Felicia D. Gavin, executive vice-president and general manager for Diamondjacks Casino & Hotel in Vicksburg, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2016 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal.
Gavin was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson.
For Gavin, a good leader should also be a great person. In her role as executive vice-president and general manager for Diamondjacks Casino & Hotel in Vicksburg, Gavin likes to practice what she preaches. She manages 25 departments consisting of more than 350 team members and an annual budget of $50 million. Additionally, Gavin serves as regional vice-president of finance and is responsible for the overall financial reporting of the casino. A Bastrop, Louisiana native, Gavin received her doctorate from Jackson State University and an MBA from Mississippi College. Prior to joining Diamondjacks, she served the Office of the Governor as Director of Administration and Fiscal Policy. Gavin is an active member of the Anderson United Methodist Church and serves as a board member for the Pigs In Flight Children’s Museum. Married with one daughter, Gavin enjoys reading, shopping and cooking on the grill in her spare time.