Southern Gaming Summit, the casino industry’s leading regional trade show and conference which will take place at Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss., May 3-5, announced that Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and hospitality arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama and the Florida panhandle, as a signature sponsor of this year’s event.

As a signature sponsor, Wind Creek will maintain a high profile throughout the event’s conference and trade show floor, including sponsorship of the opening keynote, which will be delivered by Anthony Sanfilippo, CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment. A number of high-level Wind Creek executives will also speak at numerous sessions during the course of the program.

“Wind Creek is one of the most dynamic gaming brands in the region and we are honored to have their support,” said Larry Gregory, executive director, Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association, which co-produces Southern Gaming Summit with BNP Media Gaming Group. “They are at the forefront of a very vibrant and expanding tribal gaming market throughout the South, one that has long supported Southern Gaming Summit and its companion event Bingo World, including more than 20 tribes from the region and around the country at last year’s event.”

Tribal gaming is spotlighted on both the Southern Gaming and Bingo World conference programs, attracting top speakers from casinos, tribal regulatory bodies, and state and national trade associations.

Another important participant at this year’s Southern Gaming Summit is Global Gaming Women, a high-profile group which supports the development and success of women in the international gaming industry. The group will be playing a growing role at the event with its annual pre-show luncheon followed by a first-ever session focused on executive-level equality on the opening day of the conference.

Both the luncheon, now in its fifth year, and the conference session will be supported by an impressive array of speakers, led by Virginia McDowell, president and CEO, Isle of Capri Casinos and board chair and president for Global Gaming Women, who will moderate each panel.

The Global Gaming Women luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 3, at Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport. In addition to McDowell, panelists are: Cathy Beeding, vice president and general counsel, Gulfside Casino Partnership/d/b/a Island View Casino Resort and Windance Country Club; Kim Ginn, vice president of marketing, L’Auberge Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel; Luann Pappas, CFO, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort; and Ashley Wade, regional vice president, human resources, Caesars Corporation, Horseshoe Bossier, Harrahs Louisiana Downs.

The subject of this year’s luncheon discussion will be: “Building a Career: A Candid Conversation About The Valuable Lessons Learned From First Jobs, Memorable Mentors and Taking Chances.”

Speakers at the opening day session, “What is the Path to Executive-Level Equality?” on Wednesday, May 4, are: Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president—government relations and corporate responsibility, Caesars Entertainment Group and former mayor of Las Vegas; Lynn Fitch, Mississippi state treasurer; and Sarah Jackson, senior vice president, human resources, Isle of Capri Casinos.

Full details on the conference program, including how to register, are available at