Executive Casino Hosts

Lauren Ploehn

Player Development Manager


I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business Management. During my education, I developed a passion for Las Vegas and had a unique opportunity to study gaming abroad in Macau, China. After graduation, I began my career at FireKeepers Casino Hotel starting as a slot attendant and quickly moving my way up to Slot Supervisor. Through my determination to go above and beyond for each and every guest and my passion for the gaming industry I became a casino host in December of 2010.


Sonya Mahoney

Executive Casino Host


I started at FireKeepers Casino in 2009 and what an exciting time it was and still is. I am a mother of three and native of Battle Creek area, currently living in Kalamazoo area. With my love for customer service I have always enjoyed meeting people. I started at FireKeepers Casino at the Rewards Club and with hard work and determination I was promoted to an Executive Casino Host. Guest service has always been a passion of mine for over 20 years and is at the heart of everything I do. I’ve always strived for excellence in my profession and have received awards and recognition for my abilities. Building relationships with my valued guests and truly understanding their needs is what I am determined each day to give of myself. The excitement and fun that our casino delivers, with our promotions and wonderful amenities, makes me proud to be a part of such a remarkable organization and what I call “team”. I am dedicated to making your visits a positive, lasting experience that will bring you back time and time again, and make you part of our casino family.

Michael Diana

Executive Casino Host


I started my career here at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Food and Beverage in 2011. I have over ten years of F&B experience, which is why I was chosen in 2014 to be the Maitre,’D of Nibi. Here is where I obtained a love for the rich history of wine and wine making. I enrolled in “The Court of Master Sommeliers” in 2016, and received my Level One Certification. In 2017, I was promoted to Executive Casino Host, because of my passion for hospitality and guest service. I will ensure you the utmost satisfaction and happiness during your stay at our fine establishment here at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, the casino of choice in the Midwest.


Brendan George

Executive Casino Host


I grew up in Southwest Michigan, graduating from Gull Lake High School in 2007 then attending Marietta College in Marietta, OH, where I graduated with a BA in International Leadership Studies and a Minor in Organizational Communication and Public Relations in 2011. I became a FireKeepers Casino Hotel Team Member in 2012 and have held a variety of roles in the organization. I am excited to utilize my experience and passion for Guest Service as your Executive Casino Host. My goal is to always ensure that your experiences at our fantastic property are fun, extremely friendly, completely vibrant and enthusiastically upscale.

Marius Polizache

Executive Casino Host


It is exciting for me to be able to use the formal education that I received at the Minister of Tourism in Bucharest, Romania and Michigan State University in Hotel Development and Hospitality Administration. I’m also fluent in Romanian, Italian and French. It is my personal commitment for each guest to enjoy themselves during their stay and help make it memorable. I am honored to be a part of each guest’s experience at FireKeepers Casino Hotel.


Anthony Aldrich

Executive Casino Host


Born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, it has been a privilege to grow with such an amazing company within my home community. I began at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in 2015 in the bingo department. Little did I know, what I thought was going to be just another job, turned out to be my door to an industry that I have grown to love. Having fulfilled various roles in the company and establishing my foundation in the host department since 2017, I am honored to introduce myself as your Executive Casino Host. Keeping in line with our culture here at FireKeepers, my intentions will always focus on providing our guests with the best experience possible.

Mitchell Benzing

Executive Casino Host


I began my tenure at FireKeepers in 2018 in the luxurious Four Diamond Hotel. A year later, the Marketing Department granted me the opportunity to advance my career in this exciting and competitive environment. My Business Administration background at Western Michigan University has provided me the foundation and skills required to grow within the company.
Superior customer service will continue to set FireKeepers apart from our competitors. I do everything I can to uphold these standards while interacting with our clientele. As a gaming industry leader in the Midwest, we strive to remain a premiere entertainment and hospitality destination.
FireKeepers is constantly evolving to provide a top notch gaming experience. I am proud to represent this award winning company and look forward to making you feel welcome on your next visit.

Brooke Byers

Executive Casino Host


The eye catching lights, sound of the slot reels, and dealers call for change stole my attention in 2015, when I first began my journey with FireKeepers Casino Hotel in the Red Hot Rewards Club as a representative. Since then, I have held titles of Rewards Club Supervisor and Casino Host. The passion and love I have for guest service has forever drawn me to the Executive Host family, to which I am honored to now be part of. The thrill I experienced on my first walk through has only grown with the company. Highest in caliber with our Hotel expansion coming to fruition in 2021, to include our biggest to-date high limit area, the addition of Dacey’s Sportsbook, and continuous updating of dining venues, have kept the fire burning and excitement rolling. Your trip to our lively, upscale environment can only be excelled with a guide who is as immersed in the atmosphere as you hope to be. It would be my pleasure to create an experience that will leave you as fired up as I have been since the first day I stepped on property.

Hai Nguyen

Executive Casino Host


My name is Hai Nguyen and I was born and raised in Vietnam. I came to Lake Charles, Louisiana in 2009 for college at McNeese State University. I started my journey in casino career as a Player Representative in Player department then I moved to VIP Representative in one of the casinos in Louisiana. As an Executive Casino Host at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, I want to build warm and meaningful relationships with my guests as true friends. Whether it is booking a room, events, concerts, dinner or golf reservations, I am just a phone call, text or email away.

Xin gửi lời chào tới mọi người. Tôi tên là Nguyễn Hải. Tôi sinh ra và lớn lên tại Việt Nam. Tôi tới thành phố Lake Charles thuộc tiểu bang Louisiana vào năm 2009 và theo học tại trường đại học McNeese State. Tôi bắt đầu công việc casino này tại một trong những casino tại tiểu bang Louisiana và hiện giờ tôi có may mắn đuợc làm việc tại FireKeepers Casino Hotel ở tiểu bang Michigan. Khi làm việc tại FireKeepers Casino Hotel, tôi muốn làm bạn với tất cả mọi người. Nếu bạn muốn đăng ký phòng khách sạn, đăng ký vé cho các sự kiện ca nhạc, đặt bàn ăn tối hay đăng ký một buổi chơi gôn, hãy liên lạc với tôi qua điện thoại, tin nhắn hay email.

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