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The BiG Africa Roadshow Cape Town - Joan Alcorn

25 September 2019, 17:05
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The event organizers remind that the much anticipated BiG Africa Roadshow will kick off in Cape Town at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in less than two weeks.

The BiG Africa Roadshow Cape Town - Joan Alcorn

The list of industry professional speakers includes:

Adheera Bodasing, Managing Director, Polarity Consulting

Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming, UK

Dean Macpherson, Shadow Minister, The Department for Trade & Industry, South Africa

Duncan Pollock, Head: Global Marketing, DR Gaming Technology

Garron Whitesman, Partner, Whitesman Lurie Attorneys

Jason Foster, Co-Founder & Head of iGaming, Chalkline Sports

Joan Alcorn, Change Management Consultant, T J Consultants

Joe Kustelski, Co-founder, Chalkline Sports

Lee-Anne Johnstone, CEO & Founder, AffiliateINSIDER

Mario Vilela, Sales and Marketing Director, IGT Africa

Mark Tipping, Director, Eazibet

Nkoatse Ernest Mashamaite, Director: Gambling Law and Policy, The Department for Trade & Industry, South Africa

Tyrone Dobbin, Chairman & CEO, Western Cape Bookmakers Association & Sportingbet.

Zack Basson, Head of E-Commerce & Head of Sports-betting, ITHUBA Holdings &  Zamani Bets

Joan Alcorn, Change Management Consultant, T J Consultants

During the past 34 years, Joan Alcorn has built a successful career as a business leading Hospitality, Casino & Leisure Marketing and Electronic gaming specialist. She has successfully developed & initiated major customer loyalty, acquisition and retention programs, tournaments and sponsorships for many internationally recognized casino and leisure companies resulting in major revenue increments. In recent years Joan has also been advisory to numerous Gambling regulators in a variety of jurisdictions on topics such as Responsible Gambling, Compliance, Money Laundering and assisting regulators to stay abreast of industry changes and adapting their legislation so that the ethics of the industry stays intact.

Why is BiG Africa Roadshow important for the local gaming industry and why are you supporting this year’s event?

There is a number of reasons from the obvious of just plain networking and meeting up with old industry friends and forging new relationships, through to brainstorming problems you are encountering in your business as well as learning about new developments here and elsewhere. No one knows everything and everyone and we can all learn something from someone else.

What do you see as the main challenges facing the gaming industry?

The main challenges I see in the industry today throughout Africa is legislatory & taxation; legislation and taxation decisions are made and enforced by people who have no knowledge about gaming and in this way they are strangling an industry that is a very large provider of jobs and infrastructure.

What is your proudest achievement to date, how has that impacted your business and the industry?

 In a career as long as mine it is difficult to single out one proudest moment but I think if I have to mention one, it would be when we (T J Gaming Consultants) eight years in Uganda, when they embarked on the path of changing their gaming legislation, managed to put together and lead a Gaming Association made up of all operators and stakeholders and helped them and the government to engage on that level and understand how to move forward and create a legislator and tax system that works for the industry in Uganda.

What are the biggest opportunities for the advancing African gaming industry?

There are many gaming opportunities in Africa and they are great but Africa must first and foremost clean house and remove unscrupulous operators who are only there for themselves and not interested in uplifting the community from where they are earning their living, then the real opportunities will come to the fore.

How did you get into gaming?

I entered the industry via the tourism and hospitality industry from a marketing side in casinos, and the worked with a well-known slots manufacturing company in their R & D division assisting in developing their slots. My business partner (Tom who has been in the industry for around 40 years) and myself established T J Gaming Consultants around 15 years ago and has during this time worked all over the world in the industry helping operators to rejuvenate their operations and setting up new operations and working with legislators to modernise their gaming acts.

Eventus International invites everyone interested in the event to register in order not to miss the opportunity.

Here are the networking excursions on offer for the day after the conference, Friday, 5 October 2019:

  • Champagne cruise in the beautiful Cape Town harbour
  • Party bus through the streets of the historical ‘Bo-Kaap’ and take a cable car ride up Table Mountain
  • Party bus to the breathtaking Stellenbosch Winelands for wine tastings and lunch

Sponsorship opportunities will be available during the conference sessions and the networking functions. It will provide the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with clients in both formal and informal environments.

As mentioned earlier, the event BiG Africa Roadshow will provide a lot of networking opportunities with high-level industry representatives of South Africa.

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