The Innovation Group to program Emerging Leaders education

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 of 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 The 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 (stand 2848A) on the G2E show floor.

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