As a Blue Stone Senior Strategist, John O’Neill brings 25 years senior level casino experience. This includes casino operations, casino construction, new build financing and project management.
A graduate of the University of Aston in Birmingham, England (Marketing and Accountancy majors), John’s early career was with Bass Plc, a major UK based leisure conglomerate listed on the London stock exchange, where his executive responsibilities included the hotel, restaurant and pub market sectors.
In 1985 Bass sent John to the USA to lead their development company, BAB Inc., which specialized in tribal gaming developments. In this capacity he was responsible for seven successful casino expansions and new builds as well as the management of 10 tribal gaming operations ranging from bingo parlors through to full casino and hotel operations.
In 1996, following relocation to Sedona Arizona, John embarked on a career as a casino general manager. He was eventually one of the longest-serving general managers in Indian gaming with 10 years as the GM of Cliff Castle Casino, which was voted #1 Casino in Arizona for eight consecutive years.
John has been the general manager at Shokawah Casino since March 2010.