After graduating from North Central in 1981, Phil Haugen attended Eastern Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1991 he started working at Mary Walker High School in Springdale, Washington. During his nine years at the school, he coached boys football and basketball teams and girls basketball and softball teams. He also served as the Johnson O’Malley Coordinator for Native American Students.
In 2000, when the Kalispel Tribe of Indians opened the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, Phil was employed there, first as a Tribal Gaming Inspector, then as a Supervisor, and eventually as Executive Director of the Kalispel Tribal Gaming Agency.
In 2002 Phil attended the Indian Police Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. His classmates selected him to give the graduation speech, and he received the Director’s Award as the cadet who most exemplified what a Federal Officer should be. Phil is still listed as a reserve officer with the Kalispel Tribe.
Eventually moving into the operations division at the resort, Phil was promoted to Assistant General Manager and in December 2010 was named General Manager of Northern Quest Resort and Casino. In that position, he has overall responsibility for leading the operations of Northern Quest’s 250-room hotel, its world-class casino, its top-flight entertainment, its 14 restaurants and lounges, and it’s more than 1,700 employees.
Phil's community involvement includes being a member of the Red Cross Board of Directors.