Horseshoe Casino Baltimore announced that Joan Wilmer-Stewart has been named Vice President of Human Resources for the $442 million full-service casino scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2014. Wilmer-Stewart has served as a senior human resources officer for multiple internationally recognized brands in Baltimore and beyond.
Most recently, Wilmer-Stewart was human resources director for the American Red Cross at its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., where among other responsibilities she managed workforce strategies tied to corporate support functions and humanitarian lines of businesses. During her tenure at the American Red Cross, Wilmer-Stewart played an integral role in addressing the workforce needs relating to the organization's Haiti relief operations.
"We're pleased to welcome Joan to our rapidly expanding management team," said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Chad Barnhill. "Joan's expertise will be invaluable as we look to fill some 1,700 jobs in the next several months and institute team member policies that will make Horseshoe Baltimore an exceptional place to work."
Prior to the American Red Cross, Wilmer-Stewart served as an executive level HR consultant for Toyota and as a senior human resources officer for Morgan Stanley, both in Baltimore. For Toyota, Wilmer-Stewart was responsible for the entire HR strategy, infrastructure and business line partnership for the company's multidivisional operations business center for the Eastern Region. At Morgan Stanley, she served as a regional HR executive in partnership with the firm's global deployment team and managed the deployment of several business groups in Baltimore.
Wilmer-Stewart also has held multiple senior-level HR positions with Citigroup, Inc., in Baltimore, New York and South Africa. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University and earned her MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
"I'm looking forward to working with the entire team at Horseshoe Baltimore to make this transformational downtown project a reality," Wilmer-Stewart said. "I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development and our dedicated recruitment coordinator to identify qualified Baltimore residents to fill many of the jobs we will be creating in Charm City."
In an effort to maximize local hiring, Horseshoe Baltimore is funding a full-time recruitment coordinator that will report directly to the Mayor's Office of Employment Development's Business Services Manager. Baltimore resident Kanika Feaster assumed the recruitment coordinator role on Aug. 7, 2013.
Horseshoe Baltimore, being developed by CBAC Gaming, LLC, is located along Russell Street on Baltimore's south side. As a city integrated casino, it is designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospitality operators, neighboring sports venues M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the city's famed Inner Harbor. When complete, the casino will house 2,500 video lottery terminals, 100 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space.
About CBAC Gaming, LLC
CBAC Gaming, LLC is a world-class consortium boasting unmatched expertise and a proven track record in gaming development and operations, entertainment, capital management and urban development and renewal. Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the lead investor and will serve as the operator for the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, in partnership with CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC; Rock Gaming, LLC; STRON-MD and PRT TWO, LLC.