Lifelong Clevelander to lead Human Resources function at city's first casino

Cleveland native Karen Kaminski has been named vice president of Human Resources at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.  General Manager Marcus Glover made the announcement Friday.

Kaminski, 41, a lifelong Clevelander, brings 20 years of human resource expertise to her new role. Her first priority will be to oversee the hiring and training of a nearly 1,600 person local and diverse workforce. Horseshoe Cleveland is a $350 million full-service urban casino development located inside the City's Historic Higbee Building which is slated to open in March 2012.

Glover, who recently announced other executive appointments in operations, finance, gaming and materials management said, "Karen brings strong experiences at all levels within the Human Resource practice, and acute local expertise on business, civic and community matters."

Kaminski comes to Horseshoe Cleveland from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, in Hudson, Ohio, where she most recently directed employee relations, policies and compliance, training, organizational development and recruiting.  A licensed attorney, she has also worked with Cleveland-based law firm Duvin, Cahn & Hutton (now Littler Mendelson), Clark Refining & Marketing, Inc., and the former May Department Stores.  She holds a bachelor's degree, a Juris Doctorate and an executive MBA from three local educational institutions.

Horseshoe Cleveland will begin accepting applications for career opportunities at the casino this fall.  "It is a rare but special opportunity in the current economy to come into an organization and be charged with hiring more than one thousand people," Kaminski said. "I am excited about the jobs that the casino will create and am delighted to see a new industry -- and a new employer -- provide nearly limitless career opportunities in this community."

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