Dawn Kempthorne has been appointed Vice President of Resort Operations at Pearl River Resort.

Kempthorne has more than 18 years of gaming experience, recently serving as Corporate Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Marketing Services for Pinnacle Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nev.

As Vice President of Resort operations, Kempthorne will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the non-gaming aspects of Pearl River Resort.

Prior to accepting her new position, Kempthorne has held an impressive array of other positions including, Director of Guest Service Center for Pinnacle, Las Vegas, Nev.; Corporate Vice President of Training for Harrah's Entertainment, Las Vegas, Nev.; Vice President of Operations/Assistant General Manager for Harrah's Entertainment, North Kansas City, Kan.; Vice President of Human Resources for Harrah's, St. Louis, Mo.; and other senior leadership positions with Harrah's including slots and hotel operations.

"We are thrilled to have such a talented, highly regarded professional join our team," said Holly Gagnon, President and CEO of Pearl River Resort.

"Dawn's versatile experience will play a key role in our plans for continued success in providing high-quality gaming, leisure and entertainment to our guests."

Kempthorne earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Kansas.

She was also the recipient of the Harrah's Entertainment Chairman's Award for "Excellence in Managing People."

She joined the Pearl River Resort team on Nov. 5.