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Grand Casino Biloxi GM is Leaving

July 18, 2008

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jul. 18–BILOXI — After 16 years with Harrah’s Entertainment, Karen Sock is leaving her position as senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Grand Biloxi Casino at the end of the month.

“I was pleased to be able to support our staff during the recovery,” said Sock. “Now it’s time for me to go on to other things.” She plans to move to her home in the Tradition community and take a trip with her family to South Africa.

She intends to stay on the Coast and doesn’t plan to retire, “just take a little break.”

“I still have a lot to give. This is home for me,” Sock said of the Coast. “I may commute. I may get back into the industry.”

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sock was general manager of Harrah’s in Vicksburg and Grand Casino Tunica. She also served as executive vice president with Caesars.

Sock moved to the Coast from New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina, and she and her husband lost both their Long Beach and New Orleans homes. Despite her personal loss, she oversaw the opening of Harrah’s Grand Biloxi, created from the Grand Bayview Hotel tower after the storm, and helped her staff recover from their losses.

When Margaritaville Casino was announced, Sock said the resort “demonstrates our commitment to the market and the Gulf Coast.”

She was a member of the state’s Commission for Volunteer Service and of the inaugural class of the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Masters Program and served on many other boards and organizations.

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