Casino interior designer Roger Thomas to get achievement award


Organizers of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will honor Roger Thomas, executive vice president design for Wynn Design and Development, with the 2009 Sarno Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work in casino resort interior design. Thomas will be presented with the award during the Casino Design conference at G2E 2009 on Nov. 16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In his current position with Wynn Design and Development, Thomas has designed and created interior spaces for Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Las Vegas and Wynn Macau. He currently is overseeing the interior design for Encore at Wynn Macau, which is slated to open in May.

Prior to joining Wynn Design and Development, Thomas was senior vice president and director of interior design for Atlandia Design, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirage Resorts Inc., and served as principal of Thomas Design Group, an operating unit within Atlandia. Thomas Design Group created the interior designs for such notable casino resorts as Bellagio, the Mirage and Treasure Island Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, and the Golden Nugget Casinos located in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.

"Throughout his career, Roger's name has been synonymous with groundbreaking and breathtaking interior design," Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, said in a press statement. "He has created some of the most fantastic and memorable casino resort interiors in the industry, and his work has been admired the world over. We are very pleased to be honoring his lifetime of achievements and look forward to the incredible new designs he will introduce in future casino resort projects."

Thomas' work has been featured in a number of industry journals, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Interiors and Hospitality Design. He received the 2009 Design Icon award from the World Market Center in Las Vegas and the 2008 Designer of the Year award at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University.

Scheduled for Nov. 17 to 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, G2E is the leading trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment community. Casino Design, the only conference dedicated to casino architecture, design and decor and construction, will be held on Nov. 16, in conjunction with G2E 2009. Those interested in more information and registration for G2E can log on to

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