2016 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming to be Recognized at G2E

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The Innovation Group to program Emerging Leaders education at G2E Innovation Lab

The Innovation Group and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) announced today six individuals to be honored as the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming:

• Aron Ezra, Chief Executive Officer, OfferCraft;

• Joanne Israel, General Manager, Seneca Buffalo Casino;

• Darion Lowenstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Gamblit;

• Patrick Nichols, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas;

• Sara Tait, Executive Director, Indiana Gaming Commission; and

• Kurt Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Casino Cash Trac.

Honorees will be recognized during G2E at the Emerging Leaders of Gaming networking reception, open to all registered attendees, on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at The Opium Room at Tao Nightclub in 2016 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming to be Recognized at G2EThe Venetian Las Vegas. “This year’s class was chosen from one of the strongest groups of nominees we have seen since the program’s inception five years ago,” said David Rittvo, Executive Vice President of The Innovation Group and organizer of Emerging Leaders of Gaming. “The 2016 class represents a broad cross section of our industry and we look forward to watching their careers grow and evolve.”

Emerging Leaders of Gaming are identified through an open call for nominations on the G2E website. Nominations were reviewed by event organizers and ultimately voted on by the 2016 event co-chairs John Connelly, Chief Executive Officer of Interblock Gaming; Eileen Moore, Regional President of Caesars Entertainment; and Angela Heikes, Chief Operating Officer of SMSC Gaming Enterprise. “We must thank our co-chairs, the American Gaming Association (AGA) and G2E for their tremendous support of the Emerging Leaders program,” said Rittvo.

The Innovation Group’s Emerging Leaders of Gaming program offers a year-round vehicle for up-and-coming industry leaders to engage, network and learn. In addition to a free webinar program, co-produced with the AGA and launched earlier this year, Emerging Leaders of Gaming will also present a series of learning opportunities in the new Innovation Lab (booth #2848A) on the G2E show floor.

About The Innovation Group:

The Innovation Group has long been recognized as the world’s most respected and sought-after research and advisory firm, specializing in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality and leisure industries. To date, our research and analyses have driven over $100 billion in investment decisions across more than 80 countries and six continents. The Innovation Group’s accuracy and reliability is unparalleled, with our forecasts historically tracking within 5% of actual revenues across the most complex of gaming jurisdictions throughout the globe.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Soll


Thomas Zitt

Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning

David Rittvo

Executive Vice President, International


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