Global Gaming Business Magazine, The Innovation Group, and Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. have joined together to present weekly informative webinars designed to help gaming companies-operators, manufacturers and suppliers-executives, employees, investors and customers navigate the "new normal" as the world struggles through and emerges from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The first webinar was held Thursday, April 16 and featured perspectives from casino operations, the financial market and impacts, and human resources. The audio and slide decks from the webinars will be archived and posted to www.casinowebinar.com for anyone who may have missed the live presentation.

In the webinar, Matt Sodl, Founding Partner and Managing Director of Innovation Capital, shared his historical perspective from his more than 20 years on Wall Street as an investment banker serving the mid-market gaming, leisure, restaurant and retail industries. He noted that casinos will need to focus on finding and maintaining liquidity throughout the crisis and offered insights on how to manage capital needs, including through governmental programs such as the Paycheck Protection Act.

Anthony Sanfilippo addressed issues from an operator’s perspective. Mr. Sanfilippo most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., and is the co-founder of Sorelle Capital, Sorelle Entertainment and Sorelle Hospitality. He noted that while the industry has been through crises before, this one may be a little bit different and have long-lasting impacts both on employees and customer preferences.

The final speaker in the webinar was Jennifer Martinez, President and Chief Executive Officer with Consult HR Partners, LLC a boutique Human Resources firm which provides operational and strategic HR outsourcing services. Ms. Martinez provided suggestions from her more than 25 years in the human resource field, emphasizing that communication with employees is key and that the current work from home situation requires flexibility from both employee and employers. 

The next webinar in the series will be held Thursday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. EST, entitled Taking Care of Business: Difficult Decisions Ahead. The program will include comments from Ellen Whittemore, Executive VP & General Counsel of Wynn Resorts,  Bobby Soper, President & CEO of Sun Gaming & Hospitality and Josh Swissman, former CMO for Stations Casinos, currently Founder of The Strategic Organization. You can register for the webinar  at www.casinowebinar.com.


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