PHOENIX, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA) announces that Valerie Diaz has accepted the new position of Industry Relations Specialist for the organization. Diaz brings more than fifteen years of experience in marketing and public relations with tribal gaming, non-profit and corporate organizations in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico to AIGA.
"I am delighted to join the outstanding staff and organization of AIGA and look forward to working with our member tribes and executives at tribal casinos," said Diaz. "My new position will allow our dynamic and growing organization to build and strengthen these important relationships that are so vital to the industry. Valerie Spicer, Executive Director of AIGA, has a powerful vision for the organization and it's an honor to be part of her team."
Most recently Diaz owned her own consulting business, Juntos, a marketing and public relations firm which focused on minority-owned businesses in Indian Country and the Latino community. Previously she worked for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe for more than ten years, serving as the marketing manager for two casinos and the amphitheater. She also opened Casino del Sol Resort on 11-11-11, which recently received Forbes Four Stars travel guide.
A native Tucsonan, Valerie received the 2011 Cox Communications Arizona Latino Leader Award and was named a Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business in 2012. She is a board member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce Arizona and the Hispanic Women's Corporation. She is also a former board member of the Sunnyside Foundation, Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona and a former member Governor's Latino Advisory Council.
The Arizona Indian Gaming Association has a membership of 17 tribes representing more than 90% of the Indian people living on reservations in Arizona. AIGA was established November 21, 1994 by Arizona tribal leaders. The Association is committed to advancing the lives of Indian peoples – economically, socially and politically – so that Indian tribes in Arizona can achieve their goal of self-reliance. Current membership includes: Ak-Chin Indian Community, Cocopah Tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fort Mojave, Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe, Gila River Indian Community, Havasupai Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab-Paiute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tohono O'odham Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Zuni Tribe.
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SOURCE Arizona Indian Gaming Association