Interim Chief Information Officer

Cheryl Smith, MBA

I started my IT career as a computer operator in the data processing department at Pearl River Resort. While not sure what I was planning to be in my professional career, I developed a drive to watch and learn everything I could about the IT and casino world. Twenty-seven years later, I have worked in every facet of the IT environment. I currently oversee IT Operations, Applications, and Network Engineering for Pearl River Resort. During my tenure, the IT department has been recognized for industry excellence in tribal gaming for our work in opening the PRR Sportsbook. I am most proud of the fact that over 65% of our team is comprised of tribal members. As a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, my purpose for IT goes beyond systems, interfaces, and network topology. My heart is for the Tribe and it’s continued success in economic development. I judge my success by the success of the individual members of my IT team. I pray for our continued growth and prosperity.

Current Role

  • Company Name: Pearl River Resort
  • Job Title: Interim Chief Information Officer
  • Start Date: June 2022
  • Company Industry: Gambling & Casinos
  • Location: Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States

Owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pearl River Resort is the South’s premier resort destination. Pearl River Resort’s portfolio of assets includes Silver Star Hotel & Casino, Golden Moon Hotel & Casino, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park located in Choctaw, Mississippi and Bok Homa Casino located in Sandersville, MS. The Silver Star and Golden Moon Casinos feature a variety of gaming options, hotel rooms, dining options, retail offerings, conference facilities, live entertainment and a full service spa. Pearl River Resort also offers the latest first-in-state slot machines, elevated poker room, a stunning video wall, refreshed buffet, updated promenade, and deluxe resort-style pool and lounge, Infinity Pool at Golden Moon. This updated amenity features indoor pool & hot tub, outdoor infinity pool with zero entry chairs, a bar with large screen TVs, Big Ass® brand fans, three private cabanas, daybeds, high-end green turf, LED lighting, and a staging area for live entertainment and special events. Also featured is Dancing Rabbit Golf Club with two championship golf courses and Geyser Falls Water Theme Park. Bok Homa Casino features over 720 slot machines, 12 table games, an event center and a fabulous quick serve eatery.


Previous Role:

  • Company Name:  Pearl River Resort
  • Job Title:  Executive Director of IT
  • Start Date:  April 2016