Idaho: The new CEO at Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel has been there from the very start Samantha Wohlfeil, Islander · December 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm On Oct. 31, the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council officially named Laura Stensgar as the new CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel. Before that, Stensgar had been interim CEO for more than a month, but being in leadership at the casino was far from new for her. From helping the tribe explore whether it even wanted to get into gaming in the early 1990s, to leading the way in marketing the casino and resort in little Worley, Idaho, and developing cultural tourism, Stensgar has been involved at every step. Now with a hugely successful golf course, resort, multiple bars and restaurants and, of course, gaming, Stensgar says she’s ready to lead the casino into its next phase of success. INLANDER: Tell us a little more about your experience at the casino leading up to this point. STENSGAR: I actually was involved right when the tribe was deciding whether or not to get into gaming. The tribe got a committee together, and I was included as a result of working at the planning department. We had heard of the Oneida Tribe in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and that they were doing phenomenal things for their tribe, so we flew there.