Murren: Our industry becomes Main Street

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The eyes of the world have been on our industry in Las Vegas this week as the Global Gaming Expo has taken center stage around the city. Convention attendees, thought leaders and media have been chronicling the newest – and the future – in gaming.

A lot has changed in our industry as we adapt to changing consumer interests.

But one of the biggest changes I have seen since joining the Company two decades ago is that our industry is now seen as a critical part of Main Street.

The Wall Street Journal reported on this progression yesterday and included my observation that the jobs in our industry “are every bit as patriotic as auto worker jobs.” (See the full story here.)

I know you share my pride in being part of this important and vital industry and in the fact that our Company has provided strong leadership in bringing the industry to mainstream. The important work we have done, and are doing, in being responsible corporate citizens is informing how communities across our country are learning, and knowing, about our industry.

As Election Day approaches, Las Vegas and our industry will take center stage as we host the last of the Presidential Debates.

More on that in the next CEO Space.

As ever, thanks for all you do.

Jim

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Company wins big at Global Gaming Awards

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Vice President of Loyalty Marketing Jordan Salmon and Chief Diversity Officer Phyllis James accepted the Company’s Global Gaming Awards.

LAS VEGAS – The Company earned two industry distinctions for the third year in a row during the Global Gaming Awards at the 2016 Global Gaming Expo (G2E): Land-Based Operator of the Year and Customer Loyalty Program of the Year.

The Global Gaming Awards are powered by Gambling Insider and presented to the industry in association with G2E. The global contest recognizes land-based and digital businesses for their achievements in the gaming industry over the previous year.

“On behalf of our 68,000 employees, MGM Resorts is honored to be recognized by industry experts as the global leader in land-based operations and guest engagement,” said MGM Resorts Chairman Jim Murren. “We’re always looking for new ways to innovate the entertainment experience at our destinations, and it’s gratifying to see this commitment recognized by others in our industry.” READ MORE

MGM Resorts employees land on Global Gaming’s 40 Under 40

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Angela Bae and Lovell Walker

LAS VEGAS – Congratulations to ARIA Slot Marketing Manager Angela Bae and Executive Director of Interactive Gaming Lovell Walker for being named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s (GGB) 2017 class of 40 Under 40.

GGB announced the 2017 class at this week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) trade show and conference. Produced in conjunction with the Innovation Group and G2E’s Emerging Leaders of Gaming program, the 40 Under 40 group represents the best of the next generation of leaders in the casino and gaming industry.

At ARIA, Ms. Bae’s responsibilities include overseeing the M life Rewards Desk, working with the Marketing and Special Events departments to market and execute Slot Tournaments and promotions and collaborating with the Guest Experience department to ensure the best possible guest experience.

As Executive Director of Interactive Gaming, Mr. Walker is responsible for the Company’s mobile gaming initiatives. His current projects include Mobile Sports Betting, Mobile Tournaments, myVegas. Mr. Walker is also preparing to launch a Mobile Casino product.

GGB’s 40 Under 40 finalists are chosen by the magazine’s advisory board from nominees to the G2E Emerging Leaders of Gaming program. The 40 Under 40 feature will appear in the November 2016 issue of the magazine.

Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks first to perform at new Park Theater at Monte Carlo

stevienicks-webMONTE CARLO – Rock ‘n’ Roll legend and singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks will be the first artist to perform at the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo when it opens its doors Saturday, December 17. Nicks, joined by special guests The Pretenders, is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. The multi-platinum selling artist is the first of many of the world’s premier music talents who will be part of Park Theater’s opening lineup. Additional artists and performance dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Stevie Nicks is a legend in the music industry and we are thrilled she will be the first to perform in our new Park Theater,” said MGM Resorts President of Entertainment Richard Sturm. “We have had the opportunity to host a number of Stevie’s previous Las Vegas shows and we know she will give her fans another sensational performance in December.” READ MORE