Save the date for our upcoming webinar with Sports Betting Community, featuring members of the SBC Leaders community and the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40. On Wednesday, August 25, at 1:00 p.m. ET, join us for Beyond Traditional Thinking: Finding the Right Partnerships to Deliver Gen Z. During this one-hour program, speakers will examine the current opportunity - created by an influx of new entrants from media and sports - for leaders in iGaming and sports betting to go beyond traditional branding partnerships in order to capture the next generation of bettors in the U.S.
"We are thrilled to partner with Sports Betting Community on this compelling exchange between current and next generation leaders, on a potentially industry-shifting topic," said Michael Soll, president of The Innovation Group (TIG), founders of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming program.
The session will ask leaders to consider how Gen Z behaves differently and what the industry needs to do now to position themselves at the front of the pack with this key demographic. Other key questions to be examined will include:
  • How do Gen Z bettors behave differently from traditional bettors, and how do iGaming and sport betting leaders need to adapt?
  • What is the long-term potential for operators of partnering with sports teams and media organizations?
  • What opportunities exist to drive greater fan experience within Fantasy and Esports?
  • How do leaders continue to enhance fan experience without attracting the wrong attention from regulators?
  • How will these new models pan out? Is a seismic industry shift on the horizon?
Speakers will be announced soon. Follow @gaming_leaders and @SBCGAMINGNEWS for updates.
by Jessica Feil, Vice President, Government Relations and Gaming Policy Counsel, American Gaming Association

Just over a year ago, every gaming property in the country had closed its doors to help protect public health and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Of course, closing casinos is not as simple as turning off the lights. Operators and suppliers worked closely with the thousands of regulators across the country to maintain the security of the properties and games, establish necessary records, and create protocols for reopening.
All of this was accomplished while we navigated our new work from home arrangements. Like all workplaces, gaming regulators and licensees found themselves thrust into a remote work environment, with the added complication of shifting oversight of licensees to a virtual and digital format. This meant virtual interviews, teleconference agency meetings, and digital licensing and paperwork filings.

Now, as the world is reopening and we return to in-person activities, it is worth inspecting what of these changes and modifications are worthy of permanent adoption. The gaming industry is often heralded as an innovative, cutting-edge, technology-centric business. But sometimes, regulatory oversight functions do not benefit from this same forward-thinking ethos. However, the forced adoption of many technologies through 2020 and into 2021 may be a roadmap to establishing a newly efficient regulatory system for licensing, meetings, and filings.
40 Under 40 Nominations Due Friday, August 13

Emerging Leaders of Gaming and Global Gaming Business magazine currently are accepting nominations for our annual "40 Under 40" list, recognizing exceptional individuals under the age of 40 on the path to leadership in the gaming industry. Nominate a colleague, team member, or yourself here by August 13. Visit our website for more information about TIG's Emerging Leaders of Gaming program.
Spotlight on the ELG "40 Under 40"
  • Melissa Aarskaug, Vice President of Business Development, Bulletproof
  • Marshall Adair, Vice President and Executive Producer - Digital / Online, Everi Holdings Inc.
  • Eduardo Alvarez, Director of Sales, Latin America, AGS
  • Allen Ambrogio, Director of Operations, U.S. Business, Tipico
  • Robert Baldassarre, Corporate Counsel, Stats Perform 
  • Andre Barnabei, Vice President of Gaming, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • JaNessa Bumgarner, Chief Executive Officer, Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel
  • Charlotte Cain, HR Manager, Continent 8 Technologies
  • Cherchi Chen, Managing Director of Finance and Operations, NagaWorld
  • Suzanne Duchene, Slot Service Manager, SenecaNiagara Falls Gaming
  • Brad Egnor, Senior Vice President of Marketing, San Manuel Casino
  • Jennifer Fales, Vice President, Global Brand Licensing, IGT
  • Molly Hart, Licensing and Compliance Manager, Gaming Capital Group
  • Bryan Hayes, Senior Vice President of Gaming Operations, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Matthew Heyerdahl, Chief Financial Officer, Gaming Arts
  • Connie James, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Gaming, Scientific Games
  • Paul Juliano, Vice President of Operations, Bally's Corporation
  • Zachary Levine, Vice President of Table Games Strategy, MGM Resorts International
  • Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Trustee of the GVC Foundation U.S., GVC Holdings PLC
  • Olena Nall, Director of Business Development, Wind Creek Hospitality
  • Mike Nguyen, Director of Engineering, JCM Global
  • Mary Parker, Management and Program Analyst, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Marvin Phillips, Director of Information Technology, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
  • David Rittvo, Vice President of Development, Caesars Entertainment
  • Nav Sandhawalia, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, Niagara Casinos (Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment)
  • Meghan Sleik, Director of Partnership Marketing & Communications, Aristocrat Gaming
  • Steven Slotwinski, Chief Technology Officer, Eclipse Gaming Systems 
  • Anthony Strangia, Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Hui Min Tiffany Bernadette Tay, Associate Director, Strategic Planning, Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd
  • Peter Wolff, Head of Compliance, Bet365
Profiles published as of July 1. More to come! Check here for updates.
With the gaming industry facing more challenges than ever from competing forms of entertainment, I'm honored to be part of the generation that's going to figure out how to take on these challenges and emerge with an even better product, just like the ones before us did.

-- Zachary Levine
VP of Table Games Strategy
MGM Resorts International


Wednesday, October 6  |  8:00 - 11:00 AM
The Lounge at Delmonico Steakhouse
Restaurant Row at The Venetian

Finding a place to meet for coffee at G2E can be challenging! The Innovation Group invites Emerging Leaders of Gaming to use The Lounge at Delmonico Steakhouse on Wednesday morning to connect with each other and as a location for their own business meetings onsite. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

ELG 40 Under 40 Cocktail Event at G2E
Wednesday, October 6  |  5:00 - 6:30 PM
The Shoppes at The Palazzo

Join us to meet and mingle with fellow emerging leaders, industry executives, and colleagues from around the globe as we celebrate the newest members of the ELG 40 Under 40.   
GI Huddle Exclusive GIHuddle
Click here to hear about the factors contributing to industry-shifting change for gaming from TIG President Michael Soll and Senior Vice President Brian Wyman, in conversation with Gambling Insider Editor Tim Poole for their GI Huddle.
Dominican Republic Market OutlookDROutlook
Click here to read this GI Friday article by TIG's Mike Vanaskie, Vice President, International Development, about what may be the Caribbean's latest gaming hot spot, the Dominican Republic.
Living in a Post-Covid Gaming WorldPostCovid
In the June issue of Global Gaming Business magazine, TIG President Michael Soll and Senior Vice President Michael Zhu consider how recent expansions, efficiencies, and acquisitions may signify a new industry ecosystem. Click here to read the article.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST InterestingArticles
Las Vegas | July 19-22

The Innovation Group looks forward to leading diverse conference discussions this month at the Indian Gaming 2021 education program. Meet our team there, or contact Brian or Chris to make a connection on-site.

Tuesday, July 20  |  9:00-9:50 a.m.  
Moderator: Brian Wyman, Ph.D., SVP, Operations & Analytics

Tuesday, July 20  |  4:00-4:50 p.m.  
Moderator: Brian Wyman, Ph.D., SVP, Operations & Analytics

Moderator: Chris Irwin, Director, Native American Services
Emerging Leaders of Gaming has established itself as the go-to network for young professionals assuming the next generation of leadership in gaming, entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, tourism, and leisure. We continue to support the growth and development of these rising stars as they achieve their fast-track to success, destined to fill tomorrow's senior-level and C-suite management positions. 

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