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Seneca Gaming Corp. Announces Interim President, CEO

Seneca Gaming Corporation is ready for some changes to take place, as current Chief Executive Officer Holly Gagnon is about to see her contract expire on May 31. The latest announcement confirmed that Chief Financial Officer David Sheridan is going to become the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the tribal gaming leader and position it for expansion.

The upcoming days are going to be the last for Ms. Gagnon in her position as a leader, as her previously inked contract is set to reach its expiry date at the end of this month. This calls for some changes to take place, as the tribal gaming leader is striving to propel its three casino complexes forward once the lockdown has been lifted.


Klint Nephew, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, recently expressed his gratitude for the hard work Ms. Gagnon has shown over the years, the professional achievements she has made possible, as well as the growth Seneca Gaming Corporation has witnessed under her supervision. Team Member engagement managed to see an improvement over the past few years, positively impacting the corporation.

Ever since 2017, she has been on the leadership role and she also took the time to reflect on the three years as a Chief Executive Officer. One of the larger projects she oversaw was the US$40-million expansion resulting in the Seneca Niagara Arrival Experience at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. Patrons and guests of the casino resort are now able to enjoy the improved amenities welcoming them.

Moreover, during her operation the tribal gaming leader introduced in-person sports wagering at all three of the casino resorts overseen by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The past three years of operation were also able to introduce a thorough renovation of the hotel rooms available at Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino transforming them into more welcoming locations.

Paving the Way

Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong Sr. pointed out that Mr. Sheridan has been part of the structure of the tribal gaming giant for quite a while and he has earned the trust of its members over the past decade. This makes him a suitable candidate for the interim position, stepping in at a pivotal point of Seneca Gaming Corporation’s development. The three tribal casino resorts are preparing for their official reopening.

For the time being, opening dates have not been pinpointed but preparation is already in progress. It has been confirmed, however, that Western New York would not see any live events overseen by the Native American tribe through September. Seneca Niagara Event Center, Seneca Niagara Bear’s Den Showroom, Seneca Allegany Event Center, and Seneca Niagara and Seneca Allegany Outdoor Concert venues would be affected by the decision.

Some of the postponed events have been eagerly awaited by many locals. King of the Cage MMA at Seneca Niagara Event Center, Against The Wind: The Ultimate Bob Seger Experience at Bear’s Den Showroom, Big & Rich at Seneca Allegany Event Center, and Seneca Fight Night: All Star Boxing at Seneca Niagara Event Center are only some of the postponed events.