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MGM Grand’s top Gaming Voice award winner

Sep 23, 2003 8:10 AM

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas received three Gaming Voice Awards, including Best in Show for print advertising, at the third annual American Gaming Association (AGA) Communications Awards last week during the G2E convention.

The awards recognize outstanding achievement in advertising and corporate communications in publications such as annual reports, consumer materials and web sites.

More than 100 entries were submitted, and finalists included most of the world’s largest gaming companies. Winners in eight categories were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges that included experts in investor relations, public relations, advertising and new media.

"The gaming industry has become exceedingly competitive over the past few years, making effective communications imperative for companies to distinguish their properties and succeed in the crowded international marketplace," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "Gaming industry communications are on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity, and have been effectively used to convey the benefits of our businesses. These awards help us showcase excellence in this vital field."

Other casinos and gaming operators to win awards were the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, Casino of the Sun in Tucson, Isle of Capri Casinos, MGM MIRAGE and Park Place Entertainment, who each won one Gaming Voice Award.

In awards for individual achievement, Floyd Glisson, chairman and CEO of Acres Gaming, and Gordon Graves, chairman and founder of MultiMedia Games Inc., both received the award for Top Performing CEO.

Sal Semola, chief operating officer of Greektown Casino, was named the Eastern United States Gaming Professional of the Year. And Gregg Solomon, senior vice president of operations at Mandalay Resort Group, was named Western United States Gaming Professional of the Year.

More than 250 advertising, public affairs and corporate communications executives from the gaming industry attended the AGA Communications Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with the third annual Global Gaming Expo.

"This awards event has become the premier competition among corporate and financial communication professionals in the industry," said Steven Kent, vice president, Goldman, Sachs & Co. "As a sponsor of the AGA Communications Awards, we’re proud to support and reward the winners for outstanding communications in gaming."

Phil Satre, chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment, accepted the award for Top Performing Board of Directors on behalf of his company.

And Irving Babson, the creator of Gaming Business magazine, was posthumously honored with a Gaming Voice award for lifetime achievement in communications in gaming.

Gaming Business was the predecessor to IGWB, and Babson also started the International Gaming and Business Expo, the gaming industry’s first trade show. Babson’s daughter, Stacey Babson-Smith, accepted the award on her father’s behalf.