A PUBLICATION BY THE INNOVATION GROUP 
Q4 NEWSLETTER  |  November 2, 2016
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Dear Emerging Leaders of Gaming TM Member,
 
This  quarter's newsletter includes a recap of the Emerging Leaders networking reception, a recap of innovative programming at G2E, links to our upcoming webinar and our featured Emerging Leader.   Read on for more about Emerging Leaders of Gaming  and how you can participate! 
ARTICLES
EMERGING LEADERS 
AWARDS RECEPTION
by Marie Casias

The  Opium Room at Tao Nightclub bustled with activity as Emerging Leaders of Gaming™ capped off another day at G2E with an awards ceremony dedicated to this year's Global Gaming Business Magazine "40 Under 40" winners.  Nominations were submitted online, and event co-chairs cast their votes for the following list of honorees:
DRIVING INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING  AT G2E
by David Rittvo

Continuing to build upon its growing relationship with the American Gaming Association (AGA), The Innovation Group (TIG) was engaged to co-produce their new Innovation Lab at G2E 2016. AGA's Innovation Lab was a first-ever hub on the expo floor that encouraged networking among attendees and drove a dialogue around innovative programs, products and opportunities for the industry. 
DON'T MISS OUR POST ELECTION WEBINAR!
Join us Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for an in-depth review of the 2016 election results and their potential impacts on the gaming industry. Click here to register.

LESSONS LEARNED AT G2E 2016
The Innovation Group wrappe d up G2E with some insightful observations.
Featured "40 Under 40" Winner: 
The Payoff of Facing Challenges
by Christopher Irwin

Dan Shapiro
Vice President
Strategy & Business Development
William Hill US

Dan Shapiro developed a liking for the gambling business after being introduced to the speed and excitement of the horse racing industry as a teenager.
 
Having attended races with his father in New York, he quickly became hooked and started going on his own.  He regularly read the Daily Racing Form in high school before landing a college internship with Boston's Suffolk Downs.  And so his career in the gaming industry was born.
 
Dan has since been employed in a variety of different roles pertaining to horse racing and sports at various companies, leaving Youbet.com in 2007 to work at a startup alongside his mentor, Joe Asher, at Brandywine Bookmaking LLC in Las Vegas.  This transition from horse racing to the broader gaming industry was one of the most challenging decisions of his career.  The learning curve was steep and he had always considered himself a "horse-racing guy".  Dan originally met Asher at the Lexington, Kentucky airport after they had both attended a horse racing conference.  When bad weather delayed their flights to New York, they decided to forego waiting at the airport and instead bet the races at Keeneland Racecourse.  A time later, Asher convinced Dan to move to Las Vegas to work at Brandywine.  Dan was there for five years before the company was acquired in 2012 by William Hill, the British bookmaking giant, now the nation's leading sports betting company for which Dan has recently been promoted to Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and reports to Asher, William Hill's US CEO.

About the writers:
 
Christopher Irwin
Senior Analyst
Marie Casias
Manager, Marketing & Administration

Emerging Leaders of Gaming Gains Momentum
Emerging Leaders of Gaming has grown in popularity with the release of quarterly webinars as well as another hugely successful networking event at G2E. Today's young executives are developing into tomorrow's industry leaders as The Innovation Group and the AGA continue to make great strides in expanding this phenomenal program.  Visit our page for information on our upcoming or past webinars, or to learn more about our program.

I 've truly enjoyed being a part of The Innovation Group's Emerging Leaders program, with the dedication to finding and recognizing those next leaders and thinkers in the gaming and hospitality industries.  Being honored in the past was extremely humbling, and now seeing the interaction throughout the program with winners and companies is tremendous."

Corey T. Nyman
Director of Operations
The Nyman Group

WHAT WE'RE UP TO


EVENTS & CONFERENCES - See which  upcoming conferences TIG will be attending in the next few months. 
STAY CONNECTED WITH EMERGING LEADERS:
ABOUT US
Emerging Leaders of Gaming has established itself as the go-to network for young professionals assuming the next generation of leadership in gaming, entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, tourism, and leisure. We continue to support the growth and development of these rising stars as they achieve their fast-track to success, destined to fill tomorrow's senior-level and C-suite management positions.  

For more information, contact mcasias@theinnovationgroup.com or visit our page.


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