MEET THE TEAM
Derrick Watchman, Chief Executive Officer
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise
Derrick Watchman was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) in January 2013. His role as CEO includes leading day-to-day operations of the multi-million dollar gaming enterprise’s four properties in New Mexico and Arizona as well as ensuring that Navajo Gaming policies and objectives are met. These three main objectives include; strengthening the Navajo Gaming and Hospitality economy, returning additional revenue to the Navajo Nation and providing additional jobs to Navajos.
Watchman brings more than 30 years of experience in gaming, banking and tribal finance to his position at Navajo Gaming. Most recently Watchman served as Navajo Gaming’s Chief Financial Officer and was instrumental in acquiring funding for all of the Navajo Nation’s gaming development and construction projects exceeding $250 million.
He previously served as Vice President and Senor Relations Manager at JP Morgan Chase Bank’s Native American Banking Group, at Wells Fargo Bank handling Native American banking and financing and with Prudential Capital Corporation as a private placement banker.
Watchman also served as Director of Indian Affairs at the US Department of Energy, was the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Navajo Nation’s Dine Power Authority and Director of the Navajo Tax Commission. He is Board Chairman of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and a director for the Native American Bank.
Watchman holds an MBA from the University of California and a Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona. He leads a strong Navajo Gaming executive team that oversees operations for Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Northern Edge Casino and Flowing Water Navajo Casino.
Brian Parrish, Chief Operating Officer
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise
Brian Parrish was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) in March 2014.
His role as COO at Navajo Gaming includes managing gaming and hospitality operations while structuring workforce growth and implementing the business plan for Navajo Gaming’s three properties in New Mexico and one casino resort in Arizona.
Additionally, Parrish works with Navajo Gaming’s 1,400 employees to continue growing the multi-million dollar Navajo Gaming and Hospitality economy.
Parrish brings more than 26 years of professional experience in the gaming and hospitality industry to his position at Navajo Gaming. The last 11 years have been dedicated to NNGE. He previously served as CEO for two casinos, Quechan Casino in California and Paradise Casino in Arizona. Prior to that, he was COO and Member of the Management Board for Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in New Mexico.
Parrish is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle and joins an already strong Navajo Gaming executive team that oversees operations for Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Northern Edge Casino and Flowing Water Navajo Casino.
Richard Williamson, Chief Financial Officer
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise
Richard Williamson was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) in September 2014.
His role as CFO at Navajo Gaming includes overseeing financials for the multi-million dollar enterprise as well as providing financial leadership for Fire Rock Navajo Casino, Northern Edge Casino and Flowing Water Navajo Casino in New Mexico, as well as Twin Arrows Casino Resort in Arizona.
Additionally, Williamson works to meet Navajo Gaming’s strategic financial goals and navigate future financial opportunities that are presented to the executive team.
Williamson brings more than 30 years of professional financial experience in the gaming and hospitality industries to his new position at Navajo Gaming. He previously served as CFO for Quechan Casino Resort in Winterhaven, California and Paradise Casino in Yuma, Arizona. Prior to that, he was CFO for Trump 29/Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California, where he increased annual company revenues for four consecutive years.
Williamson’s financial expertise within the gaming industry allows Navajo Gaming to continue the dynamic growth it experienced its first six years of operations as well as providing continued revenues back to the Navajo Nation.