Keynotes & Networking

  1. Keynotes
  2. Emerging Leaders
  3. Latin American Gaming
  4. Tribal Gaming & NIGA
  5. G2E Meet-Ups
  6. Global Gaming Awards
  7. Global Gaming Women
  8. AGA Communications Awards
  9. AGA Gaming Hall of Fame
  10. Entertainment Awards

Exclusive Seminar Keynotes
Exclusively for Seminar Delegates Only

4:30 pm, Tuesday, September 30, Titian 2301

4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 1, Titian 2301

State of the Industry Keynotes
Open to All G2E

G2E’s popular State of the Industry Keynote has been expanded to feature leaders from
across the international gaming industry over two days—more of the conversations
that matter; more of the people you want to hear.

State of Gaming Address and G2E Opening Ceremony

State of the Industry: The Operators
9:00 am–10:15 am, Tuesday, September 30, Titian 2301


  • Bo Bernhard

    Bo Bernhard

    Executive Director of the International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


  • James Allen

    James Allen

    CEO of Seminole Gaming/Chairman of Hard Rock International
  • James Murren

    James Murren

    Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International

State of the Industry: The Suppliers
9:00 am–10:15 am, Wednesday, October 1, Titian 2301


  • Bo Bernhard

    Bo Bernhard

    Executive Director of the International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


  • David Baazov

    David Baazov

    CEO of Amaya
  • Thomas Graf

    Thomas Graf

    CTO of Novomatic AG
  • Patti Hart

    Patti Hart

    CEO of International Game Technology
  • Jamie O'Dell

    Jamie Odell

    CEO & Managing Director of Aristocrat Leisure, Ltd.
  • Pat Ramsey

    Pat Ramsey

    CEO of Multimedia Games
Emerging Leaders logo

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application and Networking

Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group are proud to announce the 2014 Emerging Leaders program in conjunction with G2E 2014. This year's program will offer five seminar scholarships which will be awarded to Emerging Leaders in the gaming industry under the age of 40. The scholarships will be designed to support the flight and hotel cost of attending G2E, and will include a 4-day seminar pass and a mentoring event with top executives in the industry.

If you would like to nominate a colleague or yourself as a G2E 2014 Emerging Leader please click here and complete the application. The scholarship application form will be closed on Monday, September 8.

All nominees are welcome to attend the Emerging Leaders Networking and Mentoring Reception to be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:00 pm. If you are an Emerging Leader (under the age of 40), who is up and coming in the casino-entertainment industry, join the G2E Emerging Leaders at G2E to network with peers and established gaming executives and share successes and challenges as an Emerging Leader within the gaming industry.

Stay connected with the G2E Emerging Leaders on LinkedIn.

Global Gaming Awards— NEW!

Brought to you by Gambling Insider
Monday, September 29
11:30 am

This all new awards program spans the entire global gaming industry awarding the land-based and digital gaming communities. It’s a truly independent judging panel comprised of 50 leading industry business men and women. Companies are nominated based on their achievements over the past year.

Winners will be announced during G2E.

For more information, visit

Latin American Gaming Reception

Wednesday, October 1
G2E Networking Lounge, Booth #6540
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Leading global exhibitors want to network and connect with the Latin American Gaming community. This event was developed to bring the community together during G2E.

Produced in Partnership with:
Sponsored by:
Media Sponsor:
Casinos de Latinoamerica

NIGA Lounge & Reception

Tuesday, September 30
NIGA Lounge, Booth 4400
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Network and make new connections with fellow tribal gaming executives at this lounge and networking reception on the show floor at G2E.

Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

The Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

The second annual Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E will be presented on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at Vinyl, the award-winning nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Hard Rock
Hard Rock


Presented by Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the largest worldwide gathering of casino entertainment professionals, the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E are the only industry awards honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. Nominations for the Casino Entertainment Awards are currently being accepted here.

Festivities will include:

  • Celebrity Red Carpet: 6:00 pm
  • Casino Entertainment Awards Show: 7:00 pm
  • After-Awards Reception: 8:30 pm


Rondell Sheridan
Rondell Sheridan
Actor, Director, Comedian

Performances by:


The Bettys
The Bettys

Award categories include:

  • Independent Casino Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Casino Booking Agent of the Year
  • Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year
  • Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year
  • Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year
  • Casino Comedian of the Year
  • Casino Musical Artist of the Year
  • Casino Entertainer of the Year
  • Casino Entertainment Legend.

See the 2014 Entertainment Award Finalist Nominees

2014 Casino Entertainment Legends Awards:

G2E introduces the Casino Entertainment Legends Awards to recognize individuals for outstanding lifetime career achievement in casino entertainment.

2014 Casino Entertainment Legends

Richard Sturm
Richard Sturm
President and COO of MGM Grand
View Bio

Wayne Newton
Wayne Newton
View Bio

CLICK HERE to nominate artists, executives and venues for Casino Entertainment Awards. Finalists will be announced on or about September 1, 2014.

Complimentary tickets for the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E will be distributed to G2E attendees on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to availability) on Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Casino Entertainment Awards Booth #7125 in The Venetian Ballroom.

G2E Meet-Ups— NEW!

Wednesday, October 1
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

New this year, more opportunities to connect with colleagues in your field to network, share ideas and make new contacts. Meet-Ups will be organized at different locations during G2E for the following areas:

  • Slot Professionals: V Bar
  • Table Game Professionals: Public House
  • Casino Marketing Professionals: Aquanox
  • Regulatory & Compliance Professionals: AGA Booth #L1
  • iGaming Professionals: DB Brasserie
  • Casino Entertainment Professionals: Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Global Gaming Women Networking Breakfast

Wednesday, October 1
Galileo 901
8:00 am – 9:00 am

For more information about the many Global Gaming Women events and resources, visit

AGA Communications Awards

Wednesday, October 1
Galileo 901
12:45 pm

Enjoy the company of industry colleagues at a networking luncheon featuring the AGA Communications Awards, which recognize outstanding advertising, financial and corporate communications, public relations and marketing in the gaming-entertainment industry. Effective communications with customers, shareholders, members of the media and the general public are crucial for gaming companies to be successful. The only such awards program of its kind, the AGA Communications Awards program recognizes excellence in the gaming industry’s diverse communications efforts.

AGA Gaming Hall of Fame Gala

Monday, September 29
Hyde at the Bellagio
6:30 pm

Curious about what the brightest minds in gaming advertising, marketing and communications produced this year? Find out as the Gaming Voice Award winners are announced at the AGA Communications Awards Luncheon. In today's fast paced and ultra-competitive marketplace it's no longer enough to simply inform your customers, investors or employees—your communications have to captivate them. The AGA Communication Awards honor the best marketing and communications in the business in 15 categories, ranging from social media and mobile marketing to print and broadcast advertising, direct mail and more. Join the industry's communications and marketing trendsetters for the 13th annual presentation of the Gaming Voice Awards.

Richard Sturm, President and COO of MGM Grand

With more than 40 years’ experience negotiating and developing MGM Grand’s highest profile entertainment projects, Richard Sturm has overseen entertainment and sports at all MGM properties worldwide since 1999. He has brought to MGM properties such stars as Aerosmith, Backstreet Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Elton John, N'Sync, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Barbara Streisand and The Who. He also has arranged numerous television broadcasts from MGM Grand, including HBO's Cher concert, the Billboard Music Awards show, a rare U.S. appearance of The Bee Gees and a Bette Midler special.

Wayne Newton

Known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” Wayne Newton is recognized worldwide for his signature song, “Danke Schoen,” plus many hit singles, including “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So,” “Red Roses For A Blue Lady” and “Years.” Originally signed in 1958 by the Fremont Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for a two-week engagement, his fist casino appearance lasted for 46 weeks. After numerous appearances on Jackie Gleason’s TV show and five years as an opening act for Jack Benny, Wayne Newton became a Vegas headliner in 1963 breaking box office records at The Flamingo Hilton. By 1994, he had performed 25,000 shows in Las Vegas. He has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, has recorded and released 165 albums, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with numerous awards, including induction in 2000 into the American Gaming Association’s “Gaming Hall of Fame.”

2014 Entertainment Award Finalist Nominees

Casino Independent Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions, Los Angeles, CA
  • Peter Manning, C3 Presents, Austin, TX
  • Michael Scafuto, The M+M Group, Huntington Beach, CA

Casino Booking Agent of the Year

  • Jay Byrd, WME Entertainment, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Ray Shelide, APA Talent & Literary Agency, Nashville, TN
  • Craig Newman, APA Talent & Literary Agency, Los Angeles, CA

Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year

  • Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee, WI
  • The Pearl Theater, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV
  • The Show, Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, CA

Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year

  • Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater, Hinckley, MN
  • The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV
  • Thunder Valley Casino Resort Amphitheater, Lincoln, CA

Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year

  • Angela Gozzi, Entertainment/Events Manager, Resorts World Casino, Jamaica, NY
  • Kurt Melien, Vice President of Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas, NV
  • Bob Rech, Entertainment Manager, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Milwaukee, WI

Casino Comedian of the Year

  • Andrew Dice Clay
  • Carrot Top
  • Gabriel Iglesias

Casino Musical Artist of the Year

  • Boys II Men
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Britney Spears

Casino Entertainer of the Year

  • Jeff Dunham
  • Tony Orlando
  • Donny & Marie Osmond

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