James Murren


The 19th annual Southern Gaming Summit, to be held at May 8-10 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., will feature keynote speeches from the top executives at Boyd Gaming and MGM Resorts International.

Keith Smith, president and CEO of Boyd Gaming, will deliver the keynote address on May 9, the first full day of conference sessions at the Summit. James Murren, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM Resorts International, will be the keynote speaker on May 10.

“We are honored to have speakers the caliber of Keith Smith and James Murren give keynote presentations at Southern Gaming Summit,” said Larry Gregory, executive director, Mississippi Casino Operators Association, which co-produces the event with BNP Media Gaming Group. “Boyd and MGM are leadership companies in the southern region and their respective impacts are national and global in scope. Our attendees will have great interest in hearing how each of our keynoters sees their gaming business evolving.”

Boyd and MGM have both expanded their presence significantly in the southern region in recent months. Boyd, which operates five properties in Louisiana and Mississippi, last fall closed on its acquisition of IP Biloxi Casino Resort & Spa. MGM, which operates Beau Rivage, the flagship property of the Gulf Coast market, entered into a development agreement last fall with Creative Casinos, operators of Mojito Pointe in Lake Charles, La., and signed a strategic marketing alliance with Ameristar, which operates a property in Vicksburg.

The two keynotes are the highlight of an expanded conference program. Themed, “Work Smart,” the Southern Gaming Summit will feature 18 breakout sessions, up 50 percent from prior years, adding operations-oriented titles and topics such as “The Efficient Casino: 50 Ways to Meet Your Numbers,” project development, slot and table game math, as well as hotel yield management, to an established agenda of executive-level conference topics. The Summit’s companion show, Bingo World Conference & Expo Bingo, will offer 10 breakout sessions, plus its popular customer service and Bingo U workshops. All Southern Gaming Summit & Bingo World conference attendees will have access to the full program.

Full details on every aspect of the show, including how to register, are available atwww.sgsummit.com.

Ramesh Srinivasan


The Gaming Technology Summit will mark its 10-year anniversary June 11-13 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas with a practical and forward looking program that addresses how effective deployment of technology determines success in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Internet and mobile gaming, social media, and technology’s marketing impact are just a sampling of the topics that will be examined in-depth. A glimpse of the future will be provided by keynote presenter Ramesh Srinivasan, president and chief operating officer, Bally Technologies, who will speak to the topic of, “Gaming Technology: The Next 10 Years.”

“The last 10 years have been marked by unprecedented technological change on the gaming floor, but it will be nothing compared with the next 10,” said Saverio R. Scheri founding partner of WhiteSand Gaming and president, Valley Forge Casino Resort. “Gaming Technology Summit has consistently provided the most comprehensive view of the industry’s present and future course. This year’s conference will offer our audience an unparalleled opportunity to take stock of current challenges and opportunities and how to position their operations for tomorrow.”

Scheri added that this year’s program responds to the basic issue of how increased competitive pressures, including the potential for Internet gaming to be an integral part of the U.S. gaming industry, have brought the broader question of technology into focus for top management everywhere. “Increasingly, the first question everyone needs to ask is, ‘have we aligned our technology strategy with our key organizational goals?’ The alternative is defeat in the marketplace.”

All told, the program includes over 25 information-packed conference sessions and vendor workshops during its two-day run. In addition, Mike Wood returns with a new workshop, “Resolving Project Pain Points,” on June 11, and presenting sponsor Gaming Standards Association will offer sessions that are open to all Summit attendees.

For the complete program and to see a current speaker list, please visitwww.gametechsummit.com.