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Virginia Valentine

President & CEO, Nevada Resort Association

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Virginia Valentine

There is no state or jurisdiction which is harder hit by the coronavirus pandemic than Nevada. Virginia Valentine has led the Nevada Resort Association since 2011 and has seen some tough times but nothing like this. The numbers are staggering—Up to 360,000 jobs lost, $% billion in wages at risk, $2 billion lost in meetings and conventions cancelled, a total impact on the state of Nevada of over $22 billion. Still Valentine believes that the health and safety of state residents and visitors comes first so any reopening must be planned and discussed. She spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from her home in Las Vegas on April 15.

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.