Derrick Watchman, Chief Executive Officer
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise
Derrick Watchman was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) in January 2013.
role as CEO includes leading day-to-day operations of the multi-million dollar gaming enterprise's four properties in New Mexico and Arizona as well as ensuring that Navajo Gaming policies and objectives are met.
These three main objectives include; strengthening the Navajo Gaming
and Hospitality economy, returning additional revenue to the Navajo Nation
and providing additional jobs to Navajos.
brings more than 20 years of management experience in the private and tribal sectors to his
position at Navajo Gaming
Most recently Watchman served as Navajo Gaming's Chief Financial Officer and was instrumental in acquiring funding for all of the Navajo Nation's gaming development and construction projects exceeding $250 million.
He previously served as Vice President and Senior Relations Manager at JP Morgan Chase Bank's Native American Banking Group, handled Native American banking and financing at Wells Fargo Bank and worked with Prudential Capital Corporation as a private placement banker.
Watchman has also been Director of Indian Affairs at the US Department of Energy, was the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Navajo Nation's Dine Power Authority and Director of the Navajo Tax Commission.
He is Board Chairman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and a director for the Native American Bank.
Watchman holds an MBA from the University of California and a Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona.
He leads a strong Navajo Gaming executive team that oversees operations for Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Northern Edge Casino and Flowing Water Navajo Casino.