Teaya Enos Advances to Assistant Director Position at GRRC
November 4, 2022
After completing the first year of the Gila River Resorts & Casinos (GRRC) Pathways Mentorship and Development Program, Teaya Enos was officially announced to be the Assistant Director of Casino Games for GRRC.
Dozens of the GRRC Executive staff and colleagues joined Teaya for her graduation ceremony on Thursday Oct. 27 at the Top Golf Suites at Gila River Resorts & Casinos—Wild Horse Pass. Enos is from District 1 and has worked in the gaming industry for 25 years serving the majority of that time in public relations.
“GRRC is a 24/7 industry and is the largest generator of revenue for the Community so this work is vital and I couldn’t have done this without my family and friends,” said Enos. “Everyone wants to see you succeed here, which makes it a great place to work and program to be a part of.”
Enos said the program is structured to support her growth and accommodated every step of the way through the first year. But, managing her family life and schedule was perhaps the most significant hurdle over the first year. This was due to working diverse work hours as well as at the various GRRC properties, required by the program.
Enos credits the support of her family and friends who helped her during those times.
Moving into this new position will now allow Enos to advance her industry knowledge. Casino games is one aspect she’s not as familiar with so she’s looking forward to enhancing her repertoire of the Gila River Gaming Enterprise.
“We’re all very proud of Teaya, she loves her Community, loves this enterprise, and has always wanted to do more, and now she will have the opportunity to do that,” said Kenneth Manuel, GRRC CEO. “I’m so very proud to see another member of our Community graduate from this program.”
Manuel is from District 4 and is also an alumnus of the program. He has worked alongside with Enos for many years and praised her commitment to the organization and GRIC.
The GRRC Pathways Mentorship and Development Program offers mentees an opportunity to learn about every aspect of the GRRC enterprise and its departments. Program participants spend one year shadowing different departments that comprise the GRRC operations. At the closing of the first year participants move into a new position in a “concentration” department with GRRC. The new position within that department supports the needs of the Gila River Gaming Enterprise with mentors that cultivate the mentees professional and developmental goals.
For the second year of the program Teaya’s concentration department, Casino Games, will focus on the table games throughout the GRRC. She will begin working alongside the Casino games department leadership and learn more about its operations, employee management, guest relations, games, security, and more.
During her first year she found the experience rewarding. She had the opportunity to see how the entire gaming operations function from facilities and maintenance to gaming and information technology (IT). “IT was the most challenging because I’m not familiar with that world,” said Enos. “But now that I have a better understanding of IT, I now have a greater appreciation for everything they do to keep the operation functioning.”
“Public relations has always been a motivator for me but I’m looking forward to learning, and now being able to talk about, casino games,” said Enos. “In the past I knew of the games but couldn’t really truly talk about the experience of table games, but now in this position I can learn from some experts in the area and I’m thankful for that.”