Q3 NEWSLETTER  |  August 10, 2016
Dear Emerging Leaders of Gaming TM Member,
For the 5th consecutive year, the Emerging Leaders of Gaming™ program prides itself on the recognition and development of rising stars in the gaming industry, and is gearing up for another exciting event at Global Gaming Expo, produced by The Innovation Group and G2E.  Honorees will be selected and recognized, providing yet another terrific networking opportunity for tomorrow's senior-level and C-suite executives.  Nominations are still open until Monday, September 2, so click here if you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague to join this terrific program, or to learn soon to be released details on the upcoming Emerging Leaders reception at G2E.
by Christopher Irwin

For the latest Emerging Leaders of Gaming™ webinar, The Innovation Group teamed up with the American Gaming Association (AGA) to present a topic that has become increasingly more popular: eSports.  Two of The Innovation Group's top analysts were joined by the following team of well-versed panelists who provided a high-level overview of the industry's history, discussed key issues the industry currently faces, offered their opinions on the future of eSports, and discussed eSports opportunities to both gaming and betting operators
by Michael Vanaskie

Much has been said about the millennial generation and both the challenges and opportunities it presents for the gaming industry.  While many pundits group millennials from around the world into one group, The Innovation Group believes it is important to explore and understand the differences and similarities between millennial groups from different regions.  To that end, this article examines U.S. and Chinese millennials-two of the largest consumer groups in the world-and how they compare to each other. 
Featured "40 Under 40" Winner: 
Lucky Dragon's Chief Operating Officer
by Marie Casias

Dave Jacoby
Chief Operating Officer
Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino

Dave Jacoby is in the middle of developing one of the first new casinos to open in Las Vegas since SLS, and the first ground-up development since the opening of The Cosmopolitan in 2010.  His new project, the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, boasts 203 boutique hotel rooms and a casino focusing on a niche market.  This multi-million dollar facility will be located just west of the Las Vegas strip on Sahara Avenue, with promise of exciting new gaming and hospitality options for Las Vegas tourists, and a heavy focus on driving Asian and Asian American clientele from both a design and content perspective.

Dave attended Cornell University's Master's in Hotel Administration program, with a focus on real estate, finance and development.  The only person in the program with a focus on gaming at the time, he knew he wanted to stay in the gaming industry, which is often considered a niche area in the existing and broader hospitality industry.  Through business school networking, he met several important contacts at Global Gaming Asset Management, LLC ("GGAM"):  William Weidner, Chairman and CEO, and Bradley Stone, President.  Dave was hired on at GGAM as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, also working with Mr. Weidner to organize financing for Lucky Dragon.  Eventually, Dave made the seamless shift from GGAM to Lucky Dragon and is now the Chief Operating Officer.
About the writers:
Christopher Irwin
Senior Analyst
Michael Vanaskie
Director, Operations Planning

Emerging Leaders of Gaming Gains Momentum
Emerging Leaders of Gaming has grown in popularity with the release of quarterly webinars as well as the upcoming 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.  Click here for our new web page, which is where you can listen to recent webinars and see updated information about future initiatives. To learn more about Emerging Leaders of Gaming, please email Marie Casias, visit our web page or follow us on social media.

I enjoyed participating in The Innovation Group's and the AGA's webinar on eSports and its integration into the casino resort experience. Fifth Street Gaming has been a pioneer in this space and we have a desire to share our experience with peers in the industry." 

Seth Schorr
Downtown Grand Las Vegas


PUBLICATIONS - The Rise of eSports, by Michael Vanaskie

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