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Global Gaming Expo Shifts to November16 August 2006
This year, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will be held from Nov. 13-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The G2E, organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, is the world's largest trade show for the gaming-entertainment industry. The move to November is expected to be permanent and organizers of the event are hopeful it will help the continued growth of the event.
The G2E will start off on Nov. 13 with the G2E Training & Development Institute, which provides an opportunity for focused education. This year, the AGA will also be announcing its Communication Award winners at a Training & Development Institute luncheon.
The trade show begins on Nov. 14, and will feature a keynote address by award-winning humor columnist Dave Barry.
Another keynote event will be moderated by AGA President and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf. The discussion, entitled "State of the Industry: The Next Generation of Global Gaming," will feature some of the industry's most influential figures, and will focus on important issues facing the industry in the U.S. and around the world.
Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) will also moderate a panel discussion entitled "Tribal Gaming Summit: The Future of Indian Gaming". In this discussion, tribal gaming association presidents will talk about the latest gaming developments in Indian Country and the resulting economic impact.
Many new features have been added to the 2006 event. The ever-popular food & beverage pavilion has been expanded and will feature daily celebrity chef demonstrations. The new "Same Suit" networking lunches will allow attendees to share best practices and exchange ideas over lunch. New "comfort stations" will be available for individuals to relax and chat with others. These stations will also feature massages, shoe-shines and handwriting analysis.
G2E also presents an opportunity for gaming industry professionals from around the world to network with one another in an effort to share ideas and gain valuable information. This year, the show will end an hour early at 5 p.m. to allow guests to mingle and get to know others in the industry.
The conference program, which features many new tracks, was organized by a cutting-edge group of industry leaders. The 2006 G2E Advisory Board was led by Executive Committee Members: Judy Patterson, senior vice president and executive director, American Gaming Association; Courtney Muller, group vice president, Global Gaming Expo; Rino Armeni, executive marketing director, Southern Wine & Spirits of America; and Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman, National Indian Gaming Association.
Advisory Board members responsible for specific conference program sections include:
Design & Décor Track Advisors: Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, president/CFO, Lifescapes International, Inc., and Victoria Erickson, principal, Erickson Communications
F&B Track Advisors: George Burkhardt, president, Burkhardt Associates, and Sarah Lee Marks, author, Reservations Required
Games & Technology Track Advisors: Bruce Rowe, vice president of Business Strategy-Gaming Solutions and GM Nevada Operations, GTECH, Michael Pollock, publisher, Gaming Industry Observer, and Claudia Winkler, president, GHI Solutions, Inc.
Global Gaming Track Advisors: Frederic Gushin, director, Spectrum Gaming Group, and Dean Macomber, CEO, Macomber International, Inc.
I-Gaming Track Advisor: Sue Schneider, president & CEO, The River City Group
Marketing Track Advisors: Marcus Prater, senior vice president of marketing, Bally Technologies, Steve Rittvo, president, The Innovation Group, and Katie Stage, manager, Atronic Americas LLC
Operations Track Advisors: Virginia McDowell, executive vice president & CIO, Trump Entertainment, and Robert Russell, senior gaming analyst, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap P.C.
Public Gaming Track Advisors: Tamara Dietrich, managing director, Electronic Bingo Manufacturers Association, Inc., Richard Gates, vice president for Public Affairs, Scientific Games, James Rafferty, principal, Rafferty & Associates, and Richard Thalheimer, professor, Department of Equine Administration, University of Louisville, and president, Thalheimer Research Associates
Research, Law & Regulation Track Advisors: Patricia Becker, executive director, UNLV International Gaming Institute, Wes Ehrecke, executive director, Iowa Gaming Association, Dean Hestermann, corporate director, Public Affairs, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., and Lloyd Levenson, CEO, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law
Security & Surveillance Track Advisor: Alan Zajic, security consultant
Slot Operations Track Advisor: Jack Bulavsky, executive director, AGEM
Slot Technology Track Advisor: Michelle Olesiejuk, executive director, Gaming Standards Association
Table Games Track Advisor: Mark Yoseloff, chairman & CEO, Shuffle Master Gaming
Tribal Government Track Advisors: Danielle Her Many Horses, legislative director, National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), Jana McKeag, vice president, Government Relations, Venture Catalyst Incorporated (VCAT), and William Newby, managing director, Gaming & Leisure Industry Group, Banc of America Securities LLC
G2E continues to grow each year and has set itself apart form the rest as the conference organized "by the industry and for the industry". As the gaming industry rapidly expands and techniques and technology constantly improve, it is extremely beneficial for gaming professionals to take advantage of trade shows. With the American Gaming Association's strong backing, the Global Gaming Expo will continue to stand out as the industry's most valuable event. For more information and a complete listing of programs visit www.globalgamingexpo.com.