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Nehme E. Abouzeid

President, LaunchVegas LLC

Nehme E. Abouzeid

If there’s anyone with a finger on the pulse of Las Vegas, it’s Nehme Abouzied who came to the town nearly 20 years ago and has held executive positions with Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL. Several years ago, he formed LaunchVegas to help companies looking at the coming boom in town to get acclimated and hit the ground running. But then Covid 19 hit and the world changed. Las Vegas became a ghost town for three months and even now it’s attracting a bare minimum of visitors to keep the casinos running. Abouzied talks about how the city will rebound and what key elements are needed to return to profitability and a semblance of normalcy. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas in July.

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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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