Michele Rice

Director of Marketing, Saracen Casino Resort

HOME: Gasport, New York; moved to Beebe in July 2020

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Red Oak Steakhouse

FAVORITE MOVIE: Remember the Titans

Michele Rice is the definition of working up the ladder. She started in the casino business as a gift shop cashier and is now the director of marketing for Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. Rice is grateful for the patrons of Saracen, who she says are some of “the most friendly and loyal” people she’s ever met.

Michele Rice

Director of Marketing, Saracen Casino Resort

HOME: Gasport, New York; moved to Beebe in July 2020

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Red Oak Steakhouse

FAVORITE MOVIE: Remember the Titans

Michele Rice is the definition of working up the ladder. She started in the casino business as a gift shop cashier and is now the director of marketing for Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff. Rice is grateful for the patrons of Saracen, who she says are some of “the most friendly and loyal” people she’s ever met.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

Coincidentally, I moved to the Memphis area at about the same time the Tunica casino market was just opening. Gaming jobs seemed interesting and fun, and I later learned they were. Casinos offer great benefits and as a recently single mom, it made sense. Once I started working in the industry, I knew I had found my passion.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I love my career and the opportunities it has given me — from being a single mom raising four kids to a time of unemployment to where I am today at Saracen. I enjoy hiring, training and helping people grow both professionally and personally.

LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

I learned to depend on my faith during adversity. I learned about my own resiliency and strength and how important it is to take one day at a time. Finally, I realized that necessity is truly the “mother of invention.”

MOST ADMIRABLE QUALITY IN WOMEN:

Honesty, integrity, empowerment and the ability to work hard and do your best to empower others. I admire women who help others realize and achieve their talents and find their inspirations.

ADVICE TO OTHERS:

Always keep an open mind, be willing to learn and never shy away from asking questions. Also, accept that mistakes and blunders will occur. Failures, both large and small, teach us the most valuable lessons.

ATTRACTION TO CAREER:

Coincidentally, I moved to the Memphis area at about the same time the Tunica casino market was just opening. Gaming jobs seemed interesting and fun, and I later learned they were. Casinos offer great benefits and as a recently single mom, it made sense. Once I started working in the industry, I knew I had found my passion.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT:

I love my career and the opportunities it has given me — from being a single mom raising four kids to a time of unemployment to where I am today at Saracen. I enjoy hiring, training and helping people grow both professionally and personally.

LESSONS LEARNED DURING THE PANDEMIC:

I learned to depend on my faith during adversity. I learned about my own resiliency and strength and how important it is to take one day at a time. Finally, I realized that necessity is truly the “mother of invention.”

MOST ADMIRABLE QUALITY IN WOMEN:

Honesty, integrity, empowerment and the ability to work hard and do your best to empower others. I admire women who help others realize and achieve their talents and find their inspirations.

ADVICE TO OTHERS:

Always keep an open mind, be willing to learn and never shy away from asking questions. Also, accept that mistakes and blunders will occur. Failures, both large and small, teach us the most valuable lessons.

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