We have recently received the following obituary for Mr Ron Babini, sent to us by a group of his friends in the gaming industry in Europe.
To all our gaming industry colleagues in Asia, we announce with great sadness that Ron Babini, a well-known and popular gaming executive, passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, at the age of 56 on 26 May in Kiev.
Ron, of Italian descent, was born in the Netherlands in 1965 and leaves behind his wife Julia and his three children Rosa, Lorenzo and little Luca.
Ron had a longstanding and illustrious gaming career, which started in March of 1993 when he joined IGT Europe as a Sales Executive. His love for gaming had started prior to this though as evidenced by the fact that, the weekend after his job interview with IGT, he flew off to Las Vegas on a vacation he had won as part of a jackpot prize playing slots in the Holland Casino.
During his 12 years at IGT, he was a key member of the team that put that business on a very profitable course. He was known for his relationship building and pursued each sale with the same passion whether it was a single machine or many hundreds. As Sales Manager for Europe and Russia, he was active in virtually every market. He closely worked with John Gomes at IGT Asia, visiting Asia on numerous occasions.
His enthusiasm for opening up new markets was limitless, often going to places where others would rarely dare to. Ron was the type of person who lit up the room when he walked in, the type of personality that you had to meet only once to remember for a lifetime. After IGT, Ron continued his career at Inspired Gaming, taking up the position of Casino Sales Director for Europe before moving to Amatic in a Sales Manager role that extended beyond Europe. A good number of Asian operators met with Ron while he was with Amatic, and Ron was a regular visitor to the Asian gaming shows over the past decade.
Most recently Ron became the agent for Scientific Games in the Ukraine. This last adventure brought him “home” as he had not only developed a love for the country and its people, but Ukraine was also the place where he had found his true love Julia.
Ron will be fondly remembered for his joie de vivre, his love for people, his passion for Alfa Romeo and Harley-Davidson and last but not least BarCo’s. We look forward to celebrating his life in Babini style at a memorial service in the Netherlands, in the next few months.
Please provide us with your details if you would like to be present: [email protected].