HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 22G2E 2013 Keynotes to Bring Laughs, Learning and Leaders at this Year's Trade Show and Conference Event

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2013 will feature an exciting series of keynote events that are sure to provide attendees with endless entertainment, unmatched educational experiences and exclusive access to the industry's leading experts. G2E's keynote events will kick-off with a performance by the improvisational comedy enterprise The Second City; they will continue with the always-popular State of the Industry and tribal gaming panel discussions, which will address the top issues impacting the gaming industry today. G2E is the premier trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment industry and will be held Sept. 23-26, 2013 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

"This year's diverse series of keynote events are sure to provide attendees with unique educational and entertainment experiences that can only be found at G2E," said Courtney Muller, senior vice president of Reed Exhibitions. "Not only will we hear from the industry's top gaming professionals at the State of the Industry and tribal gaming keynote panel discussions, but we will also kick off our keynotes with what is sure to be an entertaining performance by The Second City improv group. This one-of-a-kind lineup illustrates the reason why G2E is regarded as the world's premier trade show and conference event for the gaming industry."

Immediately following Tuesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, The Second City will take stage for a performance that will inject business with a little levity to help attendees create, innovate and connect powerfully. The improvisational skills they use to create the world's best satire and comedy are the same skills they teach every day to many successful corporations-helping them become more innovative, team driven and nimble. The troupe will use humor and open conversation to honestly identify challenges within corporate environments. This opening-day keynote is sure to deliver entertainment and laughs to attendees as they kick off their G2E 2013 experience.

On Wednesday, the annual State of the Industry keynote session will feature five top executives from gaming's leading operators and suppliers. They will provide insight into today's important issues and trends, as well as what the future holds for the industry. Moderated by journalist Jon Ralston, known for hosting Nevada's public affairs program "Ralston Reports," the diverse panel of experts includes Holly Gagnon, president and CEO of Pearl River Resort; Virginia McDowell, president and CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.; Tobin Prior, CEO of Ultimate Gaming; Anthony Sanfilippo, president and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.; and Timothy J. Wilmott, president and COO of Penn National Gaming, Inc.

The keynote series will conclude on the final day of G2E 2013 with a roundtable discussion featuring Victor Rocha, owner and editor of Pechanga.net, as the moderator, and several knowledgeable government affairs professionals who will discuss a host of tribal gaming issues. The eight-member panel will include Eddie Ayoob, partner at Barnes & Thornburg; Chuck Bunnell, chief of staff, External & Governmental Affairs for the Mohegan Tribe; Jason Giles, executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association; John Guzik, founding partner of The Franklin Partnership, LLP; John Harte, member of the Mapetsi Policy Group; Pete Kirkham, president of Red Maple Consulting, LLC; Jana McKeag, president of Lowry Strategies; and John Tahsuda, vice president of tribal affairs at Navigators Global.

The keynote addresses on Monday and Tuesday will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and Thursday's address will take place from 9-10 a.m. All keynotes will be held in Venetian Ballroom G and are open to all G2E attendees.

For more information or to register for G2E 2013, visit www.globalgamingexpo.com. To stay up-to-date on G2E, year-round educational opportunities and the latest news and issues in the industry, connect with G2E on the G2E Blog, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.


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