Gun Lake Tribe Names First Chief Information Officer
IT Professional will Lead Technological Advancements at Government, Gaming Operations
(Bradley, Mich.) – The Gun Lake Tribe (the “Tribe”) announced today the addition of a key management position within the tribal government organizational structure. J. Kevin Bassett was hired as the Tribe’s first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO). Mr. Bassett will manage information technology and staff within tribal government, casino operations, and the tribal gaming commission. He brings a diverse skill set to the Tribe that includes experience in military, corporate and gaming operations.
“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Bassett as the Tribe’s first-ever Chief Information Officer,” said Scott Sprague, Tribal Chairman. “Kevin’s successful tenure at the Gun Lake Casino, and his impressive resume, provides the tribal government with technological expertise needed to achieve the advancements we are planning for the future.”
Mr. Bassett’s career began in the U.S. Navy in 1986 where he trained, and eventually lead, sonar operation teams. He was highly decorated, achieving the position of Sonar Technician, First Class. Upon his retirement in 1997 he had achieved a top secret security clearance.
Mr. Bassett’s 20 years of business technology experience includes corporate and pharmaceutical IT positions. He has the capability of transforming information technology into a value producing strategic asset that focuses on service objectives while aligning with the financial and strategic goals of the organization.
Mr. Bassett served as the Director of Information Technology at the Gun Lake Casino for the past 6 years. During this time, the IT department retained 100% of its team members, improved efficiency, and reduced costs across many department contracts and functions.
Mr. Bassett earned a B.S. Computer Science degree from the University of Hawaii. Mr. Bassett is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, giving over 10 years of service to his country.
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About Gun Lake Tribe
The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) has a rich history in West Michigan and a close connection to the land. The Bradley Indian Mission, located near Wayland, is the historic residential and cultural center point of the tribal community. The Tribe’s ancestors, and political predecessors, signed treaties with the United States government dating back to 1795. The Tribe was re-affirmed to federal recognition in 1999. For more information about the Tribe visit https://gunlaketribe-nsn.gov/
About Gun Lake Casino
Gun Lake Casino is located off Exit 61 on U.S. 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The casino features over 2,000 slot machines, 47 table games, a high-limit room, a 225-seat café, and a 300-seat buffet, along with bars, lounges, and live entertainment.
Gun Lake Casino is owned and operated by the Gun Lake Tribe. For more information, visit www.gunlakecasino.com