First Northern Nevada Gaming Summit Planned

5 December 2003

RENO, Nevada – (Press Release) -- Market leaders Raving Consulting and Ascend Media Gaming Group are teaming up to produce the first Northern Nevada Gaming Summit Feb. 18-19, 2004, at Harrah's Reno.

Northern Nevada Gaming Summit will tackle the many challenges and opportunities facing the Reno market. It begins with an evening reception and welcome keynote address the evening of Feb. 18, followed by a full day of seminars and workshops on Feb. 19. Session topics include an in-depth analysis of Reno market demographics, successful marketing and promotional strategies and the impact of expanded gaming in Northern California. Speakers will be composed of Raving Consulting's team of 15 industry specialists, Reno casino industry leaders and nationally recognized gaming executives.

On Feb. 19, Phil Satre, Chairman of the Board of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., will provide the keynote luncheon presentation that will challenge Reno to "get off the porch if it wants to run with the big dogs."

Bill Eadington, University of Nevada Reno Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, will provide the keynote remarks at the Opening Night Reception Feb. 18. Reno Mayor Robert Cashell will be one of several speakers during the "Public/Private Partnerships" session.

"We are proud to work with Raving Consulting on the inaugural Northern Nevada Gaming Summit," said Charles Anderer, Director, Product Development, Ascend Media Gaming Group. "Under the leadership of Dennis Conrad, Raving has assembled a team of industry consultants that adds value to the gaming industry, and will prove an invaluable source of content to this conference."

"We are looking forward to focusing our resources on what promises to be an important event for the Northern Nevada casino market," said Dennis Conrad, President, Raving Consulting. "With the support of Ascend's publications and integrated trade communications, I am confident that we will combine to offer attendees a productive and rewarding event."

Ascend Media Gaming Group publishes leading monthly gaming publications IGWB and Casino Journal, and produces 10 niche and regional gaming trade shows and conferences, including American Gaming Summit and Southern Gaming Summit. Raving Consulting Company is a Reno-based marketing company that has worked with more than 200 casino companies worldwide and trained more than 1,500 gaming executives in its insider-savvy gaming seminars. Full program details and registration is available at

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