Michael Day has over 27 years of management and leadership experience working with a broad range of organizations and industry. Day is currently the Executive Officer and Founder of TribalNet, the founder of both the Gaming and Hospitality Research Center and the Native American Technology Research Center and CEO of CTW Enterprises.
Day gained his first practical technology, management and leadership experience working for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in 1989. He was an instrumental member of the executive team that guided the organization's phenomenal growth from less than 200 employees in 1989 to more than 3,500 employees in 2006, making it one of the most successful tribal organizations in the nation.
As the Director of Information Technology for the Sault Tribe, Day was responsible for all of the IT infrastructure, system designs and construction for the opening of five Kewadin Casino and Hotel properties and the Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI. Day also designed and managed technology for the opening of many additions to all of the Kewadin properties as well as over 25 Sault Tribe properties including health centers, a sports and fitness arena, gas stations, manufacturing businesses and large office complexes.
During his 17-year tenure with the Sault Tribe, Day was appointed to director of NorthernWay, an internet access business that he designed, recommended and created for the Sault Tribe. In addition, Day founded, built and directed TribalNet, an organization that was designed to bring opportunity and tribal organizations together to improve their use of technology. Since its inception, TribalNet has grown to include membership from the majority of the federally recognized tribes in the United States.
In 2006 Day joined Cannery Casino Resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was responsible for the IT infrastructure and systems design for the construction of the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County, PA. and the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. He also directed the organizations management and consulting practice. His vision and accomplishments have been recognized by many industry publications.
Day has served as a board member for the HTNG Gaming Technology Board, as advisory board member for Gaming & Leisure Magazine and as Director of the TribalNet advisory board.
Day earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems management and business administration from Lake Superior State University.
Virgil began his career in Gaming in 1989 with Resorts International. During his 15-year tenure, Resorts International became Sun International then Kerzner International with properties in Atlantic City, South Africa, Dubai, Mauritius, Mexico and the Bahamas. His career there included Accounting, Cage Operations, Marketing, Operations and Information Technology.
From 2004 until 2006, Virgil worked at Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego as the Business Analyst Supervisor. During his time at Barona, they were always were looking at bleeding edge technology which resulted in a very intense development and a mature SDLC. Virgil led the conversion from IGS to Bally's ACSC at that property in 2004 which included typical IT tasks, such as vendor management, testing, hardware requirements, etc, but also included tasks from a business standpoint (i.e. operational and marketing settings, direct user training, etc.).
In 2006, Virgil started his tenure at the Chickasaw Nation as the "IT Director of Gaming and Hospitality Applications" (and now IT Executive Director of Gaming and Hospitality Applications). His responsibilities include the Gaming Applications team, Hospitality Applications Team, POS Applications Team, Surveillance Applications/Technical Team. As a leader within the Chickasaw Nation Information Technology department, there are Gaming, Non-Gaming, Hospitality, and Surveillance responsibilities as well that include strategic, technical and transformative decisions.
Christopher DeCamp has worked in the IT industry since 1996, serving in roles ranging from technical, engineering, management, and executive management. Christopher has been a part of the Win-River Resort Casino team since July of 2006. In his current position Christopher serves as the Director of Technical Services for Win-River Resort Casino, in this role his responsibilities are directing the information technology, facilities, and housekeeping divisions, as well as capital project management and construction management.
Amy Gates has been the Director of Information Technology for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for the past twelve years and a member of the IT Department for over 20 years. She is responsible for coordinating the advancement and implementation of technology for the Tribal Government, Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino and most recently the economic development corporation for the tribe. Amy has been a part of opening Soaring Eagle Casino in 1996, Soaring Eagle Resort in 1998, Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in 2007, and most recently the opening of Soaring Eagle Waterpark in 2012.
Amy has been a TribalNet Advisory Board Member for over 10 years and is a board member of Gaming & Leisure Magazine.
Angie serves as the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLCV). In this position, she leads MLCV's innovation practice across all businesses in IT Service Management, Project Management, Business Process Management and IT Management.
Angie has more than 20 years of experience in information technology industry, primarily focused on innovation and business efficiencies. Since joining the company in 1997, Angie has served in a number of executive roles including Director of Information Technology and Director of Applications. Currently, Angie is leading her team to strategically migrate all IT Services into a separate operating company, Minokaw Technologies. Minokaw Technologies provides IT Managed Services, Laserfiche software sales and consulting, general IT consulting and strategic services.
Angie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Minot State University. She holds an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certificate and is a Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM). She is also a member of the Help Desk Institute, the IT Service Management Forum and is a TribalNet Advisory Board Member.
Information Technology professional with over 30 years of experience. I have ventured into entrepreneurial and corporate endeavors that have allowed me to experience many facets of the business world. I have held positions of authority in fortune 500 companies as well as upstart high tech companies. I have proven to be a resourceful and solution driven individual that combines the technical aptitude and the management acumen which elicit an overall confidence from team members, stakeholders and business partners. My ability to understand and assess essential workflow processes and emerging technologies allow me to better address functional requirements without compromising the effectiveness of the business.
I became involved with the gaming industry in 2005 after a very distinguished career in the private sector working for the world’s number one credit card processing company and providing technology innovations that transcended their global operations.
I am currently the Vice President of Information Technology and a member of the executive team at Cache Creek Casino Resort, which is owned and operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. It is a 415,000 square foot property that includes a well-appointed casino, luxury hotel, entertainment venue, restaurants, golf course and many other highly desirable amenities that you would expect from a full-service resort.
John Ormond is a 14 year employee of the Chumash Tribe. Starting as a support desk tech, John has held several positions in the Technology Services department leading to his current title of Executive Director of Technology Services. He is known in the gaming technology community to be a skilled practitioner in the strategic application of gaming technology.
John is a member of several professional organizations and holds certifications in multiple technology disciplines. He attended Morehouse College on a basketball scholarship and is also accomplished musician.
Ram has more than 25 years of experience in IT and has worked at premier companies like Bell Labs, Compaq, Exodus Communications and AT&T wireless. Ram Patrachari is a forward looking IT entrepreneur with extensive experience in implementing and managing highly scalable information systems across a diverse portfolio. Prior to joining Viejas, Ram managed the enterprise devices segment at AT&T wireless. His responsibilities included rolling out state of the art wireless devices to the enterprise wireless segment.
In 2015 the IT team from Viejas which he leads won the Tribalnet Game Changers Technology award. In 2012, he was awarded the Top Tech Exec award by San Diego Magazine. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Information Technology Executive of the year award sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal. Also, in 2010 the Viejas Information Technology team won the 3rd Annual Tribal Technology Leadership award sponsored by TribalNet.
Ram holds an MBA degree from Monmouth University and a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Ram has also obtained credentials from the CIO Institute at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and University of Chicago’s Kellogg school of business. He is a certified PMP, CISSP and a Certified ScrumMaster. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society.
Mr. Santini's tribal experience has been with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale Arizona as their Chief Information Officer since 2009. His team oversees infrastructure, data security, data Center Operations, portfolio management, application, project management, providing desktop support and audio visual for all aspects of the gaming and non-gaming enterprise. Mr. Santini has extensive experience directing all aspects of IT and focuses on managing a cultural of change to create a professional environment based on mutual respect and open and consistent communications. Prior to Indian Gaming, Mr. Santini served 34 years in MIS, extensively with the "Big 5" major oil companies.
Prior to accepting a position at Casino Arizona centered in Information Technology, Financial Services, Strategic Planning, IT Project Office, Facilities Management and Procurement. Mr. Santini has held managing positions at Standard Oil of Ohio now BP, senior positions at Tosco, Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips and Alimentation Couche Tard (Circle K). The latter positions consisted of involvement in implementing retail automation solutions for approximately 5,000 convenience stores, truck stops, car care centers and assisting in acquisitions and divestitures as well as overseeing the disposition of the acquired/divested assets.
Mr. Santini holds a B.S. degree in Business Management, Information Services and a minor in Operations Research from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, formally known as Clarion State College, Clarion Pennsylvania.
Patrick Tinklenberg is the Vice President of Information Technology with Sycuan Casino where, for the last 4 years, he has been responsible for technology and strategy for the casino, hotel, and golf resort. Previously to this position, Patrick was the IT Director for the Barona Band of Mission Indians for 7 years where he ran the IT operations at all tribal government service facilities, government-supported enterprises, and the Barona Gaming Commission. A veteran of the IT industry for over 20 years, he has worked with companies in Transportation, Medicine, Real Estate, Government, Manufacturing, and Retail to align business objectives with technology.
Since joining the Tribal IT industry in 2005 he has facilitated projects across all areas of government and casino operations. As a gaming operations executive, he has been instrumental in the implementation of innovative loyalty programs, digital content managements systems, CRM, and a number of strategic infrastructure initiatives. Highlights of government initiatives include: reservation-wide wireless broadband, GIS mapping, electronic document management, implementation of citizen service platforms, and unified communications.