Summit attracts exec’s

Dec 3, 2002 4:45 AM

   MGM Mirage Chairman Terry Lanni and IGT chief Tom Baker will be among the top executives appearing at the American Gaming Summit next month at the Rio.

   Some 35 industry leaders will speak on gaming issues during the conference that runs Jan. 9-10. Among the confirmed big names:

   Bruce Bommarito, executive director, Nevada Commission on Tourism; former U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan, senior partner, Lionel Sawyer & Collins; Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO, American Gaming Association; Robert Faiss, senior partner, Lionel Sawyer & Collins; Richard Morgan, dean, William S. Boyd School of Law; and Ernest Stevens, chairman, National Indian Gaming Association.

   Panel discussions will tackle topics ranging from “The Politics of Gaming” and “Ethics and Governance” to “Targeting the Leisure Traveler’’ and “Tribal Gaming, Racing and the Internet.”

   Other panels include “The Casino Employment Environment,” “The Convention Market,” “Today’s Transforming Technologies,” “The ABCs of Risk Management” and an “Executive Roundtable.’’

   In addition:

@ Harrah’s Chairman Philip G. Satre will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala dinner on Jan. 9.

@ More than two dozen of the industry’s leading casino companies and vendors will give a series of financial presentations to institutional investors. The 30-minute programs are hosted by Deutsche Bank.
@ The Most Innovative Gaming Products for 2002 awards will be recognized. The innovators include Acres Gaming, Aristocrat Technologies, Atronics, Bally Gaming, Global Cash Access, IGT, Mikohn, Sierra Design and WMS.

   The conclave is preceded by the Slot Manager Institute on Jan. 8. The fifth installment of this full-day conference will address the theme, “Slot Profitability: The Big Picture.’’

   The American Gaming Summit is presented by Casino Journal, GEM Communications and Lionel Sawyer & Collins, in association with the UNLV Boyd School of Law.

   Attendees can register at www.americangamingsummit.com. Early bird rates are available through Dec. 13.