The G&L Roundtable 2018 was as always, good for the soul in rejoining with the community as we do each year to collaborate, discuss and enjoy the friendships old and newly made together. This year we saw many familiar faces now at new companies as expected after a year of many executive movements and more forthcoming. Being with everyone in one setting is always productive, but it’s truly a testament to the dedication and passion that all of these individuals and companies have toward the betterment of our industry.

The property executives in attendance comprised of the G&L Board and Roundtable Colleagues representing a vast majority of gaming and hospitality domestic spend, collaborated together on a wealth of topics, ideas and best practices. The list is a bit exhaustive to cover every single topic, but the top short list encompassed security, cashless floor, cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), eSports betting, room innovation, Blockchain and peppered with the usual discussions on human capital and legacy systems. Definitively this year their focus centered on innovation in-room technology and eSports betting.

The Sponsor community had many questions they delved into with the properties. As is the case each year, with packing what is really worthy of a 3-day program into one day, the challenge was to gather as many answers and insights as possible within our given timeframe. In broad strokes the main focus was future planning (AI, non-gaming and human capital vs. outsourcing focus), cryptocurrency, mobility, security on many fronts and iOT.

Thank you to our G&L Board, Roundtable Colleagues and Sponsors for a great G&L Roundtable. I am fortunate and grateful for each of you.

G&L Golf Invitational 2018

A special thank you to our Co-Host Partners Agilysys, Infor, and Rainmaker whose contributions year-after-year to our community have bettered our industry and their continual investment in the G&L Roundtable has made it the top private forum in North America.

2018 G&L Roundtable Partner – Agilysys

Thank you to Ramesh Srinivasan of Agilysys for their many years as co-host of the G&L Roundtable. Agilysys was our first partner sponsor who invested in the value of the Roundtable believing in all that it yields and would yield in years to come.

Agilysys Private Dining 2018

2018 G&L Roundtable Partner – Rainmaker

Thank you to Tammy Farley and Bruce Barfield of Rainmaker for their many years of providing the best golf invitational in our industry and the unique and incredibly fun executive interactive Passport! at the G&L Roundtable.

Rainmaker Private Dining 2018

Bruce and Tammy

2018 G&L Roundtable Partner – Infor

Thank you to Stewart Applbaum of Infor for being with us as a partner since G&L began and providing as co-host the most looked-forward to evening in our industry, the G&L Roundtable Reception.

Infor Private Dining 2018

Golf Invitational

John, Rod, & Richard

Richard, Bruce, John, & George

Dan, Travis, Damien, & Jason discover the North Pole.

Gary, Larry, JC, Tammy, Mike, & Marc

Hey Look! There’s a camera!

And Mike really likes cameras.

The Gang . . . Before . . .

Ron, Mike, Marc, JC, & Mike

Andy, Tammy, Bruce, JC, George, & Angie

Mike, Dan, Laurent, Tammy, Ken, and JC need Ron’s heated golf cart!

Shawn defends Charly, Pat, & Scott from the paparazzi.

Rick, Tammy, Tony, Van, & JC.

The Gang . . . After . . .

Leland, Peter, & Dennis really want Brian’s shades.

Dan, Mike, Rod, & Craig tempt fate and “cross the streams.”

Ron, George, Les, & Victor fight over a newly found golf course bone.

Bill, Melissa, & Catherine try the new “Golf Course Heimlich Maneuver” on Brandon.

Rick, John, & Jeff prepare Phil for the “Golf Course Rave” party.

“ONE . . .”

“TWO . . .”

“THREE! Now drop!”

Matt, Carlos, Richard, & Jason dub Ryan the “Knight of Ye’ Ol’ Golf Course.”

Jennifer, John, Michelle, & Thor.

Titu, Jade, and Thomas.

Tony, Chris, & Fred.

Nick, Don, and Travis look on while Mike contemplates the needed geometry of his next hole-in-one.

Longest Drive Winner Crystal with Tammy.

Longest Putt Winner John with Tammy.

Closest to Pin Winner Titu with Tammy.

The Roundtable brings together old friends . . . like Ann and Rod clowning around after golf.

Scott, George, & Richard need to use that new “Golf Course Heimlich Maneuver” on Michael.

George and Bill getting ready for golf.

Cherri hangs on tight as Toni prepares for take off.

Our yearly photo of Leslie and Ann.


Dan Garrow, G&L Roundtable Moderator

The G&L Roundtable 2018 was host to our industry’s top thought leaders and business partners. Thank you to all who attended this year and to our moderators for facilitating the forum this year.

David Farlin, Moderator

Mike Essig, Moderator

Scot Campbell, Moderator

Mike Day, Moderator

Larry Fretz, Moderator

David Farlin & Scot Campbell, Moderators

Peter Arceo, COO, San Manuel with old friends JC and John

Laurent Idrac, (CIO AccorHotels just arrived to the states, welcome!) & Bill Burtch, CIO, Pearl River

Kevin Hitt, Dir. IT, Gaming and Leisure Properties

Van Baltz, CIO, Jack Entertainment

Bobby Risdon, VP of Operations, Station Casinos

John Enriquez, CIO, Wind Creek

Damian Dinh, Dir. IT, Jackson Rancheria

Paige Lion, CIO, Affinity; Bill Martin, CIO, AEG; Josh Ford, CIO, Jamul

Amy Gates, Dir.IT, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Simon Fothergill, CIO, Pinnacle

Brigitte Saria, CHRO, San Manuel

Michael Garrow, CFO, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Donna Angeli, CIO, Resorts

Tony Antalan, CIO, Silver Reef

Titu Asghar, CEO, Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Rod Luck, SVP of IT, Grand Sierra

Richard Radar, CTO, Cow Creek

Larry Fretz, Bart Lewin and Mike Day

Fran Moore, VP of IT, Cache Creek

Bobby Soper, CEO, Sun Gaming & Hospitality

Peter Broughton, SVP of IT, Eldorado Resorts

Toni Pepper, Interim CIO, San Manuel (and Steve Edwards Jacobs Entertainment)

Tim Williams, CIO, SLS

Community Roundtable in Motion

Jason Stump, VP IT, Westgate

John Ormond, Exec. Dir.of IT, Chumash

Patrick Tinklenberg, VP IT, Sycuan

Beth Perlman, CIO, Live! Casino & Hotel

William Najarro, Dir of IT, Hooters

Mike Essig, Dir. IT, Tropicana

Steve Edwards, Corp. Dir. Of IT, Jacobs Entertainment

A 30-Year Friendship – Bart and John

Marty Backover, Dir. of Bus. Services, San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians

Mark Treat, VP of IT, SMSC Gaming

John Forelli, Reg. VP of IT, MGM Resorts

Dwight Terrance, Exec. Dir. Of IT, Navajo Nation

Craig Jacobs, Dir. Wireless Infrastructure, MGM Resorts International

George Cvek, VP IT, Thunder Valley

Dan Freid, Sen.Dir. of Operations, Delaware North


G&L Reception

Bruce and Tammy being silly. Thanks to you both!

Bart and Award Winning Andrew Cardno.

Annual Rod and Leslie pic—we go back so many years!!

JC is always laughing if she’s with Phil Jones.

Jason that pin looks good on you!

Co-Host Partner Bruce enjoying the night.

Tony, Gary, and Dan having a good time.

Brian and Peter with LTA winner Rod Luck.

Jack and Michael and Chris. Old friends and new.

Who can’t have a good time if you’re with Scot Campbell?

Dr. Mike and Brian.

G&L family Ann Nygren and Bill Burtch.

Mark Speck enjoying the evening. Thanks Mark as always!

GHRC ladies with our friends at Pearl River and Jason.

Love this photo of our good friends GLI!

Love this photo of our great friends Scot and Dan.

Ahem… the luckiest lady with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Rod Luck

The lovely Melissa!

Great photo of great folks, Ramesh and John Enriquez


G&L Contributor Awards

Thank You G&L 2018 Contributors!

G&L 2018 Contributors having a little fun along the way!

Ramesh Srinivasan, CEO, Agilysys drawing the Agilysys Grand Prize!

Congratulations Grand Prize Winner Jimmy Williams of Choctaw Nation!

Congratulations to GHS G&L Company Spotlight Feature 2018

Congratulations to our Passport! Winners: Dan Freid, Beth Perlman, and Richard Radar!

Thank you G&L 2018 Community Contributors Bart Lewin, Mike Day, and Mike Essig!

G&L Annual Gaming & Hospitality Industry Awards

2018 Platinum Award Recipient, VizExplorer. Congrats Andrew!

VizExplorer’s Ever-Energetic Andrew with Dan Garrow.

The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Recipient Rod Luck. Congrats Rod!

2018 Partner Award Recipient, Playersoft. Congrats Tony (& Hunter “The Rockstar” Hunstock!)

2018 Innovation Award Recipient GLI. Congrats GLI!

2018 Transformation Recipient Gaming Analytics. Congrats Kiran!

2018 Roundtable Sponsors

G&L Roundtable Co-Host Partners

Agilysys, Infor, Rainmaker

VIP Sponsors

Aristocrat, Atrient, GLI, Kronos, Link Technologies, Playersoft, RedRock Software, VizExplorer

Premium Sponsors

Amadeus, Big Green IT, GHRC, GHS, Insights, Key Consulting, Solutions II, Sonifi


Belden, BirchStreet, eConnect, GHI, Intelity, MGT, Nutanix, Omni Group, SkyWire, Syncsort, Technologent, Uniguest, Virtual Procurement