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25 People to Watch for 2019

GGB Magazine's 17th annual People to Watch profiles the rising stars in the casino industry.

25 People to Watch for 2019

OK, first a confession. When I was first getting into journalism, I had an internship at Atlantic City magazine, a great little publication that covered the community in a way those “city” magazines did back then. I was a late bloomer well into my 30s when I worked for them. But every January they had a feature called 25 People to Watch, and it was the most popular feature of the year for the magazine. Of course with no internet or social media, we could only gauge that by questions about how you get named one of the 25, followed by complaints after publication that they were left off.

Fast forward to 2002 when we launched GGB. Since Atlantic City magazine had folded by then, I don’t think I was stealing any intellectual property. So in our first January issue, we did our initial list of 25 People to Watch. Cover boy George Maloof, who along with his family owned the brand new Palms casino in Vegas, was joined by such luminaries as Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley, Penn National leader Peter Carlino, California tribal gaming legend Anthony Miranda, Australian gaming magnate Jamie Packer, Wynn Resorts VP Linda Chen and many others. It was a great list, but a list that has only grown more impressive as the years go on. (To see the full list, go here.)

In this, the 17th edition of 25 People to Watch, the list is no less impressive. From casino presidents to consultants to regulators to online gaming execs, the list is varied and diverse—so diverse, in fact, that we have a record number of women (nine) on the list this year.

So sit back and read about people who may be influencing the way you do business in 2019 and into the future.


GGB’s 25 People to Watch for 2019
(List in alphabetical order. Click name below to see profile)

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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