Tribal Government Affairs
Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Andrew is an enrolled Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. He has over twenty years of experience in casino operations and regulation in Indian Gaming. Andrew started working for the firm in early 2015. He assists in marketing, is a coordinator for our many seminars and speaking engagements, assists with our scholarship and screens applicants, assists in searching for new clients, works with NIGA on their certification classes, and provides cultural training for our staff.
Andrew began his career in 1994 in Southern California at Barona Casino where he first learned the casino operations side of the industry, while also learning about the importance of regulation. Continuing his path in gaming, he accepted a position as a Gaming Commissioner and became Chairman after serving six years on his Tribe’s Gaming Commission. He later moved from the Gaming Commission to the Board of Directors for the Casino where he served as Vice Chairman. In this capacity, Andrew worked with the “Fee to Trust” process and encountered a variety of operational challenges that built upon his knowledge of the industry.
Through his experiences, he discovered the importance of networking and training, which led to the creation of nation-wide symposiums to address issues and concerns of the industry. With the help of his peers, staff, sponsorships, and support from Tribes, Andrew created the following symposiums; Identifying Fraudulent Documents held at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Casino; Southern California Gaming Symposium held at Agua Caliente Resort & Casino; Anti-Money Laundering Symposium held at Pechanga Resort & Casino; Background Investigator Symposium held at Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino; and Southern California Surveillance Symposium held at Barona Resort & Casino. He also assisted in developing the Southern California Training Committee that provided background training to a variety of casinos in Southern California and has worked with the Oregon Surveillance Network.
In 2010, Andrew was appointed to the Tribal Gaming Protection Network (TGPN), a nation-wide intelligence network, by National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernest Stevens. TGPN focuses on educating people on topics such as: regulating mixed martial arts sporting events, information technology red flags, auditing, financial investigations and fraud, criminal investigations, case review, cheats and scams, liability and tort claims, and many more topics that relate to tribal regulators. He was appointed as Chairman of the TGPN in November 2015.
Tribal Gaming Protection Network – Chairman
Andrew is in the process of publishing an inspirational novel and finds inspiration in everyday life. He strives to understand humanity and is always learning new things. He has two girls who fascinate him every day.