On April 5, 2017, Kewadin Casinos, owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, named Ron Olson its new CEO. Kewadin Casinos operates five gaming properties with over 2,000 slot machines, 55 table games, two hotels, convention and meeting facilities throughout the Upper Peninsula.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ron and his family back to Michigan and to the top executive post at our Kewadin Casinos,” said Sault Tribe Chairman and Kewadin Gaming Authority Chairman, Aaron Payment, as reported by Crainsdetroit.com. “His national and Michigan gaming knowledge and experience will help solidify Kewadin Casinos as the premier gaming destinations in the U.P. for residents and visitors alike.”
Olson joins Kewadin with over two decades of experiences and over the course of his career he has managed single-casino properties and gaming enterprises with amenities including golf courses and hotels and is licensed by tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico and Michigan. Notably, Olson previously spent ten years in Michigan between serving as the CEO of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and the General Manager of the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey. Olson was the CEO of Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise for the last three years in North Dakota prior to taking his new position with Kewadin.
Olson officially begins as CEO on April 17, 2017.