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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — CPA and advisory firm REDW LLC has appointed Kevin Huddleston as its new director of gaming operations.

In this newly created role, Huddleston, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, will bolster the firm’s gaming practice with expertise on tribal gaming, an industry REDW has served for more than 30 years. 

Huddleston will be based in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and work in partnership with REDW Principal and Director of Tribal Services Victor Flores to serve the 38 federally recognized tribes in the state. He also will work with the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association and Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.

“As a fast-growing firm, at its heart, REDW has an entrepreneurial spirit,” Huddleston said in a statement. “This allows our team to be thoughtful, nimble, and strategic as we help clients responsibly and strategically grow their businesses while navigating myriad obstacles. That spirit, coupled with the opportunity to develop this role and support a talented industry-focused team, made this move an easy one for me.”

Huddleston also plans to travel to the Albuquerque and Phoenix offices to provide vision and support to REDW’s tribal gaming practice. The CPA firm counts roughly 200 tribes in its client base. 

“REDW’s National Tribal Practice Leader, Wes Benally, and I have been working to find the right person for this position for some time,” Flores said in a statement. “Kevin will be an invaluable member of REDW’s gaming practice and serve as a trusted partner to the many Tribal nations who entrust their business to our firm.”

Previously, Huddleston served as a partner for 15 years at Finley & Cook. In addition, he also served as the operations accounting controller for Cherokee Nation Entertainment and as controller of Local Federal Bank, and also worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen.

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