Leading by Example

GGB's extraordinary 2015 class of "40 Under 40"

Two years ago at the first reception for G2E’s Emerging Leaders program, a veteran gaming executive bemoaned the state of the gaming industry today.  

“You missed the boat,” he told the somber audience. “In my day, we were encouraged to be innovative, to have new ideas and implement them quickly. Today, you’re handcuffed by tradition, corporate structure and a lack of imagination.”

Fortunately, that message didn’t resonate with the enthusiastic and energetic class of Emerging Leaders. They continued to innovate and explore the industry, and have truly made their mark.

This year’s class is no different. The quality of the honorees is evident in the volume of nominations to the Emerging Leaders program this year. More than 150 people were nominated for the program, co-produced by G2E and the Innovation Group. Five of those nominees were awarded scholarships to attend G2E for free, hotel accommodations and a flight to and from Las Vegas. The “40 Under 40” list was compiled by the GGB

Editorial Advisory Board along with the Innovation Group.

For anyone with any concern about the future of the industry, all one has to do is peruse the list of the 2015 Class of 40 Under 40. The accomplishments already achieved by these candidates proves that gaming will survive and thrive well into the future, when these folks will be the leaders of the industry.

Class of 40 Under 40 for 2015

1. Christopher Sherlock, Director of Hotel Operation Initiatives, MGM Resorts International

2. Tonya Roedell, Director of Digital and Professional Services, Aristocrat

3. Joshua Vaught, Director of Casino Operations, Harrah’s Cherokee

4. Honoria Hebert, Director of Compliance, L’Auberge Casino Resort

5. Matimbe Macebele, Board Member, National Gambling Board of South Africa

6. Josef Wager, Executive Director, F&B, Las Vegas Sands

7. Tom Galanis, Director, GameOn Affiliates Limited

8. Griffin Finan, Associate, Ifrah PLLC

9. John Edmunds, Chief Marketing Officer, FutureLogic

10. Andrew Burke, Vice President of Slot Products, AGS

11. Michael Hart, Vice President, Treasury and Risk Management, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

12. Benson Fok, Director of Business Systems, IT Department, SJM Macau

13. Sara Barnett, Chief of Staff, Illinois Lottery

14. Alexander Alvarado, Director of Slot Operations, Penn National Gaming

15. Anshu Kalhan, Investment Professional, Och-Ziff Real Estate

16. Romina Freijomil, CMO, City Center Rosario

17. Roman Carrillo, General Manager, Paiute Palace Casino

18. Jeremy Enke, Director of Acquisition, Pala Interactive

19. Alexander Koch, Corporate Director of Development & Administration, Eureka Casinos

20. Lauren O’Brien, Marketing Manager, Interblock

21. Adam Krejcik, Managing Director, Digital & Interactive Gaming, Eilers Research, LLC

22. Julia Boguslawski, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Bally Technologies

23. Wendy Carter, Marketing Director, Choctaw Casinos

24. Dan Schrementi, VP of Sales and Marketing, Incredible Technologies

25. Valerie Turner, Casino Manager, Caesars Entertainment

26. Jonathan Bell, Vice President of Casino Credit, Las Vegas Sands

27. Lucy Buckley, Director of Corporate Communications and Strategy, Inspired Gaming Group

28. Alli Bair, Slot Operations Manager, Kansas Star Casino (Boyd Gaming)

29. Johnny Walker, Director of Gaming Operations, Muckleshoot Casino

30. Craig Jacobs, Director of Incident Response & Problem Management, MGM Resorts International

31. Cristina Romero, Partner, Loyra Abogados

32. Israel Stone, Director of Tribal Development, Little River Casino Resort

33. Andy Choy, Chief Gaming Officer, Melco International Development

34. Daniel Saltzberg Koris, Partner, Greenburg Traurig, Mexico City

35. Shaza Sattar, Director Analysis & Business Development, Global Gaming Asset Management

36. Travis Wolfe, Founder, Tribal Gaming Student Association

37. Eric Frank, Associate, Duane Morris LLP

36. Justin Fung, Chairman Australian Operations, Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef

39. Nicole Nollette, Chief of Staff, IGT

40. Chris Grove, Editor/Publisher, Online Poker Report

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