Bill’s names operations director |

Bill’s names operations director

Susan Wood

A 23-year employee of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe has scored a promotion that will essentially give him the ultimate responsibility of Bill’s Casino, Harrah’s sister property.

Tim Tretton – Bill’s director of operations – replaces Pete Bonner, who became Harrah’s senior vice president and general manager for the company’s Tunica and Vicksburg, Miss., properties.

Tretton, 48, a 15-year resident of Gardnerville, worked his way up in the organization to the top seat from being a slot host.

He’s not one to gamble with his future. He works at it, rolling up his shirt sleeves to get things done.

And although the husband and father of three boys thoroughly enjoys the business he’s in, Tretton doesn’t gamble for leisure, either.

“I don’t like to lose,” he said.

His business is a whole other story.

“I wouldn’t think of doing anything else,” Tretton said Thursday.

His career and tenure with Harrah’s have represented the long haul of effort, but the end-all promotion has been a whirlwind. He interviewed only two weeks prior to taking the step up from his five-year role as director of casino operations.

“I had aspirations of being in this position and knew if I worked hard, I’d be rewarded,” Tretton said.

Tretton hopes to carry on a winning tradition with Bill’s Casino, which reports a near-record year last year.

He may make a few changes. But if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

Tretton plans to keep Bill’s homespun environment intact, where fun and casual is the name of the game. But the director wants to address challenges like the changing face of Lake Tahoe.

Bill’s meat-and-potatoes-type of reputation presents the property with both opportunities and challenges.

“Bill’s is in a unique position in that it’s surrounded by hotels with all the amenities. It has to find its own niche,” Harrah’s spokesman John Packer said.

Tretton’s new role is well-received throughout the organization. Many employees who have worked alongside Tretton for years congratulated him.

“I’m confident that Tim, along with the entire Bill’s team, will continue to guide the property in a positive direction,” Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Senior Vice President and General Manager Gary Selesner said.

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