NORTH FORK — Red Rock Resorts, a partner with North Fork’s Mono Indian tribe in a proposed casino/resort project in Madera, announced Sunday that Richard J. Haskins — president of the company — died in a July 4 “watercraft” accident while vacationing in Michigan. Haskins was 56 and had been with Red Rocks for 25 years.
On Sunday, the company said its board of directors plans to make further announcements regarding its plan of succession “in the coming days.” The change in company leadership is not expected to impact the Mono tribe’s plan to build a casino/resort on a 305-acre parcel in unincorporated Madera County off Avenue 17 and Highway 99.
Mono tribal officials, who have yet to comment on Haskin’s death, began their pursuit of the casino project in 2003 when they signed a development and management agreement with Red Rock Resorts to oversee construction and manage the casino operations if the Mono’s plan wins approval.
The California Supreme Court is expected to rule later this fall on the Mono’s bid to build the new casino resort.
Frank Fertitta III, CEO and chairman of Red Rock Resorts, issued the following statement on Sunday:
“Words cannot express what Rich has meant to the Company. He was a trusted advisor, a brilliant strategist, a steady hand in good times and in bad and most important – a friend to all.”
Red Rock Resorts owns 20 gaming properties across southern Nevada including the Palms Casino Resort and also is a partner in a number of other tribal casino operations in the western U.S.