AGA, Reed Exhibitions, Union Gaming Secure Top Industry Players

AGA, Reed Exhibitions, Union Gaming Secure Top Industry Players

LAS VEGAS – Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the world’s leading tradeshow and conference for casino gaming, announced today that it has aligned the industry’s most significant forces behind a Japan educational conference should the recently submitted Integrated Resort Acceleration Legislation bill pass in Japan in the coming year.

AGA, Reed Exhibitions, Union Gaming Secure Top Industry PlayersThe American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions (Reed Expo)-organizers of the G2E family of events-partnered with Union Gaming to bring a one-of-a-kind symposium to Japan as early as practical following passage of the legislation. The event organizers are joined by sponsors, supporters, and a global advisory board that includes prominent Japanese gaming companies, such as JCM Global and Konami Corporation, as well as top Japanese advertising and public relations company Dentsu, Inc.

“Should the Japanese government choose to proceed with the first stage of casino gaming legalization in 2014, the AGA and its prominent industry partners will bring our best-in-class educational services to this critical market,” said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA. “Our decades of experience in industry regulation, operations and responsible gaming can be of enormous value to the Japanese as they consider building what could be one of the world’s most significant gaming markets.”

“Gathering industry leaders together in Japan is more important now than ever before,” said Bill Lerner, principal at Union Gaming, a boutique investment and securities firm. “To that end, we are honored to join with G2E to expand on the Union Gaming Development Conference we hosted in Tokyo this September. Our goal is to create an annual event that advances the industry’s interest and builds on that success year after year.”

In addition to G2E’s Japanese supporters, global support is also being provided by Aristocrat Leisure Ltd.; Bally Technologies, Inc.; Gaming Partners International (GPI); Interblock; International Game Technology (IGT); WMS Gaming Inc.; and others to be announced shortly.

Gaming stakeholders from a range of backgrounds-including a leader of the nascent Japan Gaming Association-will guide program development through the G2E Japan Conference Advisory Board led by Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government relations at Caesars Entertainment Corp.; F. Steven DiMasi, vice president of global government relations and public affairs at IGT; Alan Feldman, executive vice president of global government and industry affairs at MGM Resorts International; Akiyoshi Isoi, president at JCM Global; Tom Jingoli, senior vice  president and chief compliance officer at Konami Gaming, Inc.; Takashi Kiso, CEO at International Casino Institute Ltd; Timothy McNally, chairman and non-executive director at NagaCorp Ltd.; Toru Mihara, general manager of the project engineering division at Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute; and Christine Reilly, senior research director at the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

Additional information and dates for G2E Japan will be announced if and when the Integrated Resort Acceleration Legislation in Japan is passed. For more information on G2E, visit For more information on Union Gaming, visit


Kimberlie Leon

Stephanie Chan (AGA)

Rich Baldwin (Union Gaming)

About G2E

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the international gaming trade show and conference “by the industry and for the industry.”  Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut in fall 2001, defining itself as the pre-eminent show for the gaming-entertainment industry.

The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues.  The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading event’s organizer, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. In 2011 Reed brought together more than 6 million industry professions from around the world in 44 key industry sectors to drive sales, network and learn. Today, Reed has a growing portfolio of more than 500 events in 39 countries, with a rapidly growing portfolio of events and partners in the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and the Middle East. Reed has 33 offices worldwide and a staff of over 3,000 exhibition specialists.

About Union Gaming

Union Gaming is a boutique investment bank and securities firm focused exclusively on the global casino and integrated resort industry. The company is uniquely based in Las Vegas and Macau.