Rudy Prieto named CEO of Desert Diamond Casinos

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment announced the hiring of Rudy Prieto as its new Chief Executive Officer. His appointment follows an extensive nationwide search by the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE) for the top executive talent in the gaming business. He begins his duties on Jan. 8, 2018 and will report directly to the TOGE Management Board of Directors.

Mr. Prieto comes to Desert Diamond Casinos with more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry, most recently as General Manager for Pechanga Resort & Casino in California. His extensive career has involved both domestic and international gaming and hotel enterprises, including operations with multiple facilities. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Mexico, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Rudy Prieto’s appointment comes at a significant moment for Desert Diamond Casinos. Under the leadership of the TOGE Management Board and outgoing CEO Andy Asselin, Desert Diamond made great strides in recent years opening its fourth facility near Glendale, Ariz., as well as successfully re-branding and streamlining operations. Asselin’s announcement last June of his pending retirement led to the Management Board’s CEO search that selected Mr. Prieto.

CPI adds Matt McOmber as SVP

Commercial Properties, Inc./CORFAC International (CPI), Arizona’s largest locally owned commercial real estate brokerage, announced the addition of Matt McOmber to the CPI Brokerage Team.  Matt will be operating out of the Tempe headquarters and focusing on the Corporate Services division.

After more than 18 years leading real estate teams for leading national firms, Matt McOmber joined Commercial Properties Incorporated (CPI), as the Senior Vice President of the Corporate Services division.  Mr. McOmber has responsibility for managing real estate transactions with corporate clients in Phoenix and throughout North and South America.

Mr. McOmber brings his transaction and project management knowledge to the CPI Corporate Services team and will be focusing on leveraging regional and global relationships to ensure every client need is met, allowing for the continual success of the client’s business. During the past 18 years, he has managed, negotiated and closed transactions totaling more than $350 million. He has a wide array of experience throughout the United States and Latin America and has provided portfolio and transaction management services internally and as a broker for Fortune 100 companies.

NSA announces new CEO

The National Speakers Association (NSA), the leading organization for the professional speaking industry, has named Mary Lue Peck as their new Chief Executive Officer.

“I’m excited and enthusiastic about joining NSA. NSA is a dynamic organization that helps its members do what they love to do, which is educating and inspiring others. Our members are changing the world and inspiring the next thought leaders and innovators. I look forward to building upon NSA’s legacy with the volunteer leaders and staff members,” she said.

Peck will succeed Interim CEO, Chris Packard, who has been in the position since May of 2017 when long-time CEO Stacy Tetschner resigned after 25 years of service.

Telgian Engineering & Consulting appoints Leonard Ramo as president

Global engineering and risk mitigation consultancy Telgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC (TEC) today announced the appointment of Leonard Ramo as President. TEC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telgian Holdings, Inc., provides professional services related to fire protection, life safety, security, risk analysis, environmental health and safety, emergency management/operations continuity and related sustainability (LEED) strategies.

Ramo joined Telgian Corporation nearly 20 years ago as a loss control engineer and worked his way up to management and executive positions, advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to private institutions and public and private corporations across the globe. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in fire protection engineering and role in developing international codes and standards as part of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He serves as president of the Central Gulf Coast Chapter Society of Fire Protection Engineers and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and Society of American Military Engineers. 

“Len is a model of what one can achieve at Telgian,” said Jim Tomes, president and CEO. “He has grown immeasurably in his time here and because of his hard work, dedication to the team, embracement of Telgian culture and unwavering commitment to customer service. We have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our engineering and consulting efforts.”