CIOs and other gaming industry professionals will be out in force at next week's seventh annual Gaming Technology Summit

CIOs and other gaming industry professionals will be out in force next week at the seventh annual Gaming Technology Summit, slated for next Tuesday through Thursday at Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas.

No less than a dozen current or former chief information and technology officers headline a standout group of more than 50 speakers confirmed for the event, which has become the favored venue for industry professionals to discuss real-world technology challenges and solutions for all segments of the gaming industry.

“These individuals have reached the pinnacle of their profession, and their participation in the Gaming Technology Summit provides incredible opportunities for attendees to learn from the best,” said Saverio R. Scheri III, managing director at WhiteSand Consulting, co-producer of the Summit along with BNP Media. “The Summit has always been a great venue for sharing the latest and greatest ideas, and this year will be better than ever.”

The roster includes:
  • Marshall Andrew, Director, WhiteSand Consulting
  • Van Baltz, Chief Technology Officer, Station Casinos
  • Bill Candow, IT Director, Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino
  • Michael A. Day, CIO and Vice President of IT, Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC
  • David Farlin, Vice President and CIO, Boyd Gaming Corporation
  • Rodney Luck, Vice President of IT, Cache Creek Casino & Resort
  • Steve Murphy, Consultant
  • Bill Oliver, Executive Director of IT, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Ron Rushin, Chief Information Officer, Cantor Gaming
  • Jerry Sparks, Chief Information Officer, Planet Hollywood
  • Tim Stanley, President and Founder, Tekexecs
  • Michael R. Wood, President, The Natural Intelligence Group

Stanley, a former CIO for Harrah’s Entertainment, is one of three keynote speakers at the Summit; the others are Greg Shay, Chief Executive Officer and President of VCAT LLC, and Ramesh Srinivasan, Executive Vice President of Systems for Bally Technologies. The Summit packs 27 hours of in-depth conference sessions into its two-day format, so there is something for everyone.

And for the second straight year, an additional workshop is being presented jointly with the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. The Resort Management Forum on Tuesday, May 19, will help make the most of the technology already in place at gaming resorts of all sizes, define the areas where prudent new technology investments should be made and provide technology tools to successfully manage the resort side of facilities in today’s demanding environment.

In addition, Casino Journal’s Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Technology Awards will be presented during a luncheon event on Thursday, May 21. At the luncheon, the Platinum, Gold and Silver winners will be announced, along with the recipient of the first Attendees’ Choice award.

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