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

Scott Andress

Attorney, Balch & Bingham LLP

Scott E. Andress possesses extensive experience as a corporate and transactional attorney, with a focus on gaming law.  Since the infancy of the Mississippi gaming industry, he has represented its interests, counseling his clients in areas of permitting and approvals, regulatory compliance, transactional and lending matters, and site legality and patron dispute litigation.  His work has garnered respect among gaming regulatory agencies, and he has served on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.  Scott is also skilled in general corporate and transactional work, including business organization, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, and commercial real estate.  Scott regularly represents: privately owned and publicly traded casino operators and developers; foreign and domestic gaming equipment manufacturers and distributors; sports betting providers; the Mississippi Lottery; commercial lenders and equity investors (banks, private equity management, and investment banking firms); and owners of qualifying gaming sites.

 

 

Dominic Atkinson

Sales Director (North America) Sports Betting, Sportradar

Dominic Atkinson is a Sales Director (North America) for Sports Betting at Sportradar. He has worked within the online and retail betting industry and also across the sports media sector since 2001. He is a proven and dynamic individual who is commercially focused and highly skilled in strategic planning, business development and the sales function to maximize revenue. Currently, Dominic dedicates his time to the US sports betting market across a variety of betting solutions. He works with existing operators that are looking to offer more sports and markets, and he helps other US companies build sportsbooks from the ground up through a host of services, from full turnkey solutions to specific products or sports.

 

 

Howard Barish

Managing Editor/GM, Gaming Today 

Howard Barish is Managing Editor/GM of Gaming Today. Founded in 1976 as the Sports Form as wagering on sports was beginning to flourish in Nevada. Later became Gaming Today as coverage expanded into casino industry news, table/slots content, and dining/entertainment content. Gaming Today was sold to Paulos Sports, LLC in 2018.  Prior to joining GT, Howard spent 25 years in the food & beverage industry as Senior V.P. responsible for restaurant development, operations management, and branded licensing in venues that included Las Vegas casino hotels, Native American regional casinos, and airports. 

 

Sam Basile

Legal Counsel, GeoComply

Sam Basile has served as legal counsel to GeoComply since just after its inception and is now, its General Manager for GeoComply’s PinPoint On-Property Mobile Solution. He is also a gaming attorney having worked with clients that span all facets of the gaming industry including AG&E, Aristocrat, Aruze, Gaming Arts, Gaughan Gaming, LVDC, Mirage Resorts, NYX Gaming Group, The Regent Las Vegas, Sona Mobile, Spin Games, and Zitro.

 

Anthony “Bert” Bertino 

Chief Marketing Officer, Casino Excursions Resort Gaming Group

Anthony Bertino is an entrepreneur who consults gaming organizations, whether it be land-based, riverboat or tribal, to enhance market share, create a positive, nurturing atmosphere, and mentoring of staff and organization. He approaches casino marketing and operations from a player development perspective, and believes that all employees are ambassadors and hosts for the casino resort. Bert believes that all customers are important to the facility, be it from group sales, conventioneers, existing customers and new players. The marketing departments that he develops are strong in player development, direct mail programs, social media, digital marketing, enticing advertising, visual / audio advancements (digital motion media) and cost effective complimentaries (comps).

 

Marina Bogard 

CEO, Playport

Marina Bogard has over 25 years of experience in global executive positions across diverse industries including telecommunications, broadcast, cable, internet security, and gaming. Most recently Marina spent over 6 years as the Global VP Strategic Accounts, Systems, iGaming, Poker and Electronic Gaming for IGT, a $5B gaming and lottery company. Prior to joining IGT, she held Executive Management roles including Chief Sales and Marketing officer for ACT Conferencing, a global provider of web, audio and video conferencing, SVP Sales for Pinnacle Systems, interim CEO and VP Sales for Zapotech and senior management roles in sales, marketing, product and business development with Sprint Corporation. Marina has developed highly productive and successful teams and has considerable experience in executive level sales, marketing, business development and operations with early stage start up to Fortune 100 corporations operating in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Marina holds an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas and a B.S. from the University of Iowa.

 

Tracey Chernay

Senior Vice President Casino Gaming and Lottery, TransAct Technologies

Tracey Chernay, Senior Vice President, Casino, Gaming and Lottery at TransAct Technologies, Incorporated is responsible for developing and executing TransAct’s global sales and marketing strategies to achieve the Company’s business and sales objectives. Chernay joined TransAct in May of 2005 as Senior Vice President, Marketing, bringing in-depth understanding and extensive experience in global marketing strategies to TransAct as they expanded international initiatives and implemented growth strategies across its entire business. In July 2006 she was named Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Point-of-Sale and Banking Business. In May 2007, Chernay moved to Las Vegas and assumed responsibility for product sales and marketing for the Casino and Gaming industry. Chernay was promoted to her current position in June 2010. Prior to joining TransAct, Chernay had a successful 22-year career at Xerox Corporation, and was Worldwide Marketing Manager, Production Color Marketing at the time of her departure. Chernay holds a BS from Palm Beach Atlantic University and an MBA from the nationally ranked Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

Dan Cherry

Vice President of Gaming Operations, Penn National Gaming Inc.

Dan Cherry has over fifteen years of experience as an executive within the gaming industry.  Prior to joining Penn National Gaming, Inc. in 2014, Dan spent 10 years in various gaming roles at Ameristar Casinos and then Pinnacle Entertainment.  Dan started his career at Ameristar Casino St. Charles as a P&A Analyst. Dan is responsible for developing the strategic gaming operations plan for the Penn National Gaming, Inc. organization.  He is focused on improving operational efficiencies, product performance and the guest experience through a technological, data-driven approach. Prior to joining Penn National Gaming, Inc., Dan served in several roles within the Ameristar Casinos organization, including as Director of Table Games for the company, where he led efforts to improve and standardize table games product, and introduced new technology and operating practices to drive profitable revenue.  Dan graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BSBA in Finance.

 

Justin Croxton

Managing Partner, Propellant Media

As Managing Partner of Propellant Media Justin leads his team in creating innovative and profit driven marketing programs including geofencing marketing that can drive engagement, search engine traffic, and most importantly revenues for casinos, hotels, and gaming institutions.

 

Brian Decorah 

President & CEO, Snoqualmie Casino

A 20+ year veteran of the gaming industry, Brian currently serves as President and CEO of Snoqualmie Casino in the Seattle Metropolitan area.  Prior to joining the Snoqualmie team, he served as the top executive at four casino resorts in the Great Lakes Region, bringing substantial growth in EBITDA to each casino.  In all, he has had management oversight within 13 award-winning gaming operations, including casinos in New York and Arizona, and  has consulted for commercial and tribal gaming operations across the country.  He has a degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin school system, with a verified IQ in the top 4% of the world.  He is recognized as one of the leading executives in the tribal gaming industry, and he was highlighted on the inaugural list of 40-under-40 gaming executives by Global Gaming Business Magazine in 2013. 

 

Christie Eickelman

Vice President of Global Marketing, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

Christie Eickelman is Vice President of Global Marketing for GLI. In her position, she directs and implements all marketing programs for GLI’s 22 worldwide locations. Her responsibilities include building the corporate brand and establishing and directing marketing functions in accordance with GLI’s policies, regulations and sound business practices. She joined the company in 1999 as Marketing Manager, shaping GLI’s branding in North America. In 2001, she was promoted to Director of Marketing and Development, overseeing the North American development team in their daily responsibilities. In June 2007, she was promoted to Senior Director of Global Marketing, and in September 2012, she was promoted to Vice President of Global Marketing. Eickelman has a long history in the gaming industry. Prior to GLI, she served as Marketing Manager for Sodak Gaming Inc. (now IGT).  She has also served at Wolf Gaming, LLC as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. In 2005, she was selected as a Great Woman in Gaming by Casino Enterprise Management, and in 2008, Global Gaming Business named her one of the 25 People to Watch in Gaming. Eickelman is one of the founding members on the Global Gaming Women board and is currently the co-chair of the events committee; she’s also a member on the Andson Foundation board and serves on the Executive Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association-Go Red for Women Luncheon of Southern Nevada.

 

Wes Ehrecke

President & CEO, Iowa Gaming Association

Wes Ehrecke is the President and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association (IGA), a position created in April 2000.  Ehrecke is a 41-year veteran in the association management profession, and has held several other executive leadership positions including executive vice president of the Minnesota Bankers Association and the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives. Ehrecke currently serves on the Boards of the Iowa State Parks Foundation, the Travel Federation of Iowa and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. He has served as a director as well as an officer on several other foundation and professional boards including the American Gaming Association.

 

Amy Elder

Shareholder, Baker Donelson

Amy Elder has extensive experience in all aspects of gaming law. Ms. Elder represents and advises privately-held and publicly-held casino operators, gaming-related manufacturers, casino management companies, developers, commercial lenders and private equity firms in a wide range of gaming matters, including licensure, regulatory compliance, administrative hearings, financing and project development. Her clients include the largest gaming operators and gaming equipment manufacturers in the casino industry. Ms. Elder regularly appears on behalf of clients before the Mississippi Gaming Commission. She counsels business clients in entity formation, restructuring, acquisitions, dispositions and other strategic transactions. Ms. Elder is a past board member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Gaming Law.

 

Allen Godfrey

Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission

Allen Godfrey is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, which is responsible for regulating the gaming industry in the State of Mississippi. He has been with the MGC since 2003, serving as the Director of the Compliance Division, and most recently, as Deputy Director. Allen’s 25 years of public service began at the Mississippi State Tax Commission, now known as the Department of Revenue. While at the Tax Commission, he assisted in collecting the taxes, developing internal controls, and auditing gaming before the MGC became an independent agency in 1993. He served as Deputy Director for the Alcohol Beverage Control division of the Tax Commission before coming to the MGC. Raised in Mississippi, Allen is a Certified Public Accountant who holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.

 

Larry Gregory 

Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association

Larry Gregory is the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association. Gregory is a long time veteran in the gaming industry management profession. Prior to joining the MGHA in 2011, his experience included all facets of gaming management, including: Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC); Deputy Executive Director, MGC; Chief of Staff, MGC; and Deputy Director, Mississippi State Personnel Board. Larry received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. He also received a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Mississippi College. The International Masters of Gaming Law named Larry 2005 Regulator of the Year.

 

Nathan Green

Vice President & Co-founder, New Level Radio

It’s safe to say that music has always been in Nathan Green’s blood. Whether it was spinning records at high school parties, working as a DJ in college or officially breaking into the radio business in 2001, Green’s passion for music has been at the forefront his entire life, including today in his role as vice president and co-founder of New Level Radio. Under the guidance and vision of Green and his partner Sam Ambrose, New Level Radio launched in 2007, creating a new niche in the radio and music industry. Today, New Level Radio delivers customizable radio networks for hundreds of businesses all over the U.S., particularly the casino industry. Based in Denver, New Level Radio is much more than simply a “background” music provider. Each client’s programming is specific to their business, customer and demographic. The messaging is carefully crafted by New Level Radio’s expert team of music industry veterans, led by Green, whose hands-on approach often finds him crisscrossing the country to visit clients. Playlists and messaging are refreshed on a regular basis, with heavy input and involvement from Green. When he’s not on an airplane or creating a new playlist for a property, Green is typically at home in Denver with his wife and kids, working on new ventures, running a road race, or listening to music with the volume way to loud.

 

Will Hall

Race and Sportsbook Manager, Beau Rivage

Race and Sportsbook Manager Will Hall is no stranger to sports betting, or to MGM Resorts International. For nearly 20 years, Hall was a familiar face at race and sports books at MGM’s Las Vegas properties, and opened four race and sports books during that time. Prior to joining the team at Beau Rivage, his last role with MGM was as Director of Race and Sports at MGM Grand. Hall makes his return to MGM and to the sports books after taking a hiatus from the sports book window. He all literally spent the last several years on the other side of the tracks as a thoroughbred owner, trainer and blood stock agent in Kentucky. 

 

Daniel Hanson 

Executive Director, Snoqualmie Gaming Commission

Daniel Hanson is the Executive Director of the Snoqualmie Gaming Commission, where he has direct oversight over regulation and compliance for the Snoqualmie Tribe.  Daniel believes that regulation and compliance can be executed within a framework that provides value to the casino and tribe. Daniel began his career at a global consulting firm in Seattle, WA where he delivered audit and assurance solutions to fortune 500 companies.  He used his experience working with gaming clients to transition into a position with a Tribe in Washington State where he spearheaded their first internal audit department and eventually assumed the role of the Executive Director of their Gaming Commission. Daniel graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Accounting and Information Systems.  He is also a licensed CPA and certified fraud examiner. Daniel has extended his passion for his career by speaking at various conferences and acting as an adjunct professor at Olympic College.

 

Chett Harrison

General Manager, Golden Nugget Biloxi
Chett Harrison is General Manager of Golden Nugget Biloxi, a position he has held since June 2014. Prior to joining Golden Nugget, Harrison was Vice President and General Manager at Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis for four years. Before that, he spent 9 years at Boomtown Casino as General Manager.

Vicki Haskins

Director of Promotions, Events & Entertainment, Scarlet Pearl Casino

Vicki Haskins, Director of Promotions, Events & Entertainment at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, has 27 years of casino experience. Vicki started her career at Casino Magic in 1992 making her way through the ranks from pit clerk, table games scheduler, database manager, players club manager then to promotions and entertainment. Vicki was on the opening team for three gulf coast and Louisiana casino properties including Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort. Vicki was fortunate to have mentors such as Joe Billhimer, Chris Kern and LuAnn Pappas influence her growth in the industry and throughout her career such mentors always pushed her out of her comfort zone, and taught her to be versatile in whatever position she was given. Vicki’s father was the biggest influence, always teaching her to work hard and be loyal to those mentors that gave her a chance to prove herself. Vicki also served in the United States Army from 1984 to 1989, stationed in Heidelberg Germany. She currently lives in Diamondhead with her husband of 20 years, Charles, and son, Tyler, a sophomore at University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Christopher B. Hebert

Director of the Gaming Division, Louisiana Office of the Attorney General

Christopher B. Hebert, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana for 14 years, is the Director of the Gaming Division.  Prior to being appointed Director, he served as Section Chief of the Litigation and Adjudications Section.  Hebert earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his law degree from Southern University Law Center, where he was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2015.   He has been a speaker on various legal topics, including Gaming Law and Administrative Law.   Hebert created and has co-presented a CLE entitled, “The Nuts and Bolts of Gaming Law” in Las Vegas, Nevada and New Orleans, Louisiana. He was instrumental in creating the Problem Gambling Resource Services (PGRS) program, which was led by the Louisiana Department of Justice, Gaming Division, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health, to bring awareness to the legal community about problem gambling and the FREE gambling treatment services available for all Louisiana residents.  He is a current member of the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the National Bar Association and has been featured in a number of publications, including “Around the Bar” Baton Rouge Bar Association, and Louisiana State Bar Association Journal.

 

Anika Howard

VP of Brand Marketing and Digital, Foxwoods Resort Casino

Anika Howard is the VP of Brand Marketing and Digital for Foxwoods Resort Casino. She leads Advertising, Public Relations, Digital Marketing, Sponsorships, Partnerships, Web & Mobile Development, Social Media, Social & Online Gaming and for the resort. Anika has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the gaming and entertainment industries. With innovation and transformative technologies as her focus, she is an advocate for using technology to create compelling and engaging customer experiences. Prior to joining Foxwoods, she was the Senior Director of Product Marketing, for Mobile, PlaySpot and North America Sports Betting for IGT. As an executive with IGT, she lead several groundbreaking initiatives for iLottery, iGaming, Mobile, Sports Betting and Interactive. Anika began her gaming career at Caesars Entertainment as a President’s Associate. She went on to establish an lead the Corporate Internet Marketing department and developed the companies foundation and initial strategic direction for Interactive Marketing, Social Media and Mobile. Anika has an MBA and MS in Information Systems Management from Arizona State University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland in Business & Management majoring in Marketing with a minor in Information Systems. Anika was named one of the “25 People to Watch for 2018” by Global Gaming Business and she also won the “2018 Women of Achievement Award” from the Nevada’s Women’s Fund.

Peggy Jacobs

Vice President of Gaming Compliance, MGM Resorts

Peggy Jacobs serves as the AML/BSA Compliance Officer for MGM Resorts 10 strip properties and six regional properties. Ms. Jacobs joined the MGM Resorts Corporate Compliance team in 2011.  It is in this role that she consolidated the Title 31 AML audit functions into one central location.  She has also spearheaded creating a Financial Investigations Department, which is primarily responsible for KYC/EDD reviews and SAR related detection and reporting.  Most recently, she played an active role in the American Gaming Association’s effort to create a Best Practices document, in order for the gaming industry to more effectively comply with requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). 

 

Jonathan Jones

Senior Vice President/General Manager, Harrah’s Gulf Coast

Jonathan began his career with Caesars Entertainment in 2005 at Harrah’s Laughlin. He then spent time in Las Vegas prior to making stops throughout the South and Midwest, holding a variety of roles in marketing, finance and operations, before returning to Biloxi in December of 2011 as General Manager. In 2014, Jones led the transformation from Grand Biloxi to Harrah’s Gulf Coast followed by a complete hotel renovation in 2016. In 2017, the property added The Blind Tiger restaurant and a Starbucks, followed by The Book in 2018. Jonathan is active in the community serving as a board member for several organizations. A native of New Orleans, Jonathan and his family have enjoyed making the Mississippi Gulf Coast their home.

 

Steve Kastner

Executive Director of Product Compliance, IGT

Steve Kastner’s career in gaming spans more than two decades and covers both the operator and supplier sides of the business.  Kastner is IGT’s Executive Director of Product Compliance. In this role, Kastner has global responsibility for the regulatory approval, distribution, and operation of IGT products. He has been instrumental in development of new jurisdictions and in many landmark projects that have transformed the landscape of gaming.  Before joining IGT, Steve led systems development projects such as Advantage Patron Management and bonusing products.  He started his gaming career in 1995 with The Mirage where he was involved in marketing and the development of new properties. Kastner holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

 

Chad Kornett

Senior Director of Technical Compliance, Gaming Laboratories International

Chad Kornett is the senior director of Technical Compliance for Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI) leading of team of over 30 gaming compliance experts in multiple locations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia. Chad is responsible for the
laboratory’s application of technical standards and regulatory policy for each regulated gaming market globally and serves as the primary point of contact for many of them. Chad has accrued a significant amount of hands‐on expertise in areas such as Sports Wagering, Internet Gaming, and skill‐based gaming devices. Chad serves as administrator and a primary contributor to the GLI Standards Series, the most
widely adopted set of technical standards in existence, covering each of the 20 technology verticals relevant to the gaming industry ranging from Sports Wagering to Slot Machines. These standards serve as a foundation for many of the globe’s technical regulatory controls and could only be compiled through years of collaborative working experience with multiple gaming platforms and the regulatory community.
Chad oversees GLI’s testing systems ensuring engineering processes and testing strategies mirror the expectations of each of the 475+ regulatory agencies GLI conducts testing and certifications for and is the administrator of GLI’s technical quality system that is responsible for monitoring industry defects and ensuring robustness of testing teams and processes via a continuous improvement model. Chad is a veteran industry speaker that is frequently called upon to participate in panels, workshop presentations, testimony and webinars in areas of emerging gaming technologies at key industry events, such as G2E, legislative hearings, and Regulator’s Roundtables. Via the unmatched industry experience accrued by Chad and his team, GLI has been able to serve as a critical consultant and thought‐leader for the gaming industry.

 

Kathryn Lopez

Sports Book Manager, Golden Nugget Biloxi

Kathryn Lopez is the new Sports Book Manager for the Golden Nugget Biloxi.  Kathryn has worked in the casino industry since 2006, and recently relocated to Mississippi from Las Vegas. Her experience is in Race & Sports, and AML/Title 31 Compliance.

 

Emil Lyon

Director Gaming Laboratory, Mississippi Gaming Commission

Emil Lyon has been a gaming regulator for more than 14 years, having joined the Mississippi Gaming Commission as Director of its Gaming Laboratory in 2004. He oversees the review and approval of all electronic gaming devices and associated equipment in casinos regulated by the State of Mississippi. He came to the Gaming Commission from the Mississippi Crime Laboratory where he served as a Senior Forensic Scientist certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. Prior to his time with the Crime Laboratory, Emil was an Analytical Chemist with BASF where he had extensive experience in analytical techniques, manufacturing processes and testing, as well as statistical process control, quality auditing, and project management. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degrees in Chemistry

Andrea McCurry

Product Manager, Interblock Gaming

A member of the Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  Andrea has worked for and with Native American casinos; she’s worked line staff roles on up to executive casino management roles; she has managed product design, development and manufacturing with product companies, and handled advertising, sales and business development in various organizations.  Given her diverse background, it made perfect sense for Andrea to come on board with Interblock Gaming as a Product Manager. Andrea has been a member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters since 2012, helping shape and support young women without positive adult role models. She has travelled to Mexico’s Baja region on multiple occasions, to help build homes for needy families. She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband, son and their “two fur babies,” making the time, when she can, for sewing, gardening and DIY projects around the house.

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.

 

Nicole Metzgar-Schall

Corporate Counsel, Sportradar

Nicole serves as Corporate Counsel for Sportradar US based in New York, where she works closely with the business units on both gaming and media law matters in the global sports industry. Sportradar is a global leader in sports data and technology and has partnered with leagues such as NBA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR in the collection and distribution of sports data in the United States and around the world. In Nicole’s work for Sportradar, she advises the company and clients on a broad range of issues, particularly in the areas of gaming and media law as they relate to the sports betting industry. After the fall of the Professional and  Amateur Sports Professionalism Act, she has assisted the company in navigating the myriad of commercial, corporate, and regulatory issues concerning domestic and foreign data and service suppliers, operators, and platforms in the United States’ sports betting market. Nicole is an active member of the New York State Bar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and a juris doctorate from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Patrick Moore

Executive Director of Product Compliance, Scientific Games

Patrick Moore is the Executive Director of Product Compliance for Scientific Games (SG). Patrick leads a team of 30+ international product compliance professionals primarily tasked with regulatory lab submissions & dispositions, fostering new technologies & new gaming concepts into the regulated marketplace, and providing essential support to gaming regulators. SG’s Product Compliance Team is recognized internationally for its depth and breadth of experience and capability. Patrick Moore joined Scientific Games in late 2018 after 16+ years with Gaming Laboratories International in various technical and commercial roles. 

 

Jim Nulph

Chief Revenue Officer, Playport

Jim Nulph has 30-years of executive experience within the lottery industry. Past executive roles include: President, GameShark Consulting, working to solve lottery and casino gaming problems; Vice President New Product Development, Camelot Global Services, a worldwide lottery operator; Director of Marketing, New Video Gaming Technologies, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Oberthur Gaming Technologies; and Senior Director of Marketing, Scientific Games, a worldwide company providing services, systems and products to both the lottery and pari-mutuel wagering industries. Jim began his career with marketing positions in the Missouri and Virginia State Lotteries. Jim graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Science in Communications.

 

Kevin Parker

Gaming Operations, Interblock Gaming

Kevin is a registered member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana. He is a strong advocate for Native American gaming, and has represented the needs of multiple tribes to both the National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Congress. Serving the industry for more than 20 years, he offers an unusually diverse background ranging from dealer to director of casino operations. He has also been a product designer, a facility developer and VP of business development within the casino industry.  This gives him a very unique perspective and knowledge into casino operations. Kevin is passionate about offering solutions designed to assist casino operations meet their goals.  He strongly believes the solution to most casino projects begin and end with training and optimization. While Kevin has a strong knowledge of general casino operations, he specializes in slot &, table games operations, bingo, technology integration and operational optimization. Kevin is a proud U.S. Army combat veteran and served as an intelligence analyst and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He is a proud member of the National Eagle Scout Association.  He is currently living in Las Vegas, NV with his wife, two sons and two beagles.

 

Spencer Peterson

Vice President of Technical Compliance, Konami Gaming Inc.

Spencer Peterson brought his extensive experience in the gaming industry to Konami Gaming, Inc. in 2005 as Assistant Director, Technical Compliance and is currently the Vice President of Technical Compliance. He is responsible for ensuring that technical compliance for Konami products remains at the highest possible standard. He supervises the development and enforcement of regulatory policy, oversees the technical compliance team, the game and systems quality assurance team, and reports directly to the Executive Vice President/Chief Commercial Officer. Spencer also serves as the company’s liaison with the industry regulatory organizations. Throughout his 24-year career, Spencer has held key positions with organizations in the gaming industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology, and his combined knowledge of both the regulatory and engineering sides of the industry make him a valuable member of gaming industry.

 

Mary Perez

Casino Reporter, Sun-Herald

Mary Perez is the casino reporter for the Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi since 2007. Her coverage of sports betting began with the campaign for legal sports betting, followed by opening day in Mississippi, a conversation with a bookie and betting on March Madness at Coast casinos. She is a fourth generation journalist. 

 

Adil Raza

Director, BDO

Adil Raza is a Director in the BDO’s Risk and Regulatory Advisory practice. Mr. Raza has over 9 years of experience delivering anti-money laundering/Title 31 and sanctions compliance services. He has extensive experience in various components of AML and Sanctions Compliance Programs, including conducting Gap Analysis, Risk Assessments,  Know Your Customer (KYC), Client Due Diligence (CDD), Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), Transaction Monitoring, Suspicious Activity Reporting and AML Training. Mr. Raza has a strong focus on working with/for banks and non-bank financial institutions such a money service businesses, payment services providers, pre-paid card service providers and casinos.

 

Deron Roberts 

Director of Safety & Security, Snoqualmie Casino

Deron W. Roberts is currently the Director of Safety & Security for Snoqualmie Casino in the Seattle Metropolitan area.  He has over 30 years of security and government service,  including four years of active service with the US Army, seven years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and 21 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He has extensive experience as an investigator and leader in Organized Crime, Violent Crime, Financial Crimes, Counterterrorism, Security Investigations, and Special Events Management.  Career highlights include:  lead investigator in numerous International Organized Crime investigations, onsite investigator in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, with extensive travel working joint International Terrorism investigations.  As the FBI’s International Operation’s Division Africa Chief he oversaw FBI assets deployed to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  As the FBI Deputy Legal Attache he supervised FBI assets deployed in support of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. 

 

Jennifer Roberts 

Associate Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Jennifer Roberts is the Associate Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Ms. Roberts was previously a partner at Duane Morris LLP. Prior to that, she was a shareholder in the Gaming & Regulatory Department of Lionel Sawyer & Collins. Her gaming law practice included representation of clients in all areas of gaming law, including licensing, compliance, and gaming law and regulatory development. Ms. Roberts’ current legal practice includes alcohol beverage licensing and compliance, as well as land use and zoning, business licensing, and regulatory and administrative law. Ms. Roberts is an adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law, teaching courses on introduction to gaming law, gaming law policy, fundamentals of casino operations and management, and resort hotel casino law. She is also an adjunct professor in gaming law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

 

Ronald Rychlak

Professor of Law, University of Mississippi

Ronald J. Rychlak is Professor of Law and holder of the Jamie L. Whitten Chair in Law and Government at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”), where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He served for 13 years as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and he is currently the university’s Faculty Athletics Representative, chair of the Athletics Committee, and a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Executive Committee. He is also an advisor to the Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations. Ron has written 11 books, including Gaming Law: Cases and Materials, (with Robert M. Jarvis et al.), the first law school textbook in this field, and he serves on the editorial board of The Gaming Law Review. He is currently president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and he writes a regular column for The Epoch Times newspaper.

 

Aaron Scott

Director of Business Development, Go Moment

Aaron Scott brings hospitality and AI expertise together as Director of Business Development at Go Moment — known for the innovative “Ivy” guest and player engagement solution. Scott has been leading Ivy adoption in the casino resort space and was integral in the successful and award-winning portfolio-wide deployment of Ivy at Caesars Entertainment. Scott has a passion for growing early stage companies and co-founded Sewn Stone, an inflatable concrete solution. In his spare time, he teaches aerial gymnastics and has competed in the National Aerial Invitational in New York City. 

 

Milton Segarra, CDME

CEO, Coastal Mississippi

Milton Segarra, CDME is CEO of Coastal Mississippi, the official regional tourism entity representing Mississippi’s three coastal counties. With over 30 years in tourism, corporate America and government experience, Segarra is charged with leading the regional tourism organization, promoting South Mississippi as a tourism and convention destination worldwide. In addition to directing the efforts of the Coastal Mississippi staff and implementing policies set by the organization’s Board of Commissioners, Segarra works to maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, elected officials, and the 12 Coastal communities. He served on the Destinations International Board of Directors for three years and is now one of six members on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which directs the affairs of the Foundation, determines policies, actively pursues its purpose and supervises the disbursements of funds. Segarra is a Certified Destination Management Executive, CDME. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Coastal Mississippi, formerly known as Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Segarra was President and CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, the non-profit organization that markets Puerto Rico as a premier meeting and convention destination. He also has extensive experience in the sales, marketing, and revenue management field at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Sands Hotels & Casinos, and Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

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.

 

Elizabeth Tranchina

Vice President & Counsel, Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Elizabeth Tranchina currently serves as Vice President and Counsel with Penn National Gaming, Inc.   With 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, Ms. Tranchina began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General with the Louisiana Department of Justice, Gaming Division. As an Assistant Attorney General, she provided legal counsel to the Louisiana State Police Casino Gaming Division and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.  Prior to starting at Penn, she served as Vice President of Legal with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.  Before joining Pinnacle, Ms. Tranchina held various levels of responsibility within the legal department at Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. focusing on gaming regulatory and compliance matters.  From 2010 to 2013, she served as Vice President of Legal Affairs with Peninsula Gaming.  She served as the Corporate Compliance Officer at both Isle and Peninsula.   Ms. Tranchina has experience with gaming regulatory, licensing and compliance matters in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. 

 

Ms. Tranchina is licensed to practice law in Louisiana.  She is a member of the American Gaming Association’s Bank Secrecy Act working group that was responsible for the development of the American Gaming Association’s “Best Practices for Anti-Money Laundering Compliance”. She is a member of the, Louisiana State Bar Association, International Association of Gaming Advisors, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

 

Gary Trask

Managing Editor, Casino City Press

A Boston native with more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor, Gary Trask has been covering the gaming industry since 2007 and is a past member of the Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee. Gary is also a seasoned public relations pro after spending more than five years with a leading golf/casino/resort marketing and communications firm. In addition to reporting on all things gambling, Gary manages new business ventures for Casino City.

 

Susan Varnes

President and Chief Operating Officer, Treasure Bay Gaming & Resorts

Susan Varnes leads the executive team as president and chief operating officer of Treasure Bay Gaming & Resorts, Inc and Treasure Bay L.L.C. and is president of several subsidiaries.  She oversees future development and the operations of the Biloxi property and the company’s affiliated Caribbean properties in Aruba, Bonaire, St. Croix and St. Lucia. Varnes’ gaming and hospitality career began when she joined the first casino in Illinois in 1992.  She held senior corporate and property management positions with the Isle of Capri before joining Treasure Bay in 2001. Varnes held the position of Chair of the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association in 2014 and 2015; is a member of the Gulf Coast Business Council; Gulf Coast Tourism Advisory Board; former Vice President of the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence; former Director of the Grand Bahamas Tourism Board and works with many charitable organizations throughout the Gulf Coast. 

 

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.

 

Chris Wester

ETG Product Director, Scientific Games

Chris Wester is currently the Electronic Table Games (ETG) Product Director at Scientific Games Corporation®. He is responsible for the global product development roadmap, managing both operator and vendor relationships, and driving innovation in the marketplace. He leads a diverse team of product managers and developers that span multiple countries. Chris began his ETG career in Engineering at SHFL Entertainment® (formerly Shuffle Master®) in 2007, and led deployments for Rapid Roulette® in North America. When SHFL Entertainment was acquired by Bally Technologies™ in 2013, he managed a team of engineers who worked on Electronic Table Games and Utility products. In 2014 when Scientific Games Corporation acquired Bally Technologies, Chris worked as a Product Manager and helped drive the Fusion product line. With more than 12 years of experience in the ETG space, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise to a progressive and cutting-edge sector of the gaming industry.

 

Luisa Woods

VP Marketing, Gaming and Entertainment,  Delaware North

Luisa Woods has been in the online gaming sector for over 20 years. She is currently VP Marketing, Gaming and Entertainment at Delaware North. Previously she served as Corporate Vice President of Online and Internet Marketing at Tropicana Entertainment Inc., responsible for marketing their online gaming operations, TropicanaCasino.com and the TropWorld mobile app. Prior to joining Tropicana, Luisa served as the Vice President of Online Marketing for Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and she was the Chief Marketing Officer of Zen Entertainment, a leading social poker operator which has since been acquired by NYX Gaming Group.  Since joining the online gaming sector in the late 1990s, Luisa’s experience includes senior executive positions for a number of leading operators. In her capacity, she managed the operations and marketing for several vertically integrated casinos offering their own proprietary solution as well as managing operations as a licensee. Her marketing experience spans across multiple online gaming product verticals including casino, poker, bingo and financial betting as well as multiple markets globally for both real money and social gaming. Luisa is a Canadian citizen and currently resides in Buffalo, New York.