Kit L. Szybala is a Founding Partner and Managing Director at GMA. Kit oversees the management and overall operations of the firm, while also overseeing the output and quality of GMA’s engagements. Additionally, he is intimately involved with the preparation of the firm’s feasibility studies, due diligence assignments, strategic planning assessments, strategic advisory engagements, and market assessments.
While at GMA, Kit has created over 300 robust financial models in various markets globally. As a part of completing these financial models, he has evaluated over 400 casinos and integrated resorts and countless hotels. Mr. Szybala has also written a multitude of extensive, analytical reports, including feasibility studies, impact and cannibalization studies, gaming market assessments, hotel market assessments, non-gaming amenity analyses, and strategic planning assessments.
Kit has in-depth experience in various markets with substantial knowledge of markets in the United States, Caribbean, Canada, Eastern Europe, South America, India, Japan, and Australia. He has completed white papers and research briefs on a number of industry topics, including white papers about the Japan IR opportunity, gaming market in India, and sports betting opportunity in the United States.
Mr. Szybala is a visiting lecturer on casino feasibility analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Continuing Education. He is a periodic contributor to Global Gaming Business (GGB) Magazine and Asia Gaming Brief and is often referenced for market insights in gaming industry articles. Kit frequently participates on panels and presents at industry conferences, seminars, and events, including ICE Totally Gaming and Sports Betting and Gaming India. Kit was appointed to the 2018-2019 Class of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40, a program that recognizes gaming industry professionals under the age of 40 who are making significant impacts on the industry.
He began his career in hospitality working with Vail Resorts as a member of the Vail Resorts College Program. This program gave him valuable insight into hospitality management and operations by giving him various opportunities to meet with chief members of resort management. It also afforded him the opportunity to work in several different capacities for the corporation, giving him the opportunity to understand the intricacies of resort operations.
Kit graduated from Southern Methodist University as a Hunt Leadership Scholar with a B.B.A. in Finance, B.A. in International Studies – European Concentration, and minor in History.