The Fifth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange will be taking place at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA February 25-27, 2018. The yearly event for C-Suite executives in the tribal gaming industry helps build mutuality and strengthen ties among participants.

Attendance is by invitation only and limited to 75 executives. Registration is complimentary for the two-day event which features keynote addresses, networking opportunities, moderated roundtables, and small break-out discussions.

This must-attend event offers operators and a select number of Native Nation Events forum partners, service providers, and manufacturers the opportunity to get together in a casual environment during keynote addresses, scheduled meetings, social events and meals to establish and strengthen professional connections. While the California casino contingent has been well represented since the Exchange debuted in 2014, owners and operators from across the country make up a good percentage of the delegates in attendance each year.

Dave Matheson, former CEO of the Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel commented on the Exchange after his experience, saying: “Not only were the presentations awesome, but the roundtable input from the incredible brain-trust and experience around that table was invaluable beyond words. To hear what worked and what didn’t work, with hard data to back it up… It just can’t be duplicated anywhere else.”

In addition to speakers with decades of experience in the tribal gaming industry, participants will also be invited to think outside of the box and discuss how real-world solutions and strategies from other disciplines can strengthen and grow their businesses.

Change agent, thought leader, consultant and coach, Dave Cooper will be a keynote speaker this year and helped to develop the curriculum for the two-day event. Prior to co-founding the Karakoram Group in 2014, Cooper spent 25 years in Naval Special Warfare.

Cooper holds a specialized Master’s Degree in complexity science from Oxford and has synthesized his deep experience in tactical leadership with diverse disciplines in the fields of organizational change management, strategic thinking, and design. The audience is bound to listen with rapt attention as he unveils new forms of management awareness that are capable of creating high-purpose cultures in organizations with a focus on coaching and leadership.

The weather in La Jolla is very nice this time of year and there will be plenty of socializing at outdoor events as well as golfing opportunities on the greens of Torrey Pines, atop cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Some highlights of past events include bourbon and wine tastings, receptions, golf outings, and one on one meetings in a relaxed atmosphere.

For more information about The Fifth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange, please visit Native Nations Events at or phone 201-857-5333.


This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Dave Matheson is no longer CEO of CDA Resort. Francis Si John now holds that position.