Innovation Group, The

The Innovation Group is the premier provider of consulting and management services for the gaming, hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries. Services include feasibility studies, market research, operations and marketing advisory services, strategic and financial planning and legislative support for clients throughout the U.S. and the world. The Innovation Group’s unique mix of talents allows us to take a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluating operations, implementing turnarounds, managing properties and developing strategic business and marketing plans. For many of our clients, we’ve offered cost effective and reliable ways to improve operating efficiencies and profit margins.
Products and Services
Administration and Finance > Management > Consulting > Consulting, Financial Analysis and Management Services for the Gaming, Hospitality, Leisure and Entertainment Industries
The Innovation Group staff has a unique mix of talents and experience that enable us to excel at evaluating projects and in successfully guiding them. For many of our clients, we’ve offered cost effective and reliable ways to improve operating efficiencies and profit margins. We take a comprehensive approach to operations reviews, marketing and overall property positioning. Our multi-disciplinary approach provides you with the expertise you need to evaluate operations, implement turnarounds, manage properties and develop strategic business and marketing plans.
Advertising, Marketing and Sales > Marketing > Market Research > Focus Groups, Quantitative Studies, Survey Development, Guest Perception Audits
When it comes to understanding your customers, their preferences, habits, likes and dislikes, primary market research can be a vital tool. Whether you are developing a new project, planning an expansion or seeking to increase your market share, it is important to listen to your existing and prospective customers. The Innovation Group has become a market leader in conducting both quantitative and qualitative market research for our gaming and hospitality clients. From focus groups to in-depth-interviews to telephone, mail and traffic intercept surveys, we have developed the expertise to meet the demands of today’s market. Our affiliate, Innovation Marketing, adds to our capabilities in this area.
Miscellaneous > Miscellaneous > Consulting, International > International Financial Analysis and Management Services
The span and reach of The Innovation Group is virtually limitless. We have completed projects on almost every continent, and as new gaming markets are born around the world, we are right there with the studies and strategic recommendations that keep everything in prospective and on track. Our staff has an understanding of not only the individual markets and their cultures, but also of the unique industry regulations and competitive environments.
Administration and Finance > Finance & Accounting > Feasibility Studies > Feasibility Studies, Market Assessments, Economic Impact Studies, Project Valuation
At The Innovation Group, we offer a broad range of services including feasibility studies, market assessments, economic impact studies and project valuations. To date, our reports have been responsible for more than $45 billion worth of investment decisions. Hotels, convention centers, casinos, stadiums, racetracks, entertainment halls, golf courses, spas, RV parks, restaurants, retail facilities, etc. have all relied on our financial analysis services. We also provide the nation’s leading gaming analysts and investment houses with a broad range of financial reports.
Administration and Finance > Finance & Accounting > Due Diligence > Gaming Properties, Resorts, Hotel, Entertainment Venues.
Mergers and acquisitions of gaming properties involve a myriad of objective and subjective issues. At The Innovation Group, our multi-discipline approach ensures a thorough analysis of all of these factors.
Administration and Finance > Finance & Accounting > Development: Indian Gaming > New Developments, Expansions, Amenity Planning
From the largest to some of the most remote, The Innovation Group worked with Native American and First Nation casinos throughout North America. Through this experience, we have built an extensive, nationwide network of clients among Tribes, developers, and gaming operators involved in tribal gaming and hospitality projects. We have handled over 100 projects for gaming Tribes, viewing every aspect of gaming from the perspective of the Tribes as well as from those communities surrounding their developments. In addition to our work on new gaming facilities, expansions and related amenity development, we have also performed financial feasibility and planning studies for tribal heritage centers and retail facilities. Our assessments have been the justification for public bond issues, private placements and bank institutions, as well as investor guaranteed credit enhancements. The innovation Group is proud of its history of successful tribal relationships.
Administration and Finance > Management > Project Management > Turnaround Implementation, Operations Evaluations, Management Advisor, Facility Development, Owners’ Representation, Hotel Operations, Community Mitigation Plans, Asset Management
The Innovation Groups’ unique mix of talents and expertise gives us the depth of planning and operations experience to assist projects through the development phase, pre-opening, ongoing operations, and beyond.
Facility Design and Construction > Facilities > Parking Structure Design > Urban Systems Associates - Parking Analysis, Traffic Flow, Garage Design, Signage and Lighting Consultants
A sister company of The Innovation Group is Urban Systems Associates, a transportation and traffic engineering consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of traffic flow, parking and safety systems. This team of professional, experienced transportation engineers can manage ever detail of parking and garage design from stall widths, module dimensions and circulation patterns to signs, markings and lighting.
Advertising, Marketing and Sales > Marketing > Consulting > Marketing Plans, Database Marketing, Market Research, Consumer Research, Focus Groups, Quantitative Studies, Guest Perception Audits, Player Development
The Innovation Group offers a broad range of services including market research, consumer research, focus groups, quantitative studies, guest perception studies, development and execution of marketing plans, database marketing, player development, evaluations of marketing programs, property positioning, and marketing and operations consulting. For a more targeted approach to increasing market share, The Innovation Group uses its demographic and market research resources to help a property improve marketing and player development programs. Our affiliate, Innovation Marketing, brings added capabilities in this area.
Administration and Finance > Finance & Accounting > Financing > Innovation Capital, LLC – Investment Banking Firm
An affiliate of The Innovation Group is Innovation Capital, LLC, an investment banking firm serving the capital and financial advisory needs of middle market gaming, leisure and hospitality companies. The firm’s financial advisory capabilities include representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, financial restructurings and valuations. Member: NASD/SIPC
Advertising, Marketing and Sales > Advertising > Full Service Agency > Full Service Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Our affiliate, Innovation Marketing, leverages the unparalleled consultancy, analysis and insight of The Innovation Group into effective marketing tactics including advertising campaigns, public relations plans, direct marketing techniques and more. Innovation Marketing completes the circle, ensuring that the insight loses nothing in the execution.
Facility Design and Construction > Construction > Management Services > Owner's Rep Project Development
Another affiliate, Innovation Project Development is a multi-disciplined, owner's representation project management services company capable of providing consulting advice or total development oversight. Functioning as an owner’s representative, Innovation Project Development can provide a concept for a site, analytically plan optimum sizing and revenue, and work with design and construction firms to get the project open and operating.
Headquarters
7852 South Elati Street
Suite 100
Littleton, Colorado 80120
 
Phone: (303) 798-7711
Fax: (303) 798-7171
Website: www.theinnovationgroup.com
Email: info@theinnovationgroup.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Ernie D'Ambrosio, Managing Director
ernied@theinnovationgroup.com
Mr. Paul Girvan, Managing Director
pgirvan@theinnovationgroup.com
Mr. Steven M. Rittvo, Chairman
srittvo@theinnovationgroup.com
Mr. Michael Soll, Executive Vice President
msoll@theinnovationgroup.com
Mr. Stephen J. Szapor Jr., President
szapor@theinnovationgroup.com
Dr. Tom Zitt Ph.D., Senior Vice President Strategic Planning
tzitt@theinnovationgroup.com
Marketing:  Mr. Dennis Balyeat, Vice President of Development
dbalyeat@theinnovationgroup.com
Aspen Office
231 Midland Avenue
Suite 204
Basalt, Colorado 81621
 
Phone: (970) 927-1400
Fax: (970) 927-3955
Website: www.innovationgroupofcompanies.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Steve Rittvo, Chairman
srittvo@theinnovationgroup.com
Atlantic City Office
6601 Ventnor Avenue
Suite 19
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08406
 
Phone: (609) 487-9585
Fax: (609) 487-9590
Website: www.theinnovationgroup.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Ernie D'Ambrosio, Managing Director
ernied@theinnovationgroup.com
Denver Office
7852 South Elati Street
Suite 100
Littleton, Colorado 80120
 
Phone: (303) 798-7711
Fax: (303) 798-7171
Website: www.theinnovationgroup.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Stephen J. Szapor Jr., President
szapor@theinnovationgroup.com
Minneapolis Office
570 West 78th Street
Suite 2001
Chanhassen, Minnesota 55317
 
Phone: (952) 906-3831
Website: www.theinnovationgroup.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Joe Witterschein, Vice President Marketing Services
joew@theinnovationgroup.com
New Orleans Office
400 North Peters Street
Suite 200
New Orleans Office, Louisiana 70130
 
Phone: (504) 523-0888
Fax: (504) 523-0899
Website: www.theinnovationgroup.com
Email: info@theinnovationgroup.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Paul Girvan, Managing Director
pgirvan@theinnovationgroup.com
Orlando Office
174 West Comstock Avenue
Suite 200
Winter Park, Florida 32789
 
Phone: (407) 702-6648
Fax: (407) 702-6748
Website: www.theinnovationgroup.com
Email: msoll@theinnovationgroup.com
 
Upper Management:  Mr. Michael Soll, Executive Vice President
msoll@theinnovationgroup.com
News Articles
ELG 40 Under 40 announced
8 Oct 2018
Emerging Leaders of Gaming and Global Gaming Business magazine announced the 2018-19 class, which recognizes gaming industry professionals under the age of 40 already making significant impacts on the casino industry.
Lessons learned from Japan Gaming Congress and G2E Asia
21 May 2018
Over the last two weeks, The Innovation Group joined gaming industry stakeholders in Tokyo and Macau for what has become an annual pilgrimage to uncover the latest in Asia.
The verdict on sports betting is in
14 May 2018
The Innovation Group has prepared by the earlier release of our Sports Betting Playbook, as well as our proprietary, targeted, consumer-focused survey on sports betting.
The Innovation Group to present at G2E Asia and Japan Gaming Congress
3 May 2018
Innovation Group President Michael Soll will be at the Japan Gaming Congress, and partner Michael Zhu will be doing a panel at G2E Asia.
Support grows for 2nd Juegos Miami
11 May 2017
Over 40 commercial organizations have registered for a stand, showroom or sponsorship at the exhibition, taking place from 31 May to 2 June at The Biltmore in Miami.
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Additional Information
Date Established: 1993
Tradeshow Attendance
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2015
28 Sep 2015 - 1 Oct 2015
Booth 3918

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