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(Battle Creek, MI.) January 4, 2016-  Brian Decorah, who has been leading the FireKeepers Casino Hotel team as Chief Executive Officer since July of 2015, has been named President and CEO, announced Homer A. Mandoka, Tribal Council Chairman of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.  Decorah started his career with FireKeepers in 2013 as Senior Vice President and for the last six months has excelled as CEO.

Decorah, an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, joined FireKeepers in 2013 with twenty years of gaming experience. He was General Manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort in Bowler, Wisconsin and General Manager for two Ho-Chunk Gaming casinos, also located in Wisconsin. His diverse skills set include extensive marketing, compliance and business development and includes executive positions at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, Arizona and Seneca Gaming Corporation in Western, New York. 

Decorah has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin school system. Brian was the recipient of Raving Award for Excellence in Casino Marketing in 2012. He was also the recipient of the Global Gaming 40 under 40 in 2013.

“Brian Decorah brings passion and enthusiasm to the FireKeepers Team”, said Homer A. Mandoka, Tribal Council Chairman. “He has a keen-eye for an optimal guest experience and expects to treat others, as they would treat him. He is skilled at earning respect from team members and I am confident he will lead us with vision and a dedication to successful operating results.”

Brian Decorah succeeds R. Bruce McKee as CEO. McKee led FireKeepers through the end of 2015 as President at which time he retired. His vast experience and positive personality created a path to success as the casino and employer of choice in the state of Michigan.  McKee, the first General Manager at FireKeepers, is credited with establishing the winning culture of outstanding guest service, professional casino operation and development of Michigan’s finest gaming resort during his more than seven years of service. 

“I am truly humbled to continue my journey with FireKeepers as President and CEO,” states Brian Decorah.  “I am very fortunate to lead such a dedicated and professional team, as we maintain our commitment to being the casino of choice for our guests, and the employer of choice for our team members.”

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations, multiple lounges and entertainment venues. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the June Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, the FireKeepers Casino 400.