“You asked. We responded.” That is the slogan for Global Gaming Expo 2014, held from September 30 to October 2 at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Co-organiser Reed Exhibitions says it has carefully crafted the conference and trade show portions of this year’s event to respond to feedback from 2013 attendees.
“G2E has always been an event ‘by the industry and for the industry’,” said Mike Johnson, vice president at Reed Exhibitions. “The improvements brought to this year’s seminars and exhibitions are a direct response to meet the needs of the diverse gaming industry.”
The 2014 conference portion unites what Reed Exhibitions describes as “the greatest collection of industry leaders in the show’s history”.
They include, in alphabetical order: Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive of casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp; Thomas Graf, chief technology officer of gaming equipment maker Novomatic AG; Patti Hart, CEO of slot manufacturer IGT; Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of casino operator MGM Resorts International; Jamie Odell, CEO and managing director of Australian slot manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure Ltd; and Steve Wynn, chairman and CEO of casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd.
“We’re thrilled to bring together an impressive group of industry leaders who have helped to lead the growth of our industry into the economic engine it is today,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the event’s other co-organiser, the American Gaming Association.
Mr Adelson will offer his keynote speech to G2E seminar attendees on September 30, and Mr Wynn his on October 2.
The ‘State of the Industry: Operators’ keynote event takes place on September 30. It features MGM Resorts’ Mr Murren and James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and chairman of Hard Rock International.
‘State of the Industry: Suppliers’ is on October 1, and features Ms Hart, Messrs Odell and Graf; David Baazov, CEO of Canadian online gaming software provider Amaya Gaming Group Inc; and Pat Ramsey, CEO of gaming technology firm Multimedia Games Holding Co Inc.
Both ‘State of the Industry’ keynotes are open to all G2E attendees.
There will also be high-profile speakers from outside the industry featured in the seminar programme – a growing trend in conferences as corporate managements encourage executives to examine a business challenge with the eyes and freshness of an outsider.
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