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

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).

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.