Keynotes set for G2E

Oct 24, 2006 8:11 AM

With this year’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) just three weeks away, the sessions’ keynote speakers and programming were announced last week by the American Gaming Association (AGA), co-sponsor of the event.

Overall, G2E 2006 will offer a unique look at today’s gaming entertainment industry, insights into the growth of gaming worldwide and a detailed discussion of the future of tribal gaming.

G2E is scheduled for Nov. 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the G2E Training & Development Institute taking place Nov. 13.

"Each year, G2E offers a new and exciting lineup of keynotes that not only entertain, but educate G2E attendees about the key issues our industry faces," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). "G2E is all about giving our attendees access to the leading minds in the industry and encouraging expanded discourse on how we can improve our business. What better way to prepare for what’s to come than by hearing from the thought leaders who have shaped our industry to this point? These keynotes will provide everyone with fresh insights and new perspectives on where we’re headed."

Popular humor columnist Dave Barry will lead off the keynotes, while providing a unique and entertaining perspective on today’s gaming industry.

As the writer of an internationally syndicated humor column; the author of numerous books, two of which formed the basis for the 1990s television series Dave’s World; and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, Barry has entertained readers and audiences alike on a wide variety of subjects.

As in past expos, Fahrenkopf will moderate the popular State of the Industry keynote, which this year will focus on the next generation of global gaming.

Fahrenkopf will lead a lively discussion among global industry leaders as they address the continued growth and expansion of gaming into new markets worldwide, recounting the trends and developments that will impact the industry in 2007 and beyond.

Panelists include Peter Dean, chairman of the Gaming Board for Great Britain; Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE; Gary Loveman, chairman, president and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment; T.J. Matthews, CEO of International Game Technology; and Paul Oneile, CEO of Aristocrat Technologies.

Rounding out the keynotes will be Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, moderating Tribal Gaming Summit: The Future of Indian Gaming.

This keynote will focus on critical tribal gaming issues and their expected economic impact today and in the future. Stevens will lead a panel that will include Anthony Miranda, chairman of the California Indian Gaming Association and other tribal gaming leaders.

With gaming continuing to grow and evolve in both tribal and commercial markets and tribal and commercial gaming facilities experiencing increasingly similar issues, the discussions presented in this keynote will illuminate important information for professionals from every industry sector.

Keynotes will take place daily, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., and they are open to all G2E attendees at no charge, with no advance registration required.

G2E is the leading trade event for the worldwide gaming entertainment community, attended by more than 26,000 industry professionals from around the world. For more information on G2E or to register for group or early bird discounts, visit the web site at