Roy Student and Frank Fantini have been named recipients of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers’ (AGEM) 2022 Memorial Awards. Student received the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honouring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism, and Fantini received the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honouring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.
AGEM created the annual awards programme to acknowledge Halle’s and Mead’s lasting impacts on gaming. AGEM formally announces the honourees each year at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, and this year’s awards ceremony will take place on October 12 at 4pm. at AGEM’s booth, #3700.
Student is a 50-year gaming and hospitality industry veteran, respected worldwide as an innovator and leader. For the last 15 years, he has been the president and founder of Applied Management Strategies, a global management and marketing consulting company. Previously he served as President of Cyberview Technology; as founder and as Chairman and President of Gaming Systems International (GSI); SVP of Sulcus Hospitality Group; and as VP of the Business Systems division and as VP of Gaming Operations for General Instrument Corporation; as Hospitality Business Unit Director for Siemans Nixdorf; President of Dirson Enterprises; and President of Intermark Gaming. He also was on the executive team of the opening of the original MGM in December 1973. He has spoken at countless gaming and wagering conferences worldwide, and he is on the Advisory Boards of UNLV, Mob Museum and Mars World and has extensive gaming contacts and relationships within various global regions.
AGEM President David Lucchese, who also serves as Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Digital at Everi said: “Throughout his career, Roy has bent the arc of the industry’s history toward innovation, from the landmark MGM property in 1973 up to the present day. His insights and opinions, along with the prodding and encouraging he has given and continues to give behind-the-scenes to leaders at all levels, have permanently shaped the industry and left a lasting legacy.”
Fantini is a life-long investor and career newspaper journalist, publisher and executive, and he created Fantini Research in the year 2000, publishing the first Fantini’s Gaming Report on the very first workday of the new millennium. Initially, Fantini’s Gaming Report served institutional investors, and it soon became a daily service to corporate level gaming investors, both casino operators and those in games and technology. Although based in Fantini’s hometown of Dover, Delaware, the company evolved into one with employees throughout the US. In January 2022, he decided to step back from his all-consuming schedule and sold Fantini Research to long-time business associate Todd Eilers at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. Fantini Research, under the leadership of long-time executive Ashley Diem, continues to provide its full range of services. Fantini, meanwhile, continues writing his weekly column, offering consulting services and serves as a consultant to Eilers & Krejcik, all while being able to spend more time with his wife Ali.
AGEM Executive, Director Daron Dorsey, said: “Frank has been part of a gaming supplier executive’s workday for decades, whether through his research, commentary, analysis or interviews surrounding the gaming industry. His commitment and dedication to delivering insight and context to the ever-changing global gaming marketplace is greatly appreciated by our entire industry. Frank is a well-deserving recipient of this year’s Peter Mead award.”