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Joe Esposito

CEO, Gary Platt Manufacturing

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One million chairs is nothing to sneeze at and the folks at Gary Platt Manufacturing are justifiably proud of reaching that milestone. Founded by Gary Platt more than 30 years ago, the company basically invented the concept of chairs at slot machines and made the table game experience that much more comfortable. Despite the million chairs, Joe Esposito, the CEO of Gary Platt Manufacturing, explains why quality always trumps quantity in his company and how it is ramping up to reach the 2 million mark a lot sooner than 1 million. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros via Zoom from the Gary Platt offices in Reno in June.

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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