elevating leaders in the gaming industry

Executive education provides the foundation for superior performance and success in a rapidly changing world.


Gaming companies worldwide must be increasingly sensitive to their impacts on local and regional economies, while also honing their management effectiveness, maintaining market share and attracting new customers.


The Executive Development Program is designed for those whose roles are to think strategically — about product, attractions, casino environment, employee development, community relations, partnerships and exceptional customer service. The program increases your capacity to lead and manage in a changing environment and prepares you to think strategically and reshape your organization.


Position your organization to meet current and future challenges and opportunities.

The Executive Development Program can help you lead organizational change. It provides the information and insights to create organizational growth opportunities through strategic alliances.


Strategic thinking and management for competitive advantage.


The Executive Development Program is particularly useful as a source of professional renewal for those with years of experience in gaming, as well as an important educational opportunity for those moving into positions of substantial responsibility in your organization. The program helps participants deepen their insights and broaden their resources to increase competitive advantage.


The Program is designed specifically for:


  • Executives and senior managers in positions of substantial responsibility who help shape the futures of their organizations
  • Owners, board members and other leaders active in strategic planning for gaming organizations
  • Government regulators who require a comprehensive understanding of casino operations
  • Rising stars within a gaming organization



Opportunities and benefits:


  • Develop strategies for anticipating challenges and opportunities
  • Establish valuable industry relationships and share ideas with accomplished international colleagues
  • Examine how leading companies have implemented successful strategies for survival and growth
  • Learn to analyze competitive positioning and identify a company’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Analyze case studies to develop solutions that can be applied immediately in your organization
  • Gain insights into operational areas to enhance interdepartmental understanding
  • Build knowledge of essential regulatory and legal structures in international jurisdictions
  • Prepare organizations for success in a global environment
  • Participate in stimulating classroom discussions on key issues in leadership, policy and casino management





"What a tremendous opportunity to bring gaming executives from all corners of the globe together for an intense, highly educational and inspiring 10 days.


I have made friends and contacts for life, and reaffirmed that the gaming industry is the BEST industry to work in.


Thank you to Bo, Mark, Jim, JoAnne and crew for epitomizing the concepts of higher education, customer centricity and at the end of the day, as Bo says……family!  Thank you EDP."


Niaz Nejad

Vice President, Lottery & Gaming Services

Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission

St. Albert, AB, Canada



"What a powerful session of executives putting their heads together and coming up with a "RFP" in just nine days.  Incredible, this was an experience I will never forget.  I am currently using some of the teachings right now.  What a blessing Mr. Bernard and Mr. Lipparelli are and will continue to be to the EDP program. No more "Bo's Notes" but thank you too. You were all great moderators and hosts.  And to my team Group #3, "Corazon de Cuba", exceptional job and many life experiences I will never forget."

Ron Enick

Table Games Manager

Snoqualmie Casino

Snoqualmie, WA USA



“EDP brings Gaming Professionals from across the world together to learn from first rate presenters and to learn from each other. I found the interaction with other participants of tremendous benefit, sharing and solving challenges together."


Matthew Christie

General Manager - Table Games

Crown Melbourne Limited

Melbourne, VIC Australia



"What’s more incredible than how much I learned about my industry is how the relationships that I built were even more impactful."


Lacy Applegate

Director of Marketing

Cherokee Nation Entertainment

Colcord, OK



"When I presented to The Star Senior Management team on my experience at EDP, I opened by describing the program as, “Boot Camp for Gaming Executives”.  I went on to describe the moment of abject panic I experienced on reading the group challenge - I felt I was in way over my head.


The greatest thing that comes from EDP is experiencing how much a diverse team of highly motivated individuals can achieve in one short week.


No one leaves EDP unchanged. Participants are challenged to an extreme level and when you return to your regular work routine you can’t help but operate at a higher level.  And… the EDP family lives on long after you leave the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe."


Sandra Thefs

Gaming Operations Manager – Premium and VIP

The Star Sydney

Pyrmont, NSW  Australia



"EDP family, I want to thank each and every one of you for an amazing experience. The people I met and the amazing talent you possess still humbles me, I will remember each of you as we move forward through our lives and careers.


I remember listening to each of you introduce yourselves on our first day, feeling a sense of being among giants. You are truly an impressive group of people who I can only hope to one day have the privilege of working alongside again. Your ideas, questions, personalities, the way you brought it, and showed competitiveness... They are a testament to your greatness. I mean that! You are the cream of the crop!


It is amazing how humans can bond is such a short time. As we return to our homes, I am sure we all feel the same sense of sadness but I take comfort in the knowledge that we may meet again."


Sam Lilly

Director of Surveillance and Gaming Compliance

Pure Canadian Gaming

Edmonton, AB, Canada



"EDP has been a highlight in my career in terms of educational experiences. The speakers, panels and staff are all world class and tops in their respective fields and show tremendous leadership qualities by participating in the program to ready the next generation of leaders. I have required our operation to identify at least 2 candidates to participate each year in the program going forward."


Randy Bardwell

Board Officer, Pechanga Development Corp.

Temecula, CA