Revel Takes Center Stage at 2012 East Coast Gaming Congress & Hospitality Forum

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2012) - Attendees at the 16th Annual East Coast Gaming Congress & Hospitality Forum will enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to hear from many of the professionals who developed the design, concepts and vision of Revel, the East Coast's newest destination resort.

"Last year, Revel CEO Kevin DeSanctis challenged the East Coast Gaming Congress to expand its offerings, and focus on the broader hospitality and entertainment industries," said Thomas Sykes of SOSH Architects, an organizing sponsor of ECGC. "We have enthusiastically accepted that challenge. Kevin, along with many members of the Revel team, will talk about everything from retail and night clubs to spas and dining. We will also have professionals who will discuss Atlantic City's overall marketing strategies with respect to conventions and meetings, as well as overall tourism and entertainment."

The conference will be held May 16 and 17 at Revel, giving attendees a first-hand look at the project, Atlantic City's first all-new casino resort to open in nine years. Liza Cartmell, CEO of the newly formed Atlantic City Association, will deliver the Hospitality Forum Keynote. Speakers at the Hospitality Forum on May 16 will include:

  • Chuck Bragitikos of Vibrant Development, a respected firm that has been advising Revel on all aspects of its retail, dining and entertainment. Vibrant is known around the world as a firm that, in its own words, helped "revolutionize the way retail, dining and entertainment mix, mingle and interact."

  • Annbeth Eschbach, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Exhale Enterprises, Inc., the leading lifestyle brand and operator in the spa + fitness industry. Eschbach founded the Company in 2002, and masterminded the successful growth of a brand that is widely recognized as revolutionizing the spa industry.

  • Curt Huegel, Founder and Principal of LDV Hospitality, a platform for growth in the food and beverage industry that owns and operates its own restaurant brands, manages and develops hotel food and beverage operations, and partners with chefs and entrepreneurs to facilitate the development of their brands. In 2012, Huegel negotiated the partnership with Food Network Iron Chef Marc Forgione to collaborate in the opening of American Cut at Revel.

  • Neil Moffitt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Angel Management Group which on October 4, 2011, formed a joint venture with Revel Entertainment. The partnership involves a long-term strategic alliance to create unprecedented and memorable resort destinations with the upcoming opening of Revel on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in spring 2012.

Underscoring the prominence of ECGC, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the Luncheon Keynote on Thursday, May 17. The ECGC conference will include seven keynote presentations from top industry CEOs including Scott Butera, Chief Executive Officer and President, Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise, Inc.; Kevin DeSanctis, CEO, Revel Entertainment; Mitchell Etess, Chief Executive Officer, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority; Robert Griffin, CEO, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.; Gary Loveman, President and CEO, Caesars Entertainment; Virginia McDowell, President/CEO of Isle of Capri Casinos; and Tim Wilmott, President and Chief Operating Officer, Penn National Gaming Inc.

The conference will also include a regional panel covering the competitive challenges and outlook in the Mid-Atlantic region, the always-popular Wall Street panel featuring the industry's leading Wall Street analysts, and a panel on the potential impacts of the legalization of Internet gaming.

The East Coast Gaming Congress is organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, an independent research and professional services firm, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law, SOSH Architects, and Topeka Capital Markets. For more information visit and for sponsorship information, contact Donna Vecere at