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State of the Industry Keynotes

State of the Industry: The Operators

State of the Industry: The Suppliers

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Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application and Networking

Check back for information on the 2015 G2E Emerging Leaders Program.

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Global Gaming Awards

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This 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.

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Latin American Gaming Reception

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.

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NIGA Lounge & Reception

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

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Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

The Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

2015 Information TBD

The Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E are the only industry awards honoring outstanding artists, executives, and venues in the casino-entertainment industry.

G2E Meet-Ups

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
  • Table Game Professionals
  • Casino Marketing Professionals
  • Regulatory & Compliance Professionals
  • iGaming Professionals
  • Casino Entertainment Professionals

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Global Gaming Women Networking Breakfast

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

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AGA Gaming Hall of Fame Gala

The Gaming Hall of Fame Charity Gala is an annual event organized by the AGA and its members to honor achievements in industry leadership and entertainment. Induction into the Gaming Hall of Fame is the highest honor accorded by the gaming-entertainment industry. Each year, individuals who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry receive this distinction. More than 80 people have been inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame since its inception in 1989.

Visit the American Gaming Association (AGA) Web site for more information.

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Richard Sturm
President and Chief Operating Officer
MGM Resorts Entertainment & Sports

As President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts Entertainment & Sports, Richard Sturm is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s entertainment and sports programming.

Sturm’s achievements in the industry span more than 35 years during which he has been instrumental in the development of many of Las Vegas’ highest-profile entertainment projects. Over this time, Sturm has led the efforts in the company’s highly publicized and often-televised sporting events as well as the entertainment/television programming.

MGM Resorts’ properties consistently host top-grossing boxing events, hugely popular Ultimate Fighting Championship, and the biggest shows in the industry such as the Latin GRAMMY Awards, iHeartRadio Music Festival and Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), to name a few. Through Sturm’s efforts, the MGM Resorts brand is synonymous worldwide with the most popular entertainment and sports events.

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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