The Pueblo of Isleta tribal government has announced the appointment of Karl Waitner as the new CEO of Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, NM. Waitner has an extensive background in casino operations and hospitality, with nearly 25 years of experience in the industry.
Prior to joining Isleta Resort & Casino, Waitner held positions at Rush Street Gaming, where he served as the VP of Hospitality in Portsmouth, VA, and VP of Operations in Schenectady, NY. In his new role, Waitner will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Isleta Resort & Casino, Palace West Casino, The Lakes & RV Park, and Isleta Golf Course. He will also work closely with the Pueblo of Isleta Governor’s Office and Tribal Council on economic development initiatives to support the growth and stability of all Pueblo of Isleta Enterprises.
Ron Olguin, Vice President of Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Council, expressed the tribe’s excitement about Waitner’s appointment, stating, “The tribal leadership of Isleta Pueblo are happy and proud to welcome Karl to our resort/casino team and family. 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 venue.”
Waitner, who is a descendant of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Northern Michigan, expressed his pride in joining the tribal nation and resort. He stated, “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.”
Waitner’s appointment is seen as a positive step towards enhancing the resort’s operations and driving economic development for the Pueblo of Isleta. His extensive experience and commitment to the tribe’s priorities make him a valuable addition to the leadership team at Isleta Resort & Casino.