The best and the brightest. They are the next generation of leaders in the casino and gaming industry.
And Boyd Gaming has two team members who were recognized by Global Gaming Business Magazine as part of its “2018 Class of 40 Under 40.”
Howard Copen and Gina Vorgiatzidis were honored with this year’s distinction from nearly 100 national nominations. The magazine’s advisory board identified recipients for their talent and creativity to invigorate the industry and lead gaming into the future. Boyd Gaming was one of only two entities to place more than one honoree on this year’s list.
Howard Copen has been in gaming for about a decade but just started with the Company in September. As Director of Revenue Management, he is responsible for pricing and forecasting for 16 properties – making sure the right customer gets into the right room. His use of technology – “doing things differently than the industry norm” – is what Copen believes set him apart.
“I Beta-tested some marketing solutions that enhanced the customer experience,” said Copen, “and gave a competitive advantage to Boyd Gaming.”
Copen is very humbled, appreciative and thankful to be recognized by the prestigious distinction.
Chief Marketing Officer Matt Ryan said Copen goes above and beyond. “Howard’s enthusiasm toward his field and the gaming industry as a whole, and his unparalleled focus, is driving Boyd Gaming’s revenue management practice to a new level, making the entire enterprise better,” said Ryan.
Vorgiatzidis has only been in gaming for four years, working at Boyd Gaming for the last 10 months. As a Direct Marketing Analyst, she builds and pulls offers for customer promotions. But she believes her research for her master’s degree in gaming operations on the impact millennials have on gaming is where she made her mark. Vorgiatzidis says millennials are passing baby boomers in population and they spend differently.
“Baby boomers spend more on gaming but millennials spend more on non-gaming amenities such as dining, shows and nightclubs,” said Vorgiatzidis. “This information could be valuable in targeting Boyd Gaming promotions and attracting younger customers.”
Vorgiatzidis is excited by the recognition and acknowledges as an analyst to be among “lots of movers and shakers” is quite an honor.
Her boss is extremely proud of her nomination. “We are inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and dedication Gina brings. She is always eager to conquer any new challenges she’s presented,” said Jennifer Bossing, Director of Direct Marketing. “Her breadth of experience is unique for her age. She is very talented, intelligent and highly motivated. In less than one year with Boyd Gaming, she has quickly become one of our department’s most valued team members.”
Profiles of all 40 finalists will be published in Global Gaming Business Magazine, beginning with several profiles featured in the magazine’s November 2017 issue. GGB’s 40 Under 40 is in its sixth year, produced in conjunction with the Innovation Group and Global Gaming Expo’s Emerging Leaders of Gaming program.