CHURCH ROCK, NM – Quincy Natay, Board Chairman of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE), announced that CEO Brian Parrish will be leaving the Enterprise, effective Sept. 5, to accept other employment.
“The board is extremely grateful to Brian for his leadership and commitment to the growth and development of the Gaming Enterprise,” said Chairman Natay. “Under Brian’s leadership, over 84 percent of our workforce are members of the Navajo Nation, and of our 275 leadership positions, 71 percent are in management and executive leadership positions. Brian worked hard to ensure that our team members are taken care of and launched a competitive wage study that was subsequently implemented making a significant difference for many of our employees.”
“Brian has been very instrumental in forging important partnerships and diversifying the business,” added Natay. “Recently, the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise launched its mobile and retail sportsbook in partnership with Hard Rock Digital and, under Brian’s direction, over the past few years, we’ve seen the development of Navajo brand food products, including Navajo Fizz, Navajo coffee products and specialty barbeque sauces.
“During the COVID 19 closure, Brian prioritized the health and safety of our 1,100-plus NNGE employees,” said Clifford Ehrlich, Chief Operating Officer. “He guided us through very challenging times, working diligently with the NNGE Board of Directors and Navajo leadership. Brian led with empathy and wisdom. His leadership was a beacon of hope and we’re all very grateful. Brian also worked tirelessly to help stabilize the business after the 15-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In times of crisis, true leaders emerge.”
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work for the Gaming Enterprise, the Navajo Nation government and the Navajo people,” said Parrish. “I’m extremely thankful to the NNGE Board of Directors who gave me the opportunity to work for a highly successful and professional business. I’m especially appreciative of the team members who, from the gaming floor to the executive offices, have always displayed a strong work ethic and commonly held belief that their hard work and effort is to help improve the quality of life and standard of living of the Navajo people, by generating gaming revenues and providing a return on the Navajo Nation’s investment in the Gaming Enterprise.”
During this period, Matthew Shunkamolah, a member of the Navajo Nation, will assume Interim CEO duties and responsibilities.
“Matthew has an impressive gaming background in operations and regulatory and was recognized as regulator of the year for Native American gaming in Oklahoma,” said Natay. “He has worked 16 years in gaming at various casinos throughout the country. We are confident that Matt will work to ensure a seamless transition.”