William Sonny Johnson joins Executive Team

CHOCTAW, Miss. (August 14, 2012) – William Sonny Johnson has been named Vice President of Casino Operations for Pearl River Resort. Johnson has extensive gaming experience working for casinos in Las Vegas, New York and Mississippi. In his new role, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of all table games operations, slot operations, casino marketing and Bok Homa Casino for Pearl River Resort.

“Sonny Johnson has the kind of credentials that will serve us well in our ever-changing casino environment,” said Gagnon. “I am excited to have someone of his caliber join our team. He is a seasoned veteran who understands day-to-day casino operations and he will play a key role in helping us maintain and develop programs that ensure consistent levels of service.”

Before accepting his new position, Johnson served as Vice President of Gaming Operations for Golden Nugget Casino. He previously served as Vice President of Gaming Operations for Turning Stone Resort and Casino; Director of Table Games for Gold Strike Casino and Resort; Director of Table Games for Beau Rivage. Prior to Beau Rivage, Sonny held various leadership positions in Table Games for the Mirage organization.

Sonny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada. He began his gaming career as a dealer and is a graduate of the Mirage Management Associate Program.

 “I am excited by the challenge of this new role and dedicated to helping this Resort achieve even more recognition from both the hospitality industry and our valued guests,” said Johnson. “With the help of the talented team of more than 2,500 employees at the Resort, I am confident that we will continue to deliver the highest quality guest experience.”

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 5,000 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