Arch L. Gleason Industry Award announced
The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) has announced the creation of the Arch L. Gleason Industry Award for Responsible Gambling Leadership.
“Arch Gleason was one of the ﬁrst lottery directors in North America to recognize the need to help players struggling with gambling problems,” said Mike Stone, executive director of the KYCPG. “For many years, problem gambling was the elephant in the room for gaming operations – no one wanted to talk about it, let alone acknowledge it.”
Through Arch’s actions, the issue came to the forefront of the industry not just in a state and national venue, but across the world as well. As the 23-year president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, Gleason worked to establish the KYCPG, the state’s National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) afﬁliate. He championed many initiatives for the cause through the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (or NASPL, the trade organization for all North American lottery organizations) during his tenure.
Arch’s crowning achievement in the ﬁeld was his work to establish the World Lottery Association’s responsible gambling certiﬁcation program during his term as the group’s president. This became the ﬁrst-ever responsible gambling program implemented on a global basis, taking the cause into corners of the globe that had never previously addressed the issue.
According to the award’s criteria, the Gleason Award exists to recognize someone not only for his or her commitment to responsible gambling, but also someone – much like Arch – who has demonstrated the ability to successfully manage a gaming enterprise in a socially responsible manner. While ideally the recipient will be at the senior management level, nominees can be anywhere on the corporate ladder of a gaming entity. They will embody the concept of being able to proﬁtably operate a gambling company while incorporating responsible gambling principles across all aspects of the business.
Judging for the award will be conducted by the KYCPG’s awards subcommittee. It will be based on information submitted on the application. This will not be an annual award – while submissions will be sought every year, the award will only be given when an applicant is deemed a worthy recipient through the application process.
The honoree will commit to serve as the keynote speaker for the KYCPG’s annual conference. He or she will be expected to share the organization’s responsible gambling story, successes and lessons learned. To accomplish this, the honoree will be given airfare within the continental United States to the site of the KYCPG’s annual conference, and will be provided accommodations in the ofﬁcial conference hotel. A written version of the keynote address will be shared publicly via the KYCPG website.
The timetable for the 2018 award is as follows:
- June 1 2017 – Award submission period starts, and will be promoted through various gambling industry trade publications.
- August 1 2017 – Award submission period closes and applications are shared with members of the KYCPG awards committee.
- September 2017 – nominations reviewed, and (if applicable) award recipient chosen. Recipient is notiﬁed, and travel arrangements procured.
- October 1 2017 – Award recipient announced with media advisory.
- November 1 2017 – Annual conference agenda released.
- January/February 2018 – Keynote address and award presentation.
Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG)
Michael R. Stone
Telephone: +1 40604-4595