A team of Hosts awaits you, ready to assist with every detail. Whether you are coming for dinner and a show or are planning a vacation, you can count on our team to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Thank you for choosing ilani.

To speak to a host, please call 1.360.887.6375.


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Holly Hammond

Player Development Executive

With 18 years’ experience in the gaming and hospitality industries, Holly has a passion for making people smile. With much of her career spent in Las Vegas, her career started with the ownership of small restaurants and gourmet food trucks in California. Her goal at ilani is to inspire an environment rich in good will and luck, while making each experience a wonderful memory. When she is not entertaining at work, she enjoys visiting family and traveling both near and far as much as she can. She believes that winning is something we all possess.

“So have a winning day and Let’s ilani!”


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Carson Tuchschmidt

Executive Casino Host

Carson was born in the Midwest to a family of gamblers with whom he celebrated holidays at casinos and horse racing tracks across the country. He has resided in Tucson, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Antonio, and New York where he grew up learning about the horse racing and casino industries. Carson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs. When he is at home, he enjoys playing tennis, making music, traveling to visit friends and family, and being a mentor for his college fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon. Carson believes that fast, friendly service is the key to the best service experience at ilani.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.Seneca, Roman Philosopher

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Paul Hoang

Executive Casino Host

Paul has been in the Pacific Northwest since 1975. Born and raised in Vietnam, he is fluent in the Vietnamese language and culture. Over the last two decades he has worked his way around the ranks of the retail Industry. Along with managing sales and marketing teams, Paul was also a fashion buyer for large retail companies such as Nordstrom.  So, don’t forget to ask Paul if he has any fashion tips on your next visit! As a proud business owner in Vietnam since 2005, Paul’s professionalism and passion to help others is second to none and a great addition to the ilani team.  He believes in taking ownership of the task at hand and delivering a successful outcome each and every time. When Paul is not at ilani providing extraordinary Guest Service, he has a passion for traveling and enjoys staying active by playing golf, tennis and basketball.

"Enjoy life to the fullest today but always plan for tomorrow."

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Linda Steward

Executive Casino Host

With deep roots firmly anchored in the Pacific Northwest and a 20-year career in customer satisfaction and guest experience, Linda joined ilani in the pre-opening phases determined to assure your trip is like no other. Linda’s commitment to the comfort of ilani's top guests is prominent in her intuitive ability to anticipate customer needs and deliver the best service. Linda loves to travel to luxury resorts and understands the importance of unmatched customer satisfaction. When not at ilani Linda enjoys entertaining, dining at unique restaurants with friends and being near water.

"When it comes to luck, you make your own." - Bruce Springsteen

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Jose Sanchez

Executive Casino Host

With over 20 years of gaming industry experience in the Northwest, Jose has spent most of that time as a Table Games Supervisor and most enjoys playing Blackjack and Baccarat. Jose is passionate when it comes to giving the very best customer service possible and has created many long-lasting relationships with his guests. Greeting every guest with a smile and an uplifting positive attitude is his highest priority while at ilani. When Jose is not working on making each guests’ visit memorable, he is likely spending time with his family camping, hiking, golfing or getting to the mountain to snowboard as soon as the snow is deep enough to shred.

“Life is a beautiful journey so make sure you take the time to appreciate every single moment to its fullest; smell the roses, hug your family and friends, and treat every human being with the respect that we all deserve, because you never know when your journey will be over.”

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Hong Lung Yeung

Executive Casino Host

Starting as a bartender in 2008, Brian has been in the guest service industry for 15 years and had managed multiple renowned establishments domestic and overseas. Originally from Hong Kong, Brian built his life in Oregon and has been very involved with the Asian community and its culture in Portland. Recently moved to Washington, Brian is thrilled to be part of the team and guide ilani to further recognize the Asian culture of Pacific Northwest.

“The Chinese culture belongs not only to the Chinese but also to the whole world.” ― Hu Jintao

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Cody Jones

Executive Casino Host

Born and raised in Eastern Washington, Cody worked at various restaurants and retail stores while attending community college. Cody then moved to Vancouver in 2016 and started at the front desk at a local independent hotel before making his way up to account management. He attended WSU Vancouver and studied Hospitality Business Management and has decided to take his experience and transition that into the Casino world. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his girlfriend and dogs, finding new hiking trails around the area, and playing sports like basketball and golf. He believes that the best way to create an everlasting experience is to greet every guest with a warm smile every time!

“Dedication makes dreams come true” – Kobe Bryant

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Danny Yan

Casino Host

Originally from Hong Kong, Danny has spent over 30 years in sales and Marketing. His career began with Nestle in 1987 after graduating from the University of Windsor in Canada. Danny later went on to work for multiple Fortune 500 companies, developing both successful sales channels and teams in China. In his spare time, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and attending his son’s basketball practices and games.

"Taking the time to build an Asian community within ilani is my passion, at the same time capturing long-lasting relationships within that community along the way."

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Brigitte Christianson

Casino Host

Originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, Brigitte moved to Vancouver 22 years ago and has worked in the casino and hospitality industry for more than 20 years. Brigitte has worked at ilani for over 5 years, nearly as long as ilani has been open, and is excited to grow the relationships she built as a dealer into her new role as a Casino Host. In her free time, Brigitte likes to travel, dance, cook and spend her time with her two dogs, Amelia and Samantha.

“Always find opportunities to make someone’s smile, and to offer random acts of kindness every day, and practice gratitude and love the life that you live”

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Christy Smith 

Casino Host

Christy is a Washington native and, prior to joining ilani, spent 15 years in social services making positive changes in people’s lives. In her spare time, when not spending time with her husband of 35 years, Christy can be found fishing with her Dad and Mom on the rivers and oceans or going to the beach with her children and grandchildren.

Christy is excited about her new role here at ilani and is very excited to meet you and make your ilani experience feel like you’re a part of our family.

“Family is not an important thing.  It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox

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Justin Freeman 

Casino Host

Hailing from the sunny shores of San Diego, Justin brings a wealth of experience in both gaming and hospitality to ilani. His philosophy is that you need to have fun to be fun, and that providing genuine service with excellent results is the key to elevating guest experiences. Say hello to him on the casino floor, where you'll find Justin going above and beyond for his guests, or as he likes to say, "putting smiles on faces." 

“Play is not a luxury... play is a necessity.” - Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison