GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST SPECIAL EDITION: Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute and Interim Vice President of Economic Development, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Today’s special edition of the GGB Podcast features a discussion with Bo Bernhard, the executive director of UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, on the 2020 edition of the Executive Development Program, a long-running educational effort created by the late Bill Eadington, who was essentially the founder of high-level gaming education. At left, Bernhard (r.) and Eadington on the day they announced that the program would go on even without Eadington.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST SPECIAL EDITION: Bo Bernhard, Executive Director, International Gaming Institute and Interim Vice President of Economic Development, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The death of Bill Eadington, a professor with the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2013 was a huge blow to the gaming industry. Eadington almost singlehandedly introduced high-level academic research and study into the gaming industry. Thirty years ago, he founded the Executive Development Program, an intensive week-long workshop held in Lake Tahoe designed to create opportunities for young executives in the industry. Many of today’s leaders around the world are alumni of the program. As Eadington was dying, he asked Bo Bernhard, the executive director of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, to carry on the traditions of EDP. Bernhard says the pandemic of 2020 is very similar to that first year that EDP was produced without the guidance of Eadington. With lots of uncertainty and a removal from the Lake Tahoe home of the program, Bernhard says plans to continue EDP are going well and this year will be truly unique. To learn more about EDP and apply to join the 2020 program, visit www.unlv.edu/igi/edp.

Podcast sponsored by FSBtech.com

Articles by Author: Roger Gros

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry’s leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows.
Roger Gros is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named “Businessman of the Year” for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012 as part of the annual AGA Communications Awards.