ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Pueblo of Isleta tribal government has named Karl Waitner CEO at Isleta Resort & Casino. Waitner brings nearly 25 years of casino operation/hospitality success to Isleta – most recently with Rush Street Gaming as VP of Hospitality in Portsmouth, VA, and VP of Operations in Schenectady, NY.
In his new role as CEO, Waitner will oversee day-to-day operations of Isleta Resort & Casino, Palace West Casino, The Lakes & RV Park, and Isleta Golf Course. In addition to these responsibilities, he will work in tandem with the Pueblo of Isleta Governor’s Office and Tribal Council on economic development initiatives to support the long-term growth and stability of all Pueblo of Isleta Enterprises.
“The tribal leadership of Isleta Pueblo are happy and proud to welcome Karl to our resort/casino team and family,” said Ron Olguin, Vice President of Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Council. “We are proud to have selected Karl as our new CEO because of the fact he has a ‘tribe first’ mentality. His extensive knowledge in the gaming and business world creates an exciting look forward. The positive impact he is going to bring to Isleta will lead the tribe to the next level of a true gaming resort and entertainment venu.”
“As a descendant of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Northern Michigan, to say I am proud to be a part of this great tribal nation and resort is an understatement,” said Waitner. “The trust, respect, and confidence, that Governor Zuni, President Lente, and the entire tribal administration have shared with me has not been misplaced. I will strive each day to enhance our current operations and diversify through economic development for this Pueblo. It is my honor to lead the talented team at Isleta Resort & Casino.”