Mark Wayman (left) with Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman.


The 10th annual Gaming Technology Summit, which will be held at the Las Vegas-based Green Valley Ranch June 11-13, will feature its first ever career development workshop for information technology professionals.

The half-day program will be led by Mark Wayman, who is popularly known as the “Godfather of Las Vegas” for his unique ability to connect gaming companies and high-level job seekers. Wayman, who is founder and chief executive officer of The Foundation, an executive search firm focused on gaming and high-tech industries, will present a comprehensive view of gaming career development, from the job search to what it takes to keep one’s career moving forward.

“The gaming industry is both an exciting and challenging environment for technology professionals, many of whom often come from other industries,” said Saverio R. Scheri III, founding partner of WhiteSand Gaming and president, Valley Forge Casino Resort. “No one is better positioned than Mark Wayman to educate our attendees on the relationship and network skills they’ll need to secure and build successful IT careers in gaming. We are thrilled to offer this workshop because we see it as a practical supplement to all of the technology learning that happens at Gaming Technology Summit.”

Wayman’s workshop, “Gaming Executive Career Guide, Building a Career,” will be presented in two parts on Wednesday, June 13, starting at 9 a.m. It will be part of a program that includes over 25 information-packed conference sessions and vendor workshops during its two-day run. There will be three keynotes, including an opening speech from Ramesh Srinivasan, president and chief operating officer, Bally Technologies, who will use the occasion of the Summit’s 10th anniversary to deliver an address entitled “Gaming Technology, the Next 10 Years.” In addition, Mike Wood returns with a new workshop, Resolving Project Pain Points, on June 11, which is open to all Summit conference attendees.

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This year’s Casino Marketing Conference, which will take place July 24-26 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, is offering a new program: “Drive Revenue and Grow Business: An Advanced Sales Model for Your Host Department.” This one-and-a-half-day program will run prior to the Casino Marketing Conference on July 23-24; and requires separate registration from the conference.

The new program is designed for senior host and player development specialists, general managers, player development senior executives and marketing directors. It will focus on:

• Developing and segmenting qualified sales leads from your database,

• Creating compensation and specialization in a new player development model,

• Managing reinvestment properly and measuring the sale,

• Understanding the true value of a player through mathematics, and

• Acquiring the skills to complete the sales cycle.

This advanced training program delves deep into sales skills, database management, analytics and the math of player value. The program goes beyond talk and theory and aims to provide takeaway tools operators can apply as soon as they return to their properties.

The Casino Marketing Conference will feature a host of marketing-oriented breakout sessions and two keynotes: The first, “How the Modern Day Casino Marketer should be Thinking about Leveraging Technology and not be Overwhelmed by it,” will be presented by Aron Ezra, vice president of mobile, Bally Technologies; the second, “Appreciating Differences and Getting Past Stereotypes: Improving Understanding among Casino Customers and Employees to drive Increased Performance,” will be given by Marin Denning, an educational consultant and a member of the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin Indians.

The Casino Marketing Conference is co-sponsored by BNP Media Gaming Group and Raving Consulting Company, a full-service casino marketing company that offers unlimited resources to the gaming industry.

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