Mohawk Gaming Enterprises LLC recently named Emily Lauzon as general manager at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, New York. Lauzon replaces Todd Papineau who left to pursue other opportunities. Lauzon previously served as acting general manager and has been the casino’s assistant general manager since 2013.
Lauzon brings 18 years of Class II and III executive gaming operations experience to her position. She began her gaming industry career as associate relations manager at Akwasasne during its start-up phase in 1999.as the Associate Relations Manager. In 2012 she was named general manager at Mohawk Bingo Palace as it merged with the Akwasasne casino.
Lauzon holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial labor relations with a minor in business economics from SUNY Potsdam. She also earned certification in the executive development program at the University of Las Vegas. She currently is serving a fourth term as president of the board of education at Salmon River Central School and is a member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission Board since December 2019.
In a statement, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs said, “Emily has a deep-rooted commitment to the casino and its employees. Her work is fueled by the greater needs within Akwesasne. Her tireless effort to strengthen our community is reflected in her 3-year term served as a tribal sub-chief and participation on local boards. The casino is our region’s top employer, and the most vital funding source for our people. We have every confidence in her ability to lead the casino through this pandemic as our general manager.”
Lauzon commented, “I am humbled and honored to be appointed as the general manager of our casino. We are the economic engine for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and I thank tribal council and the MGE Board for the confidence bestowed upon me. We’ve resumed operations mid-pandemic with a well-executed strategy and a focus on the safety and public health of our guests, our employees and our community. I take this responsibility very seriously, and I am committed to the mission and financial success of our property.”