SOURCE: Florida Gaming Congress

Florida Gaming Congress

September 17, 2014 11:00 ET

Speakers Announced for Annual Florida Gaming Congress 2014

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2014) - Twenty-three experts with wide perspectives on the future of gaming in Florida are confirmed to speak at the 8th annual Florida Gaming Congress, which takes place November 10-11, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. The speakers are part of an intensive, daylong program that will spotlight current trends and future developments concerning all aspects of legal gambling throughout the state.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Andy Abboud, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Community Development, Las Vegas Sands Corporation
  • Maureen Adams, President and General Manager, Calder Casino & Race Course
  • Dan Adkins, CEO/VP, Hartman and Tyner, Inc., Mardi Gras Casino
  • Chad Beynon, Analyst, Macquarie Securities
  • Brad Buchanan, Executive Vice President & CFO, Seminole Gaming
  • Steve Calabro, Vice President and General Manager Gaming Operations, Hialeah Park Casino
  • David Catina, General Manager, Orlando Live Events
  • John Fontana, President, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
  • Pat Fowler, Executive Director, Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
  • Bill Galvano, Senator, The Florida Senate
  • Steven Geller, Esq., Shareholder and former Florida Senator, Greenspoon Marder Law
  • Isadore Havenick, Vice President, Magic City Casino
  • Robert Heller, President and CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital
  • Robert Jarvis, Professor of Gambling Law, Nova Southeastern University
  • Dave Jonas, CEO and President, Fronton Holdings
  • Raymond Lin, Partner, Latham & Watkins
  • Donn Mitchell, Chief Administrative Officer, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. 
  • Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • David Richardson, Representative, Florida House of Representatives
  • Nick Sortal, Staff Writer, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • Jonathan Strelzik, Managing Director, Scotia Capital
  • James Waldman, Representative, Florida House of Representatives
  • Joe Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group

These experts will participate in five insightful panels that will examine the critical issues facing Florida as it considers further gaming expansion:

  • Gaming Outside of South Florida: The Right Move?
  • South Florida Casinos: Status and Outlook
  • Wall Street View
  • Legislative Update: What's Next for Florida?
  • Total Gambling

Early-bird registration rates are available through October 10, 2014. A block of rooms is being held at the Hyatt Regency Miami at the special rate of $179 plus tax until October 10, 2014. To register or learn more about this prominent event, visit Please email to be added to the mailing list for updates or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

The Florida Gaming Congress, owned and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, is the premier forum for professionals following the state's rapidly expanding gaming industry, and is a must-attend event for corporate executives, gaming operators, elected officials, regulators, vendors, developers, investors, analysts, and anyone else who is -- or wishes to be -- involved in Florida's nearly $3 billion gaming industry. The Florida Gaming Congress provides outstanding opportunities for networking, professional development and business-to-business discussions.

Spectrum Gaming Group is an independent, full-service global gaming research and professional services firm serving private- and public-sector clients on five continents. Spectrum produces several conferences, and together with Fantini Research and Management Science Associates, publishes SPECTRUMETRIX|Fantini, a comprehensive and dynamic suite of web-based reports.