Eminently Watchable

GGB's 25 People to Watch for 2016 profiles the movers and shakers in the casino gaming industry

Over the years, achieving a position on GGB’s 25 People to Watch has been a career milestone. Since 2003 when the first class was honored, the 300 people recognized have become the leaders in the industry, known for their innovation, their spirit and their ingenuity.

This year’s class is no different. From Las Vegas to Brazil; Ohio to Macau; Washington D.C., to the edge of the internet, you’ll read about dynamic individuals with the talent and vision that will lead the industry for many years to come.

The 2016 class of 25 People to Watch was chosen by the GGB Advisory Board, with input from many readers. So make sure you understand who will influence gaming in the years to come. The path to the future runs through this year’s honorees.

GGB’s 25 People to Watch for 2016

• Mark Clayton, Attorney, Greenberg Traurig

John Connelly, Global CEO, Interblock Gaming

• Alan Dunch, Chairman, Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission

• Brian Eby, Senior Vice President, Gaming Operations, Rock  Gaming  

Karen Fox-LaRose, Assistant General Manager, Mohegan Pocono  Downs

• Chris Gumiela, Vice President of Marketing, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino

• Angela Heikes, Chief Operating Officer, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Gaming Enterprise

• Jim Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, Lottery Group, Scientific Games  

Adam Krejcik, Partner, Eilers Research

Jon Lucas, Executive Vice President, Hard Rock International

• Blairo Maggi, Senator, Brazil

Kenneth Manuel, Assistant CEO in the Pathway Mentorship Program, Gila River Gaming Enterprises

Cody Martinez, Chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation  

• Bill McBeath, President & CEO, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Nicholas Menas, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Amaya Gaming

Patrick Moore, Senior Director of Client Services, Gaming Laboratories International

• Roger Pettersson, Vice President of Slot Operations, Station Casinos

Brent Pinkston, Chief Operating Officer, Wind Creek Hospitality  

Ron Rosenbaum, Chief Operating Officer, American Gaming Association

Elena Shampaner, Vice President, Strategic Incentives, Pinnacle Entertainment  

• Jay Snowden, Chief Operating Officer, Penn National Gaming

• Derek Stevens, Co-Owner and CEO, The D Las Vegas

• Maureen Sweeny, Chief Commercial Officer, Aristocrat Technologies

David Wolmetz, ‎ Casino Gaming & Lottery Applications, Sr. OEM Technology Sales Leader, Zebra Technologies

Wilfred Wong, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sands China