US – AGEM issues call for nominations for industry awardsBy Phil - 11 June 2018
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) has issued a Call for Nominations for the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honouring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism and the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.
AGEM previously announced the creation of this unique awards program to acknowledge the lasting impacts on gaming by two distinctive industry veterans following their unexpected deaths in 2015.
Mr. Halle, a longtime Bally and Novomatic executive in Europe who was most recently CEO of Gauselmann Group’s Merkur Gaming based in Florida, died suddenly on May 20, 2015 at the age of 57. Mead, the founder and publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine, died suddenly in Las Vegas on June 24, 2015 at the age of 54.
Len Ainsworth in 2016 and Rick Meitzler in 2017 were the initial recipients of the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism, and Howard Stutz in 2016 and Roger Gros in 2017 were the initial recipients of the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications.
Nomination submissions of 300-700 original words identifying current gaming professionals must be received via
email at [email protected] by July 15, 2018, and must meet the following criteria that aim to capture the unique attributes displayed by Halle and Mead during their storied careers:
Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism
“Nominees must have experience working in the global gaming supplier sector for a minimum of 10 years and possess
the following traits and qualities that Jens displayed throughout his working life: Professionalism, business success,
attention to detail and timely follow-up; a willingness to „go the extra mile,‟ both figuratively and literally; a sense of humanity in an oft-times cutthroat business; a recognition of the importance of a handshake and a fair deal for all; and a
dedication to the health of the industry as a whole.”
Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications
“Nominees must have experience working in the mainstream media, gaming trade press or individual gaming company
PR/communications for a minimum of 10 years and possess the following traits and qualities that Peter displayed
throughout his working life: Quality reporting and communication with an emphasis on personal contact to generate ideas
and gather information; taking risks and questioning the status quo; challenging the industry to consider new ideas; and
identifying trusted partners to improve the overall product.”
Awards winners will be announced at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas in October.
Caption: AGEM President Tom Nieman with Marietta Halle (wife of the late Jens Halle), with AGEM Memorial Award Recipients for 2017 Rick Meitzler and Roger Gros along with AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater