LuAnn Pappas

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

LuAnn Pappas is one of just two woman casino operators on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A New Jersey native, she attributes her success to her Father’s advice; be fair, be firm and by all means be disciplined.

She began a casino career that would span over 30 years after answering an ad in the Atlantic City Press, the position was for a retail shift supervisor for Harrah’s Atlantic City. Defining success as “progress,” she spent 30 years with Harrah’s before leaving her role as Regional Vice President of Marketing to join the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville Mississippi, as their CEO.

Although women in the casino industry still have a way to go; there are no female casino operators in Tunica, or even Atlantic City. Pappas takes the approach “never give up,” she says, “never quit what you have started.”

LuAnn serves as a Commissioner on the Board of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Board Member South Mississippi Mental Health Association and Board of Trustee Lighthouse Business and Professional Women.


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