top of page

2023 CEC/EIC CEC - U EXPERTS

Presenting the CEC/EIC Northeast Summit 2023

 

The CEC has teamed up with the Esports Innovation Center in Atlantic City to bring intense, deep-dive conversations about how the esports industry specifically fits into the conversation of the casino industry. We will also discuss esports from a non-casino viewpoint and tackle the competitive collegiate, High School, and elementary levels at which esports has been affecting the next generations of competitors and what will be future landscapes of new businesses that will be birthed from this event for professional-level esports.

Scott Huston.jpg

Scott Huston

Scott Huston, Chief Information Officer, at Stockton University, is responsible for providing leadership to the Division of Information Technology Services team at Stockton University for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment to support ubiquitous, integrated, and fully engaging learning experiences throughout the University. Under his leadership, the Information technology team has taken a proactive and collaborative approach to deliver innovative, reliable, and sustainable technologies that optimize satisfaction and desired outcomes. Scott Huston has continued to develop an extremely talented management team who collaboratively approach, solve, and guide the technical staff within the division to meet the University’s technology needs. While acting as Chief Information Officer, he has been extremely successful in continuing to implement the new strategic vision for Information Technology Services by focusing the adoption of software as a service offerings and cloud technologies to provide more robust and reliable IT infrastructure. Scott has also continued to make additions and alterations to the existing technology equipment replacement plans including a change of hardware vendors which afforded the University a massive financial savings over the past few years. The further adoption of cloud and hosted services University wide has greatly reduced keyperson risks at the University while improving information security and providing for better business continuity. Under his direction, Stockton’s Division of Information Technology Services have continued to be a customer focused division with ongoing praise from throughout the Stockton community. His leadership has been a critical part of the University’s operations during the covid-19 pandemic providing technology, resources, and support to continue University operations during a difficult time. However, this has not stopped him and his team from continuing to implement many new technologies at the University to make process improvements in many areas of the organization fostering more advanced pedagogical abilities and providing better information security for Stockton’s users and institutional data. Finally, Scott has also helped inspire the growth of Stockton’s top ranked esports program, is the Board Chair of the Esports Innovation Center, has also been appointed as a member of the NJEdge Board of Trustees.

Scott Huston
demetrios-roubos.png

Demetrios Roubos

Demetrios is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and an AMX certified Control Expert (ACE) with over 15 years of industry experience building and leading first-rate technology programs and solutions.   Recognized as one of the Center for Digital Education's Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers, Demetrios was also named NJ’s Public CISO of the Year by the New Jersey Technology Council in 2017. Demetrios currently serves as Stockton University’s Information Security Officer, Stockton Esports program manager, and adjunct computer science professor. Demetrios frequently interfaces with the next generation of aspiring members of the technological workforce at Stockton, and often uses gaming/esports inspired concepts in class projects and discussions. As a founding member of the esports program at Stockton, Demetrios worked with a diverse coalition of students to build and develop the program using a grass-roots, student-first approach.  Demetrios is currently working on an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership with a focus on challenges related to esports governance.  Demetrios previously completed a Masters of Computational Science and a Bachelors of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Demetrios Roubos
Bo Grey.jpg

Bo Grey

Bo Grey is a serial entrepreneur, sports betting pioneer and inventor / co-founder of Wager Score™.  Wager Score™ is a patented technology that puts responsible gaming into the hands of bettors who unlock access to a financial empowerment tool.

Bo Grey
MartinLycka_edited.jpg

MARTIN LYCKA
Entain - SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling

Martin Lycka is SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling at Entain, overseeing growth of the business across both new U.S. states and into other parts of the Americas, notably LATAM and Canada. He joined the business in April 2018, as Director of Regulatory Affairs. Martin also serves on the boards of the Entain Foundation, the Entain Foundation US, the German Online Casino Association and the Advisory Boards to the National Council on Problem Gambling as well as RG247, a responsible gaming training provider. In the past, Martin has been a board member of the European Gaming and Betting Association, JDigital and the European Sports Security Association. In total, Martin has been a senior legal, regulatory and RG advisor to listed gambling businesses for over 11 years. Previously, Martin worked amongst others with Salans Europe LLP, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Senate of the Czech Republic. He obtained law degrees from the Charles University, Prague, the College of Europe, Bruges, and the University of Law, London, qualifying as UK solicitor. Martin is a regular conference speaker and has (co-)authored more than 80 academic articles and three books on gambling law and other legal matters. He is the 2019 Global Regulatory Awards Head of Regulatory Affairs of the Year as well as a member of the 2020/2021 Emerging Gambling Leaders 40 Under 40 Class (a Judge’s Choice).

Martin Lycka
Bill Pascrell III, Esq.
Bill Pascrell, III Esq..png

Bill Pascrell III, Esq.

Strategic Advisor, Gov. & Reg. Affairs Counsel, Princeton Public Affairs Group Bill Pascrell III, known in the industry as BP3, is a partner in Princeton Public Affairs Group, the nation’s largest state contract government and public affairs firm. He is a leading national expert on online gaming, sports betting lottery, exchange wagering, e-sports and horseracing. BP3 has a diverse worldwide client base including Hard Rock Casinos, Entain, Betegy, Wagerscore, ProLeague Network, Epic Risk Management, Golden Nugget, Ocean Resort, Gaming Innovation Group, BetMakers, Sportech, Lotto Land, Monmouth Park Race Track, Meadowlands Race Track, Camelot, PokerStars and Gambling.com. Mr. Pascrell led the campaign to legalize NJ Sports Betting in the US with the recent SCOTUS decision to repeal PASPA, after managing a successful statewide ballot referendum legalizing sports betting. Bill Pascrell, III is known internationally for his sports betting and online gaming expertise, as well as his influence in crafting horse racing and lottery regulations and legislation. Most notably, Mr. Pascrell spearheaded the multi-year campaign to pass the landmark New Jersey On Line Gaming Act signed into law by Governor Chris Christie in 2013, which has been a model for all US states. BP3 is a member of the National Council of Problem Gambling Federal Affairs Committee, The Ampersand Assembly for ICE and GIGSE, and serves on the Board of Directors for GVC US Foundation. BP3 has been routinely cited as one of the 100 most influential personalities in New Jersey politics by PolitickerNJ.com, Insider NJ, NJ Globe and NJ Cannabis Insider. He is a frequent national media political commentator on MSNBC, Court TV, Comcast CN 8, NJTV, News 12, and Newsmax TV in addition to many national newspapers.

Bill Penders
Bill Penders_edited.jpg

Bill Penders

Bill Penders-Managing Director, Sector Development, New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Bill leads a team of professionals focused on catalyzing and cultivating targeted industries in New Jersey to create job growth and economic opportunity. Esports, Sports Wagering and Fintech are part of the strategic plan for focused growth within the New Jersey economy and the NJEDA has been leading multiple initiatives to insure New Jersey’s position as a national hub for these fast growing business sectors. Prior to this role, Bill worked in the private sector for 30 years in various global leadership positions within the professional services industry.  

Alfieri_edited.jpg

Louis Alfieri

Principal, Chief Creative Officer, Raven Sun Creative Over his thirty-year career, Louis Alfieri has focused on helping owners and brands lead the advancement of global location-based entertainment. He has collaborated with clients around the world in the development of resorts, branded destinations, theme parks, and mixed-use destinations, sharing his deep knowledge of experiential design, branded experiences, and intellectual property assets. “My aspiration is to elevate our industry by guiding owners, developers, brands, and their teams to realize their creative, financial, and guest expectation aspirations in location-based entertainment. I want to lead the way to a future where location-based entertainment inspires every person in the world.” – Louis Alfieri panelist on Global Theme Park development 2018 IAAPA Asia Expo ​ Louis is recognized as a trusted authority, speaking on behalf of the industry at the global IAAPA, SATE, and MAPIC conferences on topics of development, branding, and establishing industry standards. He has a long track record of success collaborating with international brands and large multidisciplinary teams on the conceptualization, design, and implementation of location-based entertainment mixed- use resorts, theme parks, waterparks, museums, and cultural destinations. Louis’ expertise in balancing creative vision with financial and schedule realities allow him to be especially effective at managing executive and shareholder expectations, guiding project realities, and realizing key consumer guest experiences. Over the course of his career, Louis has served in many roles and capacities in the location-based entertainment industry, gaining an end-to-end understanding of the process from design-to-opening and beyond. He imparts a holistic understanding of the process that translates directly to team members, fiscal institutions, brand management, strategic planning, long-range implementation, and profitable market growth opportunities.

Louis Alfieri
Head Shot 1.0.jpeg

Kevin Mercuri

Kevin Mercuri is CEO of Propheta Communications, an NYC-based public relations and social media agency, and CCO of Spawn Point, an esports consultancy that serves casinos, colleges, and integrated resorts.   Kevin began his career in Washington, DC, where he acted as PR counsel and spokesperson for interests ranging from Internet gambling operators to Microsoft, early FinTech providers, and more. He holds more than twenty-five years of experience featuring noteworthy work with industry leaders as well as some of the most promising entrepreneurial start-ups.

Kevin Mercuri
Tim Sullivan.jpg

Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan became Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) in February 2018. The NJEDA serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth and is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. During his tenure, Tim has led the NJEDA’s transformation into a comprehensive economic development organization dedicated to implementing Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for a stronger and fairer New Jersey. Tim has overseen the creation of new programs focused on catalyzing industry clusters and a dedicated Small Business Services unit charged with providing robust financial, workforce, and technical support to the State’s small business community, with a focus on historically underrepresented firms. Under his leadership, the NJEDA has led the development and implementation of more than 15 programs created under the Economic Recovery Act of 2020, provided more than $700 million in COVID-19 relief to small businesses impacted by the pandemic, facilitated the construction of the NJ Wind Port and growth of a robust offshore wind industry in New Jersey, collaborated with partners in the private sector to grow New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem, and helped municipalities revitalize brownfields and other underused spaces into valuable community assets. Tim most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where he oversaw State tourism and branding, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development, and waterfront initiatives. Tim joined the DECD in January 2014 and became Deputy Commissioner the next year. Tim previously served as Chief of Staff to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, focusing on transportation and transit-oriented development, brownfield redevelopment, waterfront and maritime/port redevelopment, public and affordable housing policy, small business support, infrastructure finance, and public/private partnerships. Prior to joining city government in 2010, Tim worked at Barclays Capital as Chief of Staff to the Head of Global Investment Banking. He began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 2003 as a healthcare banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions for leading companies in the managed care, biotechnology, and healthcare services sectors. Tim is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Tim Sullivan
Rob-Headshot-2020.jpg

Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson is Chief Executive Officer of Playfly Esports, connecting brands to esports communities throughout the high school, collegiate, amateur, and pro gaming ecosystem. Co-operators of NACE Starleague, the world's largest college esports league with nearly 700 schools and over 13,000 students who participated during the 2021-22 academic year. Rob previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Nerd Street Gamers (NSG), an esports infrastructure company based in Philadelphia, PA (2018-2020). NSG’s esports portfolio currently includes competitive gaming venues (Localhost), national esports events (Nerd Street Events), and content production (NSGTV). Under Rob’s operational direction, the company closed a Series A funding round lead by national retailer, Five Below, was named Technically Philly’s 2019 “startup of the year”, was recognized for “top 10 most innovative companies in gaming” by Fast Company, and he created the two-time Mid-Atlantic Emmy winning TV series, “FTW Philly,” airing on NBC Regional Sports Networks nationwide. Rob was a Vice President with Jackbox Games, the creator of hit party video games “You Don’t Know Jack” & “The Jackbox Party Pack” (2016-2018). Rob launched a first-of-its-kind mass audience gaming platform for the sports & entertainment industry, bringing Jackbox Games to National Football League, NCAA, and high-profile esports events. He also oversaw both consumer and business marketing strategy and launched the company’s portfolio of games nationally on cable-box based platforms. Before working in the video game industry, Rob was Vice President of Digital Media & Partnership Marketing for the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers. In 2014, his team earned a Webby Award Honoree for excellence in sports social media. That same year, Rob was also named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s "40 Under 40”. Between 2011 and 2013, Rob was Vice President of Marketing for Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, where he oversaw the opening and ongoing strategy for one of the highest-grossing dining & entertainment districts in North America. Rob had previously held marketing positions with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2008 to 2011, during which he created the nationally recognized “Relentless Pursuit of the Cup” marketing campaign leading up to the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup Final run. Rob also founded GreenLit Consulting, which provides hands-on business and personal brand building and led to co-authoring Millennial Reboot: Our Generation’s Playbook for Professional Growth, published in December 2016. Millennial Reboot launched as a #1 Amazon Best Seller in its category. A graduate of Marietta College and a national champion in the sport of rowing, he began his professional career as the Marketing Coordinator for the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars. While in Jacksonville, he earned his MBA from the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University. A native of Margate City, New Jersey, Rob, and his wife, Kate, currently reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Rob Johnson
John Boyd, Jr. Principal at the Boyd Company. File Photo..jpg

John Boyd, Jr.

John Boyd, Jr., is a Principal of the corporate site selection consultancy, The Boyd Company, Inc.  Founded in 1975 in Princeton, NJ,  The Boyd Company is a trusted provider of research and advice to leading companies, organizations and governments. Since joining the firm in 2002, John has worked on a wide range of site selection and development projects that have resulted in billions of dollars of capital investment and tens of thousands of new jobs in the U.S. and around the globe. The Boyd Co. has provided economic development counsel to a number of leading U.S. gaming markets, including Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and to Native American tribal properties in California, Arizona and Nevada.   John is a frequent speaker at forums on corporate relocation, economic development and commercial real estate trends and his expert commentary is routinely featured in the national business press. For more information about John and The Boyd Company:  www.theboydcompany.com

John Boyd, Jr.
David Naczycz.jpg

David Naczycz

David is an entrepreneur, leader, and consultant with expertise in Organization Development, Urban & Economic Development, DEI, Travel, Sustainability and I-Gaming. His latest role is as Executive Director of the FinTech & Sports Wagering Innovation Center at New Jersey City University School of Business. The center is tasked with making New Jersey the home of a vibrant ecosystem for the FinTech and I-Gaming industries and to create jobs for New Jersey residents, particularly those from underserved communities. David has also worked extensively within the Sustainability, Local Food, and DEI Movements as a leader, advocate, and consultant. He has been active with organizations such as Impact Travel Alliance, and currently serves on the board of Travel Unity where he helped to design and launch a DEI certification program for the travel industry. David is also a member of White Men for Racial Justice, an organization that seeks to mobilize white men to dismantle systemic racism in our society.

David Naczycz
J Moses
j moses.png

J Moses

J Moses has been a director since April 2007. Mr. Moses serves on the Advisory Boards of Simulmedia, Inc. and Flow Corp, Inc. Mr. Moses also is an Advisor to the President of KapanLagi, the largest on-line media business in Indonesia, as well as a consultant in the United States, where he works closely with a range of clients and in strategic alliance with Borden Media Consulting. Most recently, Mr. Moses was founder and President of Bagooba, Inc. a social media start up based in New York City. From 1998 until July 2009, Mr. Moses was the Chief Executive Officer of UGO Networks, Inc., an online publisher delivering information and entertainment for gamers. Mr. Moses, who co-founded UGO Networks, managed the sale of that company to the Hearst Corporation in August 2007. Prior thereto, Mr. Moses served as President of MTV Russia and oversaw the launch of MTV Networks in Russia in 1998. Mr. Moses, a 30-year veteran of entertainment and technology, also served as the President of BMG Interactive from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Moses’ vast media experience and leadership history, including his role as President of MTV Russia, is a key asset to the Board of Directors, and as such, the Board of Directors has deemed Mr. Moses qualified to serve as a director.

2k logo.png
Coach_Green.jpg

Ahman Green

Ahman Green might be best known in Wisconsin for his Hall of Fame career with the Green Bay Packers, but for eSports enthusiasts, he has also built quite a positive reputation. Green, an eSports entrepreneur and longtime player, was named the first coach of Lakeland University's new eSports program. The Packers' all-time leading rusher has always been a gamer, dating back to playing ColecoVision when he was a kid. While growing up in Nebraska and becoming a decorated player for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tecmo Super Bowl and Madden NFL '97 were two of the games that kept Green rooted in eSports. "This has been a lifelong passion for me, and I am excited to get the opportunity to come to Lakeland in this new role and grow the university's program from the ground up," said Green, a broadcast personality for the professional eSports team Tempo Storm. "It is amazing how quickly eSports is growing, and how much it has evolved over the years I have been playing. I'm looking forward to talking to gamers about Lakeland and all the university has to offer as we build this program." During his 12-year NFL career, Green was a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro player. He has been inducted into both the Nebraska and Green Bay Halls of Fame. After retiring from pro football in 2009, Green's interest in gaming and the eSports industry grew, and his personality in the industry grew as he hosted a weekly eSports talk show, True Game Fans Network. Lakeland's co-ed team will debut this fall and be a member of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), which serves as the governing body to more than 150 colleges and universities and sets standards for eligibility and conduct for collegiate eSports. ESports are multiplayer video games played online competing against other NACE colleges across the country in both a fall and spring season. Lakeland's team will compete in games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Paladins, Rocket League, Smite, Fortnite, CSGO and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Additional games will be added in the future based on student interest and additions made by NACE. Follow Ahman Green on his stream and his social media: Twitter: @AhmanGreen30 Twitch: AhmanGreenTV Instagram: AhmanGreen30 Facebook: OfficialAhmanGreen30 Snapchat: AhmanGreen30

Ahman Green pic.png
Ahman Green
Anthony Gaud_edited.jpg

Anthony Gaud

Anthony Gaud is CEO of the G3 Gaud-Hammer Gaming Group and an Emmy-Award winning technology entrepreneur and media executive with a 25-year career working with top level entertainment, gaming and tech companies. His professional history is highlighted by $60M+ in exits, acquisitions and partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Microsoft and Nexon. Anthony assisted in the drafting the first esports gaming law in the United States, is a board member of the Esports Trade Association and serves as Chair of the Regulated Video Game and Esports Committee.

Anthony Gaud NJ
Seth Schorr.jpeg

Seth Schorr

Seth Schorr is Chairman of Downtown Grand. Downtown Grand and the adjacent Downtown3rd district are the embodiments of Schorr’s vision to create a downtown Las Vegas hospitality experience delivering a superior guest experience and genuine sense of community. Since beginning his career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and the Golden Nugget Laughlin. Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, which owns and operates three casinos in North Las Vegas. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area. The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice and has a number of internally developed concepts including Lobster ME, JaBurritos, Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar, Evel Pie and Golden Tiki. In early 2015, Schorr was introduced to the world of eSports and lead the effort of developing the first fully integrated eSports program in a casino resort at The Downtown Grand. The Downtown Grand’s eSports program includes weekly eSports contests, team residencies and sponsorships, a weekly broadcast and professional tournaments. Schorr sits on the board of GameCo and is advising on the development of the world’s first video game slot machine. Schorr also sits on the board of Millennial eSports which has created the world’s first permanent eSports arena. Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Chinese Studies. He has received numerous awards and accolades including being recognized by VEGAS Inc. as a member of the elite “40 Under 40,” as well as “The Vegas Dozen.” With all of his professional accomplishments, Schorr remains active in the community by being part of numerous boards including those for The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada Restaurant Association, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, the Advisory Board of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, One Night for One Drop and the recently was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on the Nevada State Board of Museums and History. He is also an executive board member and Chairman of Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). ​

Seth Schorr NJ Speaker
Eric Wiss, VP, Tech Compliance, Odds on Compliance.png

Eric Weiss

Eric Weiss is a seasoned regulator spending 30 years with the New Jersey Division of Gaming (DGE) Enforcement. In 2008, he became the Director of the DGE’s Slot Lab where he led the DGE’s efforts to streamline the approval process of gaming products and the regulation of casino technology. In 2013, he played a key role in the introduction of Internet gaming to New Jersey, as he was responsible for researching policy, approving Internet gaming systems, and the ongoing oversight of Internet gaming operations. In 2018, he became the DGE’s Chief of Staff where he was involved in a variety of initiatives including sports wagering. Eric is now the Vice President of Technical compliance at Odds On Compliance, a full service consulting and technology company established to make gaming compliance easy. Eric is also a member of the E-sports Trade Association where he volunteers his time as co-chair of the Regulatory Committee.

Eric Weiss NJ
Andrew Weilgus.jpg

Andrew Weilgus

Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center at Stockton University. Andrew Weilgus is the Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center at Stockton University. Prior to that Mr. Weilgus was co-founder and President of TheLiveNetwork.com and Atlantic City FC. Founded in 2017, Atlantic City FC is minor league soccer and esports team sponsored by the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and Caesars Entertainment, the largest gaming company in the world. TheLiveNetwork.com produces events for venues around the country ranging from esports/fantasy sports to trivia and gaming. Mr. Weilgus received his Master’s Degree in Technology Management from the Wharton School of Business and The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a producer on NFL’s Sunday Ticket, Mr. Weilgus has a 20-year history as an executive in the sports and entertainment industry.

Andrew Weilgus NJ
Lucas Levenson
Lucas Levenson, P.A..jpeg

Lucas R. Levenson, Esquire

Lucas R. Levenson, Esquire is an attorney located in New Jersey and part of the Gaming & iGaming Practice Group of Cooper Levenson Law Firm. His focus is on multi-jurisdictional licensing and analysis, receiving various gaming approvals in over two-dozen jurisdictions, including a number of Esport tech and game approvals. Prior to practicing law, Lucas was employed in the gaming industry in both finance and compliance roles for land-based and online gaming companies. Outside of law, Lucas is an avid gamer, ranked in the Top 500 of competitive Overwatch.

Fisher_CJ_Ex.jpg

C.J. Fisher

C.J. Fisher is Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Gaming Department, and concentrates his practice in all aspects of gaming law, including licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. CJ has been at the forefront of the expansion of legalized and regulated sports and eSports betting in the United States, regularly representing and advising sports betting and media clients in jurisdictions across the country. In the burgeoning area of sports betting, he has handled licensing, compliance and regulatory approvals in jurisdictions across the United States. C.J. has also spoken extensively on gaming-related topics in conjunction with the International Masters of Gaming Law, National Council on Problem Gambling, International Association of Gaming Advisors, SiGMA and New Jersey State Bar Association, among other organizations.

C.J. Fisher
bokunewicz_jane_headshot_edited.jpg

Dr. Jane Bokunewicz

Dr. Jane Bokunewicz is the Faculty Director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) and an Associate Professor of Hospitality Tourism and Event Management in the School of Business at Stockton University. Bokunewicz worked 22 years in the Atlantic City casino industry with 12 years as Vice President of Administration at Tropicana. Under Bokunewicz’s leadership LIGHT launched the International Journal of Gaming Hospitality and Tourism. LIGHT has earned a reputation as a credible source of gaming hospitality and tourism research and analysis and participates frequently in press, TV and radio interviews. Bokunewicz has been a hospitality and casino management educator at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level since 2006. Bokunewicz began her casino career as a computer programmer in the Information Technology department of Playboy Casino. She later held the position of Director of IT at Tropicana and was promoted to Vice President in April of 1994. Bokunewicz was part of the management team that opened The Quarter, the retail, dining and entertainment facility at the Tropicana. Bokunewicz holds a PhD in Communication, Culture and Media from Drexel University and she is a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Karate.

Dr. Jane Bokunewicz
Anthony Strangia.jpg

Anthony Strangia

Mr. Strangia is a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, where he is assigned to the Service Industry Licensing Bureau that investigates and licenses the entities and individuals that transact business with New Jersey’s casino, internet, and sports betting industries.  He is also responsible for spearheading the Division’s efforts to combat unlicensed, offshore internet gaming and sports betting, which resulted in being named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Gaming for 2020.  Prior to his career in public service, Mr. Strangia was an associate at Chasan, Leyner & Lamparello, P.C. and the Law Offices of Karen Kirchoff Saminski.  He previously served as law clerk to the Hon. Travis L. Francis, Assignment Judge for Middlesex Vicinage and is a 2011 graduate of Rutgers Law School where he served as Notes Editor to the Rutgers Law Review.

Anthony Strangia
Ken Rohman
ifune00g8oxyjkf9gbqp.webp

Afshien Lashkari

Afshien Lashkari joined the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in 2002. Prior to the launch of Internet gaming in New Jersey, Afshien was instrumental in the evaluation and approval of critical brick and mortar electronic gaming equipment such as casino slot monitoring systems. Subsequent to the legalization of Internet gaming in 2013, Afshien was a key member of the Division’s technical team that was responsible for launching Internet gaming platforms. In 2018, with the legalization of sports betting, Afshien was not only involved with launching sportsbook system platforms (both retail and online), but also with creating the regulatory framework that governs sportsbook platforms in the state of New Jersey. Currently, as the Division’s Lab Director, Afshien oversees staff responsible for the testing of all electronic gaming equipment approved for use in New Jersey, an investigative staff, as well as Cybersecurity staff.

Afshien Lashkari
ZP - headshot 2.jpg

Zack Pearlstein

Zack is an Associate Lawyer at GME Law (Gambling, Media, Esports). His clients include game developers, talent agencies, tournament platforms, esports teams, social media influencers, professional athletes, professional esports athletes, poker players, gambling operators, gambling suppliers, and payment processors. Zack assists clients in various areas of law including corporate, commercial, employment, entertainment, intellectual property, regulatory, privacy, and licensing. Zack has secured endorsement deals for his influencer clients with some of the world’s most well-known brands, including online gambling brands. In 2022, Business Insider recognized Zack as one of the top 21 leading talent managers and agents helping gaming creators and esports pros make money and grow their businesses. He was featured in Season 1 of “Gamebreakers,” a docuseries looking at the stories of individuals who have made video gaming their full-time career. Zack was also a panellist at the 2022 XP Game Developer Summit on the panel “How to Leverage Influencer Marketing in 2022″.

Ken Rohman.jpg

Ken Rohman CMO

Dedicated individual with over two decades of national digital marketing experience and more than ten years of management experience. Colleagues and clients can attest that I possess exceptional leadership, relationship and communication skills. Most importantly, I've demonstrated through action that I have the experience, wisdom and strategic horsepower in the digital space to lead supremely talented teammates & staff and provide business building ideas to discerning national clients that help steer the future of their digital marketing. Specialties: A marketing exterior with the years of refinement needed to excel in the boardroom, a decade of work in the trenches needed to earn respect with the technical team, and a head full of schooling for finance and ROI needed to gain the trust of the number crunchers.

Zack Pearlstein
_edited.jpg

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Executive Director, UNLV Black Fire Leadership Initiative Caesars Entertainment Board of Directors Chief Executive in Residence, UNLV International Gaming Institute Jan Jones Blackhurst is a long-time political and business leader who spent most of the 1990s as the first woman mayor of Las Vegas – one of the most popular mayors in the city’s history. She then joined Caesars Entertainment, where she and her teams developed the industry’s first Responsible Gaming practices, advancing environmental stewardship and advocating for important social issues. Jan speaks extensively at many universities and helped establish the International Gaming Institution Center of Excellence at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After leading Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Policy at Caesars for two decades, she joined the Company’s Board of Directors in 2019 where she chairs the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She also became Chief Executive in Residence at the UNLV International Gaming Institute, where she was a popular faculty member and key player in the “Expanding the Leaderverse” initiative. She became Executive Director, UNLV Black Fire Leadership Initiative January 2021. Committed to education, Jan serves as Chairwoman for the Public Education Foundation; she has earned numerous awards and accolades while serving on several boards, including the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, Vegas Chamber and the Nevada Resort Association. In 2014, she was one of the first women to be inducted into the American Gaming Association (AGA) Gaming Hall of Fame. Jones Blackhurst holds a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University.

Justin M. Jacobson, Esq.jpg

Justin M. Jacobson, Esq

Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. is an entertainment, esports and video game attorney located in New York City. For the last decade, he has worked with professional athletes, musicians, producers, DJs, record labels, fashion designers as well as professional gamers, streamers, coaches, on-air talent and esports organizations. Justin is an Adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, Post University in Connecticut, and CUNY Hunter College. He has authored “The Essential Guide to the Business & Law of Esports & Professional Video Gaming” and is on the Board of Directors for non-profits Coalition of Parents in Esports (COPE) and Garden State Esports.

James (Jay) Dorris.png

James (Jay) Dorris CEO

James Dorris is the President and CEO of Wind Creek Hospitality and PCI Gaming. He was the President and CEO of Pearl River Resort before that.

_edited.jpg

Lukas Eggen

Lukas Eggen is an award-winning journalist and podcaster in Las Vegas. He co-founded LAN Parties: A Gaming and Esports Podcast at the Las Vegas Review-Journal with Ryan Smith in 2020. Lukas conducts interviews with a variety of people in the gaming and esports industries while helping the local esports scene in Las Vegas grow and thrive. Among the accolades he has received, Lukas was named to the 2020 Game Awards Future Class. LAN Parties was named Best Entertainment/TV/Film Podcast by the Asian American Podcast Association in 2021 and won Best Podcast at the 2022 Tempest Awards. Lukas is excited to continue to feature some of the industry’s brightest names and help steer the conversation around esports in a productive direction. Follow Lukas Twitter: @lukaseggen Instagram: @thelukaseggen TikTok: @thelukaseggen Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelukaseggen

Caruso-William-1.jpg

William J. Caruso

Bill serves as Chair of Archer’s Government Affairs and Cannabis Groups. Bill is one of the leading advocates and influencers for the cannabis industry, and served as an influential voice in New Jersey’s long battle to end cannabis prohibition. He is also a co-founder of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform, a group that laid the groundwork for the legalization movement. And he was a leader with the advocacy group, NJ CAN 2020, that spearheaded the November 2020 ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for personal use. In his Cannabis Law practice, Bill represents clients that are both veterans and new leaders in the medical and adult-use cannabis industries, including retailers, processors, growers and ancillary businesses. Bill provides guidance on marijuana-related business issues, including issues pertaining to strategic planning and transactions, banking and finance, taxation, labor and employment, land use and zoning, real estate, municipal law, and healthcare law. Bill has a deep knowledge of New Jersey government and strong relationships with political and industry leaders in the state. Prior to joining Archer, Bill served nearly five years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office in Trenton. He was responsible for developing and implementing the Assembly’s policy agenda, and, as top aide to the Speaker, served as lead staff negotiator on all policy matters and as liaison to the Governor’s office, Senate and state departments. He was responsible for daily management of approximately 30 policy research professionals and communications and administrative staff. During his tenure, Bill helped shepherd through numerous pieces of landmark legislation, including pension and health benefits reform. Prior to taking the Assembly post, Bill served for more than 11 years as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Andrews, a Camden County Democrat. In that position, Bill had responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Congressman’s policy and public relations agenda, with specialization in economic development, education and defense policy. He was responsible for daily management of approximately 20 policy research professionals and communications and administrative staff in offices in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Bill also served 11 years as Congressman Andrews’ Campaign Manager. Bill served as Democratic legal and public relations advisor to the 2011 New Jersey Apportionment Commission, which was tasked with redrawing the lines of the state’s 40 legislative districts following the 2010 census.

anthonyheadshot_edited.jpg

Anthony Mongeluzo

Anthony Mongeluzo is the president of PCS. Since starting the company in 2000, he has not deviated from his mission to build a customer service company specializing in delivering proven technology solutions. Anthony’s customer-first vision permeates throughout the company culminating in a constructive and supportive working environment. PCS partners with each company to ensure they receive the best experience possible. PCS IT services include Managed and Project-based services, Cloud solutions, Virtual CIO, Patch Management, Network and Server Management, Critical Incident Response, and a 24/7 helpdesk with LiveLine support so customers can reach a live technician within 30 seconds. Anthony’s community involvement includes leadership positions on many area associations, and he is a regular contributor on Fox 29 sharing insights on a wide range of technical topics impacting businesses and consumers.

demarco pga.jpg

Barbara DeMarco

Vice President Barbara DeMarco is a Governmental Affairs Consultant specializing in gaming, education, technology and agricultural policy as well as procurement and corporate development. Since 1994, she has seen over 3 dozen gaming related bills become law. Most recently, she protected the interests of Freehold Raceway (jointly owned by Penn Entertainment and Parx Casino/Racing) as well as Continent 8 Technologies in NJ's sports wagering law. Other laws she directly championed include allowing for an independent data center in Atlantic City, the legalization of exchange wagering and the establishment of Off Track Wagering and Account Deposit Wagering in NJ. Barbara has authored articles, OP ED’s and guest columns on casino, online, sports wagering and parimutuel wagering on horses. One of the few women nationally with a policy expertise in this area, she is often invited to speak at national and regional forums. She also has spoken and written widely on the issue of women in atypical professions. To this end, she spends a great deal of time mentoring young women entering the realm of policy and politics. Since its inception, her name has appeared on Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg's list of the most powerful and influential women for InsiderNJ. From technology to infrastructure, Barbara also works with clients on procurement and business development. For example, in June 2019, she was the lead on a project that resulted in the opening of a world class data center in the Atlantic City Convention Center. The project was done in a public/private partnership with the NJ Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and her client, Continent 8 Technologies. Barbara is a member of the Greater Atlantic City of Commerce’s Executive Board where she co-chairs the Committee on Economic Development and Policy.

Robert Rippee •_Executive Director, UNLV Black Fire Innovation Hub

Robert Rippee

MBA, Ph.D. Executive Director, UNLV Black Fire Innovation Hub Executive Director, UNLV Black Fire Innovation Hub Assistant Editor, International Journal of eSports Research Former Director, Hospitality Innovation Lab, UNLV Former Director, esports Lab, UNLV Co-founder RM Labs LLC Co-founder UV Labs LLC Partner Net Effect Ventures Dr. Rippee is currently the Executive Director of UNLV's Black Fire Innovation Hub, as the visionary guide for teams of students, faculty, staff, and partner stakeholders in fulfilling the vision and mission for economic development and diversity through problem-solving based idea creation, innovation, acceleration, and commercialization. Black Fire Innovation Hub brings one of the nation's top research institutions to transition problem-solving innovation. Black Fire Innovation will create a collaborative, synergistic environment designed to advance student ideas, industry innovation projects, and economic development through advanced technology development. Black Fire Innovation brings one of the nation's top research institutions and a significant industry partner together in one space to develop quick-to-market solutions that will move the hospitality industry forward. Black Fire Innovation will create a collaborative, synergistic environment designed to spark strategic partnerships, advance research, elevate student learning and entrepreneurship, and highlight an emerging workforce trained to excel in a rapidly evolving industry. The business incubator will house a replica resort with dedicated software development and maker spaces, advanced supercomputing access, business acceleration activities, training opportunities, and living hospitality and gaming labs. Black Fire Innovation opened in the third quarter of 2019 in a state-of-the-art research building in the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park. It will inhabit a floor and a half (43,000 square feet) of the debut innovation building at the park and contain: Fully-equipped resort amenities, including a commercial kitchen, casino floor, hotel rooms, esports arena, VR lab, and sportsbook. Private offices and conference rooms. Collaboration and co-working space. Classrooms and presentation facilities. Before his selection as Executive Director for Black Fire Innovation, Dr. Rippee was Director of the Hospitality Innovation Lab and the esports Lab at the International Gaming Institute at UNLV. These highly acclaimed and successful center-based initiatives fostered early-stage student-led innovation and transition activities specifically within the hospitality, gaming, and entertainment verticals. Dr. Rippee is the co-founder of two early-stage startups: one with innovative new technology for the wine industry currently holding a provisional patent; the second a startup using ultraviolet light as the basis for a hotel room sterilization device. He is also active in Net Effect Ventures partner. Net Effect Ventures is a global startup funding source for social innovation transition and impact investing. Dr. Rippee and Net Effect Ventures partnered with Duke Universities Project Phoenix during the summer of 2020 to create and manage five social innovation internship projects for Duke Student. The projects received an immediate and positive response from students, with over twenty students participating in the program. Dr. Rippee attained his Ph.D. in Hotel Administration from UNLV in December 2020, researching consumer behavior and human learning in the context of innovation while simultaneously holding his full time-positions with UNLV. His dissertation, A Nomological Analysis of Innovation in Higher Education and Industry, was successfully defended in November of 2020. He has extensive research expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, innovation, and transitional activities. He is well known across the University for his interdisciplinary approach to innovation, providing lectures and mentoring student teams from engineering, business, hospitality, and architecture. He is frequently requested as the academic advisor by graduate students for independent research projects ranging from video game development to robotic process automation. His research has included game theory, problem gaming; the convergence of gaming and gambling; human learning; innovation; and esports. He holds an MBA with a specialization in Operations Management from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and an undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Wyoming. Dr. Rippee holds a long tenure in the private sector before joining UNLV. His most recent position was Senior Vice president for Las Vegas Sands Corporation. A position that culminated more than 25 years of innovation experience in the private sector. He maintains a robust network of high-level contacts across technology and development. He is also a Decorated Veteran, having served as a Pilot in the United States Navy. An avid bicyclist, both road and mountain. He is also an avid fitness practitioner.

Jan Jones Blackhurst
Justin M. Jacobson, Esq
James (Jay) Dorris CEO
Lukas Eggen
William J. Caruso
Anthony Mongeluzo
Barbara DeMarco
Robert Rippee
Megan Zeller

Megan Zeller

Sr. Director, Business Development, Peerless-AV As Sr. Director of Business Development, Megan Zeller leads Peerless-AV’s dvLED video wall systems, integrated kiosks, and outdoor AV sales initiatives in the hospitality and gaming verticals. In this role, she is responsible for helping her clients develop brand standards that are representative of the specific style and quality of the company. Zeller brings over a decade of experience in the service industry to her position at Peerless-AV. Prior to joining the company, she worked for Daytona International Speedway, where she supported the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, a two year redevelopment plan. In this role, she focused on hospitality and partnership sales for the speedway. Before that, Zeller managed hospitality for a premier sports car racing series where she coordinated catering, meeting planning, hotel accommodations, and travel negotiation. Zeller has also held positions in advertising. Zeller holds a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Business from Saint Leo University.

Seth Schorr.jpeg

Seth Schorr

Chairman, Downtown Grand and CEO, Fifth Street Gaming Seth Schorr is Chairman of Downtown Grand. Downtown Grand and the adjacent Downtown3rd district are the embodiments of Schorr’s vision to create a downtown Las Vegas hospitality experience delivering a superior guest experience and genuine sense of community. Since beginning his career in gaming and hospitality in 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and the Golden Nugget Laughlin. Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, which owns and operates three casinos in North Las Vegas. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area. The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice and has a number of internally developed concepts including Lobster ME, JaBurritos, Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar, Evel Pie and Golden Tiki. In early 2015, Schorr was introduced to the world of eSports and lead the effort of developing the first fully integrated eSports program in a casino resort at The Downtown Grand. The Downtown Grand’s eSports program includes weekly eSports contests, team residencies and sponsorships, a weekly broadcast and professional tournaments. Schorr sits on the board of GameCo and is advising on the development of the world’s first video game slot machine. Schorr also sits on the board of Millennial eSports which has created the world’s first permanent eSports arena. Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Chinese Studies. He has received numerous awards and accolades including being recognized by VEGAS Inc. as a member of the elite “40 Under 40,” as well as “The Vegas Dozen.” With all of his professional accomplishments, Schorr remains active in the community by being part of numerous boards including those for The Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Nevada Restaurant Association, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, the Advisory Board of The Smith Center for Performing Arts, One Night for One Drop and the recently was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on the Nevada State Board of Museums and History. He is also an executive board member and Chairman of Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). ​

Mike darley JPG_edited.jpg

Mike Darley

CEO, Next Gaming LLC Mike Darley is the CEO of Next Gaming LLC. He has over 35 years of operational and executive management experience in the gaming industry with companies that include Harrah’s Entertainment, Trump Casinos and Majestic Star LLC. His guidance has positioned Next Gaming, LLC to be at the forefront in the development of cutting edge skill-based slot games, bringing well known titles from Atari and Taito to a wide demographic audience. Darley holds both a BFA and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Long Beach and did his Masters work in Curriculum Development at California State University Dominguez Hills. His community service includes Past President of the Shade Tree Shelter, Past President of the Nevada Youth Alliance, Past President of the Las Vegas Centennial Optimist Club and member of the Southern Nevada Youth Gang Task Force.

Weinstein-David.jpg

David A. Weinstein

David focuses his practice on complex business transactions. He represents public and privately-held businesses across diverse industries in a broad spectrum of transactional, regulatory and general business matters, with particular emphasis on contract preparation, review and negotiation; regulatory compliance; mergers and acquisitions; risk management; and public finance matters. David has extensive experience with contracts and agreements of all types, including sale and vendor agreements, licensing agreements, disclosure documents, offtake agreements, supply contracts, indentures, letters of credit, and related transactional documents. He helps clients structure their business relationships and provides strategic counseling to guide them through the complexities to ensure their contracts and agreements provide the necessary framework for success. David regularly represents developers, owners, investors, and corporate buyers in the energy and utilities industry, with a focus on the development, financing, sale, purchase, and operation of alternative and renewable energy facilities, including, but not limited to, solar, wind, geothermal and cogeneration facilities. He advises on regulatory compliance related to deal structuring and implementation. David has extensive experience with matters involving developing, selling, or acquiring renewable assets, including negotiation and diligence of power purchase and sale agreements, interconnection and transmission arrangements and fuel supply agreements. A significant portion of David’s practice is dedicated to representing clients in the Esports industry. David provides counsel on a variety of issues, including the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts; business structure planning and modeling; and merger and acquisitions transactions, such as asset purchases, stock purchases, joint ventures and strategic alliances. David has long-term involvement in municipal and government relations working with clients on a variety of redevelopment and public finance matters. He represents clients in the drafting, review and negotiations of redevelopment agreements and financial agreements for large-scale redevelopment projects, including multifamily, single-family and affordable housing projects. David has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustees counsel, and bank counsel for various public financing transactions, including financings for multi-family.

Michael Kilpatrick Morton.JPG

Michael Kilpatrick Morton

Michael provides the Board with legal and policy advice. Mike serves as the Board’s liaison to the Nevada Legislature and other state and local government agencies in Nevada. Part of his portfolio at the Gaming Control Board is the creation and implementation of the Board’s new Esports Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to his tenure in the Executive Branch, he served as senior deputy legislative counsel to the Nevada Legislature as committee counsel to the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services. Mike also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet in Douglas County, Nevada. A member of the editorial board of the Nevada Lawyer magazine, Mike earned his B.A. in Communications from Boston College, and received his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he served as a lead editor for the Journal of Health Law and Policy.

Megan Zeller
Seth Schorr
Mike Darley
David A. Weinstein
Michael Kilpatrick Morton
speech_crop_Ismail Vali.jpg

Ismail Vali

Atropos Intelligence inc.: FOUNDER, CEO & PRESIDENT YIELD SEC: FOUNDER A GAME ABOVE: FOUNDER Ismail Vali is a strategic marketing specialist fuelled by commercial discipline, creative ideas, curiosity for what makes players play, and dissatisfaction with the status quo. Over his professional experience, Ismail has a proven track record of commercial and creative success across consulting and senior marketing roles, including as Head of Development for Ladbrokes, and Chief Marketing Officer for ParadisePoker, SportingBet and PokerStars – all of which were taken to global leadership by the teams and initiatives Ismail led during his management. A pioneer of promotional schemes and marketing solutions, Ismail is known for his commercially-disciplined creative output and holds a US Patent for game and prize methods that serves as the foundation for the A GAME ABOVE business and led Ismail to found the award-winning marketing campaigns company in 2019. Ismail is the inventor and founder of Yield Sec – the world’s first effective tool to monitor, police and enforce the licensed marketplace for betting & gaming by removing blackmarket threats to taxation, legal operator revenues and player protection. Yield Sec is a specialized product and process platform for government and stakeholders to realize market equilibrium across the entire, addressable online betting & gaming business in each regulated, taxed and contained jurisdiction. Yield Sec’s mission is to help government and legal operators achieve a truly level playing field for licensed, responsible operations across online betting, gaming and lottery. Yield Sec is the first product from marketplace optimization and protection specialists Atropos Intelligence, which Ismail founded and leads as CEO & President. Atropos utilizes a unique platform with processes to provide intelligence and insights that improve internet marketplaces. The platform, products and processes presented by Atropos Intelligence provide the right framework for government, regulators, industry and stakeholders to Agameabove.com yieldsec.com linktr.ee/Ismailvali +1 323 841 5853 2 make decisions and take actions from. The decisions and actions that protect and perfect valuable and at-risk online marketplaces and their consumers, today. Writing extensively across betting & gaming industry matters, examples of Ismail’s published work can be found at SBC News, EI Industry News, iGaming Times, Casino Beats and Casino Review

Tyler Bushnell

Tyler Bushnell

Tyler is the CEO and co-founder of Polycade, a modern arcade platform designed for in-person social gaming. Polycade launched with a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, participated in the LIFT Labs Techstars accelerator in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal, and has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal. Tyler previously wrote games for uWink Inc, and has built front to back end online advertising systems. Tyler enjoys getting groups together to have fun playing board games, lawn games, and video games.

Ismail Vali
Tyler Bushnell
Mr. Schoonover is a Managing Partner of CloudTree Ventures

Jeffrey Schoonover

Managing Partner of CloudTree Ventures and heads Peninsula Lifestyle Capital, PLLC Mr. Schoonover is a Managing Partner of CloudTree Ventures and heads Peninsula Lifestyle Capital, PLLC that is a decade old consulting firm trusted by Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. Its insightful personalized approach to providing business, financial and investment services has forged enduring relationships across a wide spectrum of enterprise. Mr. Schoonover’s companies hold direct investments as preferred limited partner or shareholder in entertainment and sports sectors in Hollywood.com formerly MovieTicket.com, professional sports in esports teams; Misfits Gaming Group; Misfits Gaming United States & Germany Europe LCS League of Legends, Florida Mayhem Overwatch League, Florida Mutineers Call of Duty World League & Heat Check NBA2K Gaming. In addition, he holds a long-standing advisory role with Nederlander Worldwide whom are a dominant operator in Broadway around the world and has ownership stakes in NY Yankees since 1974. Currently the company is producing Broadway shows for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos and Hard Rock International and other major casino operators. Peninsula Lifestyle Capital, PLLC 2012-2016 also was the named Senior Advisor to the President and Vice Chairman and Board of Directors of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., Seminole Tribe which owns Hard Rock and Hard Rock and Hard Rock International Board.

Jeffrey Schoonover
Michael Guy

Michael Guy

The CCO of Decentral Games (DG) and the founder of Neo Optimum. Decentral Games builds EV-positive games that give players economic freedom through aligned incentives, self-custody and delegation of yield-bearing metaverse assets. Decentral Games’ play-to-earn metaverse poker game (ICE Poker) generates revenue for the DG Treasury through NFT mints, secondary sale royalties, activations, and upgrades. Neo Optimum is a consulting group composed of top talent in the space offering expertise in crypto, NFT development and metaverse endeavors.

Oliver Lovat_edited.jpg

Oliver Lovat

His expertise is in customer-facing real estate and the evolution of Las Vegas, serving as faculty at City, University of London Business School in London, as regular contributor at the UNLV and previously as faculty at The University College of Estate Management, lecturing on strategic asset management. He has spent the past 20 years in investment, development, finance and strategy, transacting across multiple jurisdictions, asset classes and ownership structures. His recent focus has been developing and implementing strategies for retail, gaming and hospitality environments, including international casino companies. Oliver has addressed The World Gaming Executive Summit, International Casino Conference, Global Gaming Summit, International Casino Exhibition, Investment Property Forum and many other notable groups on the importance of learning from Las Vegas. He is a special features writer at Global Gaming Business, columnist at Gaming America and Gambling Insider Magazines, and has a selection of published papers on strategic trends in Las Vegas. Originally from Scotland, Oliver spent 15 years working in London before moving to the USA in 2015 to work specifically in gaming and hospitality. He holds a BA in Social Sciences, MSc in Real Estate Investment, MBA with a focus on Finance and Strategy and is a Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Michael Guy
Oliver Lovat
Ben Sewell_edited.jpg

BEN SEWELL 

VICE PRESIDENT, SALES SOLUTIONS ben.sewell@anc.com Ben joins ANC with 17+ years of sales, operations, and business development experience in the digital signage, OOH and systems integration space. He recently worked for Samsung Electronics for the last eight years in the Live Events, Entertainment and Spectaculars Division. Prior to Samsung, Ben held various sales roles with Nanolumens where he worked for the International Division and was responsible for all sales activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During his tenure at Adaptive Micro Systems, he was responsible for Channel Sales and DOOH for the Southcentral and Southwestern Regions. Some of his notable projects and customers include Virgin Casino & Hotel (Las Vegas, NV); National Geographic Encounter (Times Square, NY); New Tradition; Las Vegas Convention Center; Cordish Companies; AT&T Center; NASCAR Hall of Fame; Tobin Center for The Performing Arts; San Diego Zoo; Miami International Airport; ESPN Wide World of Sports; Sporting KC; University of Arkansas; Texas State University. Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Jo-Ann Teng headshot.jfif

Jo-Ann Teng, JD, CAMS

Director, Risk and Compliance Fiserv Jo-Ann joined Fiserv in April 2021 and is a Director of Risk and Compliance supporting Global Business Solutions in high-risk verticals. She focuses on reviewing the compliance programs and regulatory framework of high-risk merchants operating in sports wagering, iGaming, Esports, cryptocurrency, cannabidiol (CBD) and money service businesses. Prior to joining Fiserv, Jo-Ann was a Team Lead at Standard Chartered Bank where she had the opportunity to lead teams investigating sanctions circumvention, anti-money laundering, fraud, and/or potential terrorist financing. Before moving into the AML and compliance industries, Jo-Ann clerked for a Superior Court Judge, Criminal Part, in the State of New Jersey and then worked at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for four years. Jo-Ann received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and her Juris Doctorate from Touro Law Center in Central Islip, NY. She is based at Fiserv’s Short Hills and Berkley Heights, NJ offices.

G Connors Headshot.jpg

George Connors

SVP, Head of Gaming, Sports, Hotel, Travel & Leisure Fiserv George joined Fiserv in October 2018 and is the Head of Gaming, Sports, Hotel, Travel and Leisure Verticals. George and his team focus on traditional and online gaming, sports betting, lottery, and fantasy sports clients to provide them with a wide range of payment solutions — including acquiring, ACH warranty, security / fraud, and digital pay-in / pay-out solutions. As a strong industry advocate with over 25 years of gaming payments experience, George serves on the American Gaming Association Board of Directors promoting responsible gaming. He is a proud alum of the University of Tennessee Knoxville loves spending time with his growing family, including three new grandchildren! He also serves as a leader in community mentoring programs, tasked with personal growth both at home and work.

BEN SEWELL 
Jo-Ann Teng, JD, CAMS
George Connors
Jason Hollingsworth headshot.jpg

Jason Hollingsworth, Esq., CAMS

His expertise is in customer-facing real estate and the evolution of Las Vegas, serving as faculty at City, University of London Business School in London, as regular contributor at the UNLV and previously as faculty at The University College of Estate Management, lecturing on strategic asset management. He has spent the past 20 years in investment, development, finance and strategy, transacting across multiple jurisdictions, asset classes and ownership structures. His recent focus has been developing and implementing strategies for retail, gaming and hospitality environments, including international casino companies. Oliver has addressed The World Gaming Executive Summit, International Casino Conference, Global Gaming Summit, International Casino Exhibition, Investment Property Forum and many other notable groups on the importance of learning from Las Vegas. He is a special features writer at Global Gaming Business, columnist at Gaming America and Gambling Insider Magazines, and has a selection of published papers on strategic trends in Las Vegas. Originally from Scotland, Oliver spent 15 years working in London before moving to the USA in 2015 to work specifically in gaming and hospitality. He holds a BA in Social Sciences, MSc in Real Estate Investment, MBA with a focus on Finance and Strategy and is a Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Ben Headshot_edited.jpg

Ben Feferman

Ben Feferman is the Chief Gaming Officer of React Gaming Group. Ben has worked in the esports industry for the past 5 years having founded Amuka Esports and its pro team Parabellum Esports. As part of the portfolio, he manages 3 gaming centers and produces over 300 online and LAN events per year. Ben hosts several esports shows including the Daily Download and Esports Unfiltered. Outside of the office, you'll find him playing Fortnite and chasing after his 4 kids.

David Isaacson.jpg

David Isaacson

David Isaacson has been analyzing the gaming industry since 2010. At Spectrum Gaming Capital he works on a broad range of projects, including strategic advisory engagements, capital raises, market analyses, litigation support and valuation, among other areas. Isaacson’s work spans a broad spectrum of the global gaming industry to include land-based casinos, sports betting, digital gaming, lottery and esports. He is a sought-after speaker and thought leader for industry and investor conferences discussing emerging issues in gaming.

Yael Tamar.jpg

Yael Tamar

Yael Tamar is Co-CEO and Co-founder of SolidBlock, an issuance platform and a marketplace for property-backed digital securities. Yael co-founded several fintech) startups, a successful marketing company in the blockchain space and an import/export company that was acquired. She is also a regional co-chair at FIBREE, the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise, the leading international network for exchanging knowledge within the real estate industry. She is regularly invited to speak worldwide as an expert in Blockchain, Real Estate and Fintech.

GIl Solomon.png

Gil Solomon

Gil is the founding partner of Gil Solomon & Co., one of Israel’s leading boutique law firms in the fields of blockchain and cryptocurrency, practicing law in the areas of commercial law, blockchain and cryptocurrency, high-tech, mergers and acquisitions, privacy protection, and intellectual property. As of 2020, Gil has become Israel’s youngest ranked attorney ever when Gil Solomon & Co. were ranked by Dun & Bradstreet as a one of the country’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency law firms.

Tom Hearne Headshot v2.png

Thomas Hearne

Tom is a seasoned operator with extensive experience as a senior executive having scaled publicly traded technology companies including in his roles as past Chief Financial Officer of theScore (acquired by Penn National Gaming for $2B) and Sportech (London Stock Exchange listed). Over the course of his career, Tom has on multiple occasions led companies through their rapid growth stage from startup revenues through $100MM run rates and has been an instrumental part in numerous financings raising in excess of $500MM and M&A transactions.

Art Vivas FEA Consulting Engineers.jpg

Art Vivas

As FEA’s Low Voltage Project Manager, Art Vivas collaborates with clients and brings a creative and innovative approach to technology solutions for their projects and drives the client’s vision for the ultimate user experience. As a leader in the technology industry for over two decades, Mr. Vivas has an extensive background in various solutions that have met many demands. At the forefront of these solutions are digital signage, facial recognition, meeting room collaboration, immersive experiences and managed services that include asset management standardization and technology master planning. Mr. Vivas oversees FEA’s designs and project management for audiovisual, IT and security and surveillance systems for hospitality, gaming, corporate enterprise, house of worship and government clients

20211112_BAYES_PORTRAITS_BERLIN_Markus-Braumann-Foto_015.jpg

Amir Mirzaee

Amir Mirzaee, 37, is the COO of Bayes Esports. Amir has over 15 years of experience in technology startups, many of those years he has spent at Google and Waze. At Bayes Esports, Amir can combine his two passions, tech and gaming. His goal is to professionalize esports in order to change the image that society has of esports in the long term. "People need to understand that esports is not just about video games, it is also about sports and an industry."

Giovanna Fessenden- Headshot.jpg

 Giovanna Fessenden

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Giovanna is a computer scientist, intellectual property attorney, and blockchain specialist with 18 years of experience advising high-tech companies and startups in software patents, software product development, software licensing open-source software licensing compliance, and intellectual property strategy. Giovanna is a frequent speaker on the topics of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain, esports technologies, and open-source software.

Jason Hollingsworth, Esq., CAMS
Ben Feferman
David Isaacson
Yael Tamar
Gil Solomon
Thomas Hearne
Art Vivas
Amir Mirzaee
 Giovanna Fessenden
bobby soper.png

Bobby Soper

CEO, Sun Gaming and Hospitality Bobby Soper served as CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, growing it from a single asset to a multi-property international company with $3 billion in assets. He has 20+ years of executive leadership roles in hospitality and has served as CEO of various casino properties.

Speaker new.jpg

Glenn Platt

Bringing insight from the frontiers of digital marketing, technology, video games, design, and business to build next generation models for higher education and industry. Proven success in fundraising and creating globally ranked academic programs. Consultant and Speaker. Academic Entrepreneur.

Andrew Weilgus.jpg

Andrew Weilgus

Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center at Stockton University Andrew Weilgus is the Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center at Stockton University. Prior to that Mr. Weilgus was co-founder and President of TheLiveNetwork.com and Atlantic City FC. Founded in 2017, Atlantic City FC is minor league soccer and esports team sponsored by the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and Caesars Entertainment, the largest gaming company in the world. TheLiveNetwork.com produces events for venues around the country ranging from esports/fantasy sports to trivia and gaming. Mr. Weilgus received his Master’s Degree in Technology Management from the Wharton School of Business and The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a producer on NFL’s Sunday Ticket, Mr. Weilgus has a 20-year history as an executive in the sports and entertainment industry.

Lila Mintas.png

Dr. Laila Mintas

Dr. Mintas Consulting Dr. Mintas is a global thought leader on sports data, sports betting legislation, regulation and sports integrity with speaker engagements around the world including Europe, Australia, North America, Central America and Asia. She published more than 100+ legal publications in the top academic and professional journals about sports betting and sports law. She serves as Guest Professor at several Universities such as Columbia University NYC, St John's University NYC, University of New Hampshire and Humboldt University Berlin/Germany on topics such as Sports Betting, Sports Law and Sports Integrity. Dr. Mintas received for her personal achievements the Leaders in Sports U 40 Award, the SBJ Game Changers Award and the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year 2018. She was named one of 25 executives to watch in 2019 by the Global Gaming Business GBB magazine, selected as SBJ´s Power Player Sports Betting 2019 and Business Insider´s Leaders of the Sports Betting Industry 2019. Dr. Mintas is a lawyer by trade. Before joining the PlayUp Group, she served as the Deputy President of Sportradar US, the global technology company that is the leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data. She managed 350+ employees with offices in New York, Minneapolis, Menlo Park and San Francisco. During her tenure, Sportradar was valued at $2.4 Bn USD. Sportradar applies technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive data insights on a variety of business verticals for the creation of unique experiences across platforms in real time. Previously, Dr. Mintas worked several years at the international law firm White & Case LLP in Berlin, Germany and specialized i.a. in Sports Law, Gambling Law, Compliance and Litigation. She wrote her Ph.D. in Betting via the Internet in Europe which became a well-recognized book in its field. She was the Head of Legal and Head of International Development for FIFA’s Early Warning System (FIFA EWS) in Zurich, Switzerland and the first Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF, the governing body for Soccer in North America, Central America and Caribbean being responsible for all 41-member countries including the US, Canada and Mexico. In both positions, at FIFA and at CONCACAF, Dr. Mintas used data to prevent, detect, investigate and sanction match manipulations in sports that are linked to sports betting.

Aaron ProLeague.png

Aaron Carroll

Aaron has been in the cryptosphere for 5 years now. Providing businesses with crypto integration solutions to increase revenue and get businesses into the future.

Bobby Soper
Glenn Platt
Andrew Weilgus
Dr. Laila Mintas
Aaron Carroll
0C7B330E-38E0-40BC-ADA4-24B5A6C08349.jpeg

Michael Kurcab, CTS

Michael Kurcab, CTS has worked with d&b audiotechnik since 2019. Prior to joining d&b audiotechnik, Michael was Director of Facilities in charge of Technical Services at Mandalay Bay for 10 years, with 3 years at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino serving as the property audio engineer. After his tenure in hospitality and gaming, Michael has served as an audio/visual consultant and as a business development professional for leading audio companies such as d&b auditoechnik.

bill coley.jpg

Senator Bill Coley

Senator for the 4th Ohio Senate District Senator Bill Coley is serving his second full term, representing the majority of Butler County as the Senator for the 4th Ohio Senate District. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Government Oversight and Reform and serves on several other Senate committees. He is also a member of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee and served on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission as well as serving as one of Ohio’s delegates to the Assembly of State Legislatures. Senator Coley’s experience in handling gaming issues led to his election as president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). His experience, coupled with his innovative legislative efforts, has resulted in the senator speaking throughout the nation, and internationally, on legislative issues including elections operations, payment systems, pharmacy benefit management, educational distance learning, sports betting and gaming policy. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Senator Coley was elected to four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives where his background in finance matters led him to be named Chairman of the House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee. While in the Ohio House, Coley championed changes to a DNA testing bill that protected the rights of the accused without local law enforcement incurring “astronomical costs”. In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Coley works as a commercial litigation attorney with the firm Strauss Troy, is AV Preeminent rated, and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. An active member of his community, Coley is involved in the Butler County Republican Party, St. John's Catholic Church, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America. Coley's innovative legislative efforts have garnered him many awards. He has been named legislator of the year by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the American Kennel Club. The Senator has also received distinguished legislator recognition by numerous organizations including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) where he serves as state chairman, the American Conservative Union, the Ohio Farm Bureau and he has been named a Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio. Coley received his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. An instrument rated pilot, he and his wife Carolyn live in Liberty Township, Ohio.

jaminson Selby.jpeg

Jamison Selby

Senior VP, Games & Marketing, b spot Jamison Selby is an iGaming specialist with years of expertise leading cross-disciplinary design and production teams in the creation of real money multiplayer games and interactive entertainment. He heads up the games team at b spot, overseeing all game development, partnerships and acquisitions. He has brought over 50 games to market on multiple platforms: iOS, Android, Facebook, Browser, PC, BlackBerry and DVD. He has launched over 25 mobile real money gambling titles in the regulated US market including 12 on the iOS US App Store. In years prior, he adapted the hit TV series Deal or No Deal into a live, interactive gambling stage show for Norwegian and Oceania cruise lines and produced The Real Deal interactive gambling show at the Venetian Las Vegas, featuring a wireless network of 750 handheld devices pitting the world champions of poker against an audience of their fans.

becky harris.jpeg

Becky Harris

Academic Fellow, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation Becky Harris served as the Chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board until January 27, 2019. She is the first woman to serve the State of Nevada in this capacity. Becky has a passion for helping Nevadans and is a strong advocate for Nevada's families. She has worked tirelessly to improve our children's education and find ways to ensure needed dollars reach the classroom. Having raised two children who attended public school in Las Vegas, Becky is keenly aware of the difficulties facing public schools in Clark County. Becky also assisted Nevadans who are financially distressed and passed legislation to help struggling families during the 2015 and 2017 Legislative Sessions. A certified mediator, Becky has worked with the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program for several years and has been effective in facilitating communication between homeowners and banks to resolve foreclosure and home mortgage challenges while exploring solution oriented possibilities. During the 2017 Legislative Session, Becky served on the Nevada Senate Judiciary, Finance and Education Committees. She also served as: • Treasurer, National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) • Chair, NCGLS Committee on Responsible Gaming. • Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission and Education Commission of the States. • Nevada State Director, Women in Government. Becky served as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a member of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee during the 2015 Legislative Session. Becky has been recognized by numerous organizations for her work; including the Nevada Association of School Board, The Nevada Black Caucus, and the National Education Association Republican Education Caucus. Becky's legal areas of focus have included counseling business clients in entity formation; maintaining compliance with State and local regulations; contract negotiation, commercial leases and dispute resolution.

petergan pic.png

Peter Gan

CEO of Royal Wins Peter is President and CEO of CSE and OTC listed pure skill gaming company, Royal Wins Corporation (CSE : SKLL, OTCQB : RYWCF). Peter holds an Engineering degree (Hons) and Master of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has held CEO/COO/Company Secretary roles over the last 15 years in publicly listed companies (ASX, SGX, CSE, OTCQB), private and institutional fund companies. Peter has led small to medium-sized companies in multiple industries including online gaming, energy markets, technology start-ups, and financial services. His experience comprehensively straddles international capital markets and corporate management.

Michael Kurcab, CTS
Senator Bill Coley
Jamison Selby
Becky Harris
Peter Gan
steven light.jpg

Steven Light

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy Steve Light is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota. The Institute is the first university research center dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. With Institute Co-Director Kathryn Rand (UND School of Law), Light has published and presented extensively on the law, policy, regulation, and socioeconomic impacts of gaming. Their most recent book is INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 2d ed. (2019). Light serves on the Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Indian Country Today.

Kathryn Rand_Headshot_Hi Res.jpg

Kathryn Rand

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy Kathryn Rand is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota. The Institute is the first university research center dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. With Institute Co-Director Steve Light (UND College of Business & Public Administration), Rand has published and presented extensively on the law, policy, regulation, and socioeconomic impacts of gaming. Their most recent book is INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 2d ed. (2019). Rand serves on the Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review, is Vice President for Educator Members of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and Indian Country Today.

John English.jpg

John English

Chairman International Gaming Standards Association Mr. English specializes in global business development for the regulated gaming industry, with emphasis on technology, content, distribution, public relations, and contract negotiation. Mr. English’s work history contains an extensive background in gaming, including lottery, AWP, slots, table games, sweepstakes, systems, and race and sports betting both digital and live. Mr. English has been involved in many successful industry developments. One of Mr. English’s endeavors was previously an equity partner with American Wagering Incorporated, the first company to receive Nevada Gaming Control Board approval for mobile sports betting within Nevada. Mr. English created the first betting app in the U.S. to be distributed from the Apple App Store. Additionally, he created the first kiosk sports betting device (SBX) to gain regulatory approval and to be mass released. Furthermore, Mr. English created Million Dollar Ticket which was licensed by the State of Nevada for a bonus game played in restricted gaming locations. Mr. English has developed worldwide relationships, spending a great deal of his career in jurisdictions such as Asia, Canada, U.K., South America, and Mexico. Mr. English was instrumental in the acquisition of American Wagering by William Hill, the world’s largest bookmaker, who received Nevada Gaming Commission approval. Mr. English joined Betfair and TVG, a London listed company in late 2013 to oversee the development of Asia and the Americas. More recently, he was the Founder and the President of WEBE Worldwide, a global operator, developer, and distributor of sports betting, social, casino, and lottery products for the regulated gaming industry. With offices in U.S. and China, WEBE specialized in operating land based, mobile, and online sportsbooks as well as developing new and innovative gaming content and convenience betting platforms. As President, John’s duties were to lead the company’s growth, innovations, and maintenance while WEBE sought to revolutionize industry standards.

Kevin Potts.jpg

Kevin Potts

I am driven by the idea that what we do has the power to impact. I relish the opportunity to collaborate with talented people while we positively impact visitors and guests in the facilities we design. Led technology teams on some of the largest most creative projects in hospitality, entertainment, and corporate.

Joe Depinto.png

Joe De Pinto

Joe De Pinto was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After spending 4 years playing professional baseball in the Chicago White Sox farm system, he co-founded his first venture, Barpay, in 2015 with White Sox teammate Daniel Wagner. The company has since grown to become a leader in the mobile ordering and payment space for in-venue dining at bars, restaurants, and hotels, as well as digital menus, with more than 10,000 accounts throughout the United States. In January 2021, along with Wagner, he co-founded Haste. The company leverages blockchain technology and micropayments within its products, the Haste Arcade, and Take It. The Haste Arcade rewards players that make a leaderboard with micropayments from subsequent gameplays, known as Instant Leaderboard Payouts. Take It is an auction platform that guarantees a bidder either generates a profit on their bid (if they get outbid), or wins the NFT they bid on, creating a win-win for NFT enthusiasts. De Pinto is focused on bringing the utility of blockchain technology to the masses.

Steven Light
Kathryn Rand
John English
Kevin Potts
Joe De Pinto
DSC_0065-T_pp_cir (1).jpg

Phillip Runyan

Chief Executive Risk Taker. Currently building tools and services to democratize access and bolster utilization of blockchain technology for enterprise and consumers alike. Mobile gaming holds my heart which is why I seek out value-focused ways to bridge the two industries. I also still wear my UA hat and consult for select clients because I love a good challenge (Thanks Apple ATT!) and I love to WIN even more.

Phillip Runyan
headshot3- Lyn scherr solid block.jpeg

Lydia Scherr

Lydia is an award-winning speaker and business leader with an MA from Columbia University and 10 years of experience in finance, research and business development. Lydia is passionate about using her experience to enhance mass adoption of blockchain technology.

Lydia Scherr
Karen Russo.jpg

Karen Russo

Karen Russo is a consultant/independent assessor with Responsible Solutions, LLC. and the former Director of Responsible Gambling at the Ohio Lottery where she recently retired after 31 years.  She held positions in communications, sales, outreach, philanthropy, regulation, public policy, regulation, and responsible gambling.  Ms. Russo was integral in creating the Criminal Court Gambling Addiction Diversion Program in Ohio, which launched in October 2022.  Her experience includes public relations, promotions, communications, sales, government relations, regulation, philanthropy, and social responsibility.  She has worked with the media, major league sports, consumers, and the gambling industry in various capacities. This experience has given her a well-rounded prospective of the gaming industry. 

Karen Russo
Corey Padveen_edited.jpg

Corey Padveen Partner

Corey has an extensive background in econometrics and statistics, and is a Partner at t2 Marketing International. He has worked on some of the most innovative data-oriented campaigns for both online and brick and mortar operators, speaks on his work and research at events around the world, and is a member of a number of tech-, gaming- and esports-focused advisory boards. He is also the author of Marketing to Millennial For Dummies, and a contributing author of Digital Marketing All-In One For Dummies.

Corey Padveen
Jeff Lund.jpg

Jeff Lund

General Manager of Meow Wolf Omega Mart

Jeff Lund, General Manager of Meow Wolf Omega Mart in Las Vegas, NV, brings more than 25 years experience in the events and live entertainment space to the worlds of what Fast Company calls the “...punk-rock Island of Misfit Toys” that is Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart at AREA15. With an Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology degree from University of North Dakota in hand, Lund’s path seemed pretty clear. But then…  once he started his aviation career, he realized his passion for managing and executing live events with NBAA's world’s largest business jet marketplace event. Lund’s high energy leadership and forward-thinking management skill lead him to a different sort of high-flying endeavor.  He honed his F&B, ticketing and showroom operation skill during his tenure at Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the renowned Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Transitioning to another Cirque production, Mystère, his dedication, focus and drive allowed him to cement his place within the organization where he was soon tapped to manage KA, Criss Angel BELIEVE and their touring production, TOTEM. Thriving under pressure, he was able to deliver successful global operations for 130 technicians, artists and staff across 26 cities in Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia. This large-scale touring and resident entertainment operations experience brought him to manage a troop of high-functioning Artist, insiders, outsiders and iconoclasts for entertainment innovator Spiegelworld. He then served as Tour Manager for Netflix’ “The Stranger Things: Experience.” But, now. Now it’s time for this innovative humanoid to bring his uncommon experience launching new experiences, value-added programs and products and delivering world-class guest experiences for shows with revenues of $56+ million annually to bear for one of Las Vegas’ most talked about immersive art experiences: Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart. Since his arrival, Lund has introduced efficiencies, new VIP and souvenir ticket offerings, enhanced collabs with AREA15 and other attractions and helped streamline and troubleshoot tech challenges and guest experience at the 52,000 sf immersive, interactive art exhibit.  Hailing from Fargo, ND, and after calling the Las Vegas Valley home for years, he now finds desert winters far more agreeable.  

Jeff Lund
Mark Thomas Chief Executive Officer at KeyStar Corp.jpeg

Mark Thomas

Chief Executive Officer at KeyStar Corp

Technology entrepreneur. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of KeyStar Corp. Joined KeyStar Corp as part of the acquisition of ZenSports, where I was the Co-Founder & CEO. Previously the Co-Founder & CEO of Reesio, a venture-backed startup within real estate technology that was acquired by News Corp's Realtor.com in 2015.

Mark Thomas
Brian Lessman.jpeg

Brian Lessman

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC

Client Services Executive

Support, project manager, and solve problems for clients by understanding and exceeding their expectations. Involved in all project management, change management, customer technical relationship management, and all communication. Illustrate the value of products and services to create growth opportunities; compile and analyze data to identify trends. Participate in brainstorming, office activities, staff meetings, and client meetings, researching, and assisting with project management for existing clients and new prospects.

Brian Lessman
Vlastimil Venclik CEO Oddin.gg.jpeg

Oddin.gg are thrilled to announce our pioneering efforts in the application of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Esports odds modeling. Traditionally, odds modeling for Esports was based on a combination of historical data and expert opinions. However, by utilizing advanced machine learning techniques such as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Variational Autoencoder (VAE), we can now analyze vast amounts of data and make more accurate predictions on match outcomes. Our proprietary algorithms allow for a more comprehensive analysis of player and team performance, as well as a better understanding of the impact of external factors such as tournament format and patch changes.

Vlastimil Venclik
DaveWeischadle_Photo_edited.jpg

David E. Weischadle II, esq.

DAVID E WEISCHADLE II, ESQ., is a gaming and sports attorney licensed in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington, DC, since 1996 and is a member of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar and the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar. Dave is a partner in the law firm of Weischadle & Weischadle, with offices in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He is also the host of the nationally syndicated casino and gaming industry talk radio program, House of Cards®, and the anchor of the nation’s only gaming news flash, the House of Cards® Gaming Report (a weekly news segment which features news on the areas of sports, gaming and politics). Dave also is the anchor of the sports betting industry news flash, BetFlash®, and co-host of the sports betting industry talk program, Turnpike Sports® (ranked as one of the top 20 sports law podcasts internationally), and the half hour gaming industry news program, Turnpike Sports® Book Report®.

David Weischadle
david.jpeg

David Shafir

David is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of bringing disruptive technology to market and generating strong returns for investors. He is a Co-Founder and the CEO at Secure Digital Markets (SDM) and the Executive Chairman at GDA Capital.

David Shafir
Charles Oakley_edited.jpg

Charles Oakley (The Oak Man)

Charles Oakley along with most pro athletes see the connection. When athletes are not on the court, they're competing in simulated Esport video games. Charles Oakley is an American former professional NBA basketball player. One of his latest accomplishments is as an author with his new book, "The Last Enforcer", in which he talks in detail about his experiences in the NBA and his good friends like Michael Jordan and others. Oakley played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward, he consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA. Since 2017, he has been the coach of the Killer 3's of the BIG3.

Charles Oakley
Sean Chatman.png

Sean Chatman

Sean Chatman is an AI Thought Leader specialized in leveraging knowledge of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to foster revenue and income growth for businesses. He has more than two decades of experience building cutting-edge technologies, with extensive production experience with Fortune 500 and startups. Sean is passionate about finding innovative solutions for businesses of all sizes. He understands the importance of leveraging artificial intelligence and automation that can decrease manual labor efforts, increase revenue growth opportunities and optimize operational processes. When Sean isn’t working on strengthening his portfolio, he enjoys staying connected with the tech industry by participating in technology events or simply exploring new trends.

Sean Chatman
Matt Toler Headshot.JPG

Matthew Toler

Senior Gaming Technology Advisor (GLI)

When Matt Toler started at GLI more than 21 years ago, he wouldn’t have imagined that he would become one of GLI’s® most successful trainers and educators. Since then, he has proctored more than 2,200+ hours of domestic and international training programs, conferences, and seminars relating to regulations, technologies, and forensic investigations on behalf of GLI’s customers. Toler’s first experience as a GLI educator began in 2004 when his supervisor asked him to teach a group of 13 people some game math. He found that he had an innate ability to take complex information and make it easy for students to understand. He began his GLI career as a Test Engineer in 2001, shortly after graduating from the Colorado School of Mines with an Engineering degree. At that time, GLI engineers were responsible for understanding the entire core functions of a gaming device. Not only did Toler excel at this, he found ways to create new engineering process efficiencies. As Senior Technical Compliance Engineer, Toler became more involved in teaching GLI University® courses. Additionally, he co-wrote many technical standards and regulations. He was the first at GLI to certify kiosks and wireless devices. Toler also specialized in banking payment systems and became one of GLI’s top forensic investigators. As Senior Gaming Technology Advisor, being available and adaptable are Toler’s customer-service touchstones. It means being willing to challenge the status quo and find ways to do things better. He nurtures long-term customer relationships, placing himself in their shoes to understand the key issues they are facing. This helps him to develop new GLI University courses that are relevant to their needs. For Toler, integrity and reputation are everything. That’s why he strives to get it right the first time. As Toler puts it, “if you’re going to do something, do it to the absolute best of your abilities.” Because for Toler, and for GLI, nothing is more important than doing your best for your customers.

Matthew Toler
Thomas Christopher Elferis, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, USA.jpg

Thomas Christopher Elferis

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, USA

Tom is the Founder and CEO of Toppem Sports, a pioneering Web3 Spectator Sports brand, and BITCOVERSE, a global educational platform that will allow users to become proficient in Web3 concepts and more. He is a lifelong entrepreneur and brings his experience in real estate, interior design, and iGaming into the Web-3 environment with the creation of Toppem Sports, a first-of-its-kind decentralized fantasy sports platform with a global community that leverages the power of blockchain technology and NFTs to offer a player-first rewards system. As a futurist and progressive thinker, Tom has a clear view of the innovations Web3 will offer to the iGaming industry. He has incorporated these ideas into developing the Toppem Sports business model which not only has the potential to disrupt the industry but to also add value to traditional delivery channels. Ex: Cable television becoming more interactive with its audience utilizing blockchain as a tool Tom’s previous enterprises include a sports consultancy agency which generated $10 million in client revenue over a six years span and a global hospitality and design consultancy which reached three continents.

Thomas Christopher Elferis
Bill Coley.jpg

Bill Coley

Coley Law

Senator Bill Coley.Former Senator Bill Coley fulfilled his term limits for 16 consecutive years in the Ohio General Assembly, including 10 years as a Committee Chairman. He was a founding member of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee and served on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission as well as serving as one of Ohio’s delegates to the Assembly of State Legislatures. Senator Coley’s experience in handling gaming issues led to his election as president of the National Organization of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). His experience, coupled with his innovative legislative efforts, has resulted in the senator speaking throughout the nation, and internationally, on legislative issues including elections operations, payment systems, pharmacy benefit management, and educational distance learning. Coley has made presentations and been invited to speak on sports betting and gaming policy to legislators throughout the United States, Brazil, South Africa and Japan. He has also been a frequent speaker at the ICE conference in London. Coley’s innovative legislative efforts have garnered him many awards. He has been named legislator of the year by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the American Kennel Club. The Senator has also received distinguished legislator recognition by numerous organizations including the American Legislative Exchange Organization (ALEC) where he served as state chairman, the American Conservative Union, the Ohio Farm Bureau and he was named a Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio. Working together with President Crawford of Miami University, Coley helped create the Work+ program. Work+ puts high school graduates to work for one of a growing list of employers, and receive a Miami University Degree, in whatever major they choose, and all without having to write a check for tuition or going into debt. Currently, Senator Coley is consulting with Miami University’s Institute for Responsible Gaming Lotteries and Sport. He also works as a commercial litigation attorney, is AV Preeminent rated, (the highest rating) and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Coley received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. An instrument rated pilot, he and his wife Carolyn live in Liberty Township Ohio. They love animals and have two Old English Sheep dogs (Wilby and Elwood) plus a cat (Tillie). Special Awards & Achievements Cincinnati Police Division – Certificate of Appreciation for apprehending a robbery suspect. Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) Legislator of the Year American Legislative Exchange Organization (ALEC)– Legislator of the Week, State Chairman Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber – Policy Maker of the Year American Kennel Club – Legislator of the Year The American Conservative Union Foundation – Conservative Excellence Award Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency – Award for Legislative Efforts for Ohio’s Children Ohio Farm Bureau Federation – Friend of Agriculture (multiple) The Ohio Educational Service Center Association – Legislative Leadership Award LeadingAge Ohio – Public Service Award Ohio Patriot Guard Riders – Certificate of Appreciation for Support of the U.S. Military and The Ohio Patriot Guard United Conservatives of Ohio – Watchdog of the Treasury Award (multiple) American Conservative Union – Defender of Liberty Award (multiple) Ohio Children’s Hospital Association’s Certificate of Appreciation BioOhio – Legislator of the Year Award eTech Ohio Commission – Robert R. Cupp Legislative Award The Ohio eSchool Families and Friends Coalition – Golden Apple Award for Support of School Choice The Ohio Organization of Behavioral Healthcare – Recognition for Advocacy, Support and Leadership for Behavioral Health Association of Independent Colleges and University – Distinguished Alumni Award The Founder’s Award from A Haven for Kids, Inc. for Advocacy for Children’s Mental Health Services Miami University – Presidents Challenge Award Boy Scouts of America – Hamilton District Spirit of Scouting

Anchor 1
bottom of page