Casino Del Sol’s One of a Kind Executive Career Ladder Program Propels Two Tribal Team Members to General Manager Positions

(August 28, 2023) — Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona has promoted former Director of Security, Miguel Escamilla and Executive Director of Community Relations, Lesah Sesma-Gay to General Manager positions following their completion of its two-year Executive Career Ladder Program.

The Executive Career Ladder Program is the result of continuous improvements to director and executive level training programs that Casino Del Sol has made available to Pascua Yaqui Tribal members. Through its Tribal Development Department, Casino Del Sol provides initiatives that offer professional development, comprehensive support and resources to the more than 700 enrolled Pascua Yaqui Tribal Team Members at Casino Del Sol.

Both members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Escamilla and Sesma-Gay completed rigorous training and expanded on their knowledge of casino operations, strategic management, financial planning and analysis, and guest relations while receiving mentorship and executive coaching.

“Both Lesah and Miguel have shown strong leadership and people skills, the ability to manage and improve operations, and strong analytical skills. Instead of one of them being promoted, we decided to create dual General Manager positions, with each one of them leading different operations and departments,” said Kimberly Van Amburg, CEO of Casino Del Sol. “They are going to be great additions to our leadership team. Their achievements reflect their pursuit of excellence, dedication to providing exceptional guest service, and their commitment to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.”

Miguel, a member of the Casino Del Sol team for 29 years, has consistently displayed leadership qualities and a great understanding of operations. As he assumes his new role as General Manager, Miguel’s wealth of experience and strategic vision will play a vital role in driving Casino Del Sol’s growth.

“The Executive Career Ladder Program has been an incredible journey, and I am honored to have completed it,” said Escamilla. “I am grateful for the opportunities provided by Casino Del Sol to enhance my skills and knowledge. As General Manager, I am excited to contribute to the continued growth and success of these exceptional properties.”

Lesah Sesma-Gay, with over 11 years of service at Casino Del Sol and more than 17 years of experience in guest relations, community involvement, and operational management, will now assume the position of General Manager. Her expertise in creating unforgettable experiences for guests will further Casino Del Sol’s reputation as a premier gaming, entertainment, and hospitality destination.

“Completing the Executive Career Ladder Program and being promoted to General Manager is a true milestone in my career. I am honored to have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the guest experiences at Casino Del Sol. With my passion for creating unforgettable moments, I am determined to elevate this resort to even greater levels of excellence,” said Sesma-Gay.

Marcus Diaz, Director of Organizational Development at Casino Del Sol, is committed to providing team members with the tools necessary for their long-term career goals. His work helps to support Casino Del Sol’s four upward mobility tracks that include the Future Leader Track, Management Development Track, Executive Development Track and the Executive Career Ladder Track.

“The Executive Career Ladder Program, which combines traditional training, executive coaching, personality assessments, hands-on learning, and continuous feedback, is really a one-of-a-kind program, and we are so proud that it has led to the promotion of two amazing Pascua Yaqui Tribal members. We are proud of Miguel’s and Lesah’s achievements in this program. We have no doubt that they will excel in their new positions and contribute to the continued success of Casino Del Sol.”

Casino Del Sol is located in Tucson, Arizona. Casino Del Sol is an enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, a federally recognized Tribe with more than 20,000 enrolled members. Casino Del Sol’s operation includes several businesses: Casino Del Sol, Casino of the Sun, Casino Del Sol Resort, Estrella at Casino Del Sol, AVA Amphitheater, Sewailo Golf Club, and the Del Sol Marketplace. For more information, call 1-855-SOL-STAY (765-7829) or visit Follow Casino Del Sol on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.