The Muckleshoot Tribal Council has announced that Indian Gaming veteran Conrad Granito Jr. has been hired as the new General Manager of the Muckleshoot Casino located on the Tribe’s Reservation near Seattle, Washington. Granito stepped into the GM position in June 2014, succeeding interim GM Peter Valentine.
“The Tribe is very pleased that Conrad accepted our offer to serve as our casino’s new General Manager,” said Tribal Council Chair Virginia Cross. “His extensive experience and expertise operating tribal gaming operations and work as a gaming consultant makes him exceptionally qualified to build on the Tribe’s work of the last 20-plus years and keep the Muckleshoot Casino the biggest and best in the Northwest.”
Granito began his career in 1990 with the Sycuan Band of Mission Indians, first in bingo then moving on to gaming operations. In 1993, he moved on to become General Manager for the Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico, where over a four-year period he took their gaming operation from bingo to a full casino.
After an 18-month stint as President and Chief Operating Officer of GameTech, a public company that dealt in electronic bingo units for tribal operations and non-profits organizations, Granito returned to Indian Country and over the next 15 years worked for the Southern Ute Tribe in Southwest Colorado, Pueblo of Santa Ana in New Mexico and Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.
“While I have worked as a gaming consultant to more than 55 tribes, Muckleshoot is only the sixth tribe I have actually worked for directly,” said Granito. “I have had opportunities to work in different non-Indian jurisdictions but have chosen to always work in Indian Country. The first paragraph of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) clearly states that gaming is for economic development and economic independence of tribes. That is what motivates me and is why I am excited and honored to bring my experience and commitment to the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and their gaming operation.”
The Muckleshoot Casino opened in April 1995 in a 13,000 square-foot tent offering 31 table games, pull-tabs, off-track betting and a café. Over the next 20 years, a series of successful expansions created what today is a 340,000 square foot casino that offers gaming, entertainment and dining unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest.