Global Gaming Expo announces keynote speakers

9 September 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Global Gaming Expo — presented by the American Gaming Association and organized by RX (Reed Exhibitions) — will welcome Hard Rock International’s Jim Allen, MGM Resorts International’s Bill Hornbuckle, and Wynn Resort’s Matt Maddox to the keynote stage when G2E 2021 returns to Las Vegas from 4-7 October. The three gaming executives—appearing for the first time together—will discuss the ever-evolving commercial and tribal gaming landscape.

“This year’s G2E reflects the resilience, innovation, and leadership that’s propelled gaming forward,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “We’re excited to welcome a robust lineup of the top names and brightest minds in this industry. These collective insights couldn’t be more important as we forge the path ahead after one of the most challenging years in gaming history.”

Miller will kick off the show on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 8:45 a.m. PT with a welcome address reflecting on gaming’s road to recovery. Following his remarks, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (NV-1) will speak on navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the dynamic role gaming plays across the state, and delivering for the state of Nevada.

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. PT, G2E will debut an afternoon keynote session, Gaming & Diversity: Pushing the Industry Forward featuring MGM Resorts International Chief People, Inclusion & Sustainability Officer Jyoti Chopra, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark, and Marriott International Senior Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Social Impact and Business Councils Apporva Gandhi. Moderated by CNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Chopra, Clark, and Gandhi will discuss how gaming companies can and should prioritize diversity at all levels to better serve customers, employees, and communities.

Raising the Stakes: Gaming Leaders Take on the Future of the Industry will feature Jim Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International and CEO, Seminole Gaming; Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and President, MGM Resorts International; and Matt Maddox, CEO, Wynn Resorts, Ltd. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 9:00 a.m. PT. CNBC’s Contessa Brewer will lead the discussion among these influential gaming CEOs on what will drive the industry forward.

G2E’s full education line-up begins with G2E Connects: Working Together to Find Solutions on Monday, Oct. 4 at 3:00 p.m. PT where AGA Vice President Global Events Meredith Pallante and G2E Event Director Korbi Carrison will welcome the gaming community for collaborative conversations on promoting productivity through inclusivity in the workforce, building careers through mentorship, and adapting to customers’ changing needs.

“We’re thrilled to foster important discussions with unique perspectives at this year’s G2E—and we’re looking forward to giving attendees a safe, welcoming show providing crucial insights into gaming’s future that they won’t find anywhere else,” said Miller.

The Wednesday afternoon keynote will be announced in the coming weeks.

To support a productive and safe show, G2E 2021 will require proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and face coverings. Review our full health and safety guidance to learn more about how we’re preparing a safe on-site experience.

Related Links
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2021
American Gaming Association
Hard Rock International Gaming Vendor Information
MGM Resorts International Gaming Vendor Information