Mr. Stevenson began his 40-year legal/gaming career in 1974 as an attorney and subsequent shareholder of Woodburn & Wedge, representing several Nevada gaming companies. He was appointed General Counsel for Harvey’s Resort Casinos at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 1982 and was named Chief Operating Officer of Harvey’s the following year. In 1988 he partnered with International Game Technology to purchase and operate several Nevada casinos, serving as President of IGT’s Operations Division.
For the past 20 years Stevenson served as President and CEO of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Gaming Enterprise. Located in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the tribes Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino is the largest gaming resort complex in the Midwest. He was responsible for long-range strategic planning and leadership for the two casinos, which employ over 3,000 team members. Stevenson recently announced his intention to reduce his workload and primary duties on October 1, 2016, at which time he will assume the role of Senior Counselor to the SMSC and return to the firm “Of Counsel”. His long-time service to the community has included roles as president of the Reno Philharmonic Association and the City of Sparks Chamber of Commerce; Saints Healthcare Foundation, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, and Sierra Nevada Boy Scout Council; and volunteer to numerous charitable efforts.
Stevenson is licensed in Nevada and California, is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and has held owner/officer gaming licenses in multiple jurisdictions. Stevenson received his law degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco.