IP Recognizes Team Member of the Year

BILOXI, Miss.— On February 24, IP CASINO RESORT SPA announced the 2014 Team Member of the Year as CHILL Bartender Charles "Bubba" Cates at their annual awards banquet.

“We’re extremely proud of Bubba Cates for being named Team Member of the Year. It’s award-winning team members like him that distinguish IP as a leader in our market. Congratulations to all the team member nominees and thank you for providing great service to our guests each day.” said Duncan McKenzie, Vice President and General Manager of IP CASINO RESORT SPA.

Cates has been a team member at IP for 10 years and currently works in the Food & Beverage Department. As Team Member of the Year (TMOY), he receives $1,000, an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii and additional recognition gifts. Each Team Member of the Year recipient is also flown to Las Vegas to personally meet and have dinner with Bill Boyd, Boyd Gaming’s Executive Chairman of the Board.

All Team Member of the Year nominees are invited to attend the annual awards banquet where the honoree of the year is announced. This year’s nominees were Edward Biggs, Custodian; Bob Cusatis, Revenue Audit Clerk; Wendell Cavalier,Financial Analyst; Dottie Clark, Telephone Operator; Clarence Eubanks, Lead Custodian; Ben Evins, Bellman; Tiffany Falcon, Senses Spa & Salon Manicurist; Jessica Fournier, Senior Purchasing Agent; Mario Huy, HCVAC Technician; Jocelyn Henderson, Lead Kitchen Helper; JoAnna Ladner, Reservation Clerk; Heather Lanford, Retail Clerk; Steven McCray, Food Expeditor Highlights; Michelle McInnis-Allen, Slot Floor Person; Amos Murrell, Lead Line Cook thirty-two; Khanh Nguyen,  Table Games Dealer; Debora Paddock, Food Server High Tide Café;  Dawn Richey, HR Senior Specialist; Marshell Roberts, Slot Floorperson; Jacki Robinson, Lead Convention Set-Up; Patti Thames, Housekeeping Custodian; and Alice Wilkes, Retail Clerk.



Winner of the elite AAA Four Diamond award, the IP CASINO RESORT SPA, is the Gulf Coast's premier entertainment resort destination. Towering 32 stories over the scenic Back Bay of Biloxi, the IP is home to more than 1,000 elegantly appointed hotel rooms and suites, live entertainment, award-winning restaurants, and a first-class spa. For further information, visit www.ipbiloxi.com. IP CASINO RESORT SPA is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of  22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey.  Boyd Gaming and IP press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com.