Laura Stensgar has been chosen as the CEO for the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel, removing her temporary status in the role after Francis SiJohn stepped down from the position earlier this month.

“I appreciate the trust the tribal council has given me and understand the responsibilities this position holds,” Ms. Stensgar said.

Ms. Stensgar, has an MBA from the University of Idaho, will leave her position in Cultural Tourism and Public Relations at the Casino.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council made the decision last week.

“The Tribal Council has a lot of confidence in Laura’s abilities,” said Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Chief Allan. “We have no doubt she will continue to run our resort at the top level we know she is capable of and that our guests have come to expect of us.”

The Coeur d’Alene Casino celebrated its 25th year in operation this year. From a bingo hall in its beginning, it has grown to a resort destination. The facility boasts two hotel wings, a newly renovated gaming floor and event center, many dining options, a spa and a world-renowned golf course.

Ms. Stensgar has been employed with the casino since it first opened.

“I have devoted and developed my professional life to this property. It has grown and I have grown with it,” she said.

The Coeur d’Alene Casino has grown to be one of the biggest employers in the area.

The casino hosts approximately 1.2 million visits each year and brings in tourist revenue of over $34 million annually.

“It has proven to be an effective tool in providing jobs and revenue to the Tribe and its community,” she said. “I look forward to prosperity for the Tribe, investment for the future of the Tribe, and to continue to be the market leader in the industry.”

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