David Fendrick F. Appointed Chief Operations Officer For Agua Caliente Band Of Cahuilla Indians
Palm Springs, CA (June, 2005) — The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has promoted David Fendrick, former General Manager of the Spa Resort Casino, to the position of Chief Operations Officer.
Having served in the position of General Manager for four months, Fendrick’s responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer will include oversight of the Tribe’s two casinos – Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage and Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs – as well as the Spa Hotel and its spa facilities, all restaurants and entertainment, the Well Spirit Fitness Center, and the Indian Canyons. In addition, Fendrick’s purview will include Information Technology, Marketing and the retail operations at the Tribe’s properties.
“The depth and breadth of Mr. Fendrick’s 27-years of experience in the gaming, hospitality and tourism industries give him seasoned expertise in a complex range of areas unique to our Tribe,” said Tribal Chairman Richard Milanovich. “He brings deft management skills, a keen sense of marketing and a creative vitality that we are pleased to welcome,” added Chairman Milanovich.
Fendrick’s responsibilities will also include the supervision of a dynamic Team Member staff of nearly 2,500 in all areas of the Tribe’s operations. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to take this Tribe’s gaming and hospitality services to an even greater level that will offer our guests the highest quality entertainment, dining and recreation experience possible,” said David Fendrick.
Fendrick’s impressive credentials include several casino construction and start-up projects, superior gaming operational expertise, and proven track record of player development programs.
He previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for four years at the Pala Casino Resort and Spa in Pala, near Temecula, California. Prior to that, Fendrick was involved with several gaming facilities around the country including the Empress Casino and Hotel in Joliet, IL; Station Casino in Kansas City, MO; the Fitzgeralds Group in Tunica, MS and Reno, NV.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, whose reservation comprises portions of the cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage as well as unincorporated sections of Riverside County, has inhabited the Coachella Valley for thousands of years.
In 1995, the Agua Caliente Tribe converted its Spa Hotel ballroom into the first casino in Palm Springs. In 2001, working with a talented team of architects and designers in Las Vegas — Bergman & Associates and Yates & Silverman, respectively — it opened a second casino, Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. Subsequently in 2003, the Tribe opened its dazzling new $90 million Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. Working with world-class architects Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, and designers Dougall Design, to create an elegant gaming/dining/entertainment destination venue, the 119,0000-square-foot Spa Resort Casino has helped revitalize tourism to the downtown sector.
Today, the Tribe’s enterprises include gaming, entertainment, dining, golf, as well as a spa and fitness center. In addition, the Tribe owns part interest in a locally owned financial institution, Canyon National Bank. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, known as passionate environmental stewards, diligently preserves its Indian Canyons as sacred natural resources. Among the five canyons comprised in Indian Canyons, Palm Canyon is the world’s largest natural fan palm oasis. Both Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.