he Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) issued a Call for Nominations on Tuesday for the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism and the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.
AGEM previously announced the creation of this unique awards program to acknowledge the lasting impacts on gaming by two distinctive industry veterans following their unexpected deaths in 2015.
Halle, a longtime Bally and Novomatic executive in Europe who was most recently CEO of Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Gaming based in Florida, died suddenly on May 20, 2015 at the age of 57. Mead, the founder and publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine, died suddenly in Las Vegas on June 24, 2015 at the age of 54.
Len Ainsworth in 2016, Rick Meitzler in 2017 and Gavin Isaacs in 2018 have been the initial recipients of the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism. Howard Stutz in 2016, Roger Gros in 2017 and Frank Legato last year have been the initial recipients of the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.
Nomination submissions of 300-700 original words identifying current gaming professionals must be received via email at [email protected] by August 15 and must meet specific criteria that aim to capture the attributes displayed by Halle and Mead during their storied careers. In te case of Jens Halle Memorial Award, “nominees must have experience working in the global gaming supplier sector for a minimum of 10 years and possess the following traits and qualities that Jens displayed throughout his working life: professionalism, business success, international scope, attention to detail and timely follow-up; a willingness to ‘go the extra mile,’ both figuratively and literally; a sense of humanity in an oft-times cutthroat business; a recognition of the importance of a handshake and a fair deal for all; and a dedication to the health of the industry as a whole.”
As foor Peter Mead Memorial Award, “nominees must have experience working in the mainstream media, gaming trade press or individual gaming company PR/communications for a minimum of 10 years and possess the following traits and qualities that Peter displayed throughout his working life: quality reporting and communication with an emphasis on personal contact to generate ideas and gather information; taking risks and questioning the status quo; challenging the industry to consider new ideas; and identifying trusted partners to improve the overall product.”
Awards winners will be announced at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas in October.