Casino Enterprise Management Honors 2011 Great Women of Gaming

Casino Enterprise Management Honors 2011 Great Women of Gaming Award
Winners 
11 Female Gaming Industry Executives Honored for Outstanding
Professionalism, Perseverance, Drive, Commitment and Mentorship 
FARGO, ND -- (Marketwire) -- 05/18/12 --   Casino Enterprise
Management magazine, the leading gaming industry trade publication,
training event producer, and the "Official Publication" of the
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), is pleased to
announce the winners of its 2011 Great Women of Gaming Awards, now in
its seventh year. 
For another year, the judging panel was unable to break a tie in one
of the categories. Due to a deadlock decision, there are 11 winners
rather than 10. The awards are broken down into two categories:
Proven Leaders and Rising Stars, with six Proven Leaders and five
Rising Stars.  
To qualify as a Proven Leader, candidates must have worked in the
gaming industry for a minimum of 10 years and have been in their
current position for at least one year. They must also work for a
gaming industry company and hold a position of director or higher,
having demonstrated exceptional achievement in at least three of the
following areas: 1) ability to go above and beyond job
responsibilities; 2) commitment to company and co-workers; 3)
contributions to the industry as a whole; 4) commitment to mentoring;
and 5) strong overall life balance.  
The 2011 Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award Winners are:  


 
--  Marge Anderson, Chief Executive, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
--  Brandi Ellis, Senior Vice President of VIP Marketing, Caesars
    Entertainment Corp.
--  Stephanie Maddocks, President, Power Strategies and Fast Dash
--  Lauralyn McCarthy, President and Member, New Mexico Gaming, LLC, and
    Managing Member, Gaming Solutions, LLC
--  Melissa Price, VP of Gaming Shared Services, Caesars Entertainment
    Corp.
--  Valerie Spicer, Executive Director, Arizona Indian Gaming Association

  
To qualify as a Rising Star, candidates must have worked in the gaming
industry for a minimum of three years and have been in their current
position for at least one year. They must also work for a gaming
industry company and hold a position of manager or higher, having
demonstrated exceptional achievement in at least three of the
following areas: 1) ability to go above and beyond job
responsibilities; 2) commitment to company and co-workers; 3)
contributions to the industry as a whole; 4) commitment to mentoring;
and 5) strong overall life balance.  
The 2011 Great Women of Gaming Rising Star Award Winners are: 


 
--  Kimberly Arnold, COO, The Innovation Group
--  Jennifer Bryant, CFO and VP of Finance, Valley View Casino & Hotel
--  Kimberly Cohn, Director of Game Development, Bally Technologies Inc.
--  Pamela Gallegos, Interim CEO, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque
--  Colleen Stanton Kakavetsis, Director Customer Communication and
    Interactive, WMS Gaming

  
The judging committee was made up of former Great Women of Gaming award
winners and other industry leaders. They included: Diana Bennett,
CEO, Paragon Gaming; Dona Cassese, Vice President Advertising &
Communications, Aristocrat Technologies; Christie Eickelman, Senior
Director of Worldwide Marketing, Gaming Laboratories International;
Jan Jones, Executive VP Government and Corporate Communications,
Caesars Entertainment Corp.; Candace Lucas, Executive Director,
Marketing Operations, WMS Gaming; Courtney Muller, Senior Vice
President, Global Gaming Expo, Reed Exhibitions; Debra Nutton, Senior
Vice President of Casino Operations and Marketing, MGM Grand Las
Vegas; Valerie Red-Horse, President, Red-Horse Financial Group; Lynn
"Nay" Valbuena, Former Vice Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission
Indians; and Jean Venneman, Vice President of Product Management,
Bally Technologies. 
"This year, we truly had an outstanding group of extremely talented
and accomplished women," said Peter Mead, publisher of Casino
Enterprise Management magazine. "I know that our judges must have
struggled choosing which of them would receive the coveted spots as
award winners, but I think they did an excellent job. We are excited
for each of them and honored to help give them the recognition they
deserve. It's been a pleasure of ours to continue to honor these
women as they continue to strive for personal and professional
excellence."  
An in-depth article featuring profiles of this year's 11 award
winners will be featured in the July 2012 issue of Casino Enterprise
Management. The winners will also receive a prestigious crystal Great
Women of Gaming Award and the chance to be featured in a CEM Audio
Edge talk radio show. For more information about the Great Women of
Gaming Awards, visit www.greatwomenofgaming.com.  
About Casino Enterprise Management (CEM)
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enjoy first-hand reporting from the brightest thought leaders in the
worldwide casino gaming industry. CEM puts on several prestigious
awards for the gaming industry including Great Women of Gaming, Slot
Floor Technology Awards, and the Hospitality Operations Technology
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and archived podcasts from industry leaders. 
Photos available upon request. 
CONTACT:
Amanda Huggett
Managing Editor
Casino Enterprise Management 
(701) 293-7775
Editor2@aceme.org 
 
 
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