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Dave Lucchese

President, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers

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Dave Lucchese

For the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, the pandemic hit hard. When casinos closed around the world during the lockdown, no one was thinking about buying the equipment or services provided by AGEM members. AGEM cancelled dues payments for a year, but still provided its members with the information they needed to prepare for the reopenings. Dave Lucchese, the executive vice president of sales, marketing and digital for Everi, became president of AGEM just as the pandemic was winding down, but the challenges remain. He spoke about the difficult times and the bright future he sees for AGEM members and the entire gaming industry in an interview with Roger Gros, publisher of GGB.

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.