LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bally
Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines,
applications, and networked and server-based systems for the global
gaming industry, today announced that Director of Game Development
Kimberly Cohn earned a 2011 Great Women of Gaming “Rising Star” award.
The annual awards, presented by Casino Enterprise Management
magazine, honor the brightest women in the gaming industry from around
the world. The “Rising Star” category honors leaders with at least three
years of experience in the global gaming industry.
“I truly enjoy what I do and recognition is icing on the cake,” Cohn
said. “The previous winners are women whom I respect and admire. I am
grateful and honored to be in their company.”
Winners of the award were recognized for demonstrating exceptional
achievement in at least three of five areas: Ability to go above and
beyond job responsibilities; commitment to company and co-workers;
contributions to the industry as a whole; commitment to mentoring; and
strong overall life balance.
“Kim is a great example of the kind of employee Bally wants,” said
Senior Vice President of Human Resources Gary Kapral. “She is positive,
dedicated, intelligent, creative, and self-motivated. She coaches,
encourages, and is a great role model.”
Cohn studied art at California State University, Northridge and also
took courses at the prestigious American Animation Institute in Burbank,
Calif. By the time she received her Bachelor’s degree, Cohn was already
recognized as an animation professional with the Animation Union.
Cohn made the jump to gaming after working as a Disney animator and
technical director, where she supervised the digital side of
direct-to-video movies, including Lion King 2 and Lady and the
Tramp 2. She also worked on Winnie the Pooh feature films, as
well as several television series.
Cohn joined Bally as an Associate Art Director in 2002, but was quickly
promoted to Art Director, managing all of the artists and media
technicians in the department. In 2005, Cohn was again promoted to Game
Producer where she oversaw several newly formed game studios.
In 2010, senior management promoted Cohn to Director of Game Development.
“Winning this award is a testament to who she is: A woman with an
exceptional work ethic, incessant energy, ability to execute, and
ability to work with those she manages,” said Bally’s Director of Video
Game Development David Schultz.
Cohn was one of five individuals to win the “Rising Star” award.
“My hope is to always make an impact, and it is a great honor to have
people in the industry say it makes a difference,” Cohn said.
The dedicated wife and mother of two enjoys spending time with her
family, as well as writing and illustrating children’s books. She also
serves on the Advisory Committee for the Art Institute of Las Vegas.
An in-depth article featuring profiles of this year’s award winners will
be featured in the July 2012 issue of Casino Enterprise Management.
The winners will also receive a prestigious crystal Great Women of
Gaming Award and the chance to be featured in a CEM Audio Edge talk
About Bally Technologies, Inc.
With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies
designs, manufactures, operates, and distributes advanced gaming
devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally’s product
line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area
progressives, interactive and mobile applications, and Class II,
lottery, and central-determination games and platforms. Bally also
offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing,
cashless and table management solutions. For more information, please
contact Laura Olson-Reyes, Senior Director, Marketing & Corporate
Communications, at 702-584-7742, or visit http://www.ballytech.com.
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