Celebrating the best and the brightest in the Casino Industry, Karen sock named Top 25 People to Watch
Karen Sock moved to Mississippi in June 2005 to become vice president and assistant general manager at Harrah’s Grand Casino Gulfport. Ten weeks later, that casino and many others on the Gulf Coast were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The catastrophic storm moved on, but Sock stayed put.
Like so many others, says Sock, “we lost everything we owned. While the losses were painful, it placed new emphasis on what is really important.” Working side by side with her new neighbors, she says, “I fell in love with the spirit of the people and decided to stay.”
Now general manager and chief operating officer at Biloxi’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant, due to open this summer, Sock cut her teeth in the hotel industry, working for the Sheraton, Marriott and Holiday Inn hotels before becoming the first black female casino manager (at Harrah’s Tunica) in 1996.