Gun Lake Casino Appoints New Executive Director of Operational Development and Training

Gun Lake Casino announced today the promotion of Virginia Vanderband to executive director of operational development and training, effective immediately.

“I’m excited to promote Virginia to the newly created role of executive director of operational development and training,” said Sal Semola, president and chief operating officer for Gun Lake Casino. “Virginia has a unique passion for working with and developing Team Members to be their best while connecting the dots for organizational purpose. This role will help her further contribute to the success of Gun Lake Casino and maintain our position as a premier employer in western Michigan.”

Vanderband is a proud citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi and started with Gun Lake casino over nine years ago as the director of training.  Vanderband developed preopening plans for all training and onboarding programs from concept to implementation that became the foundation for Gun Lake Casino’s success. Over the course of nine years, Vanderband has contributed to the growth and development of each team member that has worked at the facility.

Prior to joining Gun Lake Casino, Vanderband worked at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, IA where she successfully led relationship building training initiatives and developed new training programs to support business goals. Throughout her career, she has focused on training and development with a strong focus on customer relations, guest service, and leadership development.

In this new role, Vanderband will be responsible for strategic workforce planning activities, including the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the professional development and staff training functions for Gun Lake Casino.

About Gun Lake Casino

Gun Lake Casino is located off Exit 61 on U.S. 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.  The casino features over 2,200 slot machines, 47 table games, a 14-table poker room, a 225-seat café, and a 300-seat buffet, along with bars, lounges, and live entertainment.

Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi. For more information, visit