Gaming executives from around the world have gathered in Lake Tahoe, Nev., this week for the 22nd annual Executive Development Program in which participants will form teams to compete against each other in a battle described as “the best in gaming.”
The program is sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming. The program is offered through the University’s College of Business and Extended Studies and is the only program of its kind available anywhere in the world.
Internationally-recognized gaming expert Professor Bill Eadington has designed the program and serves as its co-moderator.
The University explained that nearly 40 percent of this year’s 60 participants are from the United States while the remainder are from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Singapore and Macau.
Once the teams have been chosen later this week they will address the “hypothetical, gaming-related management challenge” to determine which team is best.
“The competition has become more and more of an obsession each year, with the groups now often working late into the night,” Eadington remarked.” It’s a great bonding experience for the participants. Many of the alums end up staying in contact with each other throughout the years,” he added.
This year’s program emphasizes “Confronting Challenges and Embracing Opportunities – Strategic Leadership in the Gaming Industry.” Eadington noted that the “program is rigorous, with sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day and activities continuing into the evening.”
Richard Schuetz, former CEO of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas and currently the commissioner of the California Gambling Control Commission, is co-moderator of the program this year. He is an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business and is a former student of Eadington.
Others making presentations this week will be: Phil Satre, former CEO and chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment and currently chairman of the board of International Game Technology; Nomura Securities Co. gaming analyst Harry Curtis; former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board Mark Lipparelli, and Scott Butera, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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