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Tom O’Brien

President, Americas & EMEA, Aristocrat

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Tom O’Brien has a long history in the casino industry. Starting as a low-level slot employee at a casino in Atlantic City, he moved to the supplier side a few years later and today has reached the pinnacle as president of Aristocrat’s Americas and EMEA regions. He has been with the company as it introduced the phenomenally successful Buffalo series, Lightning Link and all the offshoots. With a background in sales, O’Brien credits the development teams for the products and his colleagues in sales for the success of Aristocrat. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Aristocrat offices in Las Vegas in December.

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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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