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Casino Enterprise Management announces 2014 Great Women of Gaming Award Winners

CEM has revealed the names of 13 outstanding women who earned 2014 Great Women of Gaming Awards, which honor women in the gaming industry for outstanding professionalism, perseverance, drive, commitment and mentorship.

The awards are presented in two categories-Proven Leader and Rising Star.

“Every year our judges face the daunting task of choosing their top selections from a field of incredibly accomplished professionals,” CEM Managing Editor Marian Green said in a June 29 release. “This year’s slate of candidates was so competitive that after tallying our judges’ selections we determined there were several ties.”

Because of this outcome, CEM is pleased to honor not 10, but 13 Great Women of Gaming, Green said. “These ties underscore not only the wealth of talented, accomplished women in the gaming industry, but also the importance our industry places upon ensuring significant opportunities for women to grow and excel in their professional lives,” she said.

Here are the winners in each category.

The 2014 Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader Award Winners are:

Jill Alexander

Jill Alexander

Senior Director, Corporate Communications

Isle of Capri Corp

Gail Beloff

Gail Beloff

Senior Director of Client Services

Scientific Games

Simone Harrison

Simone Harrison

Senior Vice President, Lottery Group

Scientific Games

Michelle Pena

Michelle Pena

Director of Gaming

Caesars Entertainment

Ginny Shanks

Ginny Shanks

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Pinnacle Entertainment

Stephany Tuttle

Stephany Tuttle

Director of Tribal Lottery Systems

Snoqualmie Casino

Connie Waitner

Connie Waitner

Assistant General Manager

Little River Casino Resort

The 2014 Great Women of Gaming Rising Star Award Winners are:

Tamara Goff

Tamara Goff

Principal, Director of Marketing

Hnedak Bobo Group

Joanna Hadley

Joanna Hadley

General Manager

Grand Lake Casino

Marie Hagerman

Marie Hagerman

Senior Manager

Interactive Compliance, Scientific Games

Harper Ko

Harper Ko

Deputy General Counsel, Gaming

Scientific Games

Megan McGuinness

Megan McGuinness

Owner

McGuinness Media & Marketing

Meagan Miller

Meagan Miller

Controller

Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

This year’s judging committee included Dona Cassese, owner, The Marketing Group; Tracy Cohen, director of Europe, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), and marketing manager, TCSJOHNHUXLEY; Christie Eickelman, vice president of marketing, Gaming Laboratories International; Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, president, Red-Horse Financial Group; Sheila Morago, executive director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association; Laura Olson-Reyes, executive director, Community and Corporate Relations, Scientific Games; and Kelly Shaw, vice president, Systems and Games Sales, Aristocrat Technologies.

Green also praised the judges for their work combing through the nominations to determine their selections. “As always, they did an excellent job.”

Casino Enterprise Management applauds all of the women nominated for the awards. “Each has a unique story to tell of merit and dedication to the gaming industry,” Green said, “and all are worthy of our kudos and respect for their accomplishments.”

An in-depth article featuring profiles of this year’s award winners will be featured in the August issue of Casino Enterprise Management. The winners will also receive a Great Women of Gaming Award and the chance to be featured on a CEM Audio Edge talk radio show.