30 years of service
For 30 years, Kitty Stuart has been a constant in Poarch Creek Indian business ventures. From the beginning of Creek Bingo Palace all the way through to the envision and completion of Creek Travel Plaza (CTP), Creek Convenience Store Atmore (CCSA) and Creek Convenience Store Wetumpka (CCSW), Stuart had a hand in it all.
Now, after three decades, Stuart is hanging up her many hats to enjoy retirement. To show appreciation for all the hard work she has put in throughout the years, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority and PCI Gaming threw a celebration in honor of Stuart on June 30, 2015.
"During my 30 years, I met some really awesome people," Stuart said. "I have friends and employees who I will think about long after I’ve left. I’ve just had a good life, and I appreciate the Tribe and want to thank the Poarch Creek Indians for the opportunity I was given to do the things that I have done."
Stuart was the second employee hired at Creek Bingo Palace, and for 27 years, worked in the gaming industry before taking over as director of retail operations for CTP, CCSA and CCSW for the past seven years.
"Kitty has a great character," former Chief Eddie Tullis said. "That character of say what you mean and mean what you say has always been Kitty’s trademark. She has always been willing to accept the challenge and be very forgiving with me — we didn’t always see eye to eye, but we got things accomplished, and she did a wonderful job."
Stuart echoed his remarks. "I knew one thing — Eddie always had my back. And I say the same thing about Tim Martin and Edith Travers. I admire and respect all three.
"Never once did I regret going to work; not once," Stuart said. "And not many people can say that."
By Jen Peake
CIEDA Marketing Specialist