Industry visionary Terry Lanni named 2012 winner of G2E’s Sarno Award for Lifetime Achievement in Casino Design

The Global Game Show (G2E) announced today that the late Terry Lanni, a longtime gaming industry veteran and former CEO of MGM MIRAGE, was named the winner of the 2012 Sarno Award for Lifetime Achievement in Casino Design. The award will be presented alongside G2E at the end of the Casino Design Awards ceremony at the Sands Expo Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

“Terry Rani’s leadership and vision are a major reason for the Las Vegas Strip’s current design status and the overall gaming industry. Without his intervention for more than 30 years, our industry would literally have looked very different,” said Frank J. Parenkov Jr., president and CEO of the American Game Association (AGA), which produces G2E, along with the Reed Exhibition. “We are proud to recognize him with the highest honor that the Casino Design Awards can provide.”

Rani started his career at Caesars World when he was appointed chief financial officer in 1977. He led the company’s transition Howard Johnson into Caesars Boardwalk Regency, which made an impressive profit for the company. Later in Las Vegas, Rani showed his eye for the future of the industry when he approved the construction of a forum shop at Caesars Palace as the company’s chairman. Shortly thereafter, the forum shop became the world’s most successful mall, and retail began a trend toward inclusion in almost every future casino resort. 슬롯머신

After 18 years of working at Caesars, Lanni joined MGM Grand in 1995 as president and CEO, leading a design renaissance on the company’s existing properties. He helped design the purchase of Mirage Resorts in 2000 and the massive purchase of Mandalay Resorts Group in 2005. When Lanni joined the company, it operated MGM Grand, a casino in Las Vegas. When Lanni retired in 2008, MGM had full ownership of 17 casino resorts in Nevada, Mississippi, and Michigan, and 50 percent ownership of four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, and Macau.

Lanni chaired the board of MGM Resorts when it approved the development of the stunning City Center, which has become one of Las Vegas’ must-see attractions.

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