Behind the Scenes

In the next two blogs we will be introducing you to a few of the people who have been an integral part to the planning and execution of the 2015 Global Gaming Expo. We’d like to introduce you to Aron Lopez, our Casino Design Specialist, and Kelley Myers from our Product team.

Let’s start with Aron; Aron can you describe what you do?

Aron Lopez  I have been described by many as the CAD guru, but I am not sure how accurate that is in reality. I am a designer with a background in both architecture and interior design. My position as a Casino Designer operates about 95% to our clientele both domestically and internationally. Services requested by clients and internal IGT associates are: Spatial planning for casino floors, high-limit areas, bars and 3D renderings. Depending on the type of services requested, a proposal may be presented, which can bring some ROI to the Company.

Aron I for one am in total agreement of your CAD guru status! You may want to update your business cards? We have kept you very busy, how many product layout revisions have you done for us so far?

So far, I have completed about 25 layout revisions for our IGT booth. With more than 400 machines in our booth, that is to be expected. Typically, a “normal’ project usually has 4 layout revisions. G2E is not a normal project!

Kelley you are the one responsible for making all 404 machines fit into one space; what is your official role? I am the Project Manager for Tradeshows, with a dedicated focus on Games and Hardware .  I also manage our PMPT test banks from a tactical perspective, for our Core and Poker product lines.

Jann and Steve  Kelley how does this year compare to years past? Does it feel any different?

Yes, I would say it feels different.  Besides overseeing the typical G2E build, planning and stakeholder input, we have also had to integrate two companies into one G2E floor plan.  In addition to the day-to-day communications for product builds, logistics, floor layout, product reviews, complete overhaul of Pre G2E Customer demo flow, and other tasks, integrating two companies into one show plan has had some challenges. It’s identifying any duplicate efforts, who is responsible for what task, and identifying other responsibility positions to ensure we will have a very successful show! 


What is your favorite part of G2E?

I know it sounds crazy, but all of the craziness and tight deadlines around the planning presents some excitement for me.  My absolute favorite is the Employee Sneak Peek. This employee event is designed to show our internal customers and co-workers get all the new products, and you can see their excitement and enthusiasm about what’s coming next for IGT.  It reminds me that people are still very passionate about our company, the product and the people.

IMG_20150924_092547The weeks prior to the show, do you dream of G2E? Does it keep you up at night?

Oh boy, yes, yes I do!  I actually have a notepad on my nightstand that when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep because I’m thinking of what I did or didn’t do that day, or what I have to do the next day. I write my thoughts down and take that paper to work with me the next day as my reminders.  It’s a challenge to balance personal and work life during this time of year, but again the sense of this HUGE team accomplishment arrives on September 29, and that’s the payoff.

Ah you are not the only one with a notepad next to their bed, read tomorrow’s blog for more on that. What will you do after it is all over?

I plan to take a few days off.  Not only to get my mind back in order, but probably to heal my “heels”, aka blisters.

We are very grateful for you and your teams hard work leading up to the show, here’s to a great showing and no major blisters!

Visit our blog tomorrow as we will speak to three of our service leads

Liette Hebert
Marketing Manager, Public Gaming & Tradeshows

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