Casino del Sol launched a succession program for tribal members interested in executive management positions. Tribal members will train for three years for various positions, including that of CEO.

Casino del Sol just renewed the contract of CEO Kim Van Amburg but the tribal gaming enterprise is already searching for her replacement.

Over the next three years, Van Amburg will work to prepare Pascua Yaqui Tribal members to move into executive management positions, including that of chief executive officer in 2020.

“Of the more than 1,607 employees at Casino del Sol, 60 percent are tribal members,” said Van Amburg, who took the helm at Casino del Sol in 2014. “Witnessing a tribal employee make upward career moves is so rewarding. Not only does this improve an individual’s life, but it improves the entire family’s lives, which in turn helps to create a vibrant and prosperous future for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.”

The succession program is open to any member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe who meets specific education and experience criteria.

The opportunity includes direct mentorship with Van Amburg and other executive team members. University-level coursework will be a part of the training program as is participation in a student exchange program with other tribal gaming properties throughout the country, exposing candidates to best practices and different management styles.

“We are confident that this program will be executed in such a way that the individuals who move into executive management will be well prepared for those positions,” said Robert Valencia, chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Nearly 20,000 enrolled members make up the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, which owns Casino del Sol, Casino of the Sun, AVA , Sewailo Golf Club, and the del Sol Marketplace.

For more information on the succession program, contact Patricia McDaniel at The deadline for applications is May 15.