The San Manuel Entertainment Authority has appointed Kenji Hall as the new General Manager at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel, California. He will be succeeding Peter Arceo, who was selected as Chief Gaming Officer for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in May. In his new role, Hall will lead the strategic execution and performance of daily gaming and hospitality operations.
Peter Arceo, Chief Gaming Officer for the Tribe, said: “Kenji’s expertise in hotel, food and beverage, marketing, and gaming operations make him ideally qualified for leading the next generation of service excellence at Yaamava’. He and his team will continue to drive our competitive positioning of Yaamava’ as the top casino resort destination in California.”
Hall joined San Manuel Casino in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer-Hospitality, where he led the complete renovation of the Tribe’s Bear Springs Hotel in San Bernardino, California. Hall also brought revenue growth to San Manuel Casino with the opening of “new and successful food and beverage outlets,” notes the Tribe.
Later, Hall was named Chief Operating Officer-Casino, where he was responsible for leading the expansion of gaming operations and played an instrumental role in the rebranding and opening of Yaamava.
Hall is also responsible for inspiring a “team first” workplace culture that values excellence, says the San Manuel tribe, resulting in Yaamava’ receiving the Great Place to Work certification two years in a row.
Prior to San Manuel, Hall held management and executive leadership positions in Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana, and North Carolina with companies including Hilton Hotels, Boyd Gaming, and MGM Resorts International during his 30+ years in the gaming and hospitality industry. Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to continue Yaamava’s legacy as a best-in-class resort and casino. It is an honor to serve the Tribe in this capacity. The Tribe’s mission, vision, and values and our commitment to team members are the key elements in growing our market and delivering exceptional experiences for our valued guests,” Hall said.
Yaamava' Resort & Casino
According to the press announcement, Under Hall’s leadership, Yaamava’ has become “the largest casino in the West” with over 7,200 slots, 165 tables, and five high-limit rooms. Yaamava’ also recently earned Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating for the Serrano Spa as well as Four-Star ratings for the resort and The Pines Modern Steakhouse.