With gambling facilities located in jurisdictions ranging from Louisiana to Laos, there is no doubt that gaming is truly a global industry. The globalized nature of the gaming industry was one of the primary reasons Ryan Reddy—vice president of product management and product marketing at International Game Technology—was drawn to the industry. With graduate degrees from both Bryant University and Northeastern University, he says “the opportunities to learn about cultures and economies outside the U.S.” attracted him to gaming.
For someone who wants to take advantage of international career opportunities in gaming, a global equipment company such as IGT provides one of the best paths. Recalling the early days of his career at IGT, Reddy says, “There were always opportunities for career advancement for people who wanted to be involved and were eager to learn more. Junior employees were afforded significant opportunities to travel and to contribute to challenging projects.”
Reddy believes his inclination for global travel was a key differentiator in his professional development.
“It was evident early in my career that members of IGT’s senior management team all had significant global experience,” notes Reddy. “I was extremely fortunate to spend extended periods of my career in the U.K., Austria and Italy.” This international experience made Reddy a more seasoned employee and, in his own words, “added tremendous value both from a professional and personal development perspective.”
Reddy, who now holds a senior and leadership-oriented role at IGT, is quick to give credit to his personal and professional mentors.
“First and foremost, my father has had a tremendous influence on my career largely by emphasizing the values of hard work and honesty,” he says. “From a professional perspective, I have been fortunate to have worked for excellent managers throughout my career, and I learned a great deal from them.”
Now in a position to be on the other side of the mentor-mentee relationship, Reddy is eager to nurture professional and personal development.
“I feel compelled to mentor others and share my experiences with motivated individuals who are early in their gaming careers,” says Reddy.
A global traveler and professional, Reddy has leveraged his international experience and receptivity to a wide variety of opportunities to advance his gaming career. Young gaming professionals can learn from his advice and experience as they look to develop their own careers.
“I recommend that people starting their careers explore the full scope of the industry, jumping into every project and opportunity they can possibly learn from,” Reddy encourages. “Later in their careers, they can specialize, but at the beginning, I would strongly recommend developing general expertise.”