Eric Ramos Blue Lake, CA
In 2001, Eric Ramos returned home to Humboldt County eager to start his new job at Blue Lake Rancheria.
"I can remember on my first day I used the back of some papers from the recycling bin; I borrowed a pencil from somebody," he says. "It was really start up, really at the ground floor."
A lot has changed since Ramos began working for Blue Lake Rancheria, a federally recognized tribal government with a tribal citizenry of 53 members about seven miles east of Humboldt State. He's gone from sharing an office and telephone with five employees to serving as President of Business Operations and has guided the Rancheria, of which he is an enrolled member, through tremendous growth.
The '96 Business Administration alum and '06 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient spent a stint in California's Silicon Valley working for the firm KPMG as an accountant with high-powered clients like Adobe Systems, Apple Computers and Daimler Chrysler. By 2001 Ramos began weighing job offers.
"The Tribe told me that they were interested in developing a casino enterprise. I didn't know what the casino project would look like or how successful it would be, but I was always interested in coming home and I missed home, so I decided to come back."
Ramos was a driving force in developing the Rancheria's casino, which was an immediate success upon its opening in June 2002. He has high hopes for the new hotel, as the Tribe uses its revenue for education, meals programs and public safety among other services, which provide for tribal members and non-tribal residents.
"The continuation of our government and the community support we are able to provide are my motivations to throw my feet over the edge of the bed each morning and get to work."