Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 | 6 a.m.
Current job: Vice President and COO, VisuaLimits LLC
Education: Central Michigan University (Entrepreneurship), bachelor’s degree
About Ryan McClellan: In 2005, Ryan McClellan co-founded VisuaLimits Table Signs, a technology company specializing in cutting-edge products for the casino and gaming industry. As the driver behind the company’s technological advances, McClellan used his expertise in software and hardware development to take table game signs leaps beyond previous generations of signage. Under his leadership, VisuaLimits recognized a market niche. While table game signage had become commonplace in many casinos, none possessed the technology to provide gaming management with verifiable data that could aid in increasing pit efficiency, serve as a vehicle for an additional revenue stream and even serve as a tool for human resources. Installed on casino game tables, VisuaLimits’ table sign is both attractive and complex. What appears to be a simple, unobtrusive, television monitor is actually a highly sophisticated computer system capable of providing casino management with game and limit status data, dealer statistics, a platform for internal marketing and an advertising vehicle for outside companies. Currently, they are being utilized at casinos including Green Valley Ranch, MGM Grand, Luxor and Mandalay Bay.
The most important issue facing the valley: The valley has grown exponentially in the last decade, but we have yet to diversify our economy. Today, in part due to that lack of diversification we are realizing joblessness combined with a housing crisis and infrastructure challenges as well as all the associated challenges. Public and private sectors must cooperate to draw industries, outside of gaming, to the valley.
My mentor and why: I have worked with Perry Stasi, VisuaLimits’ president, for over 5 years. He is my friend, business partner and mentor. I have yet to find someone with more integrity. In a small business world, which is truly what the casino business is, integrity trumps all other traits.
Favorite Web site: Of course, my favorite Web site is www.visualimits.com. With that said, however, my other must-reads – Business: www.casinojournal.com, www.casinoenterprisemanagement.com, www.linkedin.com and www.cnn.com; Personal: www.yahoo.com, www.facebook.com, www.rottentomatoes.com and www.netflix.com
Hobbies: Mountain biking, tennis, basketball, hiking, reading and testing new technologies.
Fantasy job: CEO of Virgin. Virgin is involved in numerous cutting edge technologies all of which are very exciting.
One-word description of self: Competitive