David Oakeley is a marketeer, journalist, and a ski/golf nut.
Topic: Enchanted Odds - An Insight Into the Santa Fe Area Casinos
Who the Heck I am
I have lived up and down New Mexico’s Rio Grande valley my entire life and have no desire to live anywhere else. Born to a Mexican mother and a father who considered himself “Spanish” (the Oakeley comes from my great grandfather who moved in the late 1800s to New Mexico; the rest is Montoya, Duran and Cortez, all from the Taos area), I spent the first 15 years of my life in idyllic Taos.
Taos has always been a tough place to make a buck and my carpenter father moved his wife, son and four daughters to Las Cruces for work, sunshine and easy access to New Mexico State University. I took advantage of low tuition and living at home and earned a BA degree in journalism and mass communications.
I sound like Ted Baxter from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show in that got my professional news start on a small 5,000 watt AM radio station in Las Cruces. As news director I covered everything—city hall, the courts, the county, the cop beat, the schools and high school and college sports. And, I also shot video and was a news correspondent for TV stations in El Paso and Albuquerque. I was a one man news crew and it was exciting!
Politics led me to Santa Fe in the early 80s where I cut my teeth as press secretary on a successful gubernatorial campaign and that led to a public relations gig at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque. While there I took a fancy to marketing and upon my departure ended up as an account executive at a large Duke City advertising agency.
Other marketing jobs ensued including media sales, the Downs at Albuquerque and a ten year stint back in Las Cruces as marketing director for the NMSU athletics department. I thought I had experienced it all when I was lured back to the beautiful North to take the job as marketing director for one of the Santa Fe area casinos.
I spent ten years working in a casino environment and learned a lot about the business. My column, Enchanted Odds, will give you more insight into the world of casinos with an emphasis on the ones close to Santa Fe.
There are many people who never enter a casino and it’s unlikely that they will be reading this column. But there are many others in the Santa Fe area---thousands of persons---who do frequent casinos. So whether you go for the food or drink, or the entertainment or the gambling, then this blog just might be of interest to you.
I hope you find the column entertaining and informative. I look forward to this new venture.
May 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM
" The event will be staged at the casino from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free"
May 7, 2012 at 2:52 PM
"Spring promotions, giveaways, tournaments and more..."
May 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM
"Only a few people in show business are recognized by just one name. Charo is one of them"
April 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM
"Camel Rock Casino and Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino hosts live music, dances, food, giveaways and more on May 5"
April 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM
"Patty Smyth, both with her hit band Scandal and as a solo artist, has always been, at heart, a rock and roll chick..."
April 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM
"Camel Rock was the first modern casino built in northern New Mexico..."
March 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM
March 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM
"Cities of Gold Casino has a full schedule of promotions, giveaways and entertainment for April"
March 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM
April promotions, giveaways and entertainment at Buffal Thunder Resort
March 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM
Spring promotions at Buffalo Thunder and Cities of Gold"
March 1, 2012 at 4:01 PM
"The net win for gaming machines at the 14 tribes and pueblos is down in the fourth quarter of 2011..."
March 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM
"...one lucky person will walk away on March 25 with their choice of a new manufactured home ($40,000 value), a new GMC 4x4 truck ($35,000 value) or $20,000 in cash"
January 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM
"Area casinos celebrate with giveaways, food and entertainment..."
January 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM
"The new 86,000 square-foot facility has 750 slot machines (about the size of Ohkay or Cities of Gold Casinos), six poker tables, 10 table games, a food court, gift shop and a full-service restaurant..."
January 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM
"The popular gala event attracts a big crowd as home grown Hispano musicians honor their music and their own"
January 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM
"Super Bowl and January activities at Pojoaque casinos"
December 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM
"Casinos celebrate New Year's with entertainment, food and giveaways..."
December 1, 2011 at 6:03 PM
"If the holidays are the time for giving, the Santa Fe area casinos are doing what they can to make this statement true"
November 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM
"Five of the six casinos showing increases were in northern New Mexico."
November 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM
"The Nov. 21 action by the State Fair Commission was unexpected"