Juan Cuevas –Player Development Manager
Juan started his gaming career in 1997 on the President Casino in Davenport, IA. He has worked in a number of capacities ranging from Token Seller, Slot Shift Manager, Guest Service Shift Manager, Marketing Operations Manager, and most recently Player Development Manager for the three Elite Casino Resort properties. The majority of his gaming experience is here in Eastern Iowa, but he also spent a couple years in Florida as well. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his son and cheering on his favorite teams which include the Chicago Cubs and Bears, The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team, and is slowly coming around to the Hawkeyes as well. Juan is a Quad City native and currently resides in Moline, IL.
Kari Ford – VIP Host
Kari is a long time resident of Riverside, IA and currently still resides in the area. Kari has been with Riverside Casino & Golf Resort® since 2006, having worked as a Cage Supervisor, Assistant Buyer and most recently as a Dual Rate Supervisor for Table Games, which included the Poker Room. Other non-gaming work experience includes being a bank teller and a cross country semi driver. Having graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors degree Kari is a long time Hawkeye fan. On her days off Kari enjoys playing sand volleyball and being on a bowling league. If it's over 75 degrees out you might even see Kari riding her motorcycle to work.
Bobby Cavan – VIP Host
Bobby started working in a small card room in California back in 2007. He worked his way up to a floor supervisor and shift managers at two of the biggest Tribal Casino's in Northern California. Bobby is a former member of the United States Air Force. He enjoys traveling and playing golf. He has lived in Europe and Japan and has been to five of the six continents. Bobby is a current resident of Iowa City.
Alex Kruse – VIP Host
Alex has worked at Riverside Casino off and on since 2009. He spent two summers working at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course, six months working in the Resort Club and then six months as a Casino Host before he was promoted to the role of VIP Host in 2015. Alex is an Iowa native, originally from Clinton, IA but lived in San Diego for two years before coming back to Iowa in 2011. Alex's three biggest passions are sports, traveling and all genres of music. He is a Bulls, Hawkeyes, Bears and Cubs fan. His favorite cities to travel to are Rome, Sydney and Vegas. Alex currently resides in Riverside, IA.
Steve Schimmel – VIP Host
Steve has spent the last 20 years in the hospitality industry from working as a bar manager, to being a sales rep for Budweiser and most recently a scheduler at a call center. His varied background and extensive customer service experience makes him the ideal addition to the VIP Host team. Steve lived in Phoenix, AZ for four years before moving back to the Midwest in 2005 to be closer to his family. In his free time, Steve enjoys outdoor activities including golfing, camping, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends. Steve enjoys all things sports, everything from playing to just being a spectator. Originally from Moline, IL, his favorite teams to cheer for include the Chicago Bears, Illinois Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinals. Steve currently resides in Bettendorf, IA.
Trent Tappan – VIP Host
Trent spent six years working at the Iowa Law School in the alumni relations office prior to joining Riverside as a VIP Host. He is currently finishing his degree in Communication at the University of Iowa. Trent enjoys golfing, playing baseball, and traveling to Texas. He enjoys all sports and his favorite teams are the New York Mets, Kansas City Chiefs and the Memphis Grizzlies. Trent is a native Iowan who was born and still resides in Iowa City.