Gaming Summit targets key industry issues

Jan 7, 2003 5:37 AM


The first major gaming conference of 2003, the ninth annual American Gaming Summit, will target key issues facing the industry in an intensive two-day convention Jan. 9-10 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Many of the gaming industry’s most respected executives and analysts will share their views and analyze critical topics ranging from increasing casino profitability to the role of the Internet to labor relations and cultivating the leisure traveler, to name a few.

One of the Summit’s most anticipated sessions is the Executive Roundtable, which features several of the gaming industry’s most respected leaders assessing the current state of the industry and prospects for growth.

Other topics for discussion at the 9 a.m., Friday, session will include labor relations, the role of the Internet, gaming and local communities, opportunities in Indian gaming, and vendor-supplier relations.

Robert Faiss, senior partner with Lionel Sawyer & Collins, will moderate the session, which include panelists:

”¡ G. Thomas Baker, president and CEO, International Game Technology

”¡ J. Terrence Lanni, chairman and CEO, MGM MIRAGE

”¡ Paul Rubeli, chairman and CEO, Aztar Corporation

”¡ Philip G. Satre, chairman, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.

”¡ Daniel Tucker, vice chairman, National Indian Gaming Association

The American Gaming Summit will also feature two dynamic keynote speakers, Frank Biondi, Jr. and Willie Brown, Jr., who will address the Thursday luncheon.

Biondi is on the board of directors of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., The Bank of New York, Amgen, Inc., Hasbro, Inc., Vail Resorts, the Museum of Television and Radio, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

He previously served as president and CEO of Viacom, Inc., and was a member of the Viacom board of directors, was chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Television and was chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc.

San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. is one of the most dynamic personalities in politics. He was elected to the California Assembly in 1964 and was re-elected 16 times, serving a total of 31 years in the Assembly. In 1980, he was elected as the state’s only African American Speaker of the Assembly, a position he held for an unprecedented 15 years.

Other Gaming Summit speakers, moderators and panelists among the 35 already confirmed include:

”¡ Bruce Bommarito, Executive Director, Nevada Commission on Tourism

”¡ Richard Bryan, Senior Partner, Lionel Sawyer & Collins and former U.S. Senator from Nevada

”¡ Frank Fahrenkopf, President and CEO, American Gaming Association (Opening Keynote)

”¡ Richard Morgan, Dean, William S. Boyd School of Law

”¡ Ernest Stevens, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association

”¡ Philip G. Satre, Harrah’s Chairman, who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

American Gaming Summit’s exclusive investment banking sponsor, Deutsche Bank, will be host to corporate presentations by the chairmen, presidents and chief financial officers of more than 20 gaming companies from both the public and private sectors.

Institutional investors are invited to the presentations, scheduled in 30-minute segments from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Summit will also honor the Most Innovative Gaming Products for 2002, presented by Casino Journal magazine.

The Top 20 finalists for the awards, now in its sixth year, were announced in November and posted on the American Gaming Summit web site. Attendees to this year’s Summit will vote for their favorite products and services from the finalists.

Platinum, gold and silver medals for the Most Innovative Products will be awarded to the top three vote-getters, and the winners will be recognized at the Summit.

Preceding the Summit, the Slot Manager Institute returns for one day only, Thursday, also at the Rio. The conference features expert speakers and panelists addressing the theme, "Slot Profitability: The Big Picture."

The full day of sessions will be divided into three themed topics, each one broken down into two different presentations discussions. The three topics include:

”¡ Methods for Measuring Slot Profitability

”¡ Building Player Loyalty

”¡ Cashless Gaming

The ninth annual American Gaming Summit is presented by Casino Journal and GEM Communications, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, and exclusive investment banking sponsor Deutsche Bank.