Case Studies October 2021

Mike Smith – Shooting Star Casino

Located in Mahnomen County, White Earth Reservation is a rare and beautiful place. One of the biggest cattle-raising areas in northwestern Minnesota, it’s also famous for its annual harvest of wild rice, and it’s the only county in the state that’s entirely within tribal lands. There are few economic hubs in the region, though, save […]

Paul Gunderson – Resorts World Las Vegas

When the Las Vegas Strip reopened in June 2020 after a COVID-19 pause, celebrations were muted—at least for the first few weeks. Then, on a not-so-quite boulevard, Resorts World Las Vegas opened with a shower of fireworks and a traditional lion dance for luck and prosperity. According to Paul Gunderson, the resort’s vice president of […]

Rabih Zahnan – Sorensen Gross Company

In 1913, Henry Ford developed his assembly line for mass production, famed for its efficiency. In the 1930s, Toyota took it a step further, developing a manufacturing production method—often referred to as LEAN—which not only limited waste and overproduction, but made it possible to create more variety of cars. Since then, the LEAN process has […]

Roberta Wright – Patrick & Henry Community College

As a slew of general contractors will attest, there’s a definite shortage of young people entering the trades, but those who do are well-positioned for career growth. At least in some locales, the message seems well taken, including at Patrick & Henry Community College where there’s been a waiting list of students seeking training in […]

Steve Smith – Chesmar Homes

When one’s own house is in order, it simplifies the task of building others. That’s Steve Smith’s message as he takes a break from remotely overseeing construction for Houston-headquartered Chesmar Homes to chat with Blueprint this past August. At any given time, he’s got a couple hundred houses under construction. Greater Houston remains the hottest […]

Teri Chan Palomaki – Scientific Games

In some ways, it seemed as though casinos in the U.S. picked up right where they’d left off when the COVID-19 pandemic began to wane in the face of vaccinations. According to the American Gaming Association, first quarter revenues at casinos this year hit $11.1 billion, matching a high set in the third quarter of […]

Tripp Vint – Virginia Credit Union

It will be a new, maybe unfamiliar, banking experience for many Virginia Credit Union patrons. When they walk into a lobby, they’ll be welcomed at a kiosk by a greeter who can handle all their transactions using a tablet. But that’s the modernized service VACU wants to provide in its latest and largest branch, currently […]

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