Nancy Ballenger, vice president and general manager of Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, has been named the recipient of the prestigious Founders Award at the 2018 Women Leaders in Gaming Summit.

Ballenger is the fifth woman to receive the award, established in 2013 to recognize a deserving woman who has demonstrated a strong commitment to and made a significant impact on Iowa’s gaming industry.

“Some people make things happen, some people watch things happen and some wonder what happened — Nancy has certainly made things happen for Iowa’s Gaming industry for nearly 30 years,“ said Wes Ehrecke, Iowa Gaming Association President and CEO.

Considered a pioneer of Iowa’s riverboat casino operations, Ballenger started her career in marketing and has worked her way through all facets of the gaming hospitality industry, ultimately becoming general manager of the Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf. Most recently, she oversaw the Isle’s $50 million land-based renovation.

She also is involved in the community, serving on the board of the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as spearheading a leadership role with the Women Leaders in Gaming initiative.

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