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Turning 21: GGB's 25 People to Watch for 2023

GGB’s annual People to Watch list recognizes excellence in all gaming disciplines

Turning 21: GGB's 25 People to Watch for 2023

For GGB’s 21st annual People to Watch issue, we’ve continued our practice of mixing the high-profile leaders in the industry with those down in the trenches doing the things that make those leaders look good. And these high-profile leaders will tell you that they can’t do anything without the people who put in the time and effort using their imagination and their experience to put together a solid program.

The leaders, especially those who rose up through the ranks, truly believe that without their support staff, things would fall apart quickly. They also realize that those with that imagination and drive will become the future of this industry sooner than they realize.

In this year’s list we’ve got a good selection from all disciplines in gaming, because GGB’s Editorial Advisory Board recognizes that a healthy industry needs to have extraordinary people at every level. Whether it’s regulators, tribal leaders, suppliers—both online and land-based—folks who run the operations, responsible gaming advocates or others, all elements of the industry have to work hand in hand, and by honoring people from all these fields, we can encourage that to continue.

Most encouraging in this year’s list is the diversity of the honorees. Women and minorities are truly breaking through in gaming, and their contributions are not only being recognized, but they have become leaders in their fields.

So congratulations to all the honorees in GGB’s 25 People to Watch. You have achieved so much so far, and we’re anxious to “watch” you achieve much more in 2023 and the years to come! (Click the name below to read the profile).

GGB’s 25 People to Watch for 2023

Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer, Playtech
Rachel Barber, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Gaming, IGT
Anne Marie Caulfield, Chief Executive, The Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland
Dawn Clayton, General Manager, Thunder Valley
Louise Cornelius, General Manager, Oneida Casino Wisconsin
Allie Evangelista, President, Hard Rock Bristol
Ken Golar, Vice President, Finance, Grand Casino Mille Lacs & Hinckley
Stephanie Goodman, Executive Director, Dr. Robert Hunter International Problem Gambling Center
Ronald Gordon, Vice President of Casino Operations, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Brian Green, Assistant General Manager, Graton Casino
Adam Greenblatt, Chief Executive Officer, BetMGM
Earle Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Axes.AI
Adriano Ho, Director, Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ)
David Horn, Vice President and General Manager, Durango Casino Resort
Amy Howe, Chief Executive Officer, FanDuel Sportsbook
Siobhan Lane, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming, Light & Wonder
Kevin Lowry, Assistant General Manager, Mohegan Sun
Joe Lupo, President, The Mirage/Hard Rock Las Vegas
Justin Moore, General Manager, Rivers Casino Philadelphia
Kelly Myers, Manager of Client Solutions, Gaming Laboratories International
Kevin Nephew, President & Chief Executive Officer, Seneca Gaming Corporation
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President, Brazil
Randy Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Everi Holdings
Erwin van Lambaart, Chief Executive Officer, Casinos Austria AG
Stacey Zelenik, Senior Vice President and Chief People & Culture Officer, Aristocrat Gaming

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