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San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians Establishes Executive Leadership Cabinet



New CEO, Loren Gill, establishes core leadership team to lead organization into the future

September 26, 2019 (Highland, CA) San Manuel Band of Mission Indians CEO, Loren Gill, announced today the formation of an Executive Leadership Cabinet (ELC) which will support the Tribe in its governmental and commercial endeavors.

It is an exciting time at San Manuel,” says Loren Gill. “I am truly honored to work with so many outstanding leaders who have been critical to our success. Ensuring we have the right people in the right places is a major priority for us and this is the first step in setting a strong foundation that allows for future growth and development. I’m excited for each of them in this next step in their career as they’re all deserving of this recognition and promotion. ”

This ELC will consist of six executive positions that will report directly to the CEO.

  • Peter Arceo – Casino General Manager
  • Erin Copeland – Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
  • Dan Little – Chief Intergovernmental & Tribal Affairs Officer
  • Brigitte Saria – Chief People & Infrastructure Officer
  • Rikki Tanenbaum – Chief Marketing Officer
  • Laurens Vosloo – Chief Financial Officer

Casino General Manager, Peter Arceo, will oversee all operations for San Manuel Casino, the primary economic venture of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. A casino and hospitality executive with more than 24 years of experience, Peter assumed his current role in March 2019. He first joined the management team at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California, in August 2015, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Under his leadership, San Manuel launched its player development program, established a database marketing department, and took the property’s ‘All Thrill’ campaign to the next level. “It’s been an honor and privilege to watch Peter’s career growth over the past four years, from CMO to COO to GM. He is no doubt one of the best in the business and we couldn’t have picked a better person to lead San Manuel Casino’s ongoing expansion and future development,” said Gill.

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Erin Copeland, will oversee Legal, Physical Safety (Public Safety and Fire), Information Security, Risk Management, Compliance, and Environmental Services.

Erin is responsible for a broad array of legal services for the Tribe and its affiliates, including San Manuel Casino, in areas including judicial, legislative, administrative rule-making and political developments, formulation of governmental and business strategic planning, risk management, and evaluation of new ventures, acquisitions, and major investment proposals. “Erin’s working relationship with San Manuel has covered nearly 30 years and her dedication to the Tribal Nation is unparalleled,” said Gill. “Her expertise, wealth of knowledge, and drive for excellence are top-notch. I’d like to recognize Erin for her continued service to San Manuel.”

Chief Intergovernmental & Tribal Affairs Officer, Dan Little, will oversee Intergovernmental Affairs, Cultural Resources Management, Tribal Family Services and will provide administrative support to the Education Department and Tribal Court.  As a key policy and governmental advocacy expert, Dan serves as the primary representative of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. He is responsible for developing the overall strategy concerning policy issues that affect San Manuel, its governmental and economic development interests, and its Tribal Citizens and their families. “In his first few months, Dan has already made a significant impact and no doubt will be a key part of our growth and development plan moving forward. We are extremely excited to have him on the team,” said Gill.

Chief People & Infrastructure Officer, Brigitte Saria, will oversee Human Resources, Information Technology, and Support Services. She is a Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR) executive with more than 25 years in private and public companies ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations. “Brigitte’s leadership and talent development initiatives have transformed San Manuel over the past five years and she has played a critical role in setting us up for future success. She has been a trusted partner and forward-thinking leader from day one and I look forward to continuing this journey with her,” said Gill.

Chief Marketing Officer, Rikki Tanenbaum, will oversee Marketing and the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) across the organization. For the past year, Tanenbaum has led revenue generation functions including strategic marketing, casino marketing, brand marketing and entertainment as CMO of San Manuel Casino. Prior to joining San Manuel Casino, she held leadership roles at some of the largest commercial and Tribal gaming organizations in the country.  “Rikki has made her presence felt in her first year here. She has revolutionized our marketing strategies and will be working diligently on telling the story of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The expertise she brings is second to none and we know she’s the right person to guide us into the future,” said Gill.

Chief Financial Officer, Laurens Vosloo, will oversee Finance, Accounting, Investments, Procurement, Enterprise Program Management, and Planning, Real Estate and Development. Laurens has over a decade of casino financial experience and uses that expertise to provide financial oversight and direction for all of the Tribe’s economic endeavors. “Laurens has been my confidant and right hand for the past five years, and it’s because of his unwavering support and passion that we’ve been able to accomplish all we have. I know that with his continued leadership, the future is very bright for San Manuel,” said Gill.

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About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development.  As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce to Lead California Delegation at GITEX GLOBAL 2023 in Dubai



Fostering Technological Synergy: Bridging the Tech Gap with Global Partners

Demonstrating the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (IERCC) commitment to global tech collaboration and innovation, the organization will lead a California delegation to the world-renowned GITEX GLOBAL event in Dubai from October 16-20, 2023. Though the original invitation extended to IERCC’s President & CEO, Mr. Edward Ornelas, Jr., he will not be in attendance. Instead, the California delegation will be spearheaded by the Chamber’s newly-appointed CTO, Mr. Gabriel Rangel.

Organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre, GITEX GLOBAL 2023 promises to be grander than ever. The event is set to host over 6,000 exhibiting companies and startups, drawing more than 170,000 tech and business executives from over 170 countries. The mega-event will sprawl across 41 vast halls and, for the first time ever, will be held at two prominent venues – the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre and the new Dubai Harbour for Expand North Star, making it the host for the world’s largest startup event.

Mr. Edward Ornelas, Jr. commented, “While I regret not attending GITEX personally, I am proud to have Mr. Rangel at the helm of this effort. I’m confident that our delegation will foster new collaborations and present the Golden State as a tech powerhouse.”

This year’s conference adopts the compelling theme of “The Year to Imagine AI in Everything”. Attendees are poised to witness the grandest showcase of AI tech giants and industry frontrunners. Additionally, it promises to kindle profound dialogues and debates concerning the socio-economic implications of burgeoning AI technology.

“Leading the California delegation at GITEX offers us an unmatched platform to nurture and solidify relationships with global tech partners,” said Mr. Gabriel Rangel, CTO of IERCC. “As the technology landscape continues to evolve, it’s critical for us to be a part of these international collaborations. I’m honored to spearhead this mission on behalf of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

An integral part of the California delegation, Mr. Ram Thanapandian, Principal Technology Consultant to the State of California and Chair of CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma’s Technical Advisory Commission, will be present, providing invaluable insights and representing the State of California Treasurer’s Office.

IERCC’s leadership in organizing this delegation underscores the crucial role that California plays in the global tech ecosystem and mirrors Dubai’s ambitious vision as encapsulated in the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33). This strategy aims to substantially expand Dubai’s economic landscape in the upcoming decade, securing its stature among the world’s leading global cities.

Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of the Dubai World Trade Centre and CEO of KAOUN International, remarked on the invaluable contributions the California delegation will bring to the event. She looks forward to an event marked by knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and pioneering discussions.

For additional information on GITEX GLOBAL 2023, please refer to: GITEX 2023 Preview.

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Economist Christopher Thornberg, State Treasurer Fiona Ma Headline New Forecast Conference



Coming October 5th

Economic Horizon 2024: What Lies Ahead?

The Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Beacon Economics and the County of San Bernardino, is thrilled to announce that the anticipated economic forecast conference, Economic Horizon 2024: What Lies Ahead, Inland Empire? will be held October 5th from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the El Prado Golf Courses in the vibrant city of Chino, California.

Esteemed economist, Dr. Christopher Thornberg will present complete outlooks for the U.S., California, and Inland Empire economies. “The Inland Empire stands at the crossroads of remarkable economic opportunities and challenges,” said Thornberg. “I’m excited to unpack the trends and shifts that will define the region’s economic landscape in the next year, and beyond.”

Known for his razor-sharp observations, and fun, energized delivery, Thornberg’s presentation will include pointed discussions about inflation, the Fed’s next move, housing markets, strengths and instabilities in the economy, and what current trends mean for the nation, state, and local region.

The conference will also be graced by the insights of California State Treasurer Fiona Ma as keynote speaker. In her words, “The strength of California’s economy is deeply interwoven with the growth trajectories of its regions. The Inland Empire, with its dynamism and resilience, is a testament to this synergy. I am honored to join ‘Economic Horizon 2024’ and share a vision where policies, partnerships, and potentials converge to elevate the Inland Empire to unprecedented economic heights.”

“This conference is a testament to the collaborative spirit of the Inland Empire and our commitment to fostering a robust, resilient economy,” said Edward Ornelas, Jr., President of the Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Our partnership with Beacon Economics and the County of San Bernardino aims to offer a platform for profound economic discussion, forecasting, and strategic future planning.”

Attendees can anticipate not only expert insights into the economy but also networking opportunities and a chance to connect with key business, government, and nonprofit leaders from across the region.

Full event details are available at:

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Webb Investments acquires Silver Creek Industries, an industry leader in modular construction for schools



Webb Investments today announced the launch of a new company, Silver Creek Modular, after acquiring the assets of Silver Creek Industries, a highly respected modular construction company known for bringing innovative, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the education industry. 

Silver Creek Industries’ existing business, including its employees and its Perris, Calif., manufacturing facility, will remain with the new company, with Webb providing the investment capital, resources and expertise to enhance Silver Creek’s presence in the modular construction marketplace.

The acquisition closed in June of 2023, following Silver Creek Industries’ Chapter 11 filing in the Central Bankruptcy Court of California.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Silver Creek into our family business, and look forward to building on our shared commitment to improving educational opportunities within communities across our region,” said Kiana Webb, CEO of Webb Family Enterprises. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to invest in established firms that can help us drive community revitalization and inclusive growth, while improving quality of life and increasing economic output.”

Silver Creek Industries was founded in 2004 and has completed more than 1,000 projects in the education, commercial, medical, military, government and multi-family housing markets. More recently, the company’s focus has been on providing high-quality, sustainable modular buildings for schools and educational institutions. Silver Creek Industries is well known for delivering projects on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to school and the community. 

Webb Investments is a privately held, family-owned company focusing on creating a community development ecosystem that drives inclusive, organic growth and transforms the areas they serve. 

For more information on Webb Investments, please visit

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