uided by an advisory board of industry leaders, the conference content at G2E is created by the industry, for the industry to help its professionals meet existing challenges and capitalize on new opportunities for success.
G2E 2009 is scheduled for November 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with several specialty conferences, including the new Security & Surveillance Institute at G2E, being held November 16.
"The conference at G2E always provides the latest, most relevant information on issues and trends in the gaming industry, with seasoned experts providing detailed insights on topics from regulation to retail, dining and entertainment," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "By bringing together the top minds from our industry, and all the many fields that pertain to it, we are able to provide a unique and tailored professional development event that simply cannot be matched."
After a year of economic uncertainty for American businesses, gaming professionals are approaching next month's G2E 2009 with a desire to fully understand the current markets and an eye toward the future. To answer these questions, this year's finance track will include sessions such as "State of the Markets: The Gaming Industry's Financial Future," featuring highly respected analysts Bill Lerner of Union Gaming Group and Andrew Zarnett of Deutsche Bank Securities. Other sessions in the finance track will focus on issues such as bankruptcy and reorganization, tribal financing, and the capital structure of today's casino resort.
With Singaporean two new casino resorts opening early next year and questions about the future of gaming in Macau, the state of the international gaming industry is a key topic for industry professionals. G2E's new Global Markets Forum will provide attendees with an exclusive look at how the industry is faring worldwide, examining the economic and regulatory issues affecting current and emerging gaming jurisdictions.
In the Global Markets Forum Signature Series session "World Market: Shaping Your Casino to Succeed in Today's Economy," expert panelists such as Michael Chen, president of the Asia-Pacific region for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., and Michael Mecca, president and COO of Galaxy Entertainment Group, will offer advice on how gaming professionals can adjust their operations, positioning, marketing and philosophy to attain success in the current business climate.
For those professionals focused on the non-gaming aspects of the gaming business, the new retail, dining and entertainment track at G2E 2009 will examine the value of these amenities for casino resorts and how best to manage them given current economic challenges. Celebrity Chef Michael Mina and Jeff Frederick, regional vice president of food and beverage for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., will help attendees navigate these challenges in the track's Signature Series session, "The Sweet Spot: How to Manage F&B in a Down Economy."
Another new feature in this year's conference programming is the Security & Surveillance Institute at G2E, a one-day professional development conference designed to address the growing demand for access to information on cutting-edge surveillance techniques, as well as best practices for addressing real-world casino security incidents. Security & Surveillance Institute attendees will gain detailed knowledge of the latest security challenges in sessions like "Scams and Cheats: Current Cheating Methods and Trends," which will study actual scam and cheating cases at casinos worldwide. Attendees also are eligible to receive continuing education credit from ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals.
Additional conference tracks at G2E 2009 include casino design; compliance, law and regulation; gaming technology; human resources; Indian gaming; players clubs and incentives; table games; corporate social responsibility, featuring sessions co-sponsored by the National Center for Responsible Gaming; iGaming; marketing; racino and wild card.
Conference attendees at G2E 2009 will have the opportunity to attend morning briefings by members of the G2E conference advisory board that will provide an overview of the day's sessions. In addition, G2E once again has teamed up with the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to offer a certificate of completion for individuals who meet the program's requirements. More details about the certificate program are available on the G2E Web site.