Format and Schedule
The only program of its kind in the world, the Executive Development Program attracts a diverse and dynamic group of participants. Celebrating its 30th year of offering an exceptional educational experience, the program has graduated more than 1,500 executives from gaming companies and regulatory agencies from throughout the world.
As a participant of the Executive Development Program, you will be among the pacesetters in the gaming industry — leaders from around the world who grapple with important strategic issues common to casino gaming. You will establish lasting professional relationships that will be valuable to you and critical to your organization well into the 21st century.
In a series of stimulating and demanding class sessions, participants will examine key issues — sustaining competitive advantage, responding to political uncertainties, managing organizational change, developing strategic alliances and adapting to the rules of a new playing field in the continually evolving gaming industry.
Participation in study teams and case-study analysis is an integral part of the program and is required of all participants. The program considers this daily interaction among faculty and participants as crucial to its success and vital to the overall experience. Fluency in English is required of all participants.
The Executive Development Program begins with registration and a reception on Friday evening, Nov. 13, 2020; the program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The program concludes at noon on Sunday, Nov. 22. Expect to spend full days and several evenings on program-related activities.
Casino Industry Experts and Researchers
Our faculty has included program founder Bill Eadington, Brett Abarbanel, Amy Ayoub, Maria Christina Annaloro, Rich Baldwin, Randy Bardwell, Larry Barton, Jan Jones Blackhurst, Eugene Christiansen, Kim Copp, Roberto Coppola, Shondra DeLoach-Perea, Mike Dreitzer, Rodrigo Fernandez, David Forst, Geoff Freeman, Greg Giordano, Holly Gagnon, Dick Haddrill, Becky Harris, Todd Haushalter, Shekinah Hoffman, Per Jaldung, Connie Jones, Kevin Kuklok, Mark Lerner, Anthony Lucas, Kenneth Manuel, Punam Mather, Jim McClenahan, Virginia McDowell, Robert Melendres, Gillian Murphy, Dennis Neilander, Terry Oliver, Drew Pawlak, Phil Shoemaker, Marcus Prater, Toni Repetti, Robert Rippee, Jennifer Roberts, Bruce Rowe, Daniel Sahl, Seth Schorr, Roger Snow, Paul Steelman, James Stewart, Simon Thomas, Andre Wilsenach, Dusty Wunderlich and Kent Young.
Bo Bernhard, Ph.D.
Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Bo Bernhard is a proud fifth-generation Nevadan and student of Dr. Bill Eadington’s. Over the course of his career, he has worked with the international gaming industry on all six inhabited continents and in more than 100 jurisdictions overall. He is the recipient of the Harry Reid Silver State Award, which is UNLV’s most prestigious research award, given for career accomplishments researching the global gaming industry. In his current role as the Executive Director at UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, he has delivered over 200 keynote addresses to industry, regulatory, and policy leaders.
Mark Lipparelli, M.S.
Mark Lipparelli is an American politician who is a former member of the Nevada Senate, representing District 6. He was appointed to the seat by the Clark County Commission after Mark Hutchinson was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Golden Entertainment, Inc.
Mark is founder president of Gioco Ventures, LLC., a development stage technology company. Lipparelli served for more than 15 years in senior management roles with the gaming industry’s leading technology providers including Bally Technologies, Shuffle Master and Casino Data Systems, and currently serves as an advisor to clients in the gaming, entertainment, investment and sport industries.
Alan Feldman is an internationally respected figure in responsible gaming. After a long and distinguished career in the gaming industry, he was appointed as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, where he leads the Institute’s responsible gaming programs. Feldman also serves as chair of both the National Center for Responsible Gaming, as well as the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Gambling Research Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Feldman has developed relationships with academics, clinicians, public health officials and problem gambling patients throughout his almost 30-year career. He is a frequent speaker on responsible gaming at conferences, universities and media events around the world.