Issue 250
June 27 - July 03, 2005
Volume 5
page 3

Global Gaming Expo to be Bigger Than Ever
By David Waddell

The Global Gaming Expo ("G2E") will be held from September 12th through the 15th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the major trade show for the gaming industry which each year attracts a larger crowd, reflecting the explosive growth of the industry. This year, over 25,000 people will attend. Most of the major gaming suppliers introduce new product lines in connection with the show, resulting in attendance by industry insiders throughout the entire world.

The 2005 event will kick off with the G2E Training & Development Institute, which features two new tracks this year. The first is a Tribal Government Track of seminars. The second new track is one sponsored by Casino Connections magazine. The Training & Development Institute provides an opportunity for focused education, a day prior to the opening of the trade show floor.

The trade show starts on September 13th and runs through the 15th. This year, the show will once again feature a dedicated Food & Beverage pavilion, together with new pavilions for Air Quality, Amenities and Technology. Also, new this year is the opportunity for off-site casino property tours.

Once again this year, Emmy Award Winning Talk Show Host Larry King will moderate a keynote panel. This year, the panel will feature some prominent Las Vegas entertainers who will discuss the state of entertainment in Las Vegas - what it was like in the past, how it has evolved and where it is headed.

Another keynote event will be moderated by the American Gaming Association's President and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf. This discussion, entitled "Industry Leaders in the Spotlight," will feature Terri Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage, and Gary Loveman, president and CEO of Harrah's Entertainment. These industry insiders will talk about the recent mergers and acquisitions (MGM Mirage acquired Mandalay Resort Group, Harrah's acquired Caesars Entertainment) and how the gaming industry is changing.

The Conference program, featuring over 400 speakers with specialized educational tracks, was organized by a cutting-edge group of industry advocates and leaders. The Conference Advisory Board for the 2005 G2E was led by Executive Committee Members: Judy Patterson, senior vice president and executive director, American Gaming Association; Courtney Muller, industry vice president & executive director, Global Gaming Expo; and Ernie Stevens, chairman, National Indian Gaming Association.

The Advisory Board includes the following at large members: Paul Dworin, publisher, Global Gaming Business; Roger Gros, editor, Global Gaming Business; Allison McCoy, conference director, Global Gaming Expo; and Keli Wallace, director of special projects, American Gaming Association.

Advisory Board Members responsible for specific conference program sections include:

Bingo Track Leader: Tamara L. Dietrich, managing director, Electronic Bingo Manufacturers Association, Inc.

Design & Décor Track Leaders: Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, president/CFO, Lifescapes International, and Victoria Erickson, business development & marketing consultant

F&B Track Leaders: Rino Armeni, executive marketing director, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada; George Burkhardt, president, Burkhardt Associates; and Sarah Lee Marks, author, Reservations Required

Finance & Money Track Leaders: Glenn Christenson, CFO, Station Casinos, Inc., and Maureen Mularkey, CFO, International Game Technology

Games & Technology Track Leader: Bruce Rowe, president, Renaissance Casino Solutions, Inc.

Gaming Development Track Leader: Bruce Rowe, president, Renaissance Casino Solutions, Inc.

Gaming Law & Regulation Track Leader: Lloyd Levenson, senior partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law

I-Gaming Track Leader: Sue Schneider, president & CEO, The River City Group

International Track Leader: Frederic Gushin, managing director, Spectrum Gaming Group

Marketing Track Leaders: Jim Wise, director of corporate communications, Argosy Gaming Company, and Marcus Prater, senior vice president of marketing, Bally Gaming and Systems/ SDG/ Alliance Gaming Corp.

Operations Track Leader: Virginia McDowell, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Argosy Gaming Company

Racino Track Leaders: James Rafferty, president, Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, and Richard Thalheimer, professor, Department of Equine Administration, University of Louisville, and president, Thalheimer Research Associates

Research & Public Policy Track Leaders: Wes Ehrecke, executive director, Iowa Gaming Association, and Dean Hestermann, corporate director, Public Affairs, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

Security & Surveillance Track Leader: Alan Zajic, security consultant

Slot Operations Track Leader: Jack Bulavsky, executive director, AGEM

Slot Technology Track Leader: Michelle Olesiejuk, executive director, Gaming Standards Association

Training & Development Institute Operations Track Leader: Robert Russell, senior gaming analyst, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap P.C.

Table Games Track Leader: Mark Yoseloff, chairman & CEO, Shuffle Master Gaming

Tribal Government Track Leaders: Knute Knudson, vice president, Administration, Sodak Gaming; Jana McKeag, vice president, Government Relations, VCAT (Venture Catalyst Incorporated); and Kate Spilde, visiting scholar, Center for California Native Nations, University of California

The G2E also presents the opportunity for gaming industry professionals from around the world to network with one another. Attendees can meet people they may have spoken with previously, as well as meeting many, many more. The ability for gaming industry professionals to interact with others in their field from around the globe is an excellent means of sharing information, knowledge and both positive and negative experiences. It allows people to communicate promotional and marketing strategies, understand how another property may operate, compare rules and regulations, share security strategies and ways of addressing problem gambling. More industry professionals will attend this show than any other, and it will be the perfect opportunity to witness and understand how gaming works around the globe.

The G2E continues to be the gaming industry trade show and conference organized "by the industry and for the industry." In any industry - particularly one that is rapidly expanding and utilizing cutting edge techniques and technology - trade shows are extremely beneficial. With the strong backing of the American Gaming Association, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this year's G2E will surely stand out as the industry's premier event. Information regarding the Global Gaming Expo is available at

About the Author

Michigan lawyer David Waddell teaches gaming law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and regularly moderates panels and speaks at several national gaming conventions and expos. He is the co-author of The State of Michigan Gaming Law Legal Resource Book and publishes a newsletter called The Michigan Gaming Law Newsletter.


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