Fifteen year casino hotel and finance executive Joelle Shearin has been appointed the new general manager and president of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe.

Set to oversee the daily operation of the fully integrated gaming resort, Shearin joins from a role of vice president and general manager at the Argosy’s Casino Alton in Illinois, where she became the first female general manager for Penn National Gaming.

Facilitating day-to-day operations with more than 800 slot machines and 12 table games as well as multiple restaurants, Shearin also oversaw and completed an extensive interior remodel and redesign.

Prior to this she also served as assistant general manager of Hollywood Casino St Louis during its transition following purchase from Caesars, with several senior management position also held at Harrah’s and a variety of Penn National properties.

Shearin started her casino industry career in 2005 with Harrah’s Entertainment in Memphis, Tennessee, before taking in several Penn properties including Iowa’s Argosy Casino and the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania.

Regarding her new position, Shearing commented: “Our patrons want an experience beyond slot machines and tables, and with the Hard Rock International brand we’re uniquely positioned to offer many benefits.

“We’ll find out what’s important to our customers, and package those elements along with Lake Tahoe’s many attractions into a Hard Rock visit for a memorable experience.”

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe has 450 employees, includes 539 rooms, a 25,000 square foot casino, multiple stores, restaurants, bars and live entertainment set in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Rob Oseland, the chief operating officer of Hard Rock Lake Tahoe owner Paragon Gaming, added: “Joelle Shearin brings an enviable record of managerial expertise and industry leadership to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino team.

“Her innovative ideas and knowledge will enhance the overall experience for our visitors and local customers as well as staff.”