CHOCTAW, Miss. (May 17, 2012) – Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson and the Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise (CRDE) Board announced that Holly Gagnon has been selected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl River Resort. Gagnon’s most recent roles were Vice President of Finance/Planning and Analysis for Caesars Entertainment and lecturer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Gagnon is also a certified public accountant (CPA).
Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, noted the CRDE board placed a very high priority on making changes and improvements to the gaming, hospitality and guest services at the Resort. Gagnon’s gaming management experience and performance made her the clear choice for the job.
Gagnon will be responsible for day-to-day operations of all Resort properties including the Silver Star Hotel and Casino, Golden Moon Hotel and Casino, Bok Homa Casino, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park.
Gagnon previously served as President of Gold Strike Casino Resort for MGM Mirage; Tunica Regional Vice President, Finance, Harrah’s Entertainment; Assistant General Manager, Harrah’s Entertainment; and VP of Finance North Kansas City, Harrah’s Entertainment. She was also on the opening team for Foxwoods Casino, where she held senior leadership positions in finance and information technology.
Gagnon will take over the reins of the Resort beginning Friday, June 1, 2012.
“We are moving the Resort in a new direction, and I welcome Holly Gagnon to the Pearl River Resort family,” said Chief Anderson. “Ms. Gagnon has extensive experience in the gaming industry and I know she will work very hard to carry out the new vision for Pearl River Resort. She has a diverse background in both Indian and non-Indian gaming management and a proven track record of achievement. We look forward to much progress under her leadership.”
To learn more about the Pearl River Resort, call 1.866.44PEARL.
ABOUT PEARL RIVER RESORT
Pearl River Resort, located in Choctaw, Mississippi, is the Southern United States' first comprehensive luxury gaming resort. The resort features the Silver Star and Golden Moon, two exciting hotel/casinos with over 2,700 slot machines, more than 75 table games, 1,074 hotel rooms, 11 restaurants, European spa facilities, shopping and live entertainment. Also featured is The Dancing Rabbit Golf Club with two championship golf courses and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park.
Bok Homa Casino
Bok Homa Casino located in Sandersville, MS is the latest addition to Pearl River Resort. The impressive new 27,000 square foot facility features over 750 slot machines and a fabulous quick serve eatery called Lucky’s.
The Arena at Golden Moon
Set within the casino floor of the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino, The Arena at Golden Moon Hotel & Casino can hold up to 10,000 patrons for a variety of special events ranging from concerts and comedy showcases to touring shows and exclusive, limited engagement performances.
Pearl River Resort is a development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a federally recognized, self-governing tribe with approximately 10,000 members living on or near reservation land. For more information, go to www.pearlriverresort.com <http://www.pearlriverresort.com/> .