Now nearly four decades into a gaming career that started as a dealer in Atlantic City in 1979, Gros, 66, is the undisputed dean of North American gaming journalists. He started chronicling the gaming industry as a co-founder of Casino Journal magazine in 1983 as well as Casino Player magazine in 1988 that went on to become the leading source of information for casino visitors. In 2002, he founded Global Gaming Business (GGB) magazine and has been Publisher for the past 15 years for the leading trade publication that has the official endorsement of both AGEM and the American Gaming Association (AGA). His Casino Connection International company also publishes the Tribal Government Gaming, Casino Style and G2E Preview industry journals. In addition, Gros is President of one of the leading marketing affiliates in the U.S. iGaming industry – iGamingPlayer.com. Gros also was a co-founder of the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi, and has organized hundreds of informative panel discussions for G2E, G2E Asia and other trade shows and conferences.
“Roger‟s collective history and knowledge of the industry has been shaped by diverse and unique viewpoints that have made him one of gaming‟s greatest communicators and steadfast supporters,” said Marcus Prater, Executive Director of AGEM. “His written words and dedication to the trade journal and trade show segments of our industry have kept all of us informed and engaged as gaming has expanded globally over the past 30 years. He remains a go-to commentator for the mainstream media and supports gaming with a commitment to accuracy based on decades of experience and observation.”
Halle, a longtime Bally and Novomatic executive in Europe who was most recently CEO of Gauselmann Group‟s Merkur Gaming based in Florida, died suddenly on May 20, 2015 at the age of 57. Mead, the founder and publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine, died suddenly in Las Vegas on June 24, 2015 at the age of 54.