The iGaming North America mentoring program is aimed at giving attendees face time with experienced professionals in their respective fields. The idea is to make the speakers and panelists more accessible to the delegates who've invested their time and money in the iGNA experience.
During the final hour of the program, the mentors will be talking shop in a setting that is much more personal than any conference hall and much more conducive to conversation than any networking reception or party. There are no podiums separating the mentors from the attendees, no raising hands and waiting to be called on, no large crowds and no talking over loud music.
How is it structured?
For the most part, it is not. Each mentor will be seated at a small table, where he or she will meet with fellow attendees in groups of four or five. The agenda is simple: Have a seat. Have a conversation.
How do you participate?
The groups will be limited to a maximum of five per table. It is first come, first serve, and participants must sign up in advance to guarantee a seat. Click here to reserve your spot.
Albe Angel, Chairman, Red Fish Media
Albert J. Angel ("Albe") is co-founder and chairman of Red Fish Media, a full-service mobile marketing and interactive services company with “can-do” specialization in identity verification, geo-targeting and secure payment processing. Albe is an entrepreneur and former U.S. Justice Department attorney with a string of interactive service company successes. For the past 30 years he has been active in helping to shape interactive services policy on a pro bono basis, typically in trade association leadership positions. He led public policy matters as the co-founder and Vice Chair of the Interactive Gaming Council, and provided expert testimony before the National Gambling Impact Study and other international, state and federal regulatory bodies. He holds several patents in the certified communications area and was awarded a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Sign up.
Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital
Melissa Blau has been in the Media, Technology & Finance sectors for 20 years and has been specifically in the online gaming sector for the past eight years as both an operator and advisor. In her current capacity, Melissa is an advisor focused on bridging US and European interests. Through her consulting company, iGaming Capital she has been advising mainly land based companies assisting in developing their online gaming strategy. Clients include Hard Rock Seminole, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Paragon Gaming, a multi-state casino group and Optimal Payments, amongst others. Prior clients include Bally Technologies, Sisal SpA, Antenna Group (Greece), and The Racing Post.
In addition to her current capacity, Melissa has been the Finance Editor and regular columnist for iGaming Business Magazine since 2006. Her column, titled the iGaming Global Top 20 Index, tracks the top 20 publically listed companies and gauges investor sentiment. She is also part of several leading expert networks where she speaks to funds on range of financially related topics relating to the online gaming sector.
Prior roles in online gaming include CFO of St Minver (acquired by GTECH), Operating Executive of Global Leisure Partners (boutique M&A advisor), CEO of Europa Point Group (acquisition vehicle that owned BetUK, Betrepublic, Betasia) and Investor and Director of Live Gaming Technology.
Prior to the iGaming industry, Melissa was a General Partner and founding member of Constellation Ventures, a $450m media technology venture capital fund in conjunction with Bear Stearns. Melissa has a B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. Sign up.
Terry Debono, Partner, The Debono Group
Tony Fontaine, President, ProPick Racing
Terry is an experienced senior executive and accomplished serial entrepreneur. He has led, founded, acquired and successfully sold a large number of businesses over the past thirty years. Terry is a founding partner at the Debono Group.
The Debono Group provides services to companies in the following sectors: Broadcast, Technology, Media, Entertainment and Gaming. Services include: Management Consulting, Strategy Development & Execution, Project Management, Research and Analysis, Interim Management Services, Debt and Equity financing, Mergers and Acquisitions.
Terry has been part of the Gaming industry for the past 15 years and he is a regular speaker and moderator at a wide variety of industry events worldwide. Sign up.
Tony Fontaine is the President of ProPick Racing, an Internet-based horse racing education and race selection service. ProPick’s professional industry analysts evaluate horse races and post the best wagering opportunities on our website.
In addition to online pari-mutuel wagering, Mr. Fontaine is focused on payment solutions for online wagering applications, specializing in retail and cash-based payment strategies to expand igaming markets to the un and under-banked market segment.
Mr. Fontaine received the Internet Innovator of the Year Award at the 3rd Annual symposium on Internet Gambling Law and Management, the "Most Innovative Product Award" from the River City Group and most recently received William Shatner’s "Heartbeat of America Award" for entrepreneurialism.
Mr. Fontaine has spoken extensively around the world at seminars and conferences sharing insights gained from over 30 years’ experience in marketing, sales and engineering in technology. He has over 15 years’ experience directly in igaming for companies including the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association, Stronach Racing and Gaming, US Off-Track, IGT, Station Casinos and Bally Gaming, In addition to ProPick Racing, Mr. Fontaine is currently is the Executive Consultant for Gaming with InComm, a global leader retail financial services. Sign up.
Jason "Wolf" Rosenberg, CEO, American iGaming Solutions
Mr. Rosenberg has more than 10 years of online gaming industry experience and has provided expertise and strategic solutions to over 50 online gaming operations. Based in Las Vegas, his focus is now on the American iGaming landscape. In addition to operational consulting, Mr. Rosenberg specializes in affiliate program direction, management, and marketing, as well as customized player acquisition, conversion, and retention programs.
Mr. Rosenberg has educated dozens of land-based casino operations, regulatory, and gaming industry service provider teams, and he regularly speaks at several conferences and educational boot camps around the United States and Europe.
In his spare time, Jason works with 16 wolves at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary as an animal handler and tour guide. Sign up.
Sue Schneider, Founder, eGamingBrokerage.com
Sue Schneider is one of the world’s leading experts on the internet gaming industry which she began monitoring in 1995. Starting as an owner of leading gaming consumer portal from '95-'99, she then launched River City Group, which produced the largest i-gaming events in the world as well as key industry trade publications, such as iGamingNews.com and the Internet Gambling Report.
In July, ’06, River City Group was purchased by Clarion Events, one of the UK’s largest event producers and Schneider remained as CEO/Americas there until July ’08. She remains the principal of www.egamingbrokerage.com and consults on a variety of other independent projects in the industry.
Schneider was a founder and served as Chairman of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade association, from its inception in l996 until 2004. She currently serves as Editor-at-Large for Liebert Publications’ Gaming Law Review and Economics. In addition, she’s a partner with two US-based conferences: www.igamingnorthamerica.com and www.dglpsummit.com.
She is a frequent speaker at international gaming conferences and has testified to both the US Senate, the US House of Representatives as well as the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in that country. Sign up.
Nicky Senyard, CEO, Income Access
As Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Income Access, Nicky Senyard has proven herself to be a visionary entrepreneur and distinguished corporate leader. A pioneer of the iGaming affiliate marketing industry, Nicky has driven notable enterprise growth and unparalleled expansion every year since 2001. An instantly recognizable and respected member of the iGaming community, Nicky often attends and actively participates at industry conferences and events, and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the industry’s continued success and growth. Sign up.
John Tahsuda, Principal, Navigators Global
John Tahsuda is a Principal of Navigators Global LLC, where he leads Navigators’ tribal affairs practice providing advocacy and counsel on a range of tribal affairs policy issues, including gaming, tax initiatives, tobacco sales, land-into-trust issues, health care, economic development, energy policy, federal recognition and self-governance.
Most recently, Mr. Tahsuda was Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, where he was responsible for federal Indian policies affecting gaming, federal recognition, self-governance and health care. Previously, Mr. Tahsuda was the General Counsel and Legislative Director of the National Indian Gaming Association.
Additionally, Mr. Tahsuda has served as general counsel and outside counsel to Indian tribes and tribal organizations, as well as also serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. Mr. Tahsuda is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, and received a J.D. from Cornell Law School and a B.S. from Oklahoma State University. Sign up.