Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s prosperous and diverse existence in Pottawatomie County continues provide numerous opportunities for female members, present workers and Oklahoma inhabitants. That chance often comes in the "promote from within" coverage in CPN and has enabled many workers to produce their livelihood working for the Nation.
An illustration of this is Joe Garcia; a one time lawn maintenance professional for FireLake Golf Course has become the General Manager for its Grand Casino. Joe Garcia, such as many other CPN workers, was only searching for a summer project. Little did he know, with 22 years in the building, Garcia would find himself at a really integral place to assist the tribe develop.
Garcia, a native of Brownfield, Texas, was on a baseball scholarship in New Mexico Junior College when he got a telephone call in the head coach at Oklahoma Baptist University. That trainer provided Garcia the chance to move and play basketball in OBU. Garcia moved to Shawnee, Okla. the subsequent year in pursuit of his physical education level. While at OBU playing baseball, Garcia met Brian Capps, son of Vice-Chairman Linda Capps.
One day, Brian indicated that Joe search to get a summer project at CPN.
"At the time, I was only seeking part-time work after all I was attending college full time. My good friend Brian recommended that I check out the golf course for some seasonal help. I went in the next day to apply and have been with the Tribe ever after all," explained Garcia. "The sense I continued working for the tribe, even after college, is that people here believed in me and gave me opportunities that I don’t believe anybody else could have. "
Working his way up for the tribe throughout the years prepared Garcia for his newest assignment as General Manager of one of the state’s largest casino and resort destinations. He credits his father for giving him his "can perform " attitude and work ethic.
Starting out as lawn maintenance, Garcia utilized his bachelor’s degree in physical education to work his way up to recreational director for CPN.
"In 2001, the executive branch chose to convert the old bowling alley into what’s currently FireLake Entertainment Center. That’s when I chose to obtain in the gaming business," explained Garcia. "There is something about the quick pace, the requirement to be watchful and only that stimulating feeling that you obtain from the gaming community. I understood that’s exactly what I needed to obtain into considering my aggressive nature. It had been among the greatest decisions I’ve ever produced since it’s something that I am enthusiastic about. "
In Oklahoma, the gaming community is highly competitive enterprise with 38 federally recognized tribes in the state. So staying ahead of the game is the key to success.
"Right nowour attention is on our newest restaurants, The Grand Caf and Flame Brazilian Steakhouse, in addition to the Grand Event Center. However, there are a whole lot of other wonderful things coming into the Grand. Our purpose is to place the bar high, not just for the casinos ought to be handled and operated at Oklahoma, however they ought to be handled and operated throughout the nation," stated Garcia. "Citizen Potawatomi Nation is famous to be innovators and’s exactly what we’ll go on to be. Our gaming centre is state of the art. We get phone calls and queries every day how we function and what new items we’ve done to stay on top of the match. "
When he’s not overseeing one of the largest gaming centers in Oklahoma, Garcia enjoys time spent with his wife and children. The family man stays humble by cooking Texas-inspired meals and coaching his two sons’ baseball teams.
"One of the things that I love the most about Citizen Potawatomi Nation is that they treat you like family. I’m a family guy and the tribe has treated me with only respect and kindness after all the before all else day I worked here," explained Garcia. "That atmosphere is what I love the most, and as the new GM out at the Grand Casino, I am going to do my best to provide for my family and the people of Citizen Potawatomi Nation. "