Veteran ABC news anchor Sam Donaldson next week
will deliver the opening keynote address atGlobal Gaming Expo (G2E) at
the Las Vegas Convention Center. Donaldson joins entertainment icon Merv Griffin
and a panel of the gaming industry's top international executives as the
featured speakers at this year's event.
"It is a great honor to have a respected and distinguished journalist like Sam Donaldson speaking at G2E, along with entertainment legend Merv Griffin," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). "Both of them will offer unique insight that is sure to be intriguing and informative to all our attendees."
Sam Donaldson is currently the co-anchor, with Cokie Roberts, of the ABC News Sunday morning broadcast This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts.
Donaldson is also the anchor of Sam Donaldson - Live In America, a daily news/talk radio program broadcast on ABC News radio affiliates across the country and the host of SamDonaldson@abcnews.com, the first regularly scheduled Internet Web cast produced by a television network.
Donaldson has served two appointments as chief White House correspondent for ABC News from January 1998 to August 1999 and from 1977 to 1989, covering presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton. He has also received numerous awards for his work, including the Broadcaster of the Year award from the National Press Foundation in 1998.
American icon Merv Griffin is taking part in a featured Q&A session at G2E on Thursday, Sept. 19. The session will allow attendees to "Ask Merv!" about his illustrious career in entertainment, gaming and hospitality that has spanned more than five decades.
Attendees will learn how Griffin started his hour-long talk show "The Merv Griffin Show," which ran for 23 years and often was taped at Caesars Palace and the Riviera in Las Vegas, and the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J. Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, he created numerous successful game shows, including "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune." Both shows later became themes for popular slot machines.
In addition to the keynote address by Donaldson and featured Q&A session with Griffin, G2E will host the State of the Industry panel, which will include a Who's Who of the gaming industry. With Fahrenkopf as moderator of the panel again this year, the Sept. 18 keynote session will analyze the recent trends of the gaming industry as a whole. Some of the issues discussed will be the importance of responsible gaming, the future of Internet gaming and gaming development in the U.K. and Macao.
Panelists include industry leaders; Bill Boyd, chairman and CEO of Boyd Gaming Corporation; Peter Carlino, chairman and CEO of Penn National Gaming, Inc.; Michael Gauselmann, CEO of Atronic International GmbH; Phil Satre, chairman and CEO of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.; and Ernie Stevens, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).
The second annual G2E, organized by the AGA in conjunction with Reed Exhibitions, is Sept. 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. G2E has more than 600 exhibitors participating this year and also is offering more than 100 conference sessions on cutting-edge issues in the gaming industry.
G2E is the only international gaming trade show and conference "by the industry and for the industry." Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut in fall 2001, defining itself as the pre-eminent show for the gaming-entertainment industry.
The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.
Reed Exhibitions is a world leader in creating high profile, targeted industry events where buyers and suppliers come together to do business. Every year, Reed events bring together some 160,000 suppliers and over nine million buyers from around the world. Today, Reed events are held in 35 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia/Pacific, and are organized by 30 fully staffed offices. Reed's portfolio of 470 events services 49 industries in 12 key sectors.