GAMING ENTERTAINMENT (MICHIGAN) LLC
Gaming Entertainment (Michigan) is a joint venture of , a publicly traded company, and RAM Entertainment LLC, a private investment company. GEM was formed in 1995 as a limited liability company in Delaware to be the developer and manager of for the outside of Battle Creek, Michigan.
The senior management team of Full House Resorts has been delegated the operational management of GEM and after over 10 years of planning and obstructive litigation, through which GEM's management team successfully guided the Band, in May of 2008, $375,000,000 of financing was arranged in one of the worst credit climates in recent history. With the careful planning and oversight by the management team, construction commenced the following day and has been within budget and on schedule for an early August 2009 opening.
FireKeepers Casino is the premiere entertainment venue in central Michigan. Located conveniently on Interstate 94 within easy distance of the Interstate 69 interchange, the casino is centrally located between Detroit and Chicago. The 107,000 square foot gaming floor offers 2,680 state of the art slot machines, 78 table games and 12 poker tables. Bingo also is available. The building houses 5 dining venues, including Nibi, a classic steakhouse, Café 24/7, as its name, open all day and night, Mijem Buffet, its name means "food" and what more need be said, Chi-mon-ee's Food Court, for the light bite, Amazen Blazen Grab-and-Go, for the quick bite, Dacey's Sports Bar, with finest in spirits and big screen TV's to view your favorite game, Kaberet, for the best in dancing and night life and the Aurora VIP Lounge, where players' club members can unwind.
GEM is managed by Andre M. Hilliou, Chief Executive Officer of Full House Resorts, Inc. with over 25 years management and operational experience in gaming, food and beverage and hotel; Mark J. Miller, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Full House Resorts, Inc., with experience in all aspects of casino hotel finance, operations and management and R. Bruce McKee, General Manager of Firekeepers Casino, who brings vast experience in the general management of casinos from Atlantic City, the Trump organization and Harrington Raceway and Casino. The project was developed under the leadership of James P. Dacey, Full House's Vice President of Indian Gaming Development with a wealth of experience in project management and tribal relations and T. Wesley Elam, Senior Vice President of Operations and Development, with over 30 years casino gaming experience, who has opened several world-renown casino facilities. Complete biographies can be found at http://www.fullhouseresorts.com/team.html .
RAM, a 50% partner in GEM, is owned by Robert A. Mathewson. Mr. Mathewson has served as a member of the board of directors of IGT since December 2003 and is a member of IGT's Compliance Committee. In addition, since 2002 Mr. Mathewson has also served on the board of directors of FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated, a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Mr. Mathewson has held the position of President of RGC, Inc., a private investment company, from 1992 to the present. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Mathewson served as Vice President of Business Development for Televoke, Inc., an Internet application service provider focusing on web, wireless and telephone integration. Mr. Mathewson served as International Manager for IGT in 1989. Mr. Mathewson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Pursuant to its Management Agreement with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi, which was approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission, pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, in April 2008, GEM will received 26% of the defined net income from the casino enterprise for 7 years. The agreement can be renewed or extended with the consent of the parties.