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Cherishing 25 Years of Service

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Barbara Achten, Casino Cashier Manager

Cherishing 25 Years of Learning

My years at Harrah’s Ak-Chin have been spent loving the people I work with and the fun that we have. The challenges, changes, and diverse group of people that I’ve worked with in the Cage and across the property over the years have made me a better person overall.  My favorite thing about Harrah’s is the people I work with, hands down. Any success I’ve experienced is directly related to my team and our ability and openness to learn from each other. We grow and get better when we do it together.


Karen Scofield, Marketing Coordinator

Cherishing 25 years of Growth

What’s the secret to 25 years? See Caesars Rewards for details! My favorite thing about Harrah’s is being a part of a caring community inside and out! The key to success is the culture, caring people and the nourishing environment!


Keith McGlaughlin, Market Engineer II

Cherishing 25 Years of Growth and Fun

The career journey has been fantastic, starting as an entry level IT staff member and now holding the title of Market Engineer II. I went from Microsoft Windows 3.0 to Windows 10, learning something new every day in the support of the casino staff.  We grew from 60 computers to over 300 PCs. I’ve watched the casino grow and I am most proud of receiving the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Chairman’s Award four times. My favorite thing about working at Ak-Chin has been working with the very diverse staff and representing Harrah’s Ak-Chin on the Pinal County United Way Board. My success at Harrah’s Ak-Chin is due to the great management staff and being allowed to assist and use my knowledge to ensure successful upgrades at Harvey’s Tahoe, Caesars Indiana, Reno and various Caesars sites in Las Vegas. I learned many things that I was able to incorporate in the everyday business at Ak-Chin.


Mario Cardenas, Senior Executive Casino Host

Cherishing 25 years of Serving

Wow, I can’t believe that it has been 25 years working at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.  My journey began back in October 1994, in Chandler AZ, on Chicago St.  I was looking for a job in security and was pulled from a Marketing Manager to try out Casino Marketing; I guess she heard me talk a lot to other people in line! To this day I talk a lot and I enjoy every minute of it. Now as a Senior Executive Casino Host I love what I do and this has been the best experience I could ever have and I never knew that I can make a career of this. I love my job and the challenges that come with it. I have seen our little casino throughout the years with many changes and challenges and now I’m so proud to say that our little casino has blossomed into a great Las Vegas feeling casino with many more options and offerings than other competitors in the valley. Thank you for allowing me to work at the best gaming company in the world. My favorite thing about working at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is taking care of my guests and making them feel like family. I love spending time talking to them and making them feel welcome during each visit. My success comes from my co-workers supporting me each and every day. Knowing that my team has my back is a blessing! I would not be this successful without them and having a great Casino Marketing team that believes in our vision to deliver great customer service helping us all be successful!


Jane Stimmel, Employee Engagement Manager

Cherishing 25 years of Learning and Family

My career at Harrah’s Ak-Chin began as a Beverage Server for 2 ½ years. I was then promoted to a Food & Beverage Trainer creating on the job training processes and tools for new employees. I then became a Human Resources Training Specialist and worked my way up to Training Manager. I now manage Employee Relations, Engagement, Training and Career Development. I love making a difference for others both inside and outside of our organization. I can honestly say I am better both personally and professionally because of my association with Caesars Entertainment! My favorite thing about Harrah’s is the people! I’ve created some wonderful relationships over the years that I wouldn’t trade for anything! They are just like family!!! The key to success at one of the largest gaming companies in the world is exhibiting an upbeat and positive attitude in EVERYTHING you do as well as soaking in all the learning opportunities the company has to offer!!!


Jessica Mavis, Buffet Waitperson

Cherishing 25 Years of Serving

I’ve grown so much with this amazing company! My favorite thing about working here is my amazing loyal guests and my co-workers that have become part of my family. Take advantage of a journey of learning experiences and choose a positive outlook in life!


Salina Litton, Slot Attendant/Host

Cherishing 25 years of Fun

I began my journey with Harrah’s Ak-Chin in the EVS Department. After several months I transferred into the Slot Department where I still work! I have seen many changes during my time, the biggest being moving from coin to fast cash tickets! My favorite part about working at Harrah’s Ak-Chin is the many relationships I’ve developed with my co-workers and guests!


Jennetta (Kay) Walker, Surveillance Officer

Cherishing 25 years of Incredible Experiences

My career has been about changes, consistent growth and adapting to whatever the next challenge brings. I was with security for 5 years, now in surveillance for 20 years. It has been an incredible experience. My favorite thing about working here is my job and our employees. The key to success is adapting to changes, challenges with the skills to move forward.


Sue Critzer, Table Games Dealer

Cherishing 25 years of Growth

I started my Harrah’s journey in spring 1993 at Harrah’s Joliet as a dealer. I dealt Blackjack and Mini Baccarat. In fall of 1994 I transferred to Harrah’s Ak-Chin as a Casino Cashier. Shortly after that I became a Lead Cashier, then a Cage Supervisor. I then transferred to Slots as a Slot Host. In 2003 Table Games came to Arizona and I’ve been a Table Games Dealer since then! My favorite thing about working here is my co-workers and customers! The key to success is performing many different jobs during my time here!


JoAnne McQueen, Restaurant Supervisor

Cherishing 25 years of joie de vivre!

Harrah’s was supposed to be a pit stop for me – a job to make quick money and then head off for my destination. I never imagined it being my journey! Through the people I have met, each one has left an imprint in my heart! It’s like an addiction - to the sounds, the people, the excitement, the changes, the fast paced lifestyle. It’s watching people learn, grow and thrive is my favorite thing! It’s family!! From day one the expectation was to have fun and enjoy whatever position you were in. When you are a big kid at heart, it’s like giving you permission to take from the candy jar. And then there are the most amazing people I have ever met…. So I get my candy and get to eat it too!