Management of Running Creek Casino

Gerald Erickson, Director of Information Technology


Gerald grew up in the Army until his father retired medically in 1978 and moved to Redwood Valley.  He has lived and worked in Mendocino and Lake Counties for most of his life. He began working at Masonite in Ukiah in 1990 until they closed in 2001.  He then went to Empire College and graduated in 2003 with his Associates Degree, Presidents Honors and MCSA from Microsoft. After graduating Gerald started at Konocti Vista Casino as a slot tech and moved his way into the IT department as an MIS Tech.  He then moved to Savings Bank of Mendocino County and a Network Administrator until 2008.  In 2008 he started working for a real estate website company in Clearlake California as a Systems Administrator for the next six years until he started working for Running Creek Casino as a Network Administrator.  Gerald became the Director of IT in 2014 and says, “I look forward to many years working for this great casino and tribe”.

Joseph Holstine, Director of Casino Operations


Joseph has been with Running Creek Casino since it first opened its doors with over 15 years of experience in the gaming industry, 5 of which was in compliance. He brings his Habematolel Upper Lake Band of Pomo heritage to Running Creek Casino and enjoyed being on the opening team. He also enjoys spending time with his family and keeping up on the latest gaming industry trends.

Joe Denbo, Director of Marketing


Joe was born and raised in Northern California, moving to Lake County in 1998 before settling in Ukiah in 2000.  He and his wife Joanie have 3 children; Gracie, Joe and Olivia.  Joe was employed in the auto industry for 30 years before making the transition to gaming in 2012. He has been with Running Creek Casino since its opening and held a number of positions including Director of Operations and most recently Player Development Manager.  When asked about his time in gaming, Joe says “I love the pace and the people.  Every day is challenging and fun!”  

Jack Crane, General Manager

Jack Crane was born, raised, and inhabits Las Vegas, Nevada. Being the third generation of Casino Executives, his journey began at age fifteen in the coin room at the El Cortez Casino. Crane then was hired by Cummins-Allison Corporation out of High School and was promoted to Service Manager two years into employment. Continuing on, Jack worked for Mandalay Bay Resort Group for fifteen years. His range continued to grow years later when getting the opportunity to manage the Silver Saddle Saloon, a historic casino in downtown Las Vegas. Jack also started a consulting business, where he consulted for slot operations at Running Creek Casino. Throughout the years of hard work, he has held a significant regulatory license in Michigan, two key gaming licensees and an unrestricted casino operator license in Las Vegas. Jack has received several awards and recognition, including Service Manager of the Year Award in 1989. He continues his thirty years of management experience with the fantastic Running Creek staff as the new General Manager.


The only other thing closer to his heart than the casino industry would be his family. “They are what drive me to be successful.” Jacks wife, Christine, also worked in the Casino business and is quick with advice and words of wisdom. They will be celebrating their twenty-one year anniversary this January. He enjoys his time home by golfing with his youngest son and watching Die Hard with his youngest daughter. Not to mention, the grill to B-B-Q the cares away. All-in-all Jack Crane is a laid back family man on one side of the coin and a hard working professional on the other.

635 E. Hwy 20

Upper Lake, CA 95485

Phone: (707) 262-5500

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