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HALL OF FAME Top Choices

Casino Design’s Sarno Award and the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame indication honor two industry legends By Patrick Roberts

of Shuffle Master, Inc. and one of the foremost leaders of the gaming industry for the past 20 years. Parrott stepped down from Shuffle Master in April and passed away several weeks later. “Tim was a savvy businessman, devoted to


the entertainment industry, and he was a driving force behind the development and evolution of gaming throughout his career,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA. “He brought his vibrant and creative energy to so many sectors of our business over the years and was one of the most well-liked and respected executives in the business. The AGA and the rest of the gaming industry look forward to celebrat- ing his life and many accomplishments when we induct him into the Gaming Hall of Fame.” During the course of his more than 20-year

Paul Steelman

ners have emerged who represent the best of their trade. The Casino Design Sarno Award for Lifetime


Achievement recognizes the wide scope and innovative architecture of Paul Steelman, the CEO and founder of Steelman Partners, one of the industry’s foremost design firms. Steelman got his start in his native Atlantic

City designing parts of the first casinos in the city. He then joined the city government in the planning and development department, where he learned about the infrastructure necessary to support a casino industry. He later joined Steve Wynn and the design firm led by Joel Bergman, another Sarno Award winner, helping to design many of the Mirage Resorts properties. In 1987, Steelman started his own firm,

quickly earning a reputation as a professional who can deliver on time and on budget. His client list is impressive: MGM, Mirage Resorts, Sheraton, Hyatt, Swiss Casinos, Hard Rock, Grand Casinos, Icahn Enterprises, Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s, Silverton Casino, Station Casinos, Showboat, Sun International, and many others. The company is based in Las Vegas, with satellite offices in Santa Monica, California; Atlantic City; and Macau, China. While Steelman’s client list is impressive, it is

the archive of his projects that is most iconic: Biloxi’s Beau Rivage, the Stratosphere on the Strip, Detroit’s Greektown, Helsinki’s Casino

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ith dozens of people considered for the two most prestigious awards presented during G2E, two win-

Tim Parrot

Ray, MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut, Blackhawk Hyatt in Colorado, Sands Macao, Hard Rock Biloxi,Marriott Resort in Las Vegas, a full range of Harrah’s properties in Tunica, Shreveport,North Kansas City, East Chicago and Rincon, and many more. Steelman Partners also designs expansion and renovation projects including the Pool at Harrah’s Atlantic City, the Celine Dion store at Caesars Palace, the buffet at the Rio, eyecandy nightclub at Mandalay Bay, the Santa Fe Station renovation and more. But it’s Steelman’s grasp of the Asian market

that has set him apart from some of his competi- tors. With several projects in Macau, including the stunning Oceanus owned by SJM, Steelman and his staff have created projects that really connect with the customers. In Vietnam, Steelman has put his money

where his mouth is with an equity interest in a project on the Ho Tram Strip near Danang. Branded as an MGM Grand resort, the project has an enormous potential, given the growth of the gaming industry in Asia. Steelman joins previous winners of the

award, named after the seminal casino designer, the late Jay Sarno. Past winners include Jon A. Jerde, chairman, the Jerde Partnership; the Classic Design Team,Mirage Casino Resort; Joel D. Bergman, president, Bergman, Walls & Associates, Ltd.; Brad Friedmutter, founder and CEO, Friedmutter Group; David Rockwell, founder and CEO, Rockwell Group; and Roger Thomas, executive vice president,Wynn Design and Development.

career, Parrott established himself as one of the gaming industry’s brightest minds. He served as chairman and CEO of Boomtown, Inc. from 1988 to 1998. After Boomtown’s 1998 merger with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., he served on Pinnacle’s board of directors and offered his services as a consultant. Parrott also spent time as the chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas-based production company On Stage Entertainment. In 2006, he moved to the gaming equipment manufacturing sector of the industry as presi- dent and CEO of the Americas for Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., overseeing operations in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving Aristocrat in 2008, he served as the CEO of Shuffle Master, Inc. from 2009 until his death in May. While at Boomtown in 1995, Parrott helped

to form the AGA and was a founding member of its board of directors.He was subsequently elect- ed to the board twice more, representing both Aristocrat Technologies and Shuffle Master. Parrott will be inducted into the Gaming

Hall of Fame on Wednesday,November 17, dur- ing the State of the Industry keynote event at G2E and honored again that evening during the G2E Chairman’s Reception at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas at CityCenter. Induction into the Gaming Hall of Fame is

the highest honor accorded by the gaming- entertainment industry. Each year, individuals who have distinguished themselves through sig- nificant contributions to the industry receive this distinction.More than 70 people have been inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame since its inception in 1989.

he American Gaming Association’s Hall of Fame inducts its newest member posthumously; Tim Parrott, former CEO

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