Event Producers

  • BolaVerde Media Group
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
  • The Innovation Group
  • eGamingBrokerage.com
  • iGaming Business North America

Sponsors

  • CAMS, LLC
  • Continent 8 Technologies
  • paysafecard group
  • Gaming Laboratories International
  • Williams Interactive LLC
  • InComm
  • Aristocrat
  • Bally Technologies
  • Gaming Standards Association
  • Ifrah Law
  • Foxwoods Interactive & GameAccount Network
  • IGT
  • NMi
  • Pentasia
  • Great Luck LLC
  • AliQuantum Gaming
  • Optimal Payments
  • PayNearMe
  • PokerTracker
  • BMM Testlabs
  • Vantiv Gaming Solutions
  • INTRALOT
  • e-Management N.V.
  • Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission
  • BetConstruct
  • BetConstruct
  • SNG Interactive
  • GTECH
  • GTECH
  • Interactive Gaming Council
  • Real Deal Interactive

GGW Breakfast

Speakers

Andy Abboud, VP of Government Relations, Las Vegas Sands Corp

Andy has held this post since 2004, prior to which he served as Director and then Vice President of Government Relations and Community Development for the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Possessing some of the most diverse political experience in the gaming industry, Andy's duties include managing the political and governmental affairs for LVSC along with aiding and assisting in the company's expansion efforts and development projects. Andy has been instrumental in instituting The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s political and community development activities, along with helping to ensure The Venetian and LVSC properties continue to set the industry's standards. Abboud oversees the company’s political activity and lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., Carson City, as well as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and in other jurisdictions across the United States. He led the company's campaign to obtain a gaming license in Pennsylvania, spearheading a proposal to redevelop the former Bethlehem Steel property into a mixed-use resort development. He continues to lead the company’s expansion opportunities in other jurisdictions within the United States. Andy has been at the forefront of several of the company’s political and community initiatives including the creation and development of LVSC's Responsible Gaming Program. In the development of this program, he facilitated a partnership with the Harvard University Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addictions to develop a cutting-edge training curriculum for all team members, establishing LVSC as the foremost leader in responsible gaming in the world. Andy also organized and oversees the charitable arm of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. 501c (3) charitable foundation, the Sands Foundation. The Sands Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in charitable contributions to thousands of organizations and individuals in need.

 

   
Cameron Adams, Director, Product & Business Development, British Columbia Lottery Corporation

Cameron Adams is Director, Product & Business Development for the eGaming division at BCLC. He is responsible for the product portfolio on PlayNow.com, BCLC’s internet and mobile platform that provides lottery, casino, poker, sports and bingo for Internet and mobile. Cameron is also responsible for PlayNow’s B2B operations, whereby BCLC now operates internet gaming as a turnkey service to other jurisdictions looking to offer online gaming.

 

   
Salim Adatia, CEO, GLI Test Labs Canada

Salim Adatia is the CEO of GLI Canada. Prior to its acquisition by GLI, Mr. Adatia was CEO of the Technical Systems Testing (TST) group of companies worldwide and was responsible for driving the performance of the company's global spread of testing facilities located in Vancouver, London, Macau, Manila, Sydney and Melbourne. Today Mr. Adatia continues to be a driving force in GLI’s global initiatives related to iGaming. He is one of the world’s leading experts in iGaming and works with government regulators, operators and suppliers to ensure gambling products meet with comprehensive technical regulatory requirements, supplier’s technical specifications, and global best-practice industry standards. Mr. Adatia also works closely with GLI’s Professional Services division, whose experts lead the world in Project Management, World Lottery Association (WLA) / ISO, Information Systems Security (ISS) auditing, Training and other Technical Services. Mr. Adatia has spoken at a variety of industry conferences in Canada, the U.S., Asia, Europe and Australia and has been interviewed by and written for numerous publications serving these regions. He was also chosen as one of the gaming industry’s “Top 25 People to Watch” by Global Gaming Business magazine in 2012. Mr. Adatia has professional experience with expert witness research and support and has received additional training in fundamentals of personnel law. He spent approximately five years in the banking and financial sectors in North America previous to GLI. As the world’s most experienced test lab, GLI remains the foremost authority in the land-based and iGaming sectors providing high quality testing & consulting services.

 

   
Greg Ambrosius, General Manager of Consumer Fantasy Games, STATS LLC

Greg Ambrosius is the General Manager of Consumer Fantasy Games at STATS LLC and a 25-year veteran of the fantasy sports industry. Greg is the founder of the three leading full season high-stakes fantasy contests in each sport: The National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC), the National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) and the National Fantasy Basketball Championship (NFBKC). More than $20 million has been awarded to winners over the last 10 seasons involving all three contests, which are owned and operated by STATS LLC. Greg was the editor of the industry’s first national newsstand magazine, Fantasy Sports Magazine, for 21 years, starting in 1989. Through his long service in the industry, Greg has been elected to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s Hall of Fame (FSTA) and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. He was also the president of the FSTA from 2004-08 and he was the president of the Fantasy Sports Association (FSA) from 2008-10. Greg was also ESPN.com’s first fantasy baseball and football columnist, starting in 1995.

 

   
Danielle Andersen, Team Pro, Ultimate Poker

Andersen, 29, is arguably the highest earning female online cash game player in the history of online poker. Andersen’s competitive nature led her to pick up the game after watching her future husband, and friends, play in college in 2003. Finding herself winning on a regular basis, she made a $50 deposit and never looked back. Widely known in the poker community as “dmoongirl,”Andersen was consistently found playing $25-$50 6-max cash games online – sometimes as high as $200-$400 prior to BlackFriday. As one of the focal points in the online poker documentary, “Bet Raise Fold,” her life as a professional female poker player, wife, and mother was one of the more highlighted character arcs in the documentary. The success of “Bet Raise Fold” catapulted her to becoming an even more recognizable face and name within the poker community.

 

   
Alan Avidan, CEO, Bees & Pollen

Alan brings vision and experience to Bees and Pollen positioning it to be the world-leader in predictive personalization for social casino gambling. Alan is focused on rapidly growing Bees and Pollen by partnering with dominant players in the social casino space. Alan is also leading the development to market of future generations of predictive personalization products via proprietary developments and via strategic and financial partnering. A successful serial entrepreneur, Alan holds 3 engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon and CUNY and an Executive MBA from NYU/Stern.

 

   
Gideon Bierer, Founder, Partis Solutions

Gideon Bierer is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Partis Solutions, a leading full-service advisory firm serving the iGaming industry. He was formerly EVP Interactive at IGT with global responsibility for IGT's iGaming business. He has consulted on the US iGaming/iCasino market to many leading companies including Caesar's Interactive, High 5 Games and GameAccount Network.

 

   
William Bills, Chief, Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada

In 1971 The United States Government recognized the Winnemucca Indian Colony as a Federally Recognized Reservation, near Winnemucca, Nevada. In 1998 The Current Chairman, William Bills became Vice-Chairman of the Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada. On April 17, 2000 William Bills became Official Chairman. Chief William Bills is steadfastly and diligently pursuing multiple economic development opportunities, including, Manufacturing, Import/Export, Renewable Energy and iGaming.

 

   
Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital

Melissa Blau has been in the online gaming sector for ten years as both an operator and advisor. She is currently the Founder & Director of iGaming Capital, a leading iGaming consulting and advisory company bridging European and US interests. Clients include state regulators, commercial and Native American casino operators, payment processors, gaming suppliers, and social gaming companies. Current clients include Hard Rock, Tropicana Atlantic City, Delaware Lottery, Pechanga, among others.

Prior to launching iGaming Capital, her experience in the online gaming sector includes senior executive roles at a number of online gaming operators and marketing companies as well as in a banking advisory capacity. Since joining the Internet Gaming sector in 2004, Melissa has demonstrated her leadership in the gaming sector winning the 2013 Women in Gaming Award for Entrepreneur of the Year. She shares her experience as a frequent speaker, participating in many of the leading online gaming events and has spoken before both the New Jersey and Delaware State legislatures and gaming committees. She is a strategic advisor for Poker Trip, the first licensed in Affiliate in Nevada and New Jersey and Inapp Fuel, a social B2B mini-game provider.

Prior to her entering the Online Gaming sector, 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 BA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University.

 

   
Robert Boughner, Executive VP & Chief Business Development Officer, Boyd Gaming Corporation

As Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, Robert L. Boughner leads Boyd Gaming’s new business development efforts, including the Company’s online gaming initiatives; building corporate relationships and alliances; and pursuing expansion efforts in both existing and new markets. Mr. Boughner also has direct oversight of the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., as well as various departments at Boyd Gaming’s corporate offices.

Since joining Boyd Gaming in July 1976, Mr. Boughner has served in a variety of senior executive positions, including general manager of various properties, Senior Vice President of Administration, and Chief Operating Officer. In July 1996 he was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. In 1998, Mr. Boughner was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Borgata where he directed the design, development and operations of the $1.6 billion entertainment destination hotel in Atlantic City. He was named to his current position as Chief Business Development Officer in December 2009.

Mr. Boughner is active in civic and industry affairs. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and serves on the Board of Directors of Bank of Nevada and Southwest Gas Corporation. In 2007, Mr. Boughner and the Hotel College at the University of Nevada Las Vegas established the Bob Boughner Career Services Center to assist students in the pursuit of employment in the hospitality, tourism and gaming industry.

 

   
Tom Breitling, Chairman, Ultimate Gaming

Tom Breitling is Co-founder and Chairman of Ultimate Gaming, a real money online gaming company.

In April of 2013, Ultimate Gaming launched Ultimate Poker in Nevada and became the first company in the U.S. to deliver legal and secure real-money online poker in a regulated environment. Six months later, Ultimate Gaming launched its Ultimate Casino and Ultimate Poker products in New Jersey. The company is the online gaming partner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC ®).

Breitling, born in Minnesota, realized the power of the Internet shortly after graduating from the University of San Diego in 1991. He took his hotel reservation business, Travelscape, online in the mid-90s and quickly grew it into one of the leading players in the industry. In 1999, Breitling and his business partner oversaw its acquisition by Expedia, Inc., in a deal valued at more than $100 million.

In 2004, Breitling and his partner acquired the Golden Nugget hotel-casino properties in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, for $215 million and became the youngest casino owners in the state. In September 2005, they sold the Golden Nugget to Landry’s Restaurants Inc. for approximately $340 million.

Breitling published his autobiography, Double Or Nothing, with Harper Collins in 2008, describing his entrepreneurial ventures.

 

   
Anthony Cabot, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Mr. Cabot is a Partner and Practice Group Leader of the Gaming Law practice group at the firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. His practice emphasis is on gaming law and Internet gaming, sweepstakes and contests. It also encompasses Administrative Law. Chambers Global 2009 awarded him the only "star" rating a gaming attorney has ever received.

 

   
Michael Carpenter, CEO, Ruby Seven Studios

Ruby Seven Studios CEO, Michael Carpenter, entered the social gaming arena in 2009 at Seattle’s PopCap Games. As the VP of Social Product Operations, Carpenter brought to life the organization’s social product operations group, building the team responsible for operating the top-rated games Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz. In early 2012, Carpenter founded Ruby Seven Studios, through the combination of a San Francisco-based game design team and ChaYoWo Games, one of India’s largest casual game developers. The company’s development team has been producing at a whirlwind pace, releasing two-dozen games on 4 platforms since founding. In 2013, Ruby Seven Studios embarked on an exciting new partnership to explore the convergence of social and land-based casino industries, by closing a funding round from affiliate of Chicago-based gaming company, Rush Street Gaming.

 

   
Michael Caselli, Editor-in-Chief, iGaming Business Magazine

Michael Caselli graduated from Gerogetown University in an accelerated 3 ½ years. It was there he began considering the possibilities for digitally deliverable and consumable goods sold via the internet. In the year following his graduation, Caselli became the youngest MBA candidate at the University of London's Imperial College, where his thesis analyzed the subject of gambling on the Internet. His thesis was selected to be used as an example for MBA students for the following three years, and provided the foundation for Michael to launch one of the world's largest iGaming specialist media groups. In his career to date, he has launched and served as the publisher/editor-in-chief of seven consumer and trade magazines specializing in iGaming, has launched a public relations business solely focusing on iGaming projects, and organized dozens of international iGaming events and trade shows. Caselli is considered one of the world’s leading experts on online gaming and has been a sought after expert by several international news programs including CNBC, MSNBC and the BBC. Michael shares his expertise by participating as organizer, host, chairman and moderator for leading international interactive gaming conferences. In additional to his role as Editor-in-Chief to his publications, Michael enjoys organizing social events like Fire & Ice, the iGaming industry’s largest social gathering, and Poker in the Park, The world's largest consumer poker festival.

 

   
Hussein Chahine, CEO, Yazino

Hussein is the driving force behind Yazino, a company that creates synchronous social casino games for playful grown-ups. Yazino players connect, compete and chat with like-minded people all over the world, live and massively multiplayer from web, smartphones and tablets. Hussein holds a degree in Mathematics and Computing from Kingston University. In the late 1990s, he was part of the FICS Group, helping to build Europe’s first Internet banking service. He then joined Reef, where he created enterprise CMS solutions for e-commerce. In 2003 Hussein founded Signature Technologies, a UK company that delivered innovative IT solutions for clients including UPS, the Daily Mail Group, iii.co.uk, AbsolutePoker.com and StanJames.com. Hussein founded Yazino in 2009.

 

   
Shawn Childs, Lead Analyst, scoutPRO

Professional Fantasy Sports player, writer and analyst, Shawn Childs is not only a great player but one of the few high-stakes fantasy sports players willing to share his thoughts and insights to help players improve their game.

A Hall of Fame inductee of the National Fantasy Baseball Championship, Shawn is the current Lead Analyst at scoutPRO in charge of both baseball and football content, in addition to development of their fantasy points prediction tools.

 

   
Donald Clark, Senior Project Manager, Shoutz, Inc.

 

   
Charles Cohen, CEO, Probability PLC

 

   
John Connelly, Senior VP of Business Development and Interactive, Bally Technologies, Inc.

John Connelly is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Interactive for Bally Technologies. In his role, Connelly oversees new business development and the Bally Interactive Division.

Connelly joined Bally Technologies in 2004 as Vice President of Governmental Markets and was promoted to Vice President of International Sales in 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he was responsible for all aspects of Bally’s international business, including sales and operations.

Connelly has more than 20 years of experience in the global gaming industry. Before joining Bally, Connelly served from 2001-2004 as Senior Vice President of Sales for Oberthur Gaming Technologies Corporation, the world’s largest printer of scratch-off lottery tickets.

Prior to that, Connelly held several high-level sales and marketing roles including serving as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Automated Wagering International, Inc. (AWI), a lottery systems provider, from 1995-1998, and serving as an Account Executive for GTECH Corporation from 1992-1995.

Connelly received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant College in 1992 and in November 2007 completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program, a seven-week Executive Education program for executives who have demonstrated capabilities and proven leadership potential.

 

   
Senator Lou Correa, State Senator - 34th District, California State Senate

State Senator from California - 34th Senate District

 

   
Matthew Cullen, President, RocketPlay

Matthew Cullen is the President of RocketPlay, a leading cross platform developer of innovative and addictive social casino games (LuckyPlay Casino & Sportsbook and Paradise Slots). Matthew has extensive iGaming experience in both social and real-money gambling, first entering the space as the Vice President of Business Development & Strategy in the US at Betfair. RocketPlay is made up of a group of industry veterans from Kabam, 888.com, and bwin.party. His team at RocketPlay spent over a year developing the groundbreaking real-time sports betting platform and traditional casino games found in LuckyPlay Casino, which launched on Facebook and Zynga.com in September 2012 in a major publishing partnership with Zynga. The company’s first mobile casino game, Paradise Slots, was rolled out in January of 2013.

 

   
Chris Danek, Poker Product Manager, Ultimate Poker

Rebuy tournaments or resizable tables? Rewards programs or ring game waitlists? As Poker Product Manager for Ultimate Gaming, Chris Danek has his self-described "dream job.” He oversees implementation and design of many of the poker features found in Ultimate Gaming's software suite. A longtime student of the game, Chris has worked for some of the largest online poker sites in various capacities. With a deep connection to the online poker community and years of experience (and love) for games of all types, Chris brings his expertise to designing and improving the product for Ultimate Gaming. Combining nearly a decade of computer engineering experience with over 2 million hands of online poker, he hopes to bring the best possible poker product to the world.

 

   
Jeff Danielson, State Senator, Iowa's 30th District

Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson (D) is serving his third term.

His district includes Hudson, Cedar Falls and Waterloo in Black Hawk County, Iowa where he also continues his career as a professional firefighter with the City of Cedar Falls.

Jeff is chair of State Government committee. He is Vice-Chair of Appropriations, Veterans Affairs & Administration and Regulation budget committees. He is a member of Transportation and Economic Growth committees.

He earned a degree in Public Administration (summa cum laude) from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and a Master’s of Public Policy from UNI as well.

Jeff is a Navy veteran and makes his home in Waterloo, Iowa with his wife Kim and two children, Brendan and Erin.

 

   
Shaun Deeb, Professional Poker Player,

Shaun Deeb is a professional poker player and widely considered one of the best online poker players in the world. On PokerStars, Deeb has won two World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP) and five Spring Championships of Online Poker (SCOOP). Deeb's cumulative online poker winnings are estimated to be worth over $5 million. He has also distinguished himself as an excellent player of Open Face Chinese Poker (OFC).

 

   
David Deitch, Partner, Ifrah Law PLLC

David Deitch is a senior partner at Ifrah PLLC, one of the nation’s premier law firms in representation of a variety of entities in the field of online gaming. A federal former and state prosecutor and experienced litigator, David has provided extensive representation to online gaming industry clients including (Full-Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and a variety of other companies and individuals associated with online casinos and sports gambling. David has participated in a variety of gaming panels, most recently David moderated the Social Gambling & Gaming Summit in Vegas on Bitcoin.

 

   
Peter DeRaedt, President, Gaming Standards Association

Peter W. DeRaedt has been a tireless champion of the global gaming standards movement since it first began in 1998. He served as GSA’s first Chairman of the Board of Directors from May 1998 until October 2002, when he resigned his board position to become the organization’s President, a position he has held ever since. Under his leadership at GSA, the organization and the industry have made enormous strides in standards conception, development and implementation. GSA’s award-winning standards have been adopted by operators, regulators and suppliers globally, and the organization’s newest initiative, the Online Gaming Committee, has gained global recognition and is moving the standards process forward in this critical area. Peter actively continues to promote the participation of all stakeholders. He is encouraging global collaboration between the industry and policy domain to solve our unique business challenges and create value for all involved. Mr. DeRaedt began his career in the gaming industry in 1986 for TCS as Systems Manager / General Manager, running the Systems division for TCS (UK) from Belgium. He joined Aristocrat at its corporate offices in Sydney in 1997. As Aristocrat’s Vice President of Technology, he was responsible for establishing the new R&D center in Tucson Arizona. In 2001, he became Corporate Vice President of Product Development and IP for the MIS Group of Monaco, and now holds the position of GSA President. Mr. DeRaedt earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, cum laude, as well as a Business Management diploma from South Africa. In addition to his involvement in GSA and the gaming industry at large, he is active on the UNLV School of Informatics Advisory Board and on the Editorial Advisory Board of CEM Magazine.

 

   
Michael Ellen, Director, Licensing & Strategy, Alderney Gambling Control Commission

Michael Ellen is Director of Licensing and Strategy within the executive management of The Alderney Gambling Control Commission. He is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience in the financial services industry both in the UK and internationally. Michael joined the Commission in 2005 as a senior inspector and in 2006 was promoted to chief inspector, retaining this position for five years.

 

   
Theodosis Engelis, Gaming Solutions Director, INTRALOT Group

As Director of the Gaming Solutions Department, Theodosis Engelis is responsible for the definition and development of the company products in Gaming, including the company state-of the art Gaming Machine monitoring and management system, along with a number of additional products like jackpots, payment systems, analysis tools and more. Theodosis has been instrumental in shaping up the product development roadmap and introducing an integrated approach to address the market technology needs for a combined brick and mortar and on-line offering. Theodosis is also heavily involved in the commercial offering and project implementations in Gaming, in close cooperation with the subsidiaries of the company and the technical development teams.

 

   
Neil Erlick, Executive VP, Business Development, Optimal Payments

A seasoned industry executive, Neil has been a key member of the Optimal Payments senior management team since 2000. In recent years, Neil has been tasked with the strategic development and marketing of online payment solutions for large-scale merchants. These comprehensive solutions include the implementation of online gateway services, merchant accounts, mobile and alternative payments, and risk management services. Neil is responsible for the Company’s North American gaming initiatives and seeking new strategic partnerships. Neil previously served as Senior VP of Business Development, where he oversaw the Company’s regulated European gaming services.

 

   
Harris Fischman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, US Department of Justice

Harris Fischman is a 2005 cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. Following law school, Mr. Fischman served as a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Fomer Yugoslavia where he was a member of the team prosecuting the former president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic. After that, Mr. Fischman worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Fischman joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in the summer of 2009 and is currently the Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit.

 

   
Adam Fong, Senior Director Service Delivery, BMM Testlabs

Most recently Adam Fong worked as a Senior Engineer for the Nevada Gaming Control Board where he and his team were responsible for the testing, field trial and ongoing monitoring of all new gaming devices, including system based, system supported, and mobile gaming systems. Adam directly oversaw the first system based, system supported and mobile deployments in Nevada as well as the first floor-wide G2S deployments on the Las Vegas Strip. Adam was also responsible for the development of the first set of technical standards for Interactive Gaming Systems in Nevada. As Senior Director of Service Delivery at BMM, Adam is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the BMM North American test lab which includes testing, audit, and field services for gaming devices, associated equipment and internet gaming systems.

 

   
Tony Fontaine, Executive Consultant, InComm

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.

 

   
John J. Ford, CEO, BAM Software Services LLC

John Ford is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BAM Software and Services LLC, a technology solutions company dedicated to bridging the gap between land-based and online interactive real money betting. He leads a team of experienced executives and software developers who created and operate the BAM Interactive Platform, which offers the premier independent, interactive platform for pari-mutuel wagering on horse and greyhound racing and real money competitive games. A licensed attorney, John began his career at Eckert Seamans, a 300+ attorney law firm headquartered in Pennsylvania, where he became partner. John later accepted and invitation to became General Counsel and Executive Vice President at Ladbroke Racing Corporation, the North American subsidiary of British-based Ladbroke Group, the legendary betting company. In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Directors, John managed all aspects of all legal matters for Ladbroke’s North American operations, which employed over 3,000 employees at twelve locations in several states, as well as the Province of Ontario, Canada. During his tenure, Ladbroke/USA launched the first licensed and regulated pari-mutuel wagering website in the United States, a project in which John was intimately involved, as the legal boundaries of wagering and the internet were first being addressed. After Ladbroke’s withdrawal from the United States and then after several years of consulting with technology oriented businesses, both from a legal perspective and from the business side, John co-founded BAM Software and Services LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California. At BAM Software, he has grown a team, across four offices, which offers a state-of-the-art interactive platform for licensed and regulated pari-mutuel wagering and fully compliant real money online competitive games.

 

   
John Forelli, VP of Information Technology, Borgata

Career: VP-IT Borgata, 2007 – Present; Previously IT Director at Borgata and IT Director at Foxwoods Casino in CT. Education: BS Math, Lafayette College, Easton, PA. MBA, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

 

   
Kurt Freedlund, President, LottoInteractive Inc.

With nearly twenty years in the lottery industry, Kurt Freedlund has recently become the President of LottoInteractive Inc., a mobile lottery games platform. LottoInteractive is focused on making iGaming fun, interactive and mobile. At LottoInteractive, Kurt will lead the company’s business development, legal/regulatory affairs and all customer facing functions. In addition, Kurt will focus on the expansion of client relations, customer acquisition and integration and intellectual property. Prior to joining LottoInteractive, Kurt was COO & General Counsel of the Georgia Lottery Corporation where he was actively involved in the daily operation of the lottery together with the oversight and implementation of several new initiatives. These initiatives included the development and installation of GLC-operated lottery stores at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the national effort to cross-sell Powerball and Mega Million and the GLC’s launch of iGaming. Kurt was also Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Illinois Lottery and served as Acting Director for a period of time. Kurt served as personal assistant to Illinois Governor James Thompson for three years prior to earning his law degree from Northwestern University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. Upon earning his law degree, Kurt practiced law in Chicago for eight years, specializing in corporate law and commercial real estate.

 

   
Gus Fritschie, CTO, SeNet International Gaming Labs

Gus has been involved in the field of information security for over ten years. He began his career in information technology (IT) as a system administrator for a growing financial company. It was there that he gained a fundamental understanding of all aspects of IT, including network security. Gus then joined the information security consulting practices of both KPMG and Deloitte and Touche.

Since joining SeNet and being promoted to the role of CTO, Gus has led numerous large-scale projects. Recently Gus has been focusing on security in online gaming. Gus has performed research into the security of online gaming and has presented his findings at security conferences such as DefCon. He has also written articles both in print and online. He leads a separate line of business within SeNet devoted to performing security work in the gaming sector, both online and brick-and-mortar.

 

   
Keith Furlong, Chief Executive, Interactive Gaming Council

Keith Furlong serves as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade organization that advocates for fair and sensible online gaming regulations.

Furlong served as IGC Deputy Executive Director since 2000, and has more than fifteen years of experience with casino regulation and online gaming. He previously served as the Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in the Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of the editorial board for Gaming Law Review and a long time member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL).

 

   
Mario Galea, Managing Director & CEO of Random Consulting , Consultant to New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

Mario Galea is known as one of the pioneers in online gaming regulation and policy. Prior to starting Random Consulting, LLC in the United States, Mario was the founder and CEO of Random Consulting Limited, based in Malta, a firm focused on regulatory, technical and strategic advisory to online gaming companies, casinos and governments. In 2004, he established and was the first Chief Executive of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority in Malta (LGA) which is well known throughout the gaming industry for its Remote Gaming Regulations. He was recognized for his work in the regulatory field being awarded twice the Regulator of the Year by the European gaming industry. During his five-year tenure at the LGA, Mr. Galea has worked extensively with European Regulators including the United Kingdom, Alderney, Isle of Man, Italy, France, Romania and Cyprus, Nevada and tribal nations in the US on regulatory matters related to iGaming. He also licensed more than 300 iGaming operators during his tenure. In 2013, Mario was elected as the non-executive Chairman of the LGA. In 2013 he became the external consultant to New Jersey Division of Gambling Enforcement for the implementation of online gaming.

In 2014 Mario was voted by the industry as one of the Hot 50 people in Online Gaming mainly for his efforts to a a successful launch for online gaming in New Jersey and his influence on the California online gaming market having originally drafted SB 678.

 

   
Rob Gallo, President, Peak Gaming Group

Considered to be one of the founding members of the online gaming industry. Rob Gallo launched Omni Casino in 1997, and SunPoker.com in 2001 growing the gross gaming handle to ~$430m, registered users to 300,000+, marketing affiliates to 5500+, and over 40 employees. After selling his gaming company in 2010, Rob founded Peak Gaming Group as a consultancy which helps brick and mortar casino companies to properly assess the online gaming arena and determine the necessary steps for entry into the market. His clients include Dover Downs (Delaware), Grand Belize Entertainment, and Figure 8 Technologies, to name a few. Rob offers significant expertise and experience in successfully implementing varying marketing methodologies across the globe in both real money gaming and social casino games. He has the ability to effectively strategize new markets and identify viable opportunities within the online gaming sector. His hobbies include: golf, poker and catching … not fishing, that’s boring, it’s the catching that’s the fun part.

 

   
Manu Gambhir, Managing Partner, Thrive Gaming

Manu has been in the online gaming field for nearly two decades. He is currently working on a real money iGaming project for launch in New Jersey. Manu is an active investor in and adviser to gaming and Internet-related startups around the globe.

 

   
Mitch Garber, CEO, Caesars Acquisition Co and Caesars Interactive Entertainment

Mitch Garber joined Caesars Interactive Entertainment in 2009 as its first employee. He was hand-picked by the Board of Caesars Entertainment, to lead Caesars’ foray into the interactive space. Garber serves as the company’s CEO, leading all company initiatives.

He previously served as the CEO of PartyGaming, Plc, where he successfully led the market-leading online real money gaming company through a transition after the UIGEA law passed in October 2006. He has spent the last decade serving as CEO for private as well as public companies on Nasdaq, and the London and Toronto stock exchanges in the internet and e-commerce sectors.

Garber holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. He spent more than a decade practicing law, including working with many leading U.S. land-based casinos and gaming equipment manufacturers.

 

   
Mike Gentile, Editor, Pokerfuse

Michael Gentile is the co-founder of Fuse Media Corp, the parent company of global iGaming digital publications focusing on online poker. Fuse Media is perhaps best known for its flagship online poker news site Pokerfuse, which revolutionized the way the industry of poker is covered in the media. Prior to Fuse Media, Michael gained valuable professional experience in compliance, business, technology and real estate. He also has a background in media.

 

   
Rip Gerber, CEO, Locaid

Rip Gerber is the founder of “Location-as-a-Service” (LaaS) and has built Locaid into the world’s largest location company. At Nokia, as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Intellisync (NASDAQ: SYNC), Rip transformed the company’s brand and products, culminating in a $510M acquisition. He’s served as SVP at Carlson, a $38 billion private company, and was a founding executive of Commtouch (NASDAQ: CTCH), an internet infrastructure company he took public in 1999. He also founded @once (acquired by InfoUSA), was a strategy consultant for Deloitte, a direct marketer for American Express and a plant engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber. Rip is the only mobile CEO to be certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He holds several patents and is a frequent speaker on innovation, creativity and building customer trust. Rip serves on the board of the CTIA and its Innovation Leadership Council, and is a board director on Aratana Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PETX), the world’s leading pet therapeutics company. He has a Harvard MBA and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia. Rip is also a best-selling author; his thrillers have been published by Random House and Forge.

 

   
Paul Girvan, Managing Director, The Innovation Group

Paul Girvan, Managing Director and Partner at The Innovation Group and Co-Manager of the company’s iGaming initiative. Paul has been involved. in land based gaming for over 20 years conducting various analyses primarily in the realm of market and financial feasibility. He has worked for operators, banks and lending institutions, and Tribal, City, State and national governments across the US and the world. In the last five years Paul has been advising operators, Tribes and providers on the potential market for iGaming in the US. Paul has conducted two national consumer surveys and numerous other primary research efforts in various states and regions throughout the US. His most recent primary research effort had been directed to landbased operators to provide a snapshot of where the US landbased industry currently stands with regard to iGaming, their preferences in relation to software, and the problems they have encountered in moving towards linking landbased casinos to an online presence. In addition to primary research Paul has advised clients on the structure and implementation of iGaming initiatives. Paul manages the New Orleans office of The Innovation Group.

 

   
Violet Anne Golden, Chairman, Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission

In 2009 Governor John P. deJongh nominated Anne to serve on the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission. She has been nominated to serve a second, and final term on the Virgin Islands Casino Commission as its next Chairman.

In 1998, Anne was elected to serve in the Twenty-Third Legislature of the Virgins Islands from the district of St. Croix. She chaired the Rules Committee and was a member of the Legislature’s Health, Education, Economic Development, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, and Finance Committees. One of two Republican Senators, Anne consistently worked to promote economic development, economic self-reliance, privatization, and partnerships between government and the private and non-profit sectors.

Anne served as a Public Policy Advisor to the Honorable Lorraine L. Berry, Senate President of the Twenty-Sixth Legislature. Anne also ran a private consulting business, and has represented clients locally and on the mainland in the telecommunications, food service, hotel, and non-profit sectors.

In 1993, former Governor Alexander Farrelly appointed Anne to serve on the V.I. Civil Rights Commission where she was initially elected as Secretary and later, as Chairman. In 1996, she was awarded the Morris F. De Castro Fellowship for her contributions as an outstanding teacher.

Anne taught Mathematics and Computer Literacy at Arthur A. Richards Junior High School in Frederiksted. As an active member of the St. Croix Federation of Teachers Local 1826, she was appointed Chairperson of the COPE Committee of the AFT in 1994.

In 1982, Anne served in Washington, D.C. following her appointment by former Governor Juan Luis to the Virgin Islands Federal Programs Office as an Assistant Federal Programs Analyst. She also ran a successful newspaper distributorship for the Washington Post before returning to the Virgin Islands.

She graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

 

   
Malcolm Graham, CEO, PKR Technologies Ltd.

Malcolm is the CEO of PKR.com, a company which has developed a uniquely customizable 3D online poker software. The company was founded by Jez San, who was the creative force behind Argonaut Games, one of the UKs most successful games developers. PKR launched in August 2006 based in Alderney, the premier online gaming regulatory environment. PKR has become one of the 10 largest poker rooms on the Internet and is continuing to grow at a substantial pace. Previously, Malcolm was the Managing Director of The Ritz Club London Online, operating an online casino and poker room under The Ritz brand. He was also a Director of The Ritz Club, the land based casino located in the Ritz Hotel. Malcolm was responsible for all aspects of The Ritz Club’s online gaming operations including the following: Negotiating contracts with all suppliers, Overseeing all marketing activities, Co-ordinating all customer care and retention activities, Managing The Ritz’s move from Curacao to Alderney, Full P&L responsibility, selecting and negotiating potential marketing and technology partnerships. Prior to Malcolm’s role at The Ritz Club Online he worked for one of the UKs leading internet investment vehicles called the Antfactory. He was responsible for their £2 m investment in Whittards of Chelsea. Prior to the Antfactory, Malcolm was a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting where he specialized in the telecommunications and internet industries. Malcolm has a BA from Southampton University and an MBA from INSEAD.

 

   
Will Griffiths, CEO and Founder, The Level Media

Will Griffiths is the CEO and founder of The Level Media, the go-to-company for major players and new entrants looking to capitalize on the changing iGaming landscape—in the US, Europe and internationally.

Will has become a household name in the iGaming industry – and not just for his recent efforts to launch two major New Jersey casino brands. The respected C-level marketing executive is armed with over 15 years experience transforming stagnating online brands into industry powerhouses.

Prior to forming The Level Media, Griffiths was the CMO of several leading iPoker brands overseeing the global marketing strategy for each brand. Today, he’s known for his strong track record of catapulting new brands into a category that puts them on equal footing with the competition through his company, The Level Media.

The iGaming marketing firm has led the way in the North American and international gaming sectors, helping to launch a number of big casino and poker brands into several regulated markets:

New Jersey—Most recently, Will led the New Jersey marketing and creative strategy development for Tropicanacasino.com and VirginCasino.com, two regulated online casino properties.

Delaware—The Level Media has also been tapped by Delaware Park to redesign their current web properties and build their mobile and iGaming sites. Griffiths has also consulted with them for the last two years leading their online gaming strategy.

Europe—Will is known on the other side of the pond, too. In Europe, The Level Media works with big-name operators such as BGO Entertainment. The Level Media is responsible for creating many of their leading entertainment brands, including the successful BGO.com.

To see a brief show reel of The Level Media’s recent work, visit: www.TheLevelMedia.com

 

   
Roger Gros, Publisher, Global Gaming Business

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business magazine, the leading trade publication for the gaming industry. He has also been president of Casino Connection International, the magazines’ parent company since 2001. CCI also publishes Casino Design magazine, Tribal Government Gaming magazine, G2E Preview magazine and GGB News, the only weekly online magazine covering the gaming industry. Prior to joining CCI, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit (1995) and the Southern Gaming Summit (1994) conferences and trade shows. Gros was named “Businessman of the Year” for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement” honor at the 2012 American Gaming Association’s Gaming Communications Awards. Gros is also the author of How to Win at Casino Gambling, published in 1996 by Carlton Books, one of the best-selling gambling books ever. He is frequently quoted as an independent industry expert in the New York Times, the Las Vegas Sun and Review Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, New York Post, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Forbes and other major print media, and appeared on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NBC, ESPN, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel and other local television and radio outlets.

 

   
Chris Grove, Publisher, OnlinePokerReport.com

Chris Grove is an independent consultant for stakeholders in the online gambling industry. Over the past decade, Grove has written more than a million words covering poker news, trends and culture for multiple outlets. Grove’s additional poker credentials are as follows: • Co-founded PartTimePoker.com, one of the five largest online poker communities. • Has consulted over a dozen online poker rooms & affiliate networks since 2005 on focus areas including content development, player acquisition & retention and organic search traffic strategy. • More than $450,000 in winnings from online poker tournaments. A member of the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame and three-time National Public Speaking Champion, Grove earned his B.A. and Masters of Communication from Illinois State University. Previously based in Chicago, Chris currently lives in Las Vegas.

 

   
Dr. David Gutierrez, Head Data Scientist - Social and Mobile Casino, Kontagent

David Gutierrez, PhD, is a Data Scientist at Kontagent/PlayHaven, the leading social and mobile games analytics platform for publishers, studios, game producers and product managers. David specializes in social and mobile casino games such as slots, bingo, poker and blackjack. David has worked with a number of customers in this space to help them make the appropriate data capture, processing, analysis and game optimization that allows his customers to optimize their acquisition spend and attain higher levels of engagement, retention and monetization.

 

   
David Gzesh, Member, Coins In, LLC

David Gzesh practices igaming law and advises both igaming and bitcoin industry clients in various international markets.. His igaming and bitcoin clients are moving into each other’s arena; gaming clients seek bitcoin solutions and bitcoin clients either seek to provide transactional services to established gaming providers. David also has a hands-on practical perspective on internet gaming, which underlies his comments here. (From 2001 -2006, he helped found, build and was CEO of Truepoker/Yatahay, before selling the poker network.) David is a General Member of the Int’l Masters of Gaming Law, earned an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management, a JD from Georgetown University, and an AB from the University of Chicago, so long ago that Milton Friedman still taught there.

 

   
Charles Harper, Vice President of Business Development, Double Down Interactive

Charles Harper is currently the Vice President of Business Development for DoubleDown Interactive, a division of IGT, Inc. (IGT). He is responsible for the IGT Social Gaming Partner Program as well as strategic distribution partnerships with top tier companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, business strategy for globalization, and mobile distribution

Previously, as General Manager of Business Development for GameHouse, the Casual Games Division of RealNetworks, Inc. (RNWK) Charles was responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing business strategy, legal affairs and strategic partner management for the division including the mobile, social and online business units. This included running the P&Ls for all retail business and apternative platforms. Before Real, Charles was Vice President of Business Development and Screenlife, LLC, the makers of Scene It?, where he managed the acquisition of the content for the Scene It? games as well as launching Scene It? on the Mobile, Xbox, IPTV and online platforms and assisted with the successful sale of the company to Paramount.

Prior to that, Harper worked at WildTangent where he managed the custom games business group working with partners such as Nike, McDonalds, General Mills, Microsoft, Intel and Anheuser- Busch. He started his career in gaming nearly 14 years ago at Real as a founder and head of Business Development for the then new RealArcade group, launching both the web site and the RealArcade client. He is credited as selling the first online in game advertisement. Prior to moving to games Harper managed sales teams in the professional services, media, advertising and technology sectors as well as working in advertising.

 

   
Bob Hays, Head of North America, Williams Interactive

As Managing Director - B2B US & Emerging Markets, Mr. Hays leads new business development, marketing, commercial sales and B2B product strategy for Williams Interactive. To date Mr. Hays has successfully established critical alliances supporting online products/services, led the continuing development of Williams’s casino platform and most recently was responsible for Williams selection as a supplier to the Delaware Lottery. Previously, Mr. Hays served as Executive Director at WMS Gaming leading the new business development and commercial sales efforts across multiple North American jurisdictions. Direct responsibilities included launching the WMS Class II / Central Determination business in the Americas and successfully leading WMS to be selected as a qualified supplier to both British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Lotto Quebec’s online gaming entities PlayNow.com and Espacejeux.com. Before joining WMS, Mr. Hays held several senior leadership positions with General Electric Corporation.

 

   
Jeff Ifrah, Founding Partner, Ifrah Law, PLLC

Jeff Ifrah is the founding partner of Washington, D.C.-based Ifrah Law. He represents many of the largest igaming companies and industry associations in the world, at the intersection of interactive gaming and government regulation. His clients include the online poker sites Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and the Interactive Gaming Council. Jeff and his firm also serve as Special Internet Gaming Counsel for the Delaware State Lottery. Jeff, and the firm’s CrimeintheSuites.com blog, serve as go-to sources for reporters on igaming issues. In 2012, Jeff was honored as one of Gaming Intelligence Magazine’s Hot 50 Winners in the Category of Law and Regulation. He is also consistently recognized by Chambers USA in the areas of White Collar Crime and Government Investigations.

 

   
Martin Jekl, Managing Director, Win2Day Gmbh

Martin Jekl was born in 1964 in Vienna/Austria. He studied economics at WU Wien/Austria, then transferring to London & Harvard. Jekll began his professional career with Philips Consumer Electronics. He has worked with Austrian Lotteries since 1991. Jekl is responsible for the development and introduction of Austrian Lotteries' first Internet Gaming Portal, Webclub.at, in1998. Since 2000, he has been the Head of Marketing New Technologies. In 2008, Jekl became the Managing Director of win2day GmbH (daughter company of Austrian Lotteries and Casinos Austria).

 

   
Daniel Kajouie, CEO, Isis Lab Corp

Daniel Kajouie is the Chairman, CEO, and President of Isis Lab, a cutting edge software provider specializing in the convergence of Social Networking and Online Gaming. Founded in 2010, Isis Lab was recently awarded the “most innovative start-up of 2013” at GiGSe in San Francisco. Prior to launching Isis Lab, from 2001 to 2007 Kajouie was Founder and President of 1Gaming Inc. 1Gaming was the premier, online social wagering software provider to some of the largest and fastest growing online operators. By 2007, 1Gaming had successfully powered some of the leading online bingo brands such as MariaBingo.com, Bingo.com, Bettsson’s Bingo, BingoRoom and others. Under Kajouie’s leadership, 1Gaming was amongst the first to develop truly, multi-currency and multi-language support, which allowed massive, multiplayer networked games across various European countries. 1Gaming’s software platform, which became MariaBingo was purchased by Unibet in 2007 for a record all cash deal, and continued to power its multi-million dollar business until January of 2011. December 2, 2013 Isis Lab Corporation entered into an agreement with Cladstone Ltd. for the launch of ISIS Friends® in the United Kingdom. As a result of the agreement with Cladstone, ISIS Friends®, the world’s first regulated and award winning social gaming platform will soon be available to UK residents for real money gaming. Following the agreement with Cladstone Ltd, on January 13, 2014 Isis Lab joined forces with Italian based Microgame SPA to deliver its bingo gaming platform and related services to current and future operators serviced by Microgame. Subject to receiving the necessary regulatory approvals, ISIS expects to launch the platform, entering the Italian, online gaming market in the first quarter of 2014. Kajouie is frequently consulted by industry publications and industry leaders on the current and future state of online gaming.

 

   
Michael Kaplan, SVP of Business Development, PayNearMe

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at PayNearMe, the electronic cash transaction network that makes it easy for consumers to pay rent, transfer money, repay loans, buy tickets and make online purchases with cash. With over 15 years of experience in the mobile and payments technology space, he oversees business development and strategic partnerships across insurance, banking, lending, property management and gaming verticals. Prior to PayNearMe, Michael held leadership roles at Good Technology, Motorola, and most recently, Jasper Wireless, where he was responsible for strategic partnerships, solution engineering and carrier integrations globally.

 

   
Don Karrer, VP of Information Technology and Communications, Trump Entertainment Resorts

Don Karrer is the Vice President of Information Technology and Communications for Trump Entertainment Resorts.

Don has over (35) years experience in Information Technology field including nearly (30) years in the gaming industry. He has worked in key management positions for several of the largest gaming operators and manufacturers including; Penn National Gaming, Bally Technologies, Prk Place Entertainment, Kerzner International, and has most recently been with Trump Entertainment since 2010.

Some of his career highlights include: Developing and maintaining the IT strategic direction for a multi-billion dollar organization involving 18 properties located throughout North America; Managing the IT aspects of a billion dollar company acquisition as well as multiple company divestitures; Leading the IT aspects of several new property openings; Implementing major staff consolidations, reorganizations and business process improvements; A (5) year Board of Directors member and Secretary of the Gaming Standards Association (GSA), a non-profit industry association dedicated to establishing communication standards between gaming devices and systems.

While at Trump he played the principal role in the research and implementation of two unique iGaming systems. His involvement encompassed all aspects from; vendor selection, contract negotiation and project management. He currently maintains the overall responsibility for the daily operation of both systems.

 

   
Matthew Katz, CEO, CAMS, LLC

Matthew Katz is CEO of CAMS, LLC, a privately held company he independently financed and founded in 2012.

Mr. Katz has a well established career as a successful entrepreneur having founded and partnered in several other businesses and consulting firms prior to CAMS, LLC. While still in college he started his first successful business introduced a new interactive online gambling methodology. In 2000, Mr. Katz joined BK Global, the first company to develop a US legal Internet casino for a U.S. land-based casino owner. As CEO, his role included developing the casino strategy, providing disclosure to state gaming boards, managing marketing campaigns, establishing relationships with vendors, operations, accounting, and creating high-level strategic partnerships.

In 2005, Mr. Katz started Verifi, Inc., and serves as President and Chairman. Verifi offers business efficiencies and risk management services via proprietary technology and expertise to Tier 1 merchant businesses that accept credit card payments via e-commerce, mail order and even telephone order channels. Verifi employs over 85 people full-time and has been profitable since its inception. The company consistently recognizes double-digit growth in revenue month over month. Mr. Katz is at the helm of both companies, Verifi and CAMS, managing day-to-day operations and defining the strategic goals for the future.

Mr. Katz has been profiled by the NY Times, LA Times, Forbes, and Business Week to name a few. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Economics and lives in Los Angeles.

For more information on Matthew Katz or CAMS, LLC please call 323.655.5789 or visit www.CentralAMS.com.

 

   
Matt Kaufman, Senior Advisor, Z4 Poker

Matt Kaufman is a consultant, writer, and editor in the online gaming industry. After spending 5 years as a stockbroker on Wall Street, he transitioned to working with major online poker training and affiliate sites including PokerStrategy.com. Today Kaufman is the Editor-in-Chief of gaming news site QuadJacks.com and a product manager at Z4 Poker, a Las Vegas startup which is developing a cross-platform poker product for both social and real money play.

 

   
Helene Keeley, State Representative - 3rd District, Delaware General Assembly

Rep. Keeley has taken an active role in championing important legislation through the Delaware General Assembly, including the Mental Health Parity Act of 2001; a bill to catch red light runners in the City of Wilmington; legislation to restrict physicians from charging outrageous fees for the transfer of medical records; legislation to prevent price gouging during a state of emergency; bills to make our streets safer by cracking down on drug dealers and properties that sell illegal alcohol and the establishment of a hearing aid loan bank for Delaware children three and under and introducing a bill to restrict the sale of violent and harmful video games. Rep. Keeley was the driving force in developing Delaware’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program and the States Medical Marijuana Program. She continues to focus on the current foreclosure issues in the State and has introduced legislation to regulate mortgage brokers and payday lending institutions. Representative Keeley severed as House Minority Whip 2006-2008.

 

   
Alex Kelly, CEO, Playsino

Alex Kelly is currently CEO of Playsino, a social casino games publisher and developer focusing on innovations that bring the exciting world of free-to-play casino games to mobile and social platforms everywhere in the world. Playsino is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and has offices in Seattle, Washington and Kiev, Ukraine.

From May 2010 to January 2012, Kelly served as Vice President of International Game Technology’s Interactive Division responsible for global revenue where he brought a combination of commercial, Internet/ mobile, strategy and corporate experience.

Prior to joining IGT, Kelly held leadership roles at some of the most innovative companies in technology, media and entertainment including Veeker, Pinnacle Systems (PCLE), 20th Century Fox, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, A&E Networks and Billboard magazine.

 

   
Steve Kenneally, Vice President, American Bankers Association

Steve Kenneally works in the Center for Regulatory Compliance at ABA on issues related to legacy payment systems including check, ACH, card, and wires as well as emerging payment technologies such as digital wallets, virtual currencies, and P2P payments. He is the staff liaison to two standing member committees focused on payments issues in addition to ABA’s Emerging Payments Advisory Group. Prior to joining the ABA in 2005, he served at the United States Department of the Treasury where he managed the private network of banks collecting non-tax payments on behalf of the federal government and drafted regulations and guidance on cash management issues. Earlier in his career he led the government relations efforts of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and investigated securities violations for the National Association of Securities Dealers. Steve earned an MBA from The George Washington University and a BS in Finance from Boston College. He is also is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

 

   
Vernon Kirk, Director, Delaware State Lottery

Vernon Kirk has been with the Delaware State Lottery since its start-up in 1975 and was appointed Director in October 2011. Kirk has received the Delaware Award for Excellence in State Service from Governor Jack Markell and was cited by both chambers of the Delaware General Assembly for his leadership during the development and successful implementation of the State’s enterprises in sports wagering and table games at Delaware’s three racinos. Kirk currently serves as Chair of the Video Lottery Game Group, a multi-jurisdictional, progressive video lottery network administered under the auspices of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). He has a degree in Political Science/Public Administration from the University of Delaware.

 

   
Chris Krafcik, Research Director - North America, GamblingCompliance

Chris is Research Director, North America, at GamblingCompliance, a boutique research firm serving over 300 clients in and associated with the global gambling industry. He has more than seven years’ experience researching the U.S. gambling market, focusing on the interplay between politics, economics and regulation in the country’s ongoing debate over Internet gambling legalization. He has featured in, or his research has been cited by, the Associated Press, ESPN, the Financial Times, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas Sun, Reuters, the Washington Post and other media outlets. His analyses also regularly feature in equity and fixed-income research from leading financial services firms.

Chris, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from The University of Dayton (cum laude) and a First Licentiate’s Degree in philosophy from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (cum laude).

 

   
Adam Krejcik, Director of Digital and Interactive Gaming, Eilers Research

Adam Krejcik is a partner at Eilers Research, LLC as well as the firm’s Managing Director of Digital & Interactive Gaming. Mr. Krejcik has over 10 years of equity research experience primarily covering the global interactive entertainment industry. He has become one of the authoritative voices on the social casino gaming industry and his proprietary research has been cited by various industry executives. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to various trade publications and a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences. Mr. Krejcik started his career at Bank of America Securities, LLC where he helped cover the Leisure sector and was most recently Senior Analyst of Global Consumer & Internet Research at ROTH Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Newport Beach, CA. Eilers Research was founded by Wall Street veteran Todd Eilers in late 2012 and is focused on servicing the gaming equipment, technology, and interactive gaming sectors within the global gaming industry. The company’s products and services include market research, equity research, and advisory services designed specifically for land based & online casino operators, equipment & technology suppliers, social gaming operators & suppliers, gaming regulators, and investors.

 

   
Chris Langone, P.C., Christopher Langone

Chris Langone holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law ’92, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in communication at Cornell University. His academic research focuses on justification quality, both in terms of measurement, function, and deployment. As a lawyer, Langone has represented individuals, small businesses and large corporations on a variety of issues related to internet law, intellectual property, consumer protection and compliance, and gambling and sweepstakes law. He is currently co-authoring a paper on sweepstakes law with Mark Lavery.

 

   
Senator Raymond Lesniak, State Senator - 20th Legislative District, New Jersey State Senate

State Senator from New Jersey's 20th Legislative District

 

   
Woody Levin, Director of Emerging Businesses, IGT

Woodrow H. Levin, was the founder and CEO of BringIt which was acquired by International game technologies (NYSE-IGT) in 2012. An energetic and charismatic leader, he makes strategic decisions for the company while guiding day-to-day operations, working with investors, and developing strategic and lasting partnerships that benefit BringIt. Prior to founding BringIt, Woodrow was Managing Partner at Riverbank Capital Management, a successful equity options trading firm he started, and helped to grow with offices in New York and Chicago. In 2001 he founded InStadium, an advertising company that partnered with NFL and MLB stadiums to provide digital advertising, product sampling, stadium signage, and innovative restroom advertising. Woodrow was President of InStadium for five years, during which he established the company’s mission of expanding in-venue advertising and promotional opportunities for large to mid-sized companies through cost-efficient and high impact programs. His efforts ultimately resulted in securing partnerships with 25 MLB and 15 NFL stadiums throughout the top 20 advertising markets in the US. Woodrow attended Chicago-Kent School of Law and is admitted to practice in IL. He holds a BA in Business from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Woodrow resides in San Francisco and was previously living in Chicago where he is involved with multiple community and charitable organizations including the Jewish United Fund, Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation and most recently was on the executive committee of The Chicago Green Tie Ball.

 

   
Mark Lipparelli, Founder, Gioco Ventures

Mark Lipparelli is the founder of Gioco Ventures, LLC, a development stage technology/investment company and also serves as an advisor to clients in the gaming, entertainment and sports industries. Mr. Lipparelli recently completed a four-year term on the Nevada State Gaming Control Board including two years as Chairman. Prior thereto, Mr. Lipparelli served in several senior level management positions over a span of fifteen years with the gaming industry’s leading technology companies including Bally Technologies, Shuffle Master, and Casino Data Systems.

Mr. Lipparelli currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Nevada Foundation and the Board of Directors of the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

During his regulatory tenure, Lipparelli served as a Board Trustee and Treasurer of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and was a member of the Gaming Policy Committee and the State Crime Commission in Nevada. In 2011, Mr. Lipparelli was named as Regulator of the Year for the Americas by the International Masters of Gaming Law and was named to an Advisory Panel on Sports Wagering to the International Olympic Committee. Mr. Lipparelli served five years as a member of the Board of Directors and two years as Vice Chairman of the Gaming Standards Association. Mr. Lipparelli graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with an undergraduate degree in Finance, Master of Science degree in Economics, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming.

 

   
Steve Lipscomb, Founder, World Poker Tour

Steven Lipscomb founded the World Poker Tour in 2002 and remained its CEO until 2009. He took the company public on the NASDAQ exchange in 2004 with his partner Lyle Berman and sold the tour and its assets in 2009 to PartyGaming. As CEO of the remaining company, Lipscomb orchestrated a merger and spin-off into two publicly traded oil and gas companies (Emerald Oil and Gas and Black Ridge Oil and Gas).

While at the World Poker Tour, Lipscomb organized, launched and filmed the first televised poker tour in the history of the game. In the first season of the WPT (2002), he wrote, directed and produced every episode – creating the WPT format which, for the first time ever, added live fiction and interactive hole-card graphics to televised poker – making the game play like a sport. The WPT format continues to be used in all event-based poker programming around the world. Over the course of eight seasons, Lipscomb directed and produced hundreds of hours of programming. Under Lipscomb’s leadership as CEO, in 2004, the WPT became the first internationally distributed poker television franchise– growing large audiences in countries with no poker television history and virtually no land-based poker, including France, Sweden, Germany and Latin America. The WPT was distributed in over 130 markets world-wide within two years. The consumer products program launched by Lipscomb and the WPT helped build the global poker merchandise market. In 2005 the World Poker Tour received the licensing industry’s most coveted and prestigious award from the International Licensing Industry Merchandiser’s Association (LIMA) when it was awarded the "Best Sports Brand License of the Year".

In 2012, under the banner of his Santa Fe based company, Practicrats LLC, Lipscomb led a formal process to identify and sign a long-term online gaming partner for the Landry’s entertainment/gaming group and its Golden Nugget brand.

 

   
Richard Lopes, Chairman, California Gambling Control Commission

Chairman of the California Gambling Control Commission

 

   
Paul Mathews, COO, Playstudios

Paul D. Mathews is a Founder and the Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer of PLAYSTUDIOS, Inc., a social games company that developed and operates myVEGAS Slots on Facebook and mobile devices.

Paul has 21 years of gaming experience in both the land-based and online segments of the industry and in January of 2011, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Paul to the Gaming Policy Committee, a strategic group that advises the Governor on gaming policy.

In April of 2013, Paul co-founded and was elected Chairman of the newly formed International Social Games Association, a group formed by industry leading companies that functions to educate the public, policy makers and government regulators about the social games industry at a time when many changes in the way millions of people access, play and pay for games is taking place.

Paul recently served as an Internet gaming consultant in Las Vegas for Fertitta Interactive/Ultimate Fighting Championship and Wynn Resorts. Paul was a co-founder of WagerWorks, an online casino software supplier/operator and helped lead the sale of WagerWorks to IGT, the world’s largest gambling game and machine supplier in the world. Paul then served as the President of IGT’s online gaming subsidiary as the executive in charge of IGT’s Thin Client Systems Group. In this capacity, Paul was responsible for the overall strategy and operational management of the business where he managed engineering, sales, marketing, finance, game development, product management, 3rd

Prior to his roles with IGT and WagerWorks, Paul was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Silicon Gaming, Inc., a land-based slot machine manufacturer, which was acquired by IGT in March 2001. In addition, Paul served as Silicon Gaming’s Vice President of Corporate Development and Government Affairs from 1995 through 1999. Prior to his employment with Silicon Gaming, Paul served over five years with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

 

   
Kenneth Mayeux, Product Specialist, iGaming and Alternative Market, First Data

A 17 year veteran of First Data, Mr. Mayeux is currently responsible for Sales and Business Development in the iGaming industry for the United States and EMEA regions. Prior to joining the newly created iGaming and Alternative Markets business unit, Mr. Mayeux had responsibility for Sales and Business Development of the National U.S. Retail market. Mr. Mayeux has been an industry leader in development of systems and processes designed to identify and mitigate payments fraud, developing solutions for alternative payment transactions and person to person payments.

 

   
Jana McKeag, President, Lowry Strategies

Jana McKeag is president of Lowry Strategies, a bi-partisan government affairs consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Ms McKeag has over forty years of government and private sector experience dealing with tribal issues. She was appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission by Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan where she served for four years. She has also served as Chairman of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and was Co-Chair of American Indians for McCain in Sen. John McCain’s 2008 Presidential race. McKeag was named a “Great Women of Gaming” in 2008 and “Twenty Five People to Watch” by Global Gaming Business in 2011. Ms. McKeag holds an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

 

   
John Mehaffey, , Independent Gaming Analyst

John Mehaffey has been involved in the online poker industry for over 10 years. He started playing online poker in 2001. In 2003, he became a propositional player for several online poker sites. His first business venture was Rake Rebate Review. This site, launched in 2004, brought rakeback out of the shadows to help keep players find legitimate offers. John sold the site to manage an affiliate business in 2006. In 2008, he accepted a position with Poker Affiliate Solutions. His duties included player support, content management and consulting. John left the company to play poker professionally in 2010. This all changed after Black Friday. He moved back to consulting and producing content for several online poker related sites. These include USPoker, 4Flush and Poker Affiliate Solutions. His favorite niche is online poker regulation. Other topics of interest include Las Vegas poker, casino games, player rewards, player advocacy and sports betting.

 

   
Marwa Mitchell, VP Recruitment - North America, Pentasia

With a diverse and extensive business and recruitment background, Marwa has been managing and leading the North American business for Pentasia since 2012. Her experience, includes Executive Recruitment and Management with a focus on high-level staffing initiatives and strategy.

Pentasia is currently operating bi-coastally with offices in Las Vegas and New York City.

 

   
Matteo Monteverdi, SVP, iGaming & SVP, Americas Interactive, GTECH

As GTECH’s Senior Vice President, iGaming, and Senior Vice President, Americas Interactive, Matteo guides GTECH’s global interactive product development and marketing strategy, while leading the Company’s commercial and lottery interactive opportunities within the Americas region.

Matteo joined the company in 2010 as President, Betting and Interactive, and Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Services for Lottomatica, GTECH’s Italian gaming operator.

Prior to this, he worked with Promptu System Corp, a voice-recognition mobile software company co-located in the Stanford Research International campus in Silicon Valley. Matteo also collaborated as a Venture Partner with Innogest S.G.R., the largest early-stage venture capital fund in Italy.

Matteo gained significant experience in consumer services and transportation with Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), Europe’s third-largest railway company. As Vice President of Marketing, he led the company’s e-commerce and wireless strategy, and as Regional General Manager, he oversaw a $200 million business unit with over 1,500 people.

Earlier in his career, Matteo was with Ford Motor Company in London, UK, where he managed the deployment of the European Ford-branded B2C internet portals.

Matteo holds an MBA degree from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Law from the University of Milan, and a specialization in Marketing from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in California.

 

   
Jeffrey Nelson, Counsel for the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance, Kanji & Katzen PLLC

Jeffrey Nelson is an Indian law attorney in Kanji & Katzen’s Washington, DC office. He is counsel to the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance (TIGA) and represents other Indian tribal governments and enterprises in gaming, tax, and environmental matters. Prior to joining Kanji & Katzen, Mr. Nelson served for seven years in Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission. In the Solicitor’s Office, Mr. Nelson was the Assistant Solicitor for the Branch of General Indian Legal Activities, where he oversaw the legal review of tribal-state gaming compacts under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and wrote Indian land gaming eligibility determinations for proposed casino sites. At the NIGC, Mr. Nelson was a senior attorney who was made responsible for many Indian lands opinions, gaming ordinance approvals, and compliance matters. Before his public service, Jeffrey spent six years in the environmental practice group at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

 

   
Hai Ng, Partner, Neomancer LLC

Co-founder of Neomancer, a unique technology consultancy and advisory firm, Hai is often described by his clients and peers as a Renaissance man; a polymath, possessing breadth and depth of knowledge in a wide variety of fields, with the ability to apply his skills to conjure solutions to problems. As a technologist, Hai's focus includes gaming and game design in regulated gambling, skill-based gaming, gamification and general entertainment; gaming and behaviors in social ecosystems; human factors, interaction and user experience in product and interface design; media in digital, film and television; security, privacy, policies and infrastructure in technical operations; and technology in the arts. As an analyst and advisor, Hai actively works with companies ranging from startups to multi-national corporations, including Continent 8 Technologies, the iGaming industry's most awarded data center and network services company. Beyond Neomancer, Hai is a creator, musician and photographer with published works and several award-winning achievements including a piece exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

 

   
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Joe Pappano, Managing Director, Vantiv

Joe Pappano, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Vantiv Gaming Solutions joined Vantiv in 1992. His current responsibilities include corporate business development, strategic sales, strategy, process improvement, administration, long-term vision, and overall direction for Vantiv Gaming Solutions and its focus on Casinos, iGaming, Lottery, ADW, Fantasy Sports and Social Gaming. He has spent his entire 20+ year career with Vantiv specifically in the payments industry. Mr. Pappano has a very diverse background and in-depth knowledge of the payments industry ranging from Merchant Acquiring, Card-Issuing & Servicing, Prepaid and Rewards, Mobile and Alternative Payments, Agent Banks and Third Party Processing.

 

   
Tobin Prior, CEO, Ultimate Gaming

Tobin Prior is currently Executive Vice President and President of the International Group of Fertitta Entertainment and is responsible for seeking new development opportunities for the company outside of the United States and in online gaming. He joined the company in 2010. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Ultimate Gaming, a company established in 2010 that focuses on the business of real money online gaming.

On April 30, 2013, Ultimate Gaming launched Ultimate Poker in Nevada, becoming the first company to deliver legal and secure real-money online gaming to poker players in the US. On November 30, 2013, Ultimate Gaming launched Ultimate Casino in New Jersey. Ultimate Casino features a wide range of casino-style games, including blackjack, roulette and video poker, as well as the most popular, well-known slot games.

With extensive experience in the international tourism and gaming industry, Prior has held senior executive level positions in the integrated destination resort industry in multiple jurisdictions around the world, including Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, the Caribbean, United Kingdom and North Africa. In his previous capacity as President of the International Gaming Division for Kerzner International, Prior worked extensively with partners, regulators, authorities and agencies in developing and assessing gaming opportunities across the world.

 

   
Valerie Red-Horse, Founder, Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc.

Valerie Red-Horse has more than 30 years in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry including private placements, debt restructuring, taxable issuance, municipal issuance, leveraged finance, high yield bond transactions, strategic and equipment finance and management turnaround with a unique expertise in the tribal, gaming and online gaming sectors. Red-Horse has led over fifty financial mandates totaling in excess of $2 billion dollars in transactions. Red-Horse is owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group Inc., offering securities through Western International Securities, Inc. and has assisted/advised clients in transactions ranging from $1 million to $1 billion. Recognized as a leading industry expert, Red-Horse writes several gaming and finance focused columns for various industry publications and is the host of the live internet talk show for Casino Enterprise Management. Ms. Red-Horse holds seven FINRA registrations: Registered General Securities Representative (Series 7), Uniform State Law Securities Agent (Series 63), Registered General Securities Principal (Series 24), Registered Equity Trader Representative (Series 55), Registered Municipal Principal (Series 53), Registered Investment Advisor (Series 65), Investment Banking (Series 79) and is a licensed life insurance agent.

Red-Horse is owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group Inc., offering securities through Western International Securities, Inc., and previously served as Chairman and CEO of two Wall Street investment banks. Ms. Red-Horse has been requested to testify, as a professional expert, regarding tribal finance, for both State and Federal Legislative bodies.

Red-Horse earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA, has been profiled in cover stories for the WALL STREET JOURNAL, FORTUNE SMALL BUSINESS and MINORITY BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR and in 2008 was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Hall of Fame.

 

   
Christine Reilly, Senior Research Director, National Center for Responsible Gaming

Christine Reilly is the senior research director for the National Center for Responsible Gaming. In this capacity, Reilly administers the NCRG’s research grant programs and coordinates educational activities such as the annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction and the EMERGE Training program (Executive, Management, and Employee Responsible Gaming Education).

Previously, Reilly served as the executive director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, from 2000 to 2009. She also was the first executive director of the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), from 1997 to 2000.

Prior to her involvement with the NCRG, Reilly served as executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Reilly was appointed to the Missouri Governor’s Literacy Task Force and LIFT-Missouri, a nonprofit organization focused on adult literacy. She also served as associate director of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and director of continuing studies for the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, magna cum laude, and an M.A. in American religious history at Vanderbilt University.

 

   
Dominic L. Ricciardi, MD, Chief of Staff, St. Rose San Martin Hospital

Dominic Ricciardi is a full-time father of two, husband of one, physician of many, and part-time poker player. He has been playing both live and online poker, specifically no limit Texas holdem tournaments, casually since 2006. Although he is a casual player, it is a hobby that he is passionate about and he continues to work on his game. Dr. Ricciardi owns a private practice as an internal medicine physician focusing on preventative care, eating /weight disorders, and chronic wounds. He is the Chief of Staff of St. Rose San Martin Hospital in Las Vegas and is an assistant professor for the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine. While his many responsibilities sometimes create obstacles to work on his poker game, he has found that online poker affords him the flexibility to find the time to practice and “get in enough hands” so that he can compete with professional players in the live arena. In the last several years he has enjoyed some success cashing twice at the WSOP, including the Main Event, winning a POY ranked event, and making numerous final tables in large POY ranked multi-table tournaments. In November 2013, Dr. Ricciardi's poker-playing lifestyle was profiled in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

 

   
Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker, Caesars Interactive

Bill Rini is the Head of Online Poker at WSOP.com where he is in charge of Caesars’ US poker initiatives. Involved in online poker for over a decade, Bill has previously worked at Tiltware, PartyGaming, and The World Poker Tour. Bill runs one of the longest running and well-respected poker blogs, Bill’s Poker Blog, where he has been writing about the poker industry and his passion for travel since 2003. Prior to becoming involved in the online poker industry, Bill was heavily involved with the early growth of the online space working for companies such as AOL, eToys, eCompanies, and the IEEE Computer Society.

 

   
Steve Rittvo, CEO, The Innovation Group

Steve Rittvo has earned a reputation as the most sought-after advisor in the gaming and entertainment industry. Mr. Rittvo has contributed to thousands of financial, management and planning projects throughout his thirty-two years as a professional, and as Chairman/CEO of The Innovation Group of Companies, his client list includes the world’s most successful online and land-based gaming/racing operators (public, private and Native American), leading financial institutions, private equity interests, and high-profile government agencies. Recent involvements include assignments for leading proponents in North America including tribes, governments and potential operators in states such as California, Florida, New Jersey, Minnesota and two Canadian provinces.

Mr. Rittvo’s experience and depth of understanding of the industry have been shared in such diverse roles as a financial/economic advisor, investment banker, expert witness, legislative consultant, board member, published author, conference speaker and transportation engineer.

In 2009, Mr. Rittvo’s achievements and broad sphere of influence were recognized by Global Gaming Business Magazine with his inclusion among the "Top Ten Most Influential People in the Gaming Industry". Mr. Rittvo recently worked with Reed, the AGA and his partners on the iGaming North American 2011 Conference to strategize and produce the 2010 (inaugural year) of the iGaming Congress at G2E.

 

   
Rich Roberts, CEO, Slingo

Rich has over 20 years of game and gaming experience across senior business development and C-level positions. As Chief Executive Officer of Slingo, Inc. from 2010-2013, Rich led the three-year turnaround of the company to profitability and acquisition by Real Networks where he is the company’s VP of the Social Games Studio that includes Slingo and the Global Storefront businesses. During his CEO tenure, Rich built Slingo into a global game brand with the top played Facebook game and iOS casino game with over 100 million total players on all game platforms. As VP (Chief Revenue Officer) of PlayFirst, Inc., he was in charge of worldwide sales and business development for the leading publisher of download, mobile, and social games. Prior to that, Rich led Hasbro Interactive/Atari into the digital game industry building one of the first and leading online game publishing and distribution networks. Rich also serves as a non-Executive Director of Sportech, PLC, one of the largest suppliers and operators of pools/tote betting in the world.

 

   
Jason Robins, CEO, DraftKings

Jason Robins is the CEO of DraftKings, Inc., one of the nation’s leading daily fantasy sports sites. An avid sports fan, he started the company in 2011 with hopes of creating a forum that allowed the public more options when playing their fantasy sports games. DraftKings offers daily games online and through its mobile app in fantasy baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and golf. Since he founded the company more than two years ago it has tripled its customer base, with year-over-year revenue growth of 10x. DraftKings recently closed a $24M Series B round of funding led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation by GGV Capital, Atlas Venture, and BDS Ventures. DraftKings plans to use the money to fund marketing and acquisition, develop strategic partnerships, and to hire key personnel. Robins is also active in the Boston community, providing business consultation and speaking at various community events. He also has a keen eye on community service and has created games which benefit various organizations and causes including the American Diabetes Association and the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Prior to DraftKings, Robins was an executive at Capital One and at Vistaprint. He is a graduate of Duke University.

 

   
Troy Ross, President, TRM Consulting, Ltd.

Troy Ross is President of TRM Consulting Ltd. He has represented casinos, slot machine and equipment manufacturers, technology vendors, lottery and charitable gaming interests, and horse racing stakeholders. Troy has also advised provincial government gaming agencies including the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG), the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), and Canada’s industry association, the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA). Troy’s understanding of the complex and often controversial gambling environment is based on 17 years experience as a seasoned government relations executive with extensive knowledge of regulatory and operational issues related to gaming in Canadian jurisdictions. Prior to launching TRM Consulting Ltd, Troy held the position of vice president and national director of gaming at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, where he created and lead Canada’s first national public affairs and corporate communications practice specializing in gaming. Before joining H+K in 2004, Troy lead the policy and sector liaison division for the AGCO, where he played a central role in crafting the current regulatory and licensing regime governing the gaming industry. At the AGCO Troy lead major policy and regulatory projects and worked closely with the CEO and general counsel to implement change initiatives. He also worked collaboratively with the executive team at the OLG on expansion initiatives. Troy has also been a political staffer for the Mike Harris government, responsible for gaming. In the 1990s, Troy oversaw the largest expansion of gaming activity in Canadian history, which included the slot program at racetracks and multiple new casino developments across the province.

 

   
Tom Russell, Director, Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection

 

   
Brian Sandoval, Governor, State of Nevada

Brian Sandoval was elected Governor of Nevada on November 2, 2010. As Governor, Sandoval is Vice-Chair of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and is piloting the JAG program in eight Nevada schools in the next school year. A member of the National Governors Association and the Western Governors Association, Sandoval serves as Vice-Chair of the NGA Education and Workforce Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the WGA. He is currently serving as Chair of the Education Commission of the States. Sandoval is a member of the Republican Governors Association and the Hispanic Leadership Network. Governor Sandoval comes to his office after a long career in public service. He was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President George W. Bush in October 2005, becoming the state's first Hispanic federal judge. He was elected Attorney General of Nevada in 2002. Prior to his election as Attorney General, Sandoval served as a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which oversees Nevada's gaming industry. At age 35, Sandoval was the youngest person ever to serve as the state's chief gaming regulator. He also served for three years as Nevada's at-large member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency ("TRPA") Governing Board. The TRPA is a bi-state agency that governs land use policies at Lake Tahoe. Before his Gaming Commission and TRPA appointments, Sandoval served two terms in the Nevada Legislature where he served on the Judiciary, Taxation and Natural Resources Committees and sponsored 14 bills that became law. As a legislator, he also served on the Nevada Legislative Commission, the Advisory Commission on Sentencing, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Advisory Council on Community Notification of Sex Offenders and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Oversight Committee. As a private practitioner, Sandoval had a varied law practice, where he engaged in litigation, administrative and adoption matters.

 

   
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.

 

   
Nicky Senyard, CEO, Income Access

As CEO and founder of Income Access, Nicky Senyard has proven herself to be a visionary entrepreneur and corporate leader. A pioneer in the iGaming industry, Nicky has guided Income Access’ evolution into a turnkey provider of tracking technology and digital marketing solutions. Since the company was founded in 2002, Nicky has driven Income Access’ unparalleled expansion through her innate ability to anticipate and innovate in line with market trends. Initially developed as a niche affiliate marketing tracking and reporting technology, the Income Access technology platform is now a cross-channel marketing acquisitions tracking and reporting tool aimed at providing comprehensive business insight. Supported by proprietary data analytics technology, Nicky recently launched a full-service digital marketing agency, offering targeted marketing solutions for land-based, social gaming and iGaming operators. An instantly recognizable and respected member of the iGaming community, Nicky often attends and actively participates at industry conferences and events. She looks forward to contributing to the industry’s continued success and growth in both current and emerging markets.

 

   
Howard Shapiro, Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Howard D. Shapiro is a Partner in the Immigration Practice at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, representing employers in administrative petitions and applications to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Departments of Labor and State, and state employment agencies. He regularly assists clients in the entertainment and video game industries, including developers, publishers, and recruiters; computer hardware, software, and new media; sports organizations; medical research; and a variety of multi-national corporations. A popular speaker on immigration matters ranging from issues of importance to import/export professionals to risks and benefits of hiring foreign talent, Mr. Shapiro has addressed the Game Developers Conference, PIHRA, Sterling Education, as well as local, statewide, and national professional association conferences. He obtained his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law.

 

   
David Shapton, Co-Founder, Akur

David is a co-founder of Akur, which has delivered corporate finance advice in niche sectors since 2008. David leads Akur's online gaming practice where his experience includes both UK and cross-border transactions and spans capital markets and M&A advisory for public and private companies. He has over 12 years investment banking experience gained from BNP Paribas, CIBC World Markets, Numis Securities and now Akur. David has actively advised online gaming businesses since 2005, completing a number of notable acquisitions, exits and IPOs on behalf of clients.

 

   
Chris Sheffield, Managing Director, Betfred.com

Chris is currently Managing Director of Petfre (Gibraltar Limited) which operate and markets the Betfred.com and Totepool.com web and mobile gaming businesses. During his time at Betfred.com the business has developed year on year growth of 40 % per annum with a turnover of £ 1 billion in 2013/2014 and has recently launched in Australia. Betfred.com operates innovative web and mobile products for sports, casino, poker, bingo, slots and pools and is supported by a UK retail presence of 1,450 retail outlets and is particularly recognised for excellence in mobile sports and gaming products which now generate more than 50 % of digital turnover.

Previously, Chris was the founder and CEO of Million-2-1 the UK’s largest mobile gambling business which was acquired by International Game Technology(IGT) in 2008. At IGT he launched and operated the Kerching.com online and mobile gaming portal and distributed IGT mobile content to leading European gaming partners such as Paddy Power, Skybet, Virgin etc. Prior to this Chris founded and sold Eunite a web gaming and e-commerce business to N Brown PLC in 2000 following an 11 year career in IT consulting for Deloitte.

 

   
Aideen Shortt, Gambling Industry Consultant,

Aideen has been involved in the interactive gambling industry since its very outset over 13 years ago. Her experience incorporates both operator and supplier side of the gambling market having held senior roles at companies such as Sky Bet, Paddy Power, Gala Coral, flutter.com (now Betfair) and Chartwell Technology. She is the researcher and author of many iGaming Business’ sector intelligence reports including mobile gambling, social gaming and payments. She is an active participant and speaker at global industry events and provides regular editorial content and submissions for all key trade publications.

 

   
Jason Somerville, Team Pro, Ultimate Poker

Jason Somerville is ranked among the world’s leading poker players. Over the course of his nine-year career, the 26-year-old has consistently performed well in major tournaments, including The World Series of Poker (WSOP), World Poker Tour (WPT), Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) and others. With a distinction as being the sport’s first openly gay professional competitor, and in addition to being a valued coach, a respected player and a fierce competitor, Somerville is also a sought-after host, commentator and content creator. Somerville’s expertise and interests also include eSports (particularly, League of Legends & StarCraft) and mixed martial arts (as a UFC super-fan and black belt former instructor in karate). In June of 2013, Somerville joined Ultimate Poker as a content creator and team pro.

 

   
Michael Staskin, Vice President, Marketing and Brand, Caesars Interactive Entertainment

Seasoned marketing executive Michael Staskin joined Caesars Interactive Entertainment in August, 2012 and is responsible for leading the development and execution of brand strategy, as well as all marketing initiatives for the WSOP and Caesars brands. Staskin brings a unique combination of traditional packaged goods, social, mobile and real money gaming marketing experience to CIE.

During his 20- year career, Staskin has held senior marketing positions with leading multi-national companies such as Nestle, Kraft and Mattel, as well as start-up ventures such as Steven Spielberg’s GameWorks and most recently, social mobile games leader, ngmoco. Possessing strong global marketing expertise, Staskin spent eight years of his career in Italy. From 2008-2011 he oversaw marketing for Sisal SpA, a leading Italian gaming company, successfully launching the company’s foray into real money poker in 2009.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science from California State University, at Northridge. Staskin is located in CIE’s Corporate Office in Las Vegas.

 

   
Dan Stewart, Founder, PokerScout

Dan Stewart is the founder and owner of online poker industry tracking service PokerScout.com. Since its inception in 2006, PokerScout has provided comprehensive, detailed data on the popularity of online poker sites and games. PokerScout provides consulting services to poker operators, financial analysts and other researchers following the online gaming markets. PokerScout’s traffic figures have been cited in the published financial statements of industry leaders such as PartyGaming and Playtech, as well as in mainstream publications such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

 

   
Michael Terpin, CEO, SocialRadius

Terpin is the CEO of SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Transform, a global digital PR firm, divisions of Terpin Communications, which launched some of the biggest success stories of the consumer Internet era, including America Online, Earthlink, and The Motley Fool. The Firm currently represents moreBitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including GoCoin, Gyft, KnCMiner, KryptoKit, and Mastercoin. SocialRadius/Transform is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Michael Terpin also co-founded BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, with Engine CEO David Johnston and four other founding members. The distributed angel network currently has more than 300 members, and it has made more than a dozen investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies in its first six months. Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006. Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including Engine, Liquipel, Stockr, Virurl, Walls360, YouMail and Xfire.

 

   
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Eamonn Toland, President, Paddy Power North America

President of Paddy Power North America

 

   
Joe Valandra, CEO, Great Luck, LLC

Joseph Valandra, is concurrently the CEO of Great Luck LLC, the managing director of VAdvisors, LLC, a specialty advisory firm, and a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. He has been instrumental in guiding and developing all essential Great Luck Class II electronic i-Gaming platforms. Mr. Valandra has held senior executive positions with private and public firms and formerly served as National Indian Gaming Commission (“NIGC”) Chief of Staff for two years. He brings over 25 years of business experience to the Great Luck enterprise including an extensive background in investment banking, management of public, private and government operations, strategies for restructuring and in the area of gaming with particular expertise in Tribal gaming, Internet gaming, and game design and manufacturing. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota Business School and the University of Minnesota Law School.

 

   
Marco Valerio, , Independent Gaming Reporter

Marco Valerio began working in the gaming industry in 2010, covering the live and online poker industry. After Black Friday, Marco began focusing mainly on U.S.-regulated online gaming business and legislation. He has held positions at QuadJacks, the Global Poker Index and Global Gaming Business. Marco has contributed to several online gaming industry publications, including Global Gaming Business, iGaming Business, the Online Poker Report and eGaming Review.

 

   
Jeff Voyles, CEO, ITOGA - Inter-Tribal Online Gaming Alliance

Jeff L. Voyles is the CEO of the Inter-Tribal Online Gaming Alliance. ITOGA is an alliance of several Native American Tribes from around the United States that recognize their sovereign right to economic self-determination. He is a leading authority in the international and domestic gaming industry and Managing Member of Globalysis Limited, a gaming consulting firm in Las Vegas, NV. He has worked extensively in the Southeast Asian region of the world including working with the governments of Singapore, Korea, Macau and Japan to help shape their gaming laws and position in the industry as leaders in the gaming space, including Executive Vice President of Beluga Casino Resorts in Korea as, well as spending a decade with the MGM Grand Las Vegas, while opening the property in 1994. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor of Casino Management at San Diego State University, and Director of Global Gaming Research, as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas for a period of eight years. Jeff also held a position as a Gaming Professor for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Isenberg School of Management and was instrumental in building and teaching the program’s online gaming courses, and an adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University. Jeff attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his undergraduate degrees in Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and Hotel Administration and graduate degrees, both a Masters in Organizational Management and a Doctorate (candidate) in Corporate Leadership.

 

   
Lawrence G. Walters, Attorney at Law, Walters Law Group

Lawrence G. Walters heads up Walters Law Group, www.GameAttorneys.com, and has represented clients involved in all facets of the online gaming industry since its inception. He is a member if the International Masters of Gaming Law, and routinely speaks at industry conferences. Larry is often asked to provide legal analysis in the national media on gaming and Internet law issues, and has published numerous law review articles and book chapters on Gaming Law issues. His firm has actively litigated cases involving domain name seizures, advertising issues, and constitutional challenges, on behalf of gaming clients. He has practiced law for over 25 years, and is ranked “very high” by lawyers.com, and “10.0 Superb” by avvo.com. In addition his involvement in the gaming law field, Mr. Walters has developed an expertise in the legal and political issues surrounding virtual currency such as BitCoins.

 

   
Senator Kim Ward, State Senator - 39th Senatorial District, Pennsylvania State Senate

In 2008, Senator Ward won the Pennsylvania 39th Senatorial District seat and was the first woman ever elected to that seat. She was re-elected in 2012. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served as a Westmoreland County Commissioner in 2007, and on the Hempfield Township Board of Supervisors from 2002-2007 where she was Chairwoman of the Board for the final three years. In her first term, Senator Ward successfully crafted legislation that reduced spending on state subsidized methadone treatment transportation: implemented the federal E-Verify program to ensure workers on publicly funded construction projects were legally permitted to work; and re-authorized the emergency services grant program. In addition, she led the charge for greater protections for PA children with groundbreaking legislation that created the Statewide Task Force on Child Protection. The premise behind the creation of the task force was to make recommendations to update PA's aging child protection laws. Senator Ward is currently the Chairwoman of the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational Development Committee (CERD) , which includes among its purview the oversight of economic development, casino gaming and tourism. In relation to her capacity as the Chair of CERD she also serves on the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) Board of Directors and the Film Advisory Board. She was the previous Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee.

Senator Ward is a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Hempfield Township, the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, the NRA and is a Mentor for the Anne Anstine Women's Services. She is also a Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics: 2012 Legislative Fellow at Indiana University of PA; and currently serves on the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. State Senator Kim Ward is a native southwestern Pennsylvania resident who grew up in Meadowlands, Washington County.

 

   
Thomas Winter, VP of Online Gaming, Landry's Inc/Golden Nugget

Thomas Winter, 39, is Vice President of Online Gaming for Landry’s Golden Nugget, which he joined in September 2013 to launch GoldenNuggetCasino.com in New Jersey. Prior to that, Winter served as COO then CEO of Betclic, a major online sports betting brand in Western and Southern Europe, helping the business grow organically from $20m to $200m revenues, 300,000 real-money players and 500 employees over 3 years. He then turned around Expekt.com, a pioneer Scandinavian online gaming operator, before merging it with Betclic. Prior to joining Betclic, he contributed to the launch of an Internet Service Provider then joined Sporever, a leading sports media company, where he spent 8 years and held various positions including Sales, Marketing and Business Unit Director. Thomas Winter is also an Independent Board Director at Metro Play, the web and mobile casino arm of DMG Media. Thomas Winter graduated from ESSEC business school in Paris.

 

   
Tom Wood, Director of Casino Project Management, Williams Interactive

As Director of Casino Product Management, Mr. Wood leverages 8-plus years of iGaming experience to drive the Online Casino Roadmap, develop improvements in the overall product experience, and streamline product initiatives. Mr. Wood joined Williams Interactive through the acquisition of Jadestone Group AB, where he served as group Product Director.

 

   
Marcus Yoder, President, Accelarus Consulting

Marcus Yoder is President of Accelarus Consulting, focused on providing advisory services to the gaming industry on strategy, market development, and business development execution. He was previously the Executive Director, Business Development for the Americas and Asia Pacific for IGT Interactive. IGT Interactive is a division of IGT focused on providing casino operators with online and mobile platforms and games to over 60 online operators in 12 countries. Marcus was responsible for the expansion of the IGT Interactive offering throughout North and South America, and the Asia Pacific region. Most recently he led IGT Interactive’s expansion into Canada and Mexico, and secured a premium position in the New Jersey online casino market for IGT content. Marcus came to IGT Interactive, after running a consulting practice focused on the use of social media to drive product development, working with companies such as Marvel Entertainment, Medtronic, and Mattell, Inc. Prior to this Marcus was a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Veeker Corporation. Veeker provided multi-media mobile messaging services for companies such as Sony Pictures, Sony BMG, Sprint, Budweiser, and multiple advertising agencies. Marcus previously also held lead positions in sales and marketing with Agile and Oblix, two companies acquired by Oracle. After completing his MBA, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Finance and Marketing, Marcus was a Principal Consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Marcus also received an Executive MBA from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has worked as a consultant to multiple companies in Brazil. Marcus is fluent in German and proficient in Portuguese, with a working knowledge of Spanish. He currently lives in San Francisco bay area.

 

   
George Zaloom, Co-Founder, Las Vegas Whaling Company

George Zaloom is a successful serial entrepreneur. Mr. Zaloom recently launched The Las Vegas Whaling Company, a new mobile gaming studio. The company is creating a suite of social casino applications that will be available later this fall.

In 2013 he oversaw the creation of a new social game studio for Korean Internet giant NHN. Zaloom authored NHN Entertainment Labs' business plan and budget, recruited the senior creative and engineering team, acquired technology platforms, licensed games, leased and built out the studio’s 7000 square foot facility.

Prior to his work with NHN, Zaloom was the founder and CEO of Playgistics, a Los Angeles-based technology company. The company developed and operated online consumer Internet products – specializing in online social casinos.

Its platform, GoPlay.com, enabled land-based casino operators to embed popular Facebook-formatted casino games directly into their own branded websites. The company also operated: gamestamper.com – a social game distribution platform/API. (The company sold its technology platform in Q4 of 2013.)

Recently Zaloom was CEO of ChipzCo and created FaceChipz.com and giantHello.com – two safe social networks for kids. He is also an advisor to X17online.com. X17 is the largest celebrity newsgathering entertainment service in Los Angeles.

Prior to that Zaloom was a film and TV executive. He was a senior executive at DreamWorks Animation and supervised the production of Kung Fu Panda. He also ran ZM Productions, a major independent production company specializing in non-fiction and Family Entertainment. At ZM Zaloom produced the motion picture Encino Man and numerous movies of the week for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. He also co-created Martha Stewart Living and the Emmy winning documentary Hearts of Darkness.

Zaloom is a graduate of the University Southern California School of Film & Television. He is also a former New Jersey Firefighter.

 

   
Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Andrew S. Zarnett, Managing Director, currently serves as Deutsche Bank’s Gaming, Lodging and Leisure High Yield Debt Analyst, Co-Head of High Yield Research and a member of the Executive Committee of the Leverage Debt Group. Previously, from 1996 – 1999 he was the Senior Gaming Equity Analyst, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., Inc. where he also served as a member of the Board of Directors. Before joining Ladenburg Thalmann, Mr. Zarnett was the Assistant to the Chairman, Furman Selz, LLC. Mr. Zarnett is frequently quoted in both the trade and national press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review Journal. He is also a lecturer at University of Nevada Reno Annual Executive Development Program for Senior Level Casino Executives as well as a member of the Board of the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

In 1985 Mr. Zarnett received a BA degree in Economics from York University. In 1988 Mr. Zarnett received his MBA in Finance, from Babson College.

Further in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Mr. Zarnett was named to the Institutional Investor All Star Team. And in 2005, Zarnett was awarded the 1 Institutional Investor All Star Team covering gaming and lodging.

 

   
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