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Ron Olson 72dpiRon Olson has been named the new CEO of Kewadin Casinos, five gaming properties with slot machines, table games, two hotels, convention and meeting facilities and other amenities in Michigan’s picturesque Upper Peninsula.

Olson was selected to lead the casinos after a national search by the Kewadin Gaming Authority. He officially starts on April 17.

Olson has 25 years of experience in Native American gaming, including more than 20 years in executive leadership positions. During his career, he has managed single-casino properties and gaming enterprises with a variety of amenities, including hotels and golf courses. Olson has been licensed by tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico and Michigan.

He spent a decade in Michigan as the CEO of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City and General Manager of the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey.

Olson and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters working and attending college in Michigan, adding to the family’s excitement of returning to the state.

Besides Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie Casino, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians owns and operates casinos in St. Ignace, Manistique, Christmas and Hessel.

Located in one of the most scenic regions of North America, Kewadin Casinos currently offers 2,031 slot machines, 55 table games, hotels, dining and other amenities at five properties in Michigan’s eastern and central Upper Peninsula. Owned and operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Kewadin Casinos are the premier gaming destinations for people who live in and visit the Upper Peninsula, which is bordered on the south by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, on the west by Wisconsin, and on the north by Lake Superior and Canada.

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