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Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel Named No. 1 in Albuquerque Journal’s “Top New Mexico Workplaces of 2019”
The Pueblo of Santa Ana, N.M. – May 13, 2019

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, New Mexico’s Best Bet, was honored by Albuquerque Journal in its 2019 ranking of “Top New Mexico Workplaces.” Ranked as the No. 1 “Top Workplace” in the state for 2019, the company received the distinction in recognition of its achievements in creating a positive work environment and vibrant company culture.

“We are extremely honored and proud to be named, once again, as the premier place to work in New Mexico,” said Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel CEO John Cirrincione. “Working together as team, with mutual respect and appreciation for one another, enabled us to grow as a company as we added to the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel family.”

In July of 2018, Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel hired an additional 300 team members in preparation of the opening of its brand-new, state-of-the art hotel and the following October, launched the first sportsbook in New Mexico. Cirrincione said both expansions were made easier because the foundation of teamwork the company has built upon fosters a culture where everyone feels accepted, appreciated and supported.

“Since we successfully completed the expansion of our hotel and made history as the first property to open a sportsbook in New Mexico, we have soared to new heights and continued to ensure that each person knows how important they are to the team and to the success of the company and the Pueblo.”

This is the seventh year that Albuquerque Journal has published the “Top New Mexico Workplaces” list. Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel has been ranked in the Top 5 large companies in “Top Workplaces” for all seven years and was ranked the No. 1 large company consecutively in 2014 and 2015, again in 2017 and now for 2019.

The results of this year’s survey were published in a special section of the Albuquerque Journal on Monday, May 13, 2019. More than 900 companies, spanning all industries throughout the state, applied to participate in the survey. The final group consisted of 50 companies who employ approximately 23,780 New Mexicans. Participants in the survey provided anonymous evaluations of their work satisfaction, working conditions and company culture. The surveys were evaluated by Energage, an independent market research firm, and were presented to the Albuquerque Journal. 

For more information about Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel’s “Top Workplaces”, visit or call (505) 867-0000.

About Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, located off Highway 550 at the Jemez Dam Road, is just minutes north of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. It was the first Indian casino to operate in New Mexico, opening its doors in 1993. Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is “New Mexico’s Best Bet!” The Star offers a Vegas-style casino experience with an infusion of New Mexican charm. Reflecting the cultural authenticity and timelessness of the great southwest, it is an easily accessible regional destination for entertainment, excitement and good, old-fashioned value.

For more information contact: Paula Cronic at (505) 681-2949 or

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