New Leader for Resort

By: From Special Reports
By: From Special Reports

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.”

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