The San Diego 500, The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is the market’s most comprehensive product of people you should know in the business community. The 500 includes business leaders and executives who have founded or are running significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond and those who lead in the business community. The 500 is selected by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom.

Darrell Pilant

SVP and General Manager, Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Darrell Pilant was promoted to SVP and general manager of Harrah’s Resort Southern California in 2016. Overseeing a property with 1,083 hotel rooms and approximately 1,300 employees, Pilant has had a history of management with five years at Harrah’s Resort and 19 years at Caesars Entertainment. Darrell Pilant also works with a number of local organizations, such as serving on the Board of Directors for Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank, San Diego North Business Chamber, Cal State University San Marcos and as a member on the Board of Trustees for the Tri City Hospital Foundation.

ALMA MATER: United States Merchant Marine Academy

CAR: He drives a Jeep Wrangler.

ADVICE: Be authentic and truly care about the people you lead.

AFTER HOURS: He enjoys rock climbing and golf.

OUTREACH: He participates in Tri-City Hospital Foundation and the San Diego Food Bank.