Assistant Professor, Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism
Human and Consumer Sciences Education
Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services
Alan Silver is one of very few casino experts in the country. Prior to his academic career, Silver successfully served as an executive in the casino industry. With an extensive professional background in the industry - including casino resort development, advertising, marketing, player clubs, casino operations, game manufacturing and player tracking systems - Silver's expertise covers every aspect of the industry. Most recently, Silver has developed considerable expertise in the area of economic impact of the gaming industry.
As legalized gambling grows nationwide, Silver is frequently called upon as both a private industry consultant and as an industry expert for the media. He has extensive knowledge of the industry in the United States and Ohio in particular, where legalized gambling is still in its infancy, but growing rapidly.
Silver understands the many benefits states have realized from gaming operations and notes the legalization of gambling legitimizes an industry that was once regarded as a highly controversial, even criminal, enterprise.
"The proliferation of gambling throughout the U.S. and worldwide has created millions of new jobs in an uncertain economy," he says. "But the benefit of legalized gambling is that the industry is now carefully regulated so criminal elements are excluded through strict licensing laws and background checks, while illegitimate operations - those most likely to cheat patrons - are shut down or forced out of business."
Silver's background is a valuable asset to his students as well, offering not only education in the hospitality industry generally, but first-hand knowledge and experience in the principles of marketing, business operations and customer service that will serve them well in the workplace.
As more states legalize gambling, the higher the chance that many of Silver's students may enter the gaming industry post-graduation. Anticipating this growing opportunity, Silver established the first introductory course in casino management at Ohio University, entirely devoted to the gaming industry from the early history of legalized gambling in the U.S. to the day-to-day operations of a modern casino. He is currently developing two additional upper-level casino courses to be added to the curriculum.
Before coming to OHIO, Silver served as the founding director of the Casino Resort Management Program at Tulane University and taught Casino and Hospitality Marketing at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was nominated for an outstanding teaching award for his course on casino marketing. More recently, Silver was a keynote presenter on the casino industry at the Ohio Newspaper Association conference and led a seminar on customer service for casino executives at the Global Gaming Expo Asia in Macau, in addition to serving as a judge for the American Gaming Association's Gaming Voice Awards for the past ten years.
Silver has spoken numerous times and presented at nearly every U.S. and international conference, including the Global Gamin Expo in Las Vegas, Global Gaming Expo Asia, Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, the Midwest Gaming Summit in Chicago and the Education Expo Singapore, where he discussed aspects of casino education. He has also contributed to the American Gaming Association future outlook study on the gaming industry in Asia, worked with the Society of Industry Experts and consulting with various hedge funds dealing with gaming-related stocks.
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