Executive Development Program at Lake Tahoe, Nevada

elevating leaders in the gaming industry



  • Strategic Planning and Alliances
  • International Issues
  • Crisis Management
  • Social Impacts
  • New Technologies
  • Social Gaming
  • Casino Marketing
  • Casino Design
  • Measuring Financial Performance
  • Leadership & Human Resource Issues
  • Internet Gaming



Format and Schedule

An Exclusive Experience


The only program of its kind in the world, the Executive Development Program attracts a diverse and dynamic group of participants. Now in its 27th year of offering an exceptional educational experience, the program has graduated more than 1,300 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.


Program Format


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.


Program Schedule


The Executive Development Program begins with registration and a reception on Friday evening, Nov. 10, 2016; the program begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The program concludes at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Expect to spend full days and several evenings on program-related activities.




Program Moderators


Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Gaming Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


In the course of his career, Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., has worked with the international gaming industry on all six inhabited continents and in more than 100 jurisdictions. In his current role as executive director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute, he has delivered more than 200 keynote addresses to industry, regulatory and policy leaders.





Mark Lipparelli, M.S., Nevada Senator and former chair of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Mark Lipparelli, M.S., 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.



Casino Industry Experts


Our faculty has included program founder, Dr. Bill Eadington, Brett Abarbanel, Rich Baldwin, Randy Bardwell, Jan Jones Blackhurst, Eugene Christiansen, Kim Copp, Roberto Coppola, Alan Feldman, David Forst, Geoff Freeman, Greg Giordano, Connie Jones, Kevin Kuklok, Mark Lerner, Anthony Lucas, Jim McClenahan, Virginia McDowell, Robert Melendres, Gillian Murphy, Terry Oliver, Drew Pawlak, Marcus Prater, Robert Rippee, Seth Schorr, Roger Snow, Paul Steelman, Dusty Wunderlich, along with our comoderators Bo Bernhard and Mark Lipparelli.