Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Gavin Isaacs

Chairman, SBTech

Prior to his appointment to SBTech, Isaacs was appointed vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Scientific Games in August 2016 and was a member of the Board since 2014. From 2014-2016, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games, with 2015 revenue of $2.9 billion, Gavin oversaw a gaming and lottery entertainment powerhouse that operated under a portfolio of successful brands, including Bally, Barcrest, Global Draw, SG Lottery, Shuffle Master, and WMS. Gavin was instrumental in Scientific Games’ 2014 $5.1 billion acquisition of Bally Technologies, and Bally’s 2012 $1.3 billion acquisition of SHFL entertainment, and was pivotal in merging four companies (Scientific Games, Bally, SHFL, and WMS) into one strong, innovation-driven organization focused on empowering customers by creating the world’s best gaming and lottery experiences. In only two years, Gavin grew annual revenues from $1.3 billion to $2.9 billion. During Gavin’s tenure as President and CEO, Scientific Games’ social revenue grew 100 percent to become the No. 2 ranked global social interactive business.

 

Sara Slane

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

As a key industry strategist and spokesperson, Slane has helped enhance the gaming industry’s reputation and build favorable perceptions among critical stakeholders, including regulators, legislators, the media, and the broader public. Most recently, Slane managed the most important advocacy victory in AGA history, a campaign to repeal the federal ban on sports betting known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Slane was integral to planning the campaign’s strategy and leading key aspects, including building alliances with sports leagues and policymakers; handling the association’s day-to-day grassroots and communications efforts; and overseeing the development of original research that demonstrated the overwhelming support for legal, regulated sports betting among fans and quantified the economic opportunities for American businesses. Slane and AGA’s efforts culminated in the May 14, 2018 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn PASPA and clear the way for the gaming industry to offer sports betting under state regulation.

 

Speakers

Daniel Wallach

Founder, Wallach Legal LLC.

Known as “The Sports Betting Attorney,” Dan has counseled professional sports teams, sports betting operators, fantasy sports companies, sports integrity firms, casinos, racetracks and service providers in navigating the complexities of U.S. gambling laws and regulations. He is a general member of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), an invitation-only organization for attorneys who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated performance and publishing in gaming law, significant gaming clientele and substantial participation in the gaming industry. Additionally, he is one of the nation’s foremost legal authorities in the field of sports gambling, having become the “go-to” attorney to discuss sports gambling in the national media. He has appeared numerous times on outlets such as ESPN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, on sports talk radio shows around the country, such as those hosted by Dan Patrick and Dan LeBatard, and he is frequently quoted for his insights on sports betting legal issues in publications such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Law360, among others.

 

Jake Williams

Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Sportradar

At Sportradar, Jake focuses on the expansion of sports betting in the United States as well as their US digital media offerings. Prior to his current role in the US, Jake was Legal Counsel for Sportradar AG in Munich, Germany. There he worked on legal issues pertaining to sports data, sports integrity, international sports law and sports betting. Jake is based in Sportradar’s New York office.

 

Jay McDaniel

Deputy Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission

Jay McDaniel is the Deputy Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission and past Chair of the Gaming Section of the Mississippi Bar.  Prior to joining the gaming commission, Jay practiced in the litigation department at Butler Snow LLP, handling cases involving product liability, commercial litigation, and other general litigation mattersPrior to his law career, he was a Certified Internal Auditor and worked as an auditor in both the gaming and manufacturing industry.  Jay is a graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, and earned his B.S. in Accounting from Mississippi State University.

 

Thomas Shepherd

Partner, Jones Walker LLP 

Thomas B. Shepherd III is a partner in the Jackson office of Jones Walker LLP. Tommy received his BBA from the University of Mississippi in 1980 and graduated from the Washington & Lee School of Law in 1984. He assists gaming operators, manufacturers and distributors, sports wagering service providers, and investors in and lenders to the gaming industry, through the Mississippi Gaming Commission regulatory process, and he also works with Native America tribes. He has been selected for listing in multiple editions of The Best Lawyers in America and was named its Jackson, Mississippi Gaming Law Lawyer of the Year for 2011, 2017 and 2019. Tommy is also listed by Chambers USA (Nationwide Recognition in Gaming). He served as President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors in 2014.