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Delegation from NIGA visits the Gauselmann Group in Germany


Insight GERMANY NIGA and Gauselmann Group


Above: Ernest L. Stevens Jr. Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, pins the NIGA seal onto company founder and Chairman of the Management Board, Paul Gauselmann, (right) as a way of saying thanks for the hospitality shown to him and his delegation.


Left: Victor Patricio Rocha (NIGA), David Orrick (Director of Industry Relations, Merkur Gaming), Paul Gauselmann (Chairman of the Management Board), Mario Hoffmeister (Director of Communications), Ernest L. Stevens Jr.


Ernest L. Stevens Jr., now in his 19th year as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), travelled to Germany with a delegation of four to get to know the Gauselmann corporate group, the company founder and Chairman of the Management Board, Paul Gauselmann, and his native country.


Te National Indian Gaming Association is one of the most important organisations in the USA. Ernest L. Stevens Jr. represents the Indian gaming sector in his capacity as Chairman of NIGA. Te organisation unites over 250 Indian tribes that operate almost 500 casinos and over 370,000 slot machines in 29 U.S. states.


Te NIGA members started off their visit in Eastern Westphalia. Tey visited the Gauselmann Group’s production plant in


Lübbecke, the company’s training centre at Schloss Benkhausen in Espelkamp and the German Coin-Op Museum, which is also located on that estate. Te high- ranking guests experienced German casino flair in the MERKUR Casino arcades in Espelkamp as well as at the Bad Oeynhausen casino, where they were given a guided behind the scenes tour.


In addition, they made use of their stay to engage in intensive discussions with various company representatives, especially Paul


Gauselmann, who invited Ernest L. Stevens


along with Jürgen Stühmeyer (Merkur Management Board member) and Athanasios Isaakidis (Chief Executive, International) to a personal meeting. “It is a great honour for us to welcome Ernest Stevens and his delegation to the Gauselmann Group’s company headquarters. Mr. Stevens has been passionately campaigning for the concerns of the Indian gaming industry in the United States for decades. Tanks to his skill, gaming revenues have been more than tripled in the past two decades. Tis is a remarkable achievement and a great win for the affiliated Indian tribes, that have been able to use the generated revenues to implement many social projects such as schools, kindergartens and hospitals”, said Paul Gauselmann.


“In addition, I see in Mr Stevens many parallels with my own many years of association work in the German amusement and vending machine industry and am therefore delighted to be able


“We are delighted to have received the invitation to get to know the Gauselmann Group personally and about the wonderful hospitality shown to us during our stay. It was really fascinating to see how the high-quality products of the games makers in Germany are manufactured and, like our casinos in the United States, how they also secure local jobs.”


(Chairman NIGA), Jürgen Stühmeyer (Merkur Sales), Cheryl Rose Stevens (NIGA), Athanasios Isaakidis (Chief Executive, International) and Andrew William Ebona (NIGA) (from left to right) at Schloss Benkhausen.


to get to know him better personally.”


Te NIGA members spent the weekend in Berlin with Mario Hoffmeister, Director of Communications, exploring Germany’s capital city and its numerous attractions. Te varied programme was rounded off with a personal guided tour of the German parliament (Bundestag).


“We are delighted to have received the invitation to get to know the East-Westphalian Gauselmann Group personally and about the wonderful hospitality shown to us during our stay”, said Ernest L. Stevens during the meeting with company founder Paul Gauselmann. “It was really fascinating to see how the high- quality products of the games makers in Germany are manufactured and, like our casinos in the United States, how they also secure local jobs.”


Following the visit to the Gauselmann Group and the sightseeing tour of Berlin, the guests travelled on to London where the world’s largest gaming exhibition, ICE Totally Gaming, took place from 4–6 February. Te NIGA representatives continued their discussions with Paul Gauselmann at ICE where the East- Westphalian entrepreneur gave them a guided tour of the company’s exhibition stand.


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