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Meruelo Gaming’s Andrew Diss recognized in the “Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40”

RENO, Nev. (Oct. 4, 2021) – Meruelo Gaming congratulates Chief Strategy Officer Andrew Diss as one of this year’s “Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40.” Diss has been recognized by Global Gaming Business magazine and The Innovation Group (TIG) as one of the most significantly impactful gaming industry professionals under the age of 40.

Diss serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Meruelo Gaming, the hospitality and gaming divisions of the Meruelo Group, which includes Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Sahara Las Vegas and the event wagering provider for the Arizona Coyotes NHL team. In this role, he is responsible for executing the vision and direction set by ownership, as well as developing new lines of business in line with long-term strategic goals. Diss’ diverse experience in business and government has helped the company navigate established markets like Nevada as well as emerging markets like Arizona. 

Prior to this role, Diss served as the VP of Government Affairs handling the regulatory affairs for the Meruelo Group portfolio of companies across a wide range of industries, including hospitality and gaming, construction and engineering, professional hockey, television, radio, real estate, food services, financial services and private equity. 

Before joining the Meruelo Group family of businesses, Diss worked in both state and federal government positions and has amassed significant legislative experience in Nevada, California, Arizona and Washington D.C. He also serves on the boards of the Nevada Resort Association, the Washoe County School District Capital Funding Protection Committee and as Chairman of the Reno Charter Committee. 

The Innovation Group, organizers of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming program, and Global Gaming Business magazine (GGB) announced the latest class of individuals to be named to the “Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40,” a program that recognizes young professionals making significant impacts in the casino gaming industry. 

The winners were selected from more than 125 candidates nominated either by a colleague who recognized their commitment and dedication to the gaming industry or by themselves, in the interest of inclusivity and with an appreciation for self-starters.

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About SAHARA Las Vegas

SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,615 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and more. In 2021, SAHARA Las Vegas looks forward to welcoming an array of exciting new dining concepts, including famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s, The Noodle Den from renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin; and James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Ballo. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, that gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit and stay connected on InstagramFacebook and Twitter


Located in the heart of the beautiful Reno-Tahoe region, Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) is an all-encompassing casino-resort with nearly 2,000 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites, 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 1,400 slot machines, 50 table games, a poker room featuring seven tables and the Infinity High Limit Room. The destination’s premier gaming property offers visitors a wide variety of amenities including the 2,500 capacity, critically-acclaimed Grand Theatre, home to Reno-Tahoe’s finest entertainment experience, exhilarating nightlife at the spectacular LEX Nightclub, more than a dozen delectable restaurant and dining choices including Charlie Palmer Steak and Lounge, a spa, branded retail shopping, a remarkable year-round outdoor pool and fire pit experience, Reno’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, a two-screen cinema, a 50-lane bowling center, adrenaline-pumping rides and an aqua golf driving range. GSR players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between GSR and its sister resort SAHARA Las Vegas, that gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. GSR is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit or to make reservations call 1-800-648-5080. For the latest and greatest news on GSR, find us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter