September 2017 G&L Monthly

Industry Movements 

  • Don Kneisel is now VP of IT for Hard Rock Casino Hotel, Atlantic City
  • John Filippe is no longer at Ten
  • Donna Hale is no longer with Evan Hotels
  • Jamie Gliddon is now Director of IT for Calder Casino 
  • Mark Leiby has left The D
  • Matt Morgan is now VP of IT at The D
  • Rick Walters has left the CIO role at Lakes Entertainment
  • Benny Lago has left the CIO role at Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Raymond Millan has left the CIO role at Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Bernard Gay is no longer with Delaware North
  • G&L Board member Dwight Terrance of Grand Traverse has retired. Happy retirement, Dwight!

Check out the latest issue of Gaming & Leisure Magazine!

  • Find out what your favorite former CIOs are up to
  • Get some insights into the future of eSports
  • Learn how to use behavioral economics to motivate customers
  • Plus much more on tech trends, performance management, data privacy and interviews with top industry execs
2016 G&L Roundtable Interview

Thoughts on more than 15 years of the Gaming & Leisure Community with Claudia Winkler.


TribalNet 2017 Agenda is Now Available!

Join us in Glendale, Ariz. November 6-9 and start planning your week to include: 

  • The Salty Southwest Meet and Greet event
  • Tuesday cocktail hour
  • $2500 BINGO Run grand prize
  • Meet peers from across the country
  • Reconnect with old friends and make new ones
  • Talk to more than 100 vendors on the tradeshow floor
With six unique session tracks, there is something for everyone!
  • IT Security
  • Tribal Gaming/Hospitality IT
  • Tribal Government IT
  • IT Leadership
  • Health IT
  • ExecNology (for non-technical leaders)
Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa

The G&L Roundtable is the Top Private Forum in North America! For those lucky enough to have snagged a spot, we’ll see you soon! 

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Rainmaker President Tammy Farley to Present Revenue Generation Session at AAHOA’s 2017 Women Hoteliers Conference

The Rainmaker Group (Rainmaker), the hotel revenue and profit optimization cloud, announces that its president and co-founder, Tammy Farley, will be a featured speaker at the 2017 AAHOA Women Hoteliers Conference, which will be held Sept. 15-16 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim North in Anaheim, Calif. Hosted by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the event brings together female hoteliers and top executives from across the country for networking, education and professional development. Attendees include property owners, general managers and senior leaders in the hospitality industry.

 “As a presenter at this year’s AAHOA Women Hoteliers Conference, I am thrilled to support ongoing education and leadership among women in hospitality,” said Farley. “The conference topics and sessions are in perfect alignment with how Rainmaker helps its clients increase revenues and develop successful, lasting strategies. I am honored to be among those chosen to share perspective with this dynamic group of hoteliers.”

Farley’s session, Revenue Generation Through Marketing and Sales, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Farley will offer expert insight into how to interpret industry reports and adjust sales and marketing strategies accordingly. She also will tell attendees how to incorporate what is learned in the session into their overall development strategies. Other speaker sessions will address topics such as communication, development and leadership, with a panel discussion Saturday afternoon that focuses on ways to apply development strategies, sales and marketing, and leadership styles to a business.
“At Rainmaker, we’ve explored the synergies between revenue management and marketing quite extensively, and it was the primary focus of our user conference, OPTIMIZE2017, earlier this year,” said Farley. “If hotels are to remain profitable, their revenue management and marketing strategies must be aligned. I am excited to share with attendees how they can apply these principles to their own properties.”
For more information on Rainmaker’s hotel revenue and profit optimization cloud, please visit 

2016 G&L Roundtable Interview

Thoughts on more than 15 years of the Gaming & Leisure Community with Mike Brevik.


Gaming News
Join Agilysys to Fight Hunger

In conjunction with Inspire 2018, Agilysys’ annual user conference to be held on January 29-31, the company is joining forces with Action Against Hunger with the mission of creating awareness and raising funds to eradicate hunger world-wide. Action Against Hunger has already established many relationships within the hospitality industry to provide support to those in need and help save lives.

  • Lifesaving impact in nearly 50 countries
  • 6,500+ field staff assisting more than 14.7 million people
  • 35+ years of expertise responding to emergencies caused by conflict, natural disasters and food crises

My mentor is: 
John Payne because he has such a broad background, is willing to share and communicates in a manner that I can use.
Charly Paelinck
Former CIO, Caesars Entertainment
Hospitality News
If I won the lottery, I’d:
Pay off bills, take Lisa to Japan, then spend a summer watching the Cubs in person.
Mike Essig
IT Director, Tropicana Las Vegas
Not Your Standard News: Rainmaker Ranked on Inc. 5000 List

The Rainmaker Group has ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest growing private companies for a seventh consecutive year – an honor that less than two percent of listees can claim!

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World News

Which do you use the most: text, email or phone?
I’m definitely more into e-mail as a means of communications.

Dan Garrow
Former CIO, Baha Mar
Not Your Standard News: August’s Solar Eclipse Was Kind of a Big Deal at Rainmaker

Rainmaker employees were ready for the unique sight, eclipse glasses and all!

Rainmaker leadership team taking in the sight of the eclipse outside the headquarters office in Atlanta.

Some of the Rainmaker team taking a break from the day to check out the eclipse from their office window.

Favorite movie?  

The Martian has become my favorite movie! I love the science of it.

John Filippe
Former CIO, Ten

Find Talent or Find You are the Talent!

Post your latest job openings or check out the tons of openings on the G&L Employment Dashboard

Kirk Golding

Favorite music?
Dawes, Alison Krause, John Prine, Robert Cray, Jackson Browne

Kirk Golding
VP of IT, MIS Silverton Hotel & Casino
Unemployment Recap

United States

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and technical services, health care, and mining.


Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly in July to 4.8%. The Las Vegas area had another increase of three-tenths to 5.4%; Reno edged up two-tenths to 4.2%; Carson City increased to 4.8%; and the Elko area also rose to 3.9%.

Thoughts on the G&L Roundtable 

The G&L Roundtable is the apex of all the applicable information available throughout the year in the G&L Magazine. Where else can you meet so many Executives that work in the Gaming and Hospitality Field in one venue? The level of advice and support is amazing, and any issues you feel are unique, another property may have found a viable solution. The gains your organization receives from attending and the business contacts that are developed are invaluable. If you ever get a chance to go, do so.

Lael Hall
Director of IT, Ho-Chunk Nation
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November 6-9, 2017
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December 6-8, 2017

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