A Q&A with Mike Bean, CEO of Saginaw Chippewa Gaming Enterprises
Tell us what a day in your life looks like?
A day in my life today is much different than it was several months ago when the team and I were working hard at putting together a strategic plan to build upon and continue the long-standing success of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s casino resorts. Much of my day then was a combination of working with the team to run day-to-day operations while at the same time planning for the future.
With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, our properties have now been adjusting to a “new normal.” I’ve worked with our team to determine the safest and most responsible ways to adapt to reopening.
What advice do you have for business leaders moving forward from COVID-19 on how to build momentum back up quickly?
Safety first. I believe that as we move forward, our customers will do things and go places where they feel safe. While safety measures may be physically uncomfortable and socially awkward, we need to be sure we do whatever is necessary for safety.
Your job keeps you busy, what is your work/life balance like and how do you achieve that?
Work/life balance is important for everyone. For me, I focus on trying to be organized, prioritizing things I need to do every day and having a team environment so everyone is participating in achieving the goals and no one person is taking on a disproportionate amount of the work.
If you could speak to your younger self, what is one piece of advice you would share?
Several things: Both in business and in our personal lives, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. There are things in life you can control impact and things you can’t. … Focus on the things you can. No one goes through life undefeated.
What is your greatest hope for the future of the region?
As with the rest of the country and world, to as quickly as possible get past the health threat and financial impact of COVID-19. My hope is that a vaccine and/or effective treatment of COVID-19 is developed soon.