Gamers go high-tech at Summit

May 6, 2003 7:10 AM

Harnessing technology for use in the gaming industry will be explored in depth at the inaugural Gaming Technology Summit, May 28-29, at Green Valley Ranch Station in Las Vegas.

The Summit brings together gaming industry professionals to network, learn about new technologies and their applications in the industry, and confer about the successes and failures of these efforts, said Saverio R. Scheri III, Managing Director, WhiteSand Consulting, co-presenter of the conference.

"Attendees will hear from gaming and technology leaders from both within the gaming industry and from Fortune 500 corporations" said Scheri. "The Summit is unique among gaming conferences in that most sessions will be led by one or two knowledgeable professionals."

Gaming Technology Summit’s seminar program will address technology in three tracks — strategy, operations and infrastructure — and will provide important information to IT professionals, gaming executives, and operation personnel from key areas including casino, hotel, marketing, human resources, food and beverage and finance.

Among the panels and seminars planned are:

”¡ Developing IT plans, strategies

”¡ Recruiting and retention

”¡ Data integration

”¡ Gaming regulation

  Marketing

”¡ Internet opportunities

”¡ Emerging technology

”¡ Online marketing

More than 30 speakers and presenters have been confirmed for the Gaming Technology Summit.

The keynote will be delivered by Glenn Schaeffer, president and CFO of Mandalay Resort Group. Schaeffer will address the impact of technology on casino profitability and how Mandalay Resort Group assesses the return on investment of significant technology expenditures.

Schaeffer is one of the pioneers of the modern casino hotel mega-resort industry. After beginning his career as a stockbroker, Schaeffer eventually joined Ramada, Inc. (now Aztar) and became corporate vice president.

An executive with the company’s predecessor, Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc., since its initial public offering in 1983, Schaeffer was largely responsible for building the credibility of the company on Wall Street. The Mandalay Resort Group now controls 16 casinos and 27,000 hotel rooms. Schaeffer graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Irvine, holds two advanced degrees in literature.

The Summit’s speakers will come from major gaming and technology companies, such as: Acres Gaming, Bally Systems, Compass America Inc., Cooper Levenson, CSC Consulting, Cyberview, Fair Isaac and Company, Gaming Laboratories International, Gaming Standards Association, Hyatt Gaming Services, IGT Gaming Systems, MGM Mirage, Mikohn Gaming, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Station Casinos and Wynn Resorts.

Registration is available at a special early-bird rate of $495 per person. Information is available online at www.gametechsummit.com. Hotel rooms at the Green Valley Ranch Station are available at a discounted rate through May 10. Call the hotel directly at 1-800-STAY-GVR to make reservations at the Gaming Technology Summit rate.