G2E 2006 keynotes to offer insights into the gaming sector

The keynotes at Global Gaming Expo 2006 will offer a unique look at today’s gaming entertainment industry, insights into the growth of gaming worldwide and a detailed discussion of the future of tribal gaming. It is scheduled for November 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with the G2E Training & Development Institute taking place November 13.

“Each year, G2E offers a new and exciting lineup of keynotes that not only entertain, but educate G2E attendees about the key issues our industry faces,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). “G2E is all about giving our attendees access to the leading minds in the industry and encouraging expanded discourse on how we can improve our business. What better way to prepare for what’s to come than by hearing from the thought leaders who have shaped our industry to this point? These keynotes will provide everyone with fresh insights and new perspectives on where we’re headed.”

Celebrated humor columnist Dave Barry will lead off the keynotes at G2E this year, providing a unique and entertaining perspective on today’s gaming industry. He won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and has entertained readers and audiences alike on a wide variety of subjects. He is scheduled for November 14.

On November 15, Fahrenkopf will moderate the popular State of the Industry keynote, which this year will focus on the next generation of global gaming. He will lead a lively discussion among global industry leaders as they address the continued growth and expansion of gaming into new markets worldwide, enumerating the trends and developments that will impact the industry in 2007 and beyond.

Panelists include Peter Dean, CBE, chairman of the Gaming Board for Great Britain; Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage; Gary Loveman, chairman, president and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment; T.J. Matthews, CEO of International Game Technology and Paul Oneile, CEO of Aristocrat Technologies.

Rounding out the keynotes on November 16 will be Ernie Stevens, Jr., chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, moderating Tribal Gaming Summit: The Future of Indian Gaming. This keynote will focus on critical tribal gaming issues and their expected economic impact today and in the future.

With gaming continuing to grow and evolve in both tribal and commercial markets and tribal and commercial gaming facilities experiencing increasingly similar issues, the discussions presented in this keynote will illuminate important information for professionals from every industry sector.

Keynotes will take place at the same time each day, from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., in Room N250 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The keynote sessions are open to all G2E attendees at no charge, with no advance registration required.