Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures has promoted two Mille Lacs Band Associates — Nicholas Shaw and Jenny Buchholz — to leadership positions within the company.
Nicholas Shaw was promoted to the Area Store Manager for Wewinabi, Inc. and Jenny Buchholz was promoted to the Director of Talent Collaboration with Grand Casino.
In this new role, Nicholas will manage the Grand Market and the Grand Makwa Cinema. He began his career with the company in 2005 as a part-time Associate at the Grand Makwa Cinema. He has served in several positions throughout his tenure, including roles with the Gaming Regulatory Authority, the Mille Lacs Band Government, Audio/Visual, and most recently working with the Advertising department at Grand Casino.
He comes to the team with new energy and keen insight to a variety of ideas to drive store improvements, including expanding the customer base, innovating technological options, and focusing on Band member employment and development. His responsibilities will also include assessing and improving inventory, reorganizing the store, developing a cross-training opportunity for Associates, and looking at the strategic direction of both locations.
Nicholas holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
In Jenny’s new role as the Director of Talent Collaboration, she will be learning everything related to the Human Relations function of a company. She is also looking at ways to make improvements and implement various strategies to keep Grand Casinos in the forefront when it comes to all things Talent.
Jenny began working for the company in 1992 as a food runner in the Buffet. Her experience throughout the years in various roles in the company will help her as she collaborates with different departments within casino operations.
Jenny graduated with a bachelor’s degree in community psychology from St. Cloud State University. Her focus was to help individuals become stronger contributing members of their community — ultimately building a stronger network of people. That is no different than the work environment she hopes to create at the company. Jenny is also getting her HR certification in 2020.