Currently holding the title of President and CEO of two successful amusement gaming businesses; one in North Carolina known as Southland Amusement & Vending, Inc. and one in South Carolina known as A & E Distributions, Inc. Additionally, he is the President and CEO of a lucrative gaming enterprise in the U.S. Virgin Islands known as Southland Gaming of the Virigin Islands, Inc., Robert E. “Bobby” Huckabee is truly a pioneer in his industry. Maintaining an awareness of all the latest innovations in his field, Bobby Huckabee has guided each of his businesses toward considerable success and has positioned them to continue to be profitable for years to come. Bobby Huckabee’s most lengthy management experience comes from his executive leadership of Wilmington-based Southland Amusements & Vending, Inc (SAVI). The man in charge of SAVI since 1983, Bobby Huckabee has diligently built his company from a small one-man business into one of North Carolina’s most successful suppliers of state-of-the-art arcade style games and amusement systems. In addition to providing his clients with top-level arcade style games, Bobby Huckabee’s company is also involved in organizing and operating numerous leagues for popular leisure games, such as pool, darts, and other fun activities. Bobby Huckabee’s experience in managing Southland Amusements & Vending directly led to his creation of Southland Gaming of Louisiana, which operated successfully from 1993 till 2005 and eventually Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands. Holding the exclusive rights to manage and operate the video lottery program of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bobby Huckabee founded the company in 1998 after successfully answering an RFP from the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands and negotiating an exclusive 15 year contract. Currently, Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands operates the only successful video lottery program in the Caribbean. Since that time, the company has operated at a tremendous level and has grown impressively year after year. In addition to his primary focus on the entertainment industry, Bobby Huckabee has also spearheaded several other ventures in the Carolina area, including retail stores and management positions in several real estate development firms.
United Way, House of Mercy, Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, Life Line Pregnancy Center, Methodist Shelter fo the Homeless, Kenyan Orphanage, Community Foundation of St Thomas, Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Nov 1998 - Present
President and CEO
In 1998, Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands, Inc. (SGVI), a Virgin Islands corporation, was selected to operate the Video Lottery Program for the Virgin Islands Lottery. SGVI has been authorized by the Virgin Islands Lottery as the exclusive contractor for the placement and operation of video lottery terminals and other gaming devices (i.e., slot machines) within various retail establishments, resorts, and entertainment centers throughout St. Thomas and St. John.