We have all heard the expression knowledge is power. And in the ever-changing, growing and fast-paced world of gaming, knowledge is not only powerful but also critical. Global Gaming Expo (G2E), set for Sept. 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will offer more than 100 conference sessions to learn about the many issues the industry is currently facing and topics that will affect the future of gaming worldwide.
"G2E will provide a forum for the pre-eminent experts in their fields to address a variety of topics of critical interest to the gaming industry," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), which organizes G2E with trade show partner Reed Exhibitions. "The conference sessions at G2E will allow the exchange of ideas and thoughts on the current and future developments of our business."
Some of the topics covered in this year's conference program include "UK Vision: The New Rules and What They Mean"; "Corporate Governance: Learning the Enron Lessons"; "Protecting Ideas: Intellectual Property in the Casino Industry"; "The Big Games: Their Design, Impact and Future"; "The Future of Racing: Is Integration of the Gaming Industry the Answer?"; "Regulation and Reform: Evolving Tribal Gaming Commissions"; "Accept or Reject: Prospects for Internet Gambling"; and "Global Games: 21st Century Slots."
Key conference speakers will include MGM MIRAGE Chairman and CEO J. Terrence Lanni, Boyd Gaming Corporation President Don Snyder, Park Place Entertainment Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Kim Sinatra, National Indian Gaming Association Executive Director Mark Van Norman, CBS Marketwatch correspondent William Spain, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. President and COO Gary Loveman, and Association Latinoamericana de Juegos de Azar (ALAJA) President Martin Canepa, to name a few.
According to Alan Feldman, senior vice president of public affairs for MGM MIRAGE, G2E offers the ideal forum for the gaming industry.
"It is incumbent upon executives in our industry to clearly articulate our industry's policy needs. Ours is a unique situation because of the long history of misinformation, mystery and innuendo that has proceeded us," said Feldman, a speaker on the panel "Debunking the Myths: Public Policy and the Casino Executive," moderated by Fahrenkopf.
"It is therefore all the more important that we individually and as an industry gather our facts and make our case clearly to those who would frame public policies that affect our industry."
In addition to Feldman, panelists include Jim Perry, president and CEO of Argosy Gaming Company, and Jan Jones, senior vice president of communications at Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
American Indian gaming expert Kate Spilde will moderate a conference on tribal gaming management. Spilde is a senior research associate at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, an organization that studies social and economic development on American Indian reservations.
Panelists in this session include Anthony Miranda, president of the Pechanga Development Corp.; James Kawahara, attorney at Holland & Knight law firm; and Bill Buffalo, vice president and associate general counsel at Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
"Over the past 10 years, tribal governments have become experts in the gaming industry and have valuable knowledge and experiences that they can share at G2E," said Spilde. "There is a shift toward self-management in tribal governmental gaming as tribes develop their own expertise and it is this trend that will be highlighted in this panel."
Some of the other topics being discussed that affect all segments of the gaming industry include security and surveillance trends; Internet operations; casino operations; emerging gaming jurisdictions; responsible gaming; and gaming education. These broad topics are bound to generate both new ideas and new ways of looking at long-standing issues as well as offer crucial insight into the future of gaming.
Also, three special conferences, the Gaming Investment Forum, the G2E Training and Development Institute and the Interactive Gaming Symposium, are being offered the day after the show on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Gaming Investment Forum, primarily sponsored by financial giants Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., will present information on publicly traded companies and give attendees the inside track on what's happening in the industry.
The G2E Training and Development Institute will offer intensive training in areas such as casino operations, slot operations, gaming education, and security and surveillance. This one-day institute will enhance attendees' areas of expertise so they can make an immediate impact on the profitability of their business.
These in-depth sessions are co-sponsored by leading organizations such as the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), Casino Management Association (CMA), Community College of Southern Nevada and the Gaming Standards Association (GSA).
The Interactive Gaming Symposium, presented in conjunction with the Interactive Gaming Institute (IGI), will offer a one-day intensive program on interactive gaming and will cover new gaming options, new jurisdictions, new player ID systems and more.
For more information about G2E 2002 or to register for free exhibits-only admission and discounted conference rates, visit www.globalgamingexpo.com.