Lashomb – Table Games

Patrick Gray – Security

Diane Connors – Hotel

Dorothy Gall – Facilities

2013 Manager/Supervisor of the Year Nominees

Each one of the following associates was honored as a Manager/Supervisor of the Quarter during 2013:

1st Quarter – Kannvy Palmer – Food & Beverage

2nd Quarter – Deborah Hines – Hotel

3rd Quarter – Trisha Francis – Cage

4th Quarter – Jennifer Kader – Guest Services

For further information about AMCR, please contact Nicole Terrance at (518) 358-2222 ext. 2138. For current job opportunities, please visit

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