Casino veteran and HR industry leader will lead enterprise-wide talent development and culture

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rush Street Gaming announced today that human resources executive Dawn Reynolds Pettit has joined its corporate team as senior vice president of human resources. Reynolds Pettit is a 20-plus-year casino veteran and human resources industry leader.

Reynolds Pettit most recently served as regional vice president of human resources for Hard Rock Casino, overseeing multiple properties in states including Virginia, Illinois and Indiana. Previously, she was regional vice president of human resources with Caesars Entertainment for 19 years at Horseshoe Hammond.

“Dawn is a proven leader in the gaming industry with a strong track record for developing and managing talent strategies, mentoring, and advocacy,” said Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming. “As we prepare to open our fifth Rivers Casino in January 2023, located in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region, we’re excited to have Dawn join our growing team.”

She will be based out of Rush Street Gaming’s Chicago headquarters, leading efforts to standardize and scale best practices in workforce development across the company’s growing portfolio of full-service destination casinos in four states. All Rush Street casinos have been voted “Best Places to Work” by their Team Members.

“I’ve long admired Rush Street Gaming and its momentum in the casino industry,” said Reynolds Pettit. “I look forward to collaborating with the amazing talent on the Rush Street teams and especially working with the HR leaders to take the people side of the business to a whole new level. Together we will further cement Rivers Casino as the employer of choice in all our markets.”

Among many professional achievements over the past two decades, Reynolds Pettit is a certified Lean In Moderator, a Senn Delaney Culture Instructor and a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional.

OnCon recognized Reynolds Pettit with a “Top 50 Human Resources Professional” award, and the Northwest Indiana Influential Women Association named her one of the “Most Influential Women in Service/Tourism.”

She’s a board member for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University Northwest’s Chancellor’s Executive Council, Lake Central High School Booster Club, and Girls On the Run.

Reynolds Pettit earned her bachelor’s from Indiana University Northwest and her master’s from Purdue University Northwest, both in organizational communications.

Pettit’s new appointment is subject to approvals from jurisdictional gaming boards.

About Rush Street Gaming

Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates have developed and operate Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Des Plaines, Ill. (Chicago area); and Schenectady, N.Y. The next Rivers Casino will open in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region in January 2023. By placing an emphasis on superior design and outstanding customer service, Rush Street Gaming has become one of the leading casino developers in the United States. Rush Street’s casinos employ approximately 5,000 Team Members and generate more than $1.7 billion in annual gaming revenues. For more information, visit


Jack Horner

For Rush Street Gaming