One of the longest produced conferences in the gaming industry, the UNR-UNLV Executive Development Program, was held November 10-18 at Harveys in Lake Tahoe. The program is produced by the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Moderator and International Gaming Institute Executive Director Bo Bernhard said it was one of the largest group of attendees since 2013.
Founded by the late William Eadington, the EDP has developed leaders in the gaming industry for the last 28 years. Many of those attendees are now CEOs, presidents and chairmen of gaming companies and some of those return year after year to impart knowledge to the next generation of gaming leaders.
This year’s speakers included Alan Feldman, executive vice president, global government and industry affairs, MGM Resorts; David Forst, general manager, Oakland A’s; Seth Schorr, CEO, Downtown Grand Casino; Paul Steelman, president, Steelman Partners, Las Vegas; Richard Haddrill, vice chairman of the board, Scientific Games; Jan Jones Blackhurst, vice president, government relations, Caesars Entertainment; Virginia McDowell, former CEO, Isle of Capri Casinos, and vice chair, Global Gaming Women; and many others.
Each year, attendees are split into teams and assemble a case study of a global gaming issue. At the beginning of each year’s program, the EDP staff provides detailed information on the year’s case study. Last year, teams developed faux RFPs for integrated resorts in Japan. This year, the teams were tasked with developing a mixed-use gaming project at the former Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece.
For more information on this year’s EDP and how to register for the 2019 edition, visit gaming.unr.edu/edp.