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Demand Diversity and Excellence

GGB’s 25 People to Watch for 2022 focuses on opportunity and advancement

Demand Diversity and Excellence

In a year where gaming companies, programs and institutions have come under fire for not recognizing the contributions of women and minorities, the Editorial Advisory Board of GGB Magazine has chosen a remarkable group of individuals to honor as the 25 People to Watch for 2022 with a diversity that demonstrates the potential and realities in today’s gaming industry. It’s our 20th anniversary edition of this honor—20 years of the people who have dedicated their lives to our great industry. Visit our website, ggbmagazine.com, with a link to this story to see the complete list of the 500 individuals who have truly made a difference to our industry.

To be sure, this isn’t diversity for diversity’s sake. The individuals identified by the board have truly accomplished much in their careers, and all have great futures ahead of them. Take the blinders off and recognize what women and minorities are doing for your business. This doesn’t mean you don’t recognize all your employees and executives; it just means that there’s a wider spectrum of amazing people in your business. We have no quotas. We have no definition of diversity. We only have an understanding that every member of our 2022 People to Watch is dedicated to excellence.

The GGB Editorial Advisory Board was insistent upon recognizing that every person on this list is there for a reason: their accomplishments and their vision for the future. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, red, yellow, green, man or woman. You have demonstrated a leadership potential that inspires the entire industry.

The year 2022 will be full of challenges and opportunities. From the recovery from the pandemic to the spread of iGaming and sports betting, to the evolving situation in Asian gaming and many more issues that face the industry this year, the individuals recognized in this feature will play a role in clearly defining the future of the industry. Congratulations to all!

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.