This year's Southern Gaming Summit will open with the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), who will retire June 30. Fahrenkopf has been the first and only chief executive of the AGA since its inception in July 1995.
award will be presented on Wednesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. by the Summit's opening keynote
speaker Gary Loveman, CEO and president, Caesars Entertainment, who also serves
on the AGA's Board of Directors.
is no better way to start this year's Southern Gaming Summit than by
recognizing Frank Fahrenkopf for his many years of indispensably valuable
leadership of our industry," said Larry Gregory, executive director,
Mississippi Casino Operators Association. “The AGA under Frank has brilliantly
represented and constructively advanced the case for legal, regulated gaming as
a positive contributor to the economy. Simply put, the growth that our industry
has enjoyed since the mid-90's would not have been possible without Frank
AGA has enjoyed tremendous success under Fahrenkopf's leadership, including the
positive findings and recommendations of the National Gambling Impact Study
Commission; the establishment and good works of the National Center for
Responsible Gaming; and the worldwide success of industry trade shows Global
Gaming Expo and G2E Asia as watershed accomplishments.
creation and adoption of an industry-wide code of conduct for responsible
gaming, creation of the AGA Diversity Task Force to promote diversity in
industry hiring and procurement, the recent establishment of the Global Gaming
Women program and leadership in the pursuit of intelligent regulatory reform
also are key successes.
opening keynote will be followed by a two-day Southern Gaming Summit conference
program featuring 16 breakout sessions focused on a broad range of issues of interest
to the commercial and tribal gaming sectors. The Summit's companion show, Bingo
& Expo, will offer nine breakout sessions, plus its popular Bingo U
Southern Gaming Summit & Bingo World conference attendees will have access
to the full program.
will also be plenty of networking opportunities available throughout the event,
with the return of the popular opening day Global Gaming Women Luncheon at the
Island View on Tuesday, May 7. Opening day will also feature a golf tournament
at Caesars Grand Bear Golf Course; and a welcome reception that same night at
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. An opening night party follows on Wednesday,
May 8, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
its unique and dynamic audience of commercial and tribal casinos, racetrack
gaming and bingo operators, Southern Gaming Summit is again drawing strong
exhibit booth, sponsorship and advertising sales, with more than 70 exhibiting
companies already signed up.
details on every aspect of the show, including how to register for the full conference
or for the trade show-only, are available atwww.sgsummit.com.
Frank Fahrenkopf to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Southern Gaming Summit
March 5, 2013