“So they’d start as something like a security officer here, and within six months they would fall in love with the place, and now 25 years has gone by. It’s a really common story — no one was looking for a permanent casino job but they found one.”
Czak also cited the economic impact an operation like Ameristar has on a town like Council Bluffs.
“At the time I don’t think anyone knew how long it would last, or how long it would make it,” Czak said, referencing the casino. “But now I sit back and think about all of it, and the economic impact that we’ve had over here.
“Between taxes and revenue sharing and everything, it’s (providing) $40-$45 million a year, alone. And when you start running that up over 25 years you start getting to that billion dollar mark. It shows the impact that you can have from a sustained business in the town this size — it’s pretty incredible.”
Since taking over the operation about four years ago, Czak reflected on the bonds made, the big wins seen and the enjoyment so many casino-goers have inside its walls. For Czak, that’s really the best part of his job.
“Just having the ability to have this kind of impact on people’s lives,” he said. “To have people who have a great place to work where they know they’ll be treated well and with respect, to have a career to provide for themselves and their families.