Make us your home page

Seminole gaming executives killed in plane crash

MIAMI — Two executives with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming were killed in a plane crash on their way back from a business meeting, the tribe said Friday.

Killed were Robert F. Moreland of Miramar, the vice president of information technology operations, and passenger Michael Villa­nueva of Boca Raton, director of facility coordination.

The two were returning from a meeting with a business vendor in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday afternoon when the accident happened.

A search identified the wreckage Friday.

Moreland is credited with creating the information technology network for Seminole Gaming. Villanueva played a huge role in the design and construction of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, as well as with the expansions of casinos in Tampa, Coconut Creek and Immokalee.

Seminole gaming executives killed in plane crash 08/28/09 [Last modified: Friday, August 28, 2009 10:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours