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The Next Level Podcasts

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Margie Ferree Jones, Interim dean of The Collins College of Hospitality Management

Perhaps best known as “the wine professor”, Dr. Jones is a certified wine educator (CWE) and a certified sommelier (CS). She has taught courses in strategic leadership, marketing, special events, food & beverage, and hotel/resort planning & development.

Episode # 31
Margie Ferree Jones, Interim dean of The Collins College of Hospitality Management
Kate White, Corporate VP of Business Intelligence – Penn National Gaming

Kate is one of the emerging leaders in gaming with a proven track record of success with innovation & business intelligence. In this conversation, we do a deep dive into emerging AI, the changing landscape for operators in gaming, tips to optimize business outcomes, quilting, and much more!

Episode # 30
Kate White, Corporate VP of Business Intelligence – Penn National Gaming
Afsi Bird, VP of Hotel Operations – Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

Afsi Bird has 30+ years in the hospitality industry and has been a leader at providing service excellence at properties across the globe. In this candid discussion, Afsi provides insight on what is required to build a culture of service, lessons from early in her career, tips to team building, and much more!

Episode # 29
Afsi Bird, VP of Hotel Operations – Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
Bronwen Gregg, Senior Account Manager at Insight Global | President of WISE Las Vegas

Bronwen Gregg, one of CDC Gaming Report’s 2023 “10 Women Rising in Gaming”, leads the Gaming & Casinos portfolio for Insight Global, one of North America’s largest Talent Solutions firms. Bronwen’s biggest personal passion is advocating for equality, especially gender equality in the US workforce. She currently serves as President of WISE (Women in Sports & Events) Las Vegas as well as Membership Co-Chair and Lean In Moderator of GGW (Global Gaming Women). In this episode, we discuss Bronwen’s career story, what fuels her non-profit work, the qualities of great leaders, GGW, what a toxic culture looks like, and much more!

Episode # 28
Bronwen Gregg, Senior Account Manager at Insight Global | President of WISE Las Vegas
Lori Ware, SVP of Casino Finance at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino

Lori Ware is the SVP of Finance at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, the 2nd most visited property in all of California. This podcast discusses the power of asking for help, a deep love of math, how to communicate data, and more!

Episode # 27
Lori Ware, SVP of Casino Finance at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino
Cynthia Kiser Murphy, GM of Palms Casino Resort

CKM is one of the most respected leaders in the industry and currently oversees the Palms in Las Vegas. In this special podcast, we dive into her career story, how to spot talent, key nuggets for upcoming leaders, and the exciting opportunities with the iconic Palms property.

Episode # 26
Cynthia Kiser Murphy, GM of Palms Casino Resort
Laurens Vosloo, CEO – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Laurens Vosloo is the CEO of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. In this conversation, he covers his career journey, the keys to leading during uncertainty, fostering growth, the 2023 outlook, and much more!

Episode # 25
Laurens Vosloo, CEO – San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Ryan Frohberg, CMO of Casino Del Sol

Ryan is the CMO at one of the top Casino/Hotels in the nation (as recognized by USA today). In this conversation Ryan discusses his journey from PD host to CMO, the misconceptions in gaming, implementing technology that drives revenue, building a culture and more!

Episode # 24
Ryan Frohberg, CMO of Casino Del Sol
Steve Neely, GM of Rolling Hills Casino

Steve Neely is a trusted source in gaming with 20+ years of leadership experience across multiple markets. Currently, he is the GM for Rolling Hills Casino in California. In this episode, Steve discusses lessons learned from different markets, how to maximize value at conferences, networking, spotting talent, marketing, and much more!

Episode # 23
Steve Neely, GM of Rolling Hills Casino