Arizona Indian gaming group names deputy director

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) November 2010

The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has created a position of deputy director and has named Valerie Spicer to the job.

Tribal leaders chose her in a national search that drew 80 candidates.

Spicer says she views Indian gaming as being about economic diversification and economic opportunity for tribes.

She has 26 years of gaming experience in both the private and public sectors.

Spicer most recently was chief executive officer of Gaming Strategies Group, where she promoted business development with tribal enterprises and governments and consulted with tribal and individually owned businesses.

She was co-chair for the 10-year Harvard/National Indian Gaming Association’s National Census Data Impact Study and founder of the American Indian Business Network.