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Thalden Boyd Emery Architects

Over the past 48 years, our firm, Thalden Boyd Architects, LLC. dba TBE Architects, has become one of the most well-known hospitality and gaming architects in North America. Having designed for more than 400 unique hotel projects and 300 casino projects, “All Hospitality, All the Time” is much more than the firm’s tag line, it is the very foundation of TBE’s client base and an integral part of defining the Firm’s team culture.

TBE Architects provides full architectural services including Master Planning, Architectural Design, Theming Development, and Interior Design.

TBE Architect’s highly experienced design teams work tirelessly to deliver bold, high-quality, and fully integrated projects on time and on budget.  Much of the Firm’s “adaptive theming style” is a direct reflection of the design team’s ability to interpret the unique demands of diverse clients, and the Firm is proud to say that no two TBE casinos or hotels are alike.  With roots firmly planted in gaming and hospitality, TBE Architects has an exceptional understanding of sophisticated entertainment for adults.

While TBE Architects has dedicated a significant portion of time to the growth and development of several national and internationally recognized brands such as: Caesar’s, Churchill Downs, Delaware North, Harrah’s, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriot, and Jacob’s Entertainment, the Firm is also deeply honored by the opportunity to promote Tribal Sovereignty, having designed directly for 116 Native American Tribes and First Nations.

Throughout the Firm, each employee shares a common goal: “To fuse the individual talents of the team with the needs of each client; designing architectural destinations that are fresh, exciting, appropriately themed, and fully functional.”

TBE Architects is an active Associate Member of to the American Institute of Architects and an Associate Member of the National Indian Gaming Association.

TBE Architects is directed by three actively involved Principals in St. Louis, Missouri (Rich Emery, Nick Schoenfeldt and David Nejelski) and Charles “Chief” Boyd in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Rich Emery is President + Design Principal. Nick Schoenfeldt is Vice President + Principal. David Nejelski is Creative Director + Principal. ‘Chief’ Boyd guides projects involving heritage.

For more information, visit tbearchitects.com or contact Linda Roe, Vice President of Client Development at 602-321-6207.


Sponsored Events

14th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 15-16, 2020

Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA

Through a variety of tracks, panels and interactive discussions, attendees will engage with top experts focusing on economic diversification. Discovering new ways to diversify your tribe’s economic ventures helps to reduce risk and ensure the growth of your community. By networking with other tribal leaders, decision makers and industry professionals you can exchange tangible ideas on how to maximize your respective economies.

13th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

April 20-21, 2020

Soboba Casino Resort in San Jacinto, CA

This unique conference is dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels. Tribal Leaders will gather with industry professionals to discuss the most relevant topics in the casino and hospitality business. Advancements in technology, latest in gaming trends, renovation and expansion plans and government legislation all mean constant change to the gaming industry. If you are looking to build, expand or update your casino or hotel, this is a can’t-miss event!

Seventh Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange

February 23-25, 2020

Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA

This event brings together General Managers and Casino Executives from Tribal-owned casinos for two days of roundtable discussions, peer-to-peer dialogues and plenty of networking opportunities. This C-Level event is designed to bring you the timely information you need to solve the biggest challenges facing leaders of Tribal-owned casinos. We ensure our attendees get to know their peers and interact with one another by providing a variety of engaging sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and impressive business solutions.

Seventh Native American Leadership Forum – West

December 9-10, 2019

Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa in Honolulu, HI

This hands-on interactive accelerator allows participants to practice leadership thought and action in real time. As a leader you are the heartbeat of your tribe or organization. Your ability to leverage new ways of thinking, speaking and acting can have an enormous impact on productivity, profitability and overall effectiveness. Meet and interact with leaders from around the country and share best practices while receiving new ideas to help innovate progress.

Sixth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange

February 24-26, 2019

Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ

The Sixth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange will take place on February 24-26, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This event will bring together GMs and Casino Executives from Tribal-owned casinos for two+ days of professional, moderator-led roundtable discussions, small group break-out sessions, peer-to-peer dialogues and plenty of networking opportunities. This is a C-Level event to build alliances within your industry and an outstanding prospecting opportunity for our Forum Partners to meet and establish professional connections in a casual environment. The General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange is about the expressing of common concerns and the sharing of information.

12th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

April 29-30, 2019

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Maricopa, AZ

This unique conference is dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels. Tribal Leaders will gather with industry professionals to discuss the most relevant topics in the casino and hospitality business. Advancements in technology, latest in gaming trends, renovation and expansion plans and government legislation all mean constant change to the gaming industry. If you are looking to build, expand or update your casino or hotel, this is a can’t-miss event!

13th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 10-11, 2019

Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA

Pechanga Casino & Resort - Healthcare Conference

Through a variety of tracks, panels and interactive round-table discussions, attendees will engage with top experts focusing on economic diversification. Discovering new ways to diversify your tribe’s economic ventures helps to reduce risk and ensure the growth of your community. You’ll hear specific success stories and case studies in addition to digging deeper into new ways to generate revenue beyond gaming. By networking with other tribal leaders, decision makers and industry professionals you can exchange tangible ideas on how to maximize your respective economies.

Second Annual Tribal Security Symposium

October 28-29, 2019

Sycuan Casino Resort, El Cajon, CA

The world we live in will only grow in uncertainty. The use of terror tactics is on the rise. Yet most security experts are armed with only a handful of linear checklists and status-quo tactics aimed at yesterday’s threats. As leaders of enterprises in which hundreds of thousands of people walk through each year, concern for their well-being and safety as well as your employees, not to mention your brand, is imperative. Join us to ensure every measure imaginable has been taken to circumvent a catastrophic event from occurring.

Twelfth Annual Native American Economic Development Conference

June 4-5, 2018

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Anaheim, CA

The Twelfth Annual Native American Economic Development Conference will be held June 4th-5th, 2018 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim, CA. Through a variety of tracks, panels and interactive round-table discussions, attendees will engage with top experts focusing on economic diversification. Discovering new ways to diversify your tribe’s economic ventures helps to reduce risk and ensure the growth of your community. You’ll hear specific success stories and case studies in addition to digging deeper into new ways to generate revenue beyond gaming. By networking with other tribal leaders, decision makers and industry professionals you can exchange tangible ideas on how to maximize your respective economies.

NNE Group’s Gaming & Hospitality Active Threat & Crisis Management Symposium

April 30-May 1, 2018

The Park MGM Las Vegas, formerly the Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, NV

NNE Group is a division of Native Nation Events. Never content with the status quo, NNE Group is always striving to build cutting edge programs with the most relevant industry-specific content and has for over thirteen years. Over the past few years we have teamed up with some of the industry’s leading experts in the fields of security, organizational development and leadership to continue to enhance and deliver our educational events with maximum networking opportunities to create a one-of-a-kind experience for all those who participate.

The world we live in will only grow in uncertainty. The use of terror tactics is on the rise. Yet most security experts are armed with only a handful of linear checklists and status-quo tactics aimed at yesterday’s threats.

As leaders of enterprises in which hundreds of thousands of people walk through each year, concern for their well-being and safety as well as your employees, not to mention your brand, is imperative. Great leaders lead and don’t shy away from uncertainty or the complexity it engenders. Instead they embrace it by taking the steps needed to ensure every measure imaginable has been taken to circumvent a catastrophic event from occurring.

Eleventh Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

March 25-27, 2018

Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA

The Eleventh Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference will be held March 25-27, 2018 at the newly renovated Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. This unique conference is dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels. Tribal Leaders will gather with industry professionals to discuss the most relevant topics in the casino and hospitality business. Advancements in technology, latest in gaming trends, renovation and expansion plans and government legislation all mean constant change to the gaming industry. If you are looking to build, expand or update your casino or hotel, this is a can’t-miss event!

Fifth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange

February 25-27, 2018

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA

The Fifth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange will take place on February 25th-27th, 2018 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA. This event will bring together GMs and Casino Executives from Tribal-owned casinos for two+ days of professional, moderator-led round table discussions, small group break-out sessions, peer-to-peer dialogues and plenty of networking opportunities. This is a C-Level event to build alliances within your industry and an outstanding prospecting opportunity for our Forum Partners to meet and establish professional connections in a casual environment. The General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange is about the expressing of common concerns and the sharing of information.

Tenth Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

May 7 – 9, 2017

Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine, CA

The Tenth Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference will be held May 8-9, 2017. This unique conference is dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels. We look forward to two days at the Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, CA where Tribal Leaders will gather with industry professionals to discuss the most relevant topics in the casino and hospitality business. Advancements in technology, latest in gaming trends, renovation and expansion plans and government legislation all mean constant change to the gaming industry! If you are looking to build, expand or update your casino or hotel, this is a can’t-miss event!

Ninth Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

April 11th-12th, 2016

Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine, CA

The Ninth Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference taking place April 11th-12th, 2016, is dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels. We look forward to two days at the Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA where Tribal Leaders will gather with industry professionals to discuss the ins and outs of the casino and hospitality business. Advancements in technology, latest in gaming trends, renovation and expansion plans and government legislation all mean constant change to the gaming industry! If you are looking to build, expand or update your casino or hotel, this is a can’t-miss event!