This week I was in Las Vegas (for the first time since 2016) to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to me by The World Game Protection Conference.
Although I’ve hardly spent a lifetime working in the casino industry, I did have a good 14 years pretty much being a full-time compulsive trouble maker and bridge burner (and many years before that as an advantage player). You can find some of my work on this website. There were also several hundred individual projects, consulting gigs, conferences, seminars, keynotes, magazine articles, interviews and other things I did during those 14 years. I am grateful that my brief lifetime in the casino industry made a difference and I am very honored to be recognized for this body of work.
My gratitude to:
- Willy and Jo Allison, for putting on a spectacular conference. It’s great that the WGPC is back! Seeing the excellence your bring to everything you do is inspiring.
- Willy, for your enthusiasm, friendship and integrity.
- Bill Zender, for mentoring me and for your advice to “give it away whenever possible.”
- Michael Shackleford and Jeffrey Compton.
- Everyone in the surveillance community who have treated me so well, and in some cases, become lifelong friends.
- My wife Arlene, well, for everything, especially your complete trust in my serial compulsive pursuits.
This award was supposed to be given on March 24, 2020. Unfortunately, the week the conference was scheduled to take place was about two weeks after the world shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. The award is engraved with this original date, which is a memento by itself of the difficult times we have all endured these last two years.
Thank you again to Willy Allison, Bill Zender and to the whole surveillance and casino community for this singular recognition of my work.