Loren Gill has been named chief executive officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, four years after he first came to work for the tribe as general manager in 2015.
Gill moves into the position formerly held by Jerry Peresa, who was named CEO Emeritus in September 2018.
According to Jenna Brady and Kenneth Shoji, both of whom are authorized to speak on behalf of the tribe, “Since joining San Manuel Casino as general manager in 2015, Loren Gill has led the casino through unprecedented, sustained growth. In his new role, he will be responsible for overall leadership and strategic operations for San Manuel tribal government operations as well as San Manuel Casino.”
“Loren exemplifies the tribe’s vision, mission and values and is committed to further unifying San Manuel across the enterprise,” said Lynn Valbuena, chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “While his long career in the gaming industry speaks to his expertise in casino management, it is his passion for and commitment to the tribe that make him the right person to lead our tribal government operations and casino enterprises.”
Gill is credited with playing a key leadership role both for San Manuel Casino and in the transition of the tribal government operations as a member of the interim office of the CEO. In both roles, Gill was the key lead of the Yaamava’ expansion project, which will ultimately usher the tribe toward staking an ever more convincing claim to being one of the top entertainment destinations in Southern California.
“I am honored to serve in this important role and for the opportunity to work even closer with the tribe to create a brighter future for San Manuel,” said Gill. “The tribe is very special to me, and I am grateful to contribute in my new role to an organization that has done so much to help others.”
With Gill’s appointment, Peter Arceo has been named interim general manager of San Manuel Casino until the role is filled. The tribe is conducting an internal and external talent search to find a suitable candidate. As the casino’s chief operating officer since August 2018, and, prior to that, chief marketing officer since 2015, Arceo has been instrumental to the casino’s success.
“As excited as I am to serve in a new role as San Manuel CEO, I know the casino will continue to flourish with the current leadership team,” said Gill. “Peter is a great leader who embodies our core values, and I am looking forward to continue working with him and the rest of our executive leadership team to build a greater future, together.”