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Hector Fernandez

President, Americas, Aristocrat Technologies

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Hector Fernandez

When Hector Fernandez was named president of the Americas division of Aristocrat Technologies, the company had experienced a long line of successful products. As the company moved into its new Las Vegas headquarters Fernandez was charged with keeping up the momentum. And when the pandemic hit, Fernandez doubled down on game development by keeping his staff employed and creative. He explains why that decision was made and what benefits he expects will flow from it in the future. Fernandez spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros where about where Aristocrat stands in route operations, VLTs, Class II gaming and a possible entry into sports betting, over Zoom from his home in Las Vegas in December.

Roger Gros
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.

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