For Immediate Release 

Contact: Treena Parvello, 520-342-2905 

Matt Smith, 520-907-1234 

Mike Bean Announced as new CEO of Desert Diamond Casinos 

TUCSON, Ariz. – Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment is proud to announce the hiring of Mike Bean as its new Chief Executive Officer. His appointment follows an extensive nationwide search by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) for the top executive talent in the gaming business. Bean will take over starting on Aug. 30, 2021 and will report directly to the TOGE Management Board of Directors. 

Mike Bean has served in senior management positions at some of the largest and most reputable gaming operations in the country, including Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Harrah’s Entertainment and Boyd Gaming. At Foxwoods, Bean was part of the team that grew the first casino on the east coast outside of Atlantic City from 1,200 team members to more than 12,000. 

Over the course of more than a decade, Bean played an integral leadership role in the successful development, opening and operation of Mohegan Sun Pocono, Pennsylvania’s first casino and Mohegan Sun’s first commercial casino. Most recently, Bean served as Chief Executive Officer of the Saginaw Chippewa Gaming Enterprises, overseeing 3 locations. 

Mike Bean’s record of leadership makes him ideally suited to oversee the roll out of new gaming opportunities at Desert Diamond Casinos under the compact amendment that was approved earlier this year. His insights will also be invaluable as TOGE continues to build out its West Valley facility. 

“Mike Bean has the experience and expertise that we’re looking for in our next CEO,” said Justin Manuel, Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise Management Board. “This is an exciting time for tribal gaming in Arizona. We need a leader who is forward-thinking and ready to embrace a new era of gaming in our state. Mike understands where we’re going and what we want to accomplish—for our Enterprise, for the Tohono O’odham Nation, and for our community partners across Arizona.” 

“I am proud to become part of this great organization and to have this tremendous opportunity,” said Mike Bean. “Desert Diamond Casinos has an incredible team in place and a record of providing quality gaming entertainment. The future of Desert Diamond Casinos is bright and I am honored to take the helm as we move forward with new gaming opportunities at our facilities.” 

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, with three locations in Southern Arizona (Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why) and one in the West Valley, is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, an enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Additional information can be found at or by calling 866-DDC-WINS. Follow Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment on Twitter (@DiamondCasinos), Facebook (@DDCAZ), and Instagram (@DiamondCasinos).