“Innovation and Collaboration”

TribalHub has partnered with the Midwest Tribal Technology Council (MTTC) to bring a unique regional opportunity for tribes in the Midwest- Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

May 16-17, 2019

Who Should Attend? 

IT Leaders, CFO’s and GM’s working within Tribal Government and Gaming in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Can’t make it? No problem, send someone else to represent your organization. 


Registration Closes- May 1st

Why Attend? 

Come together with leaders of similar tribal organizations and enterprises facing similar challenges and opportunities. Enjoy networking and informative sessions on topics that are important to you! 


This event offers Free Admission for leaders working in tribal gaming and government from the mid-west region. Rooms are available at reduced pricing at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

Discounted Room Rates

$139 per night plus tax
Room block is for Wednesday and Thursday nights. If you’d like to extend
your stay please call to make your reservations instead of using the online link.To book by phone call 800-262-7799 or Click here to book online now! Be sure to mention you are with TribalHub to receive the discounted room rates. Reservation cutoff for the discounted rate is May 1, 2019 and is based on availability.

 Agenda (subject to change)

Thursday 5/16
8:30-9:00 Breakfast/Coffee
9-9:30 Opening Attendee Introductions & Roundtable
Regional Event Opening Roundtable
Led by Eric Olander, VP of IT Grand Casino and Mark Treat, VP of IT Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, representatives of the Midwest Tribal Technology Council (MTTC) Meet with your peers in the region as MTTC facilitators briefly cover how/why the group was formed, what the “purpose” of the group is, and a couple of the guidelines they follow. Hear some specifics where members of MTTC have found value in this group. Each participant will have the opportunity during this round table forum to hear about and talk about projects being worked on and technologies being evaluated at each organization. Gain insight from what the others are looking at, and share experiences with different solutions and vendors. This is an open, collaborative and productive discussion time for like-minded connections in the Midwest region.
12-1:15 Lunch and Learn
1:15-2:15 Collaborative Leadership Session
In this session attendee will be a part of revealing the 5 tenets of Emotional Intelligence and diving further into the first two- awareness of self and awareness of others. Engage in discussion, uncover your core values and leave with tools to lead and collaborate with your team and organization. 
2:15-2:30 Break
Uncovering Opportunities in Your Region
Innovation and collaboration is the key theme of this entire regional event and carries through into this session. Tribes are in a unique position to do things differently (and perhaps much better) than other governments and/or commercial organizations. This session will dive into exploring opportunities where tribes working together can mean more for all and possibly at a lower cost or bigger benefit. This session will be facilitated with an introduction, ongoing Q&A/dialog, 30 minutes on each of the three areas of focus; security, gaming and membership services as well as closing takeaways.  
In the area of security; speakers Greta Noble, Sr. Program Specialist at MS-ISAC and Lee Edberg, IT Cyber Security Manager at Mystic Lake,  will be highlighting ways to work together in information sharing and protection of critical infrastructure and data. Sharing best practice security and threat info in a safe, legal and anonymous fashion.
In the area of gaming facilitator Scott Hanson, VP of Table Games at MLCV and speakers Melissa Blau of iGaming Capital and Vic Salerno of USBookmaking, will be highlighting opportunities with setting up a tribal sportsbook and detailing the pros/cons of how tribes working together (rather than each casino on their own) could mean more for all.
In the area of membership services, facilitator Chris Luter, CIO of Forest County Potawatomi and speaker Dave Bailey, CEO and CTO of Arctic IT, will discuss the never ending question of why we can’t better organize the silos of data we have on our tribal membership into a single 360 view and understanding – better understanding Member needs and what each Member qualifies for while eliminating the endless redundant intake forms.  Rather than solving the complicated problem on their own with limited resources and funds, we will explore if tribes work together more efficiently with a partner(s) to create a solution to the problem that can be replicated by other tribes.
4:30-5:00 Break on own
5:00 Transportation to off-site social
5:30-8:00 Dinner/Social Event and Sponsor Delivery
8:00 Transportation back to hotel
Friday 5/17
8:30-9:00 Breakfast/Coffee
Keynote Presentation- The Innovative Mindset
Don’t wait for the next change to happen and doing the day to day but how do you have that innovative mindset and BE the next wave vs being hit by it. Staying with a primary theme of this regional meeting, this morning kickoff will keep the audience thinking about how to identify and seize moments of opportunity for their organizations. Preparing them to return to their organizations with a renewed focus on new possibilities.
Session: Intersection of Business and Technology
This session led by TribalHub Executive Officer, Mike Day, will evaluate why, for most organizations, this intersection is like mixing oil with water. The gap between any organization’s traditional “business execs” and “technology” still exists. On one side we have the majority of the organization (“the business”), which has become increasingly dependent on technology in their daily work and as a tool to improve productivity and customer satisfaction. On the other side of the gap, we have traditional technology (“IT”), struggling to provide seamless and continuous service while taking the mystery and “tech” out of technology. In the middle, we have key executives tasked with embracing and leveraging technology to improve their services, meet customer expectations and drive new revenue. In this session, we will explore techniques to bridge the gap that exists between traditional technology and traditional business structure and executives.

The Midwest Exercise- What’s Next

Led by Eric Olander, VP of IT at Grand Casinos, Mark Treat, VP of IT at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, both representatives of the Midwest Tribal Technology Council (MTTC) and Mike Day, TribalHub Executive Officer will talk through the importance of not losing the momentum we gained with all these amazing conversations over the last day and a half. How do we keep it going? In this interactive session, we will talk about what’s next. This session will help us recap the takeaways from the time spent together, share any last success stories and get everyone inspired to keep this momentum going.
11:30-12:30 Lunch and closing drawings/giveaways

After your day is wrapped up, why not stay and play?! Onsite at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel (one of our event sponsors) you can enjoy activities like; golf, spa services, slots, and table games and Sammy Hagar is in concert there Friday night!  Explore and enjoy!

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