Dan Webster started with Mohegan Sun back in October of 1996 as an HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Mechanic in the Engineering Department. Dan earned promotions to HVAC/Stationary Engineer Supervisor, Central Plant Manager and currently serves as Director/Chief Engineer for the Engineering Department. Dan credits Mohegan Sun with providing him the resources and opportunities to gain more knowledge and experience in his chosen field:
"Mohegan Sun has provided me with valuable opportunities to further my career, whether it was the classes made available through ECSU, the tuition reimbursement program, numerous training classes offered through our in-house Training Department, technical training received through the Engineering Department, or the many lessons learned by simply being a part of the Mohegan Sun Team for going on 18 years, I have found that through hard work and remaining focused, all of the tools needed to excel are provided for you at Mohegan Sun."
Meet Preference Employment Specialist, Mike Murphy. In this dual-purposed role, Mike assists Mohegan Tribal Members and Native Americans with employment opportunities here at Mohegan Sun. He also recruits employees for positions in Engineering, EVS, Human Resources, Sports and Entertainment, CT Sun, Slot Operations and the Mohegan Sun Golf Club.
Mike began his career at Mohegan Sun back in October 1996 as a Bingo Floorworker. Within a year he became a dual-rate Bingo Supervisor along with his existing Floorworker responsibilities. When the Bingo Hall closed, Mike went back to school. He returned to Mohegan Sun as an Employment Representative in the Human Resources department in April 2001 and has been here ever since. He was quickly promoted to the Employment Specialist position and became the Preference Recruitment Specialist in April 2004.
"I enjoy assisting applicants on a daily basis in searching for employment at Mohegan Sun, whether it's a Mohegan Tribal Member, a Native American or another candidate. It is also enjoyable for me each day to meet different applicants and listen to their different stories. I also have the opportunity to work with my very talented and experienced co-workers every day, which makes my job a lot easier and fun."
Erica Tessier began her career at Mohegan Sun as a VIP Receptionist in October of 1996 and within a month she was promoted to VIP Supervisor. Shortly afterwards, Erica was offered the position of Shift Manager. In 1998, Erica became an Executive Host and within just a few years she was asked to join the department's management team. She continued to earn multiple promotions in the department until 2005 when she became Director of Executive Hosts. Her position expanded in 2010 to include Director of the Player's Club department, and the following year she became Director of Consumer Promotions, overseeing the Player’s Club and Consumer Promotions teams. Erica attributes her success to her former members of management who continuously supported her professional growth and development.
"I can remember when I returned from maternity leave as an Executive Host, I passed (former President and CEO) Bill Velardo in the hallway. Bill, with whom I was not too familiar with at the time, stopped and inquired about the new addition to my family. I was impressed that the CEO of Mohegan Sun knew who I was and what was going on in my life. The concern and compassion that was offered to me on that day is what I try to relay to my own staff members. I genuinely feel that I work at the best casino and am proud to have been here through all phases of growth and change. I'm excited to see what the future holds at Mohegan Sun."
In the summer of 1996, Kristen Rose was hired as a Cashier in the Coin Department before Mohegan Sun opened to the public in October. Just thirteen days after the casino opened, Kristen was promoted to Coin Supervisor. As Mohegan Sun continued to grow and develop, so did Kristen's role in her department. She dedicated her time to assisting her staff members and focused on creating a positive work environment. Six years of hard work and determination advanced Kristen to a position as an Executive Host Shift Manager in 2004. Kristen was promoted to Executive Host Manager in 2010, the position she currently holds today.
"Throughout my career here at Mohegan Sun I have gained knowledge of myself and my staff members. I've learned what motivates them, what makes them shine, and how important it is to recognize them for their contributions. Based on those experiences, I have grown as a person and my style of managing has changed in a positive way. I am responsible to promote a positive, friendly, compassionate and helpful environment for our team. It is important to me that our team is trained and seasoned to be confident so they can move up in the company just like I did. I enjoy teaching them how to resolve guest issues and be patient to work things out among internal and external guests. It's really rewarding to see others excel in the company. It can be done - I'm proof!"