Scarlet Pearl Mississippi Adds VPs

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville, Mississippi has added three new vice presidents. Gretchen Holzhauser (l.) and Dennis Pearse were promoted from within. Karl Bulot is joining the team.

Scarlet Pearl Mississippi Adds VPs

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast has added three new vice presidents to the leadership team.

Gretchen Holzhauser assumes the role of vice president of human resources. Dennis Pearse has been promoted to vice president of hotel and food and beverage. Karl Bulot joins the ranks as vice president of facilities, security and environmental services.

Holzhauser and Pearse assume their roles effective immediately. Bulot’s role is pending Mississippi Gaming Commission approval.

“Scarlet Pearl’s commitment to our guests, our employees and our community starts at the executive level, said Scarlet Pearl CEO LuAnn Pappas. “Since their hiring, Dennis and Gretchen have demonstrated leadership and their efforts have made our property the best on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Karl’s history of property stewardship rounds out a great executive team.”

Holzhauser joined Scarlet Pearl in 2017 as director of operational excellence and human resources information systems. Previously, she spent eight years with Caesars Entertainment as the corporate director of operational excellence and earned a Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Holzhauser received her Bachelor of General Science from Southeastern Louisiana University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Louisiana State University. Holzhauser was also the recipient of a Leadership Award from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Pearse joined the Scarlet Pearl family in 2020 as director of hotel, food and beverage. He has an extensive background as general manager of several well-known hotel chains including five-star hotels in New Orleans. He was most recently general manager of Hard Rock New Orleans. Pearse graduated with honors from Louisiana Tech University with an MBA in industrial organizational psychology and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University. Pearse has served on many prominent boards in the New Orleans area.

Bulot will join the team with more than 30 years of hotel and casino experience in the areas of operations management, development, construction and renovations. He worked for Caesars Entertainment as the regional vice president of construction and facilities, then for Hard Rock International as senior vice president of operations in Biloxi. Most recently, Bulot served as general manager of Hard Rock Punta Cana, winning several awards for the property. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Management and Finance from Southeastern Louisiana University.