onstruction is currently taking place on Thunder Valley's 400-room hotel and spa which is expected to be completed next summer.
"There are so many new avenues opening up for Thunder Valley with the launch of the expanded resort and I look forward to working with our management team and the employees we will be hiring to continue the tradition of making Thunder Valley a place where patrons want to stay and play," said Thorstenson.
His 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry and hotel management includes time at resorts in Las Vegas and San Diego. Thorstenson was executive vice president and general manager of Hotel Park City Golf Resort and Spa from 2002 to 2008, which Conde Nast Traveler rated the 11th Best Place to Stay and Ski in North America in 2007 and is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, which identifies hotels where exceptional services is the norm rather than the exception.
He was responsible for the resort's opening and created its AAA Five Diamond Standard training program. He also convinced Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to call Hotel Park City home and oversaw the design and construction of the Spa at Hotel Park City.
Thorstenson has also held executive positions at the Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego, the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif. and Key Largo Casino in Las Vegas. He is also fluent in Japanese and spent two years living abroad in Japan.
"Kevin brings with him a wealth of experience and a commitment to service in managing some of the country's most prestigious resorts," said Thunder Valley General Manager Richard St. Jean. "Having Kevin on our team will give us a head start as we build the premier hotel and resort in Northern California."
Thunder Valley Casino, a 18,580 sqm, entertainment and dining complex owned by the United Auburn Indian Community, opened in June 2003. Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, it is Northern California's first casino offering all the elements of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine and entertainment in an attractive, quality facility.
The venue offers approximately 2,700 slot and video machines, 100 table games, a 500-seat buffet, food court, Thunder Cafe and Austins Steakhouse. Also on property is the Falls Bar and parking for 3,300 vehicles. Construction is under way on additional gaming space, a hotel, parking garage and a spa. It is expected to be completed in summer 2010.