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Feb. 5, 2019 (STATELINE, Nev.) – Joelle Shearin, a 15-year casino hotel and finance executive has been appointed general manager and president for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

Shearin will oversee all operations for the fully integrated gaming resort. Her most recent role was vice president and general manager at the Argosy Casino Alton in Alton, Ill., as the first female general manager for Penn National Gaming. There she facilitated day-to-day gaming operations with more than 800 slot machines and 12 table games as well as multiple restaurants. She oversaw and completed an extensive interior remodel and redesign. Shearin refined her skills in crisis management by reopening the property on multiple occasions after record flooding forced two closures within 16 months.

The two years prior she served as the assistant general manager at Hollywood Casino in St. Louis as the company transitioned the property after acquiring it from Caesars Casino. Shearin started her casino industry career in 2005 with Harrah’s Entertainment in Memphis, Tenn. She has held senior management positions with Harrah’s and several Penn National properties, including the Argosy Casino in Sioux City, Iowa, and the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa.

“Joelle Shearin brings an enviable record of managerial expertise and industry leadership to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino team,” said Rob Oseland, chief operating officer of Paragon Gaming. “Her innovative ideas and knowledge will enhance the overall experience for our visitors and local customers as well as staff.”    

“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,” said Shearin. “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.”

Shearin, a native of Toledo, Oh., is a 1996 Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, where she also received here MBA in Dec. 2002. Joelle, her husband, Bobby, two children, and their Goldendoodle, Wrigley, will relocate from O’Fallon, Mo.

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. Located in the picturesque Sierra Nevada, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino provides inimitable energy, entertainment and accommodations enhanced by a large collection of music memorabilia that will have guests playing air guitar in the elevator. For more information, visit www.hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.

About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is a fully integrated gaming resort set between picturesque Lake Tahoe and the impressive Sierra Nevada Mountains providing year-round enjoyment. The fully renovated property, owned by Paragon Gaming, reopened in 2015 with 539-rooms featuring balcony’s and Jacuzzi tubs, a 25,000 plus square foot casino, world-famous retail store, multiple restaurants and bars and an assortment of live-entertainment both indoors and out.

Contact: Jenn Boyd

press@hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com / 775-588-2412

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 76 countries, including 184 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise available in Rock Shops and online at https://shop.hardrock.com. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street in the United Kingdom, Djerba, Tunisia, Gran Canaria, Spain and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

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