In early 2014, at the age of 40, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management named David Lopez President and Chief Executive Officer of AGS, a full-service designer and manufacturer of gaming products for the casino floor. Under his leadership, AGS has made numerous strategic acquisitions, including slot machine manufacturer Cadillac Jack, a significant amount of content and technology for table games, and the social casino developer RocketPlay. These tactical acquisitions expanded AGS’ product portfolio to include a diverse mix of Class II and Class III slot products, a growing table games segment, and an interactive mobile casino division, positioning the company as one of the world’s most diverse gaming suppliers.
Lopez’s nearly 20 years of gaming industry experience spans both the supplier space and casino entertainment operations. Before joining AGS, he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Cash Access (now Everi), where the company’s stock price doubled during his term. Prior to his role at Global Cash Access, Lopez acted as Chief Operating Officer for leading card shuffler and table game provider Shuffle Master, Inc. During his nearly 15 year tenure at Shuffle Master, Lopez held various executive positions, including Interim CEO, Executive Vice President, President of the Americas, Vice President of Product Management, as well as serving as a member of its Board of Directors. Lopez was instrumental in Shuffle Master’s phenomenal growth from a $27m company in 1998 to nearly $260m in annual revenues when he joined Global Cash Access in 2012. After receiving his degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Lopez got his start in gaming at the Stratosphere Casino & Hotel where he worked in casino entertainment operations. Additionally, Lopez is a military veteran, having served more than five years in the National Guard/Reserves.
As a current member of the American Gaming Association’s CEO Roundtable, Lopez plays an active role in developing strategies that help shape the future of the gaming industry alongside fellow casino operator and supplier CEOs. Lopez and his family are also actively involved in community philanthropy, including the Las Vegas chapter of Refuge for Women.