Caesars Windsor’s Glen Sawhill, Senior VP of Operations, wins prestigious Canadian Gaming Industry AwardBook A Room
On June 19, at the 17th annual Canadian Gaming Summit in Montreal, Caesars Windsor’s Glen Sawhill, Senior Vice President of Operations, received one of three prestigious “Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution” awards given by the Canadian Gaming Industry. Sawhill said, “There is a saying that goes ‘you are only as good as the company you keep.’ That being said, my career and achievements are in large part because of the Caesars Windsor team of employees whose exemplary service is the backbone of our overall success. I am very proud to have played a role in its continued success and look forward to many years ahead.” Sawhill is well respected in the gaming community as one of Canada’s most knowledgeable operators.
President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), Bill Rutsey, said, “Glen has been a driving force in making sure that Ontario casino patrons receive a first class entertainment experience from every aspect of their visit, and well deserving of the recognition by his industry peers.”
The CGA is a not-for-profit organization that was created with the fundamental goal of creating balance in the public dialogue about gaming in Canada. The three-day gaming summit is the premier annual conference for Canadian gaming professionals.
Recognized at a gala reception, winners of the Industry awards are those individuals who have shown gaming industry leadership, making a difference by providing significant contribution on a variety of aspects whether it be operations, public policy, educational and more.
Sawhill began his 30-year career in 1984 at Caesars World, Inc. in Atlantic City, New Jersey, working his way up to Slots Operations Shift Manager in 1992. In 1994 he accepted a position at the former Casino Windsor where he was a pivotal force in opening the slots department in a short five-month time frame and later also oversaw operations at the Northern Belle Riverboat Casino. In 1997 he earned the Director of Slot Operations position. At the 2003 Canadian Gaming Summit, he was honoured with the “Display of Excellence Casino Award”. Instrumental throughout every stage of Caesars Windsor’s spectacular transformation, Sawhill was part of the team to successfully open the permanent facility in 1998 and in 2008 was integral in the expansion and rebranding of the award-winning casino resort as the first Caesars brand property in Canada. In 2007, he was named Vice President of Gaming Operations, heading both the Slot and Table Games departments and three years later Sawhill accepted the position he holds today.
Kevin Laforet, President and CEO of Caesars Windsor, said, “Glen is a day one employee not only of Caesars Windsor but also the Ontario gaming industry. He has made significant contributions to both and I am proud to work with him and pleased to see Glen recognized with this award.”