Peter Arceo ’96
General Manager, San Manuel Casino
Inspiration has always been a key driver for Peter Arceo, who began working with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in 2015. It’s what motivated Arceo to leave college in Southern California to attend UNLV’s Hospitality College, and what led to his professional ascension from card dealer to casino management. Arceo credits some “great people” in his early career for empowering him to reach his full potential in their organization. He now hopes to empower others.
Pearls of Wisdom
Supplement your education with hands-on experience.
“My mentors put me in positions where I had to make decisions. Luckily, UNLV provided me with the background that allowed me to take my education and put it to practical use. Take what you’ve learned in school and add it to the work environment. That will allow you to grow.”
Stay open-minded about possibilities.
“If you have an opportunity, keep your mind open—even if it requires you to accept a position that’s different from your first option. Give yourself a wider view of the business as you work toward your goal."
Don’t be afraid to get creative.
“Whether it’s a tribal or traditional casino environment, complacency is the biggest threat to business. Challenge yourself to think differently: How can we create a better environment to generate more revenue but also provide our guests a great experience? It’s about empowering people to be creative and try new things.”
Business should also be about helping others.
“I get excited because I not only work for an organization that drives business success but also one that that gives back to the community. This means that the results of our success are not only seen in the casino but also in the community. I’m also passionate about developing the careers of others. Remembering how people helped me, I get energy by helping others.”
Rebels make great team members.
“San Manuel’s leadership team happens to be filled with a lot of fellow Rebels. We have great chemistry, and when you’re looking at leaders and forming a great team, chemistry means a lot. We come from a common background, we were educated in a similar environment, and we respect each other. We’re gelling.”