Mark Balestra, Director, BolaVerde Media Group
Mark Balestra is the founder and director of BolaVerde Media Group. Over the span of 14 years, he has been an author, consultant, publisher, researcher and conference organizer with unmatched experience and expertise in the interactive gambling industry. He has been a presenter at numerous industry events and has been featured as an expert on Internet gambling by national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, ESPN, CNET, Wired magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. He is also a member of the Global Gaming Expo advisory board (2009 and 2010), a contributor of US policy analysis to Media & Entertainment Consulting Network and a frequent contributor to a variety of trade publications.
In 2006, Mr. Balestra was named one of Global Gaming Business magazine's "25 People to Watch" in the worldwide gambling industry. Prior to founding BolaVerde Media Group, Mr. Balestra ran publications and conference programs for River City Group and headed the publications department for London-based Clarion Gaming. In the span of 10 years with River City Group and three additional years with Clarion Gaming, Mr. Balestra was the publisher and co- creator of IGamingNews, editor and coauthor of Internet Gambling Report, creator of Gaming Industry Media, author of several syndicated industry studies and program organizer for River City Group's expansive portfolio of conferences, which included the Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo (GIGSE), the European iGaming Congress, the Asian iGaming Congress, the World Poker Congress, the iGaming In-Depth conferences and GamVest.