The International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) has named Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander as its Gaming Regulator of the Year.
IMGL will present the award to Neilander during a member reception Nov. 13 in Las Vegas. The reception coincides with Global Gaming Expo, Nov. 13-15.
"Dennis Neilander is an outstanding choice for the Regulator of the Year award," said IMGL President Michael D. Lipton. "He has dedicated his professional life to public service. His colleagues praise him as a man of extreme integrity and fairness, and an invaluable resource to regulators and to the industry as a whole."
Gov. Bob Miller appointed Neilander to the full-time three-member Gaming Control Board in 1998. Gov. Kenny Guinn named Neilander chairman in January 2001, reappointing him in 2003. Current Gov. Jim Gibbons named him to another four-year term this year.
The GCB enforces the Gaming Control Act and all regulations promulgated under it. "I see gaming as entertainment," Neilander says. "It is not just a cash cow, and we must ensure its integrity to the public. The Nevada general fund receives 35% of the more than $1 billion collected annually in gaming tax revenues."
Neilander believes in consistency for all licensees. "A casino’s size is irrelevant. It is the same agenda whether it is an old family business being passed down or a billion-dollar property. A small casino closing in one of Nevada’s 17 counties, which may be everything a family owns, has the same impact on a small community as a giant property closure in a larger area. It may profoundly affect both."
Michael Clayton, a fellow GCB member, believes Neilander’s true strength is his professional style. "Dennis is the type of regulator whose systematic style continues to work for the collective goal," Clayton says. "Regardless of a property’s size, he is steady and fair, both internally and externally. His thoughtful approach is appreciated by the entire industry."