VALLEY VIEW CASINO'S JENNIFER BRYANT NAMED CFO OF THE YEAR
BY NATIVE AMERICAN FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
(VALLEY CENTER, CA) March 15, 2010 – The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) recently named Valley View Casino's Jennifer Bryant as the organization's tribal gaming facility "Chief Financial Officer of the Year" in its 2010 Financial Leadership Awards. This honor is awarded by NAFOA to recognize innovative thinking in developing the financial plans of a tribe, great leadership and success in implementing ideas for the overall betterment of a tribe. The awards will be presented at a luncheon reception on March 17th during NAFOA's "Next Decade Finance Conference" in New Orleans.
Bryant was nominated for the award by Leilani Marquiss, Valley View Casino's director of Finance. In addition to Bryant's uncompromising integrity, exceptional leadership and effective risk management, Marquiss also cited Bryant's many accomplishments as CFO as substantiation for her nomination, including Bryant's participation in the acquisition of $35 million in financing for Valley View Casino's hotel project on behalf of the San Pasqual Casino Development Group Inc. (SPCDGI), the San Pasqual Band of Indians' tribal corporation which oversees the tribe's gaming operations. As the Secretary/Treasurer of SPCDGI, Bryant was at the forefront of the effort to be the first tribal entity in the country to take advantage of President Obama's Stimulus Plan and the Build America Bonds program resulting in a 35% interest payment rebate.
"This is a tremendously well deserved honor," said Bruce Howard, general manager of Valley View Casino. "We are so proud of Jennifer's recognition as NAFOA's CFO of the Year. Her commitment to our entire team and dedication to our company's success are why we continue to garner support from so many financial institutions, and have been able to achieve such positive growth during this challenging financial climate."
"On behalf of the San Pasqual Casino Development Group and the San Pasqual Tribe, we congratulate Jennifer on this wonderful achievement," said Joe Navarro, president/CEO of SPCDGI. "Her continuous efforts play a critical role in the overall growth and development of our tribe's endeavors."
Bryant has over 18 years of finance experience. Before joining the Valley View Casino team in 2007, she served for five years as the CFO at Viejas Enterprises. Bryant has also worked for Reuters America and held the position of European financial manager and controller for the Walt Disney Company's European film distribution division. She received her CPA license in 1994, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
"I am honored by this recognition," said Bryant. "It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of my amazing finance department and the rest of the wonderful team at Valley View Casino that allows me to receive this award. I thank NAFOA for this wonderful award."
About the Native American Finance Officers Association
The Native American Finance Officers Association builds the financial strength of tribal governments and their enterprises by providing educational forums and resources, and by instilling finance and accounting best practices. They are a national not-for-profit organization with members in positions such as tribal finance officers, controllers, treasurers, accountants, auditors, financial advisors, tribal leaders, and more. NAFOA is unique because they focus solely on the financial success of tribal entities. Through their network, members connect with experts in various financial areas, specifically as they apply to tribal governments and organizations. For more information please visit www.nafoa.org.
About Valley View Casino
Valley View Casino currently offers 2000 exciting slot machines; table games including single-deck blackjack, double-deck blackjack, Pai Gow poker, three card poker, EZ Baccarat and roulette; delicious dining options including an award-winning buffet, the Black&Blue steakhouse and lounge, BLD's café, Scoops gelato shop, Sweets pastry and espresso shop, and Snax 24-hour snack shop; the Main Stage bar with live entertainment; a Players Club; a high limit slot area; a VIP Lounge; Luxury Line casino transportation and a non-smoking casino and bar. This May, Valley View Casino will be adding to its delicious dining options with Stix, an Asian-inspired noodle bar. Starting August 1st, the casino will be accepting reservations for its luxury boutique hotel scheduled to open in November. All guests must be over the age of 21 to visit Valley View Casino. For more information about Valley View Casino, visit valleyviewcasino.com or call 1-866-VIEW-WIN.