The Second City kicking off Global Gaming Expo

Aug 12, 2013 6:08 PM

There will be laughs galore when the Global Gaming Expo 2013 gets underway at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas Sept. 23-26.

In a series of keynote events that are being touted as providing attendees with endless entertainment, unmatched educational experiences and exclusive access to the industry’s leading experts, G2E’s keynotes will kick off with a performance by the improvisational comedy enterprise, The Second City.

The improvisational group will be followed with a State of the Industry review and tribal gaming panel discussions.

“This year’s diverse series of keynote events are sure to provide attendees with unique educational and entertainment experiences that can only be found at G2E,” said Courtney Muller, senior vice president of Reed Exhibitions, which joins with the American Gaming Association in presenting the annual Expo.

“Not only will we hear from the industry’s top gaming professionals at the State of the Industry and tribal gaming keynote panel discussions, but we will also kick off our keynotes with what is sure to be an entertainment performance by The Second City Improve group. This one of a kind lineup illustrates the reason why G2E is regarded as the world’s premier trade show and conference event for the gaming industry,” Muller said.

The Reed executive added that, immediately following the Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony, The Second City will take the stage for a performance that will inject business with a little levity “to help attendees create, innovate and connect powerfully.”

On Wednesday, the annual State of the Industry keynote session will feature five top executives from among gaming’s leading operators and suppliers.

Moderated by journalist Jon Ralston, the diverse panel of experts will include: Holly Gagnon, president and CEO of Pearl River Resort, Virginia McDowell, president and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., Tobin Prior, CEO of Ultimate Gaming, Anthony Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., and Timothy J. Wilmott, president and COO of Penn National Gaming Inc.

On the final day, a roundtable discussion will close out the keynote series. Participating will be Victor Rocha, owner and editor of, as the moderator; Eddie Ayoob of Barnes & Thornburg, Chuck Bunnell from the Mohegan Tribe; Jason Giles of the National Indian Gaming Association; John Guzik of the Franklin Partnership, LLP; John Harte, member of the Mapetsi Policy Group; Pete Kirkham, president of Red Maple Consulting LLC; Jana McKeag of Lowry Strategies, and John Tahsuda, vice president of tribal affairs of Navigators Global.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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