IGAMING NEXT Valletta 2021

Over 650+ iGaming and Investment professionals.

In 2023, iGamingNEXT will return to the Big Apple as we continue the discussion between investment, metaverse and iGaming.

Surrounded by bright lights, numerous historical landmarks including Lady Liberty herself, iGaming NEXT will allow you to experience New York City’s iconic attractions and diversity through two days of insightful and informative content. Networking will play a pivotal role during the boutique event with multiple evening receptions scheduled at some of the city’s quintessential venues.

Get ready to connect, explore, and experience at iGaming NEXT New York City ’23.

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iGamingNEXT

The iGaming track will consist of 2 days’ worth of content with C-Level speakers coming from all over the world to discuss: M&As, Regulation, RG in the US, Esports, inflation, ESG and Sports Betting. This opportunity to delve in deep with the biggest North American operators, influencers and suppliers in the iGaming industry will create new and exciting focal points to deliberate across the 2 days.  

investNEXT

investNEXT will bring the investment and top-level iGaming community together to discuss pressing issues surrounding regulation, shifting investor demands, rising sustainable investing requirements and the disruption impacting the entire iGaming ecosystem within North America. 

metaNEXT

The buzzword of the year goes to “Metaverse” – metaNEXT will unleash the hottest trends in the new digital world. With web3.0 and the metaverse expecting to make huge virtual footprint in 2023 the track will discuss: “the metaverse”, metanomicsInteroperability NFTs, regulation and much more.  

NEXTworking

NEXTworking offers unparalleled networking opportunities for attendees to connect with peers, mentors, and industry leaders. Across 3 evenings you will experience all that New York has to offer so that you can continue the conversations from the day’s debates and discusions.

Previous NYC22 Speakers

Speakers
Chris Grove
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Chris Grove
American Affiliate
CEO, Entrepreneur & Investor

Chris Grove is the co-founder and CEO of American Affiliate, a division of FansUnite (CSE: FANS) focused on customer generation for the U.S. sports betting and online gambling market.

Grove is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits, a venture investor, and a nationally recognized subject matter expert whose insights have been cited by outlets including Bloomberg, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has testified regarding gambling issues before lawmakers in multiple states including California, Illinois, New York, Nevada, and Washington State.

Grove also serves as a Distinguished Fellow at UNLV’s International Center For Gaming Regulation, a Mentor at Tech Stars, and a GP at Acies Investments. Prior to his role at American Affiliate, Grove founded the sports betting practice at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he remains a Partner Emeritus, and served as the Acting Director of Catena Media’s U.S. division.

Contessa Brewer
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Contessa Brewer
CNBC
Correspondant

Contessa Brewer is a correspondent and substitute anchor for CNBC appearing throughout Business Day as well as the network’s 7pm ET newscast “The News with Shepard Smith.” She covers major news stories for CNBC including presidential elections, hurricanes, the coronavirus pandemic and trade wars. Her specialty coverage areas are casinos, the gaming industry and the insurance industry. Brewer joined the network in 2017 and is based at CNBC Global Headquarters.

A National Emmy-Award winning journalist, Brewer is known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories. While an anchor for MSNBC, she hosted daily news programs and the long-running, primetime series “Caught on Camera.” As a correspondent, Brewer has contributed reports to CBS News, CBSN, WNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, where she covered a wide range of stories including presidential elections, debt ceilings, government shutdowns, natural disasters, terror attacks and celebrity news. She began her career in Reno, NV followed by Palm Springs, CA and Milwaukee, WI.

Brewer is a Remembrance Scholar and magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Honors Program. She’s narrated several audiobooks and resides in New York with her husband, twin sons and a dappled dachshund.

Daniel Graetzer
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Daniel Graetzer
Carousel Group
Founder & CEO

Daniel Graetzer is the Founder and CEO of Carousel Group, the owner and operator of MaximBet, a North American regulated online sportsbook.
With over 20 years of experience in digital, Graetzer created Carousel Group after previously serving as director at leading Spanish gaming B2B provider Mediatech Solutions (acquired by R. Franco Group in 2017). After its successful launch in 2021, MaximBet is rapidly expanding its footprint across the US and Canada.

David VanEgmond
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David VanEgmond
Bettor Capital
Founder & CEO

Dave is the Managing Partner of Bettor Capital and founded the firm in 2020.

Most recently was Head of Strategy & Corp. Dev. at Barstool Sports where he facilitated the sale of a minority stake in the business to Penn National Gaming.
Previously was EVP and Head of Strategy at FanDuel where he oversaw corporate development including leading the sale of the company to Flutter.

Began his career as an investment banker with Barclays in Silicon Valley.
Graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance with an Int’l Business certificate from the University of Notre Dame.

Jeremy Levine
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Jeremy Levine
Underdog Fantasy
Founder, Chairman & President

Jeremy Levine is the founder & Executive Chairman of Underdog (backed by Mark Cuban, Kevin Durant, The Chainsmokers, SV Angel, LionTree, Adam Schefter and many more), founder & Executive Chairman of Good Spirits Lab (makers of Los Dos Tequila) and the founder & Chairman of Lucky Trader.

Prior, Jeremy was the founder and CEO of DRAFT which was acquired in 2017 by Paddy Power Betfair/Flutter and the founder of StarStreet, which sold to Draftkings. Jeremy is an active investor in startups including Carta, Ramp, Alt, Layer Zero, Dapper Labs and Fight Camp.

Lloyd Danzig
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Lloyd Danzig
Sharp Alpha Advisors
Managing Partner

Lloyd Danzig is the Founder & Managing Partner of Sharp Alpha Advisors, a venture capital firm that specializes in sports betting and online gaming

Michael Daly
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Michael Daly
Catena Media
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Daly is the CEO for Catena Media, one of the largest lead generation companies for iGaming, Sports Betting, eSports and financial services worldwide. As such he oversees the company’s 400+ team and its global expansion across North America, Europe, LATAM, and APAC, where it is the dominant affiliate by value delivered to operators.

Prior to taking the reins as CEO in March of 2021, Michael was the VP of North America for Catena Media, growing that business to over 50 affiliate sites, generating in the range of $40,000,000+ annually with a team of approximately 60, all working remotely.

Prior to Catena Media, Michael setup and ran divisions of online gambling technology companies, has rolled out numerous new products for banking and gaming, as well as served 8 years as a Naval Officer. He is a graduate of MIT and holds an MBA from the University of Utah.

Pierre Lindh
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Pierre Lindh
iGaming NEXT
Co-Founder | Managing Director

Originally spawning from an iGaming career that started at the age of 17 during the early days of the online poker boom, Pierre Co-founded the event management company Ambassadör Events in 2013. The company specialises in B2B & B2C event concepts targeting the gaming sector with more than 600 successful projects behind them for most of the major organisations within the industry. In 2016, Pierre Co-Founded the primary award show of the gaming industry, iGaming IDOL followed by the content driven conference, iGaming NEXT in 2018.

Raymond Lesniak
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Raymond Lesniak
New Jersey
Former State Representative

Senator Lesniak is the father of legal sports betting and internet gaming in America. In 2008, as Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee, he saw the dark clouds on the horizon for Atlantic City’s casinos and the racetracks at Monmouth Park and The Meadowlands. Thus began his journey, starting with an appeal to members of Congress to repeal the federal ban on sports betting, PASPA, which got nowhere, to filing a lawsuit in the Federal District Court of New Jersey, sponsoring a Referendum on sports betting which was overwhelmingly approved by New Jersey voters and sponsoring legislation which made its way to the U.S Supreme Court, which declared PASPA unconstitutional. Senator Lesniak also recognized that most of the action on sports betting would be on line and he sponsored that legislation as well.
Senator Lesniak is not a one trick pony. He sponsored significant environmental protection, criminal justice reforms, LGBT rights, including marriage equality, legislation and won an international Human Rights Award in Normandy, France.

After retiring from the New Jersey Senate after forty years in the legislature, Senator Lesniak founded The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership which advocates for the initiatives he championed in the legislature.
His memoir, Cultivating Justice In The Garden State, with an Introduction by Bill Clinton, is available through Rutgers University Press and all major retailers.

Thomas Allen
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Thomas Allen
Morgan Stanley
Managing Director, Equity Research

Thomas Allen is a Managing Director and has headed US Gaming, Lodging & Leisure research since 2013. He is a top 3 ranked analyst and has also received 4 or 5 out of 5 stars from Starmine for stock-picking in 3 of the past 4 years. He covered Gaming & Lodging from 2006 to 2009 as part of Celeste Brown’s No. 2- ranked team. Thomas then covered Diversified Financials before becoming a lead analyst covering Business Services companies. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006, he worked in capital markets at Bank of America. Thomas has a BA in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. 

Todd Haushalter
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Todd Haushalter
Evolution
Chief Product Officer

Todd Haushalter has been Chief Product Officer at Evolution since 2015. Todd oversees all aspects of Evolution’s games and product development, including many of the industry’s most celebrated games. Having previously worked as Corporate Vice President of Gaming at MGM Resorts and as Vice President of Business Strategy at Shuffle Master, he has a wide and varied knowledge of the casino industry.

Wayne Kimmel
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Wayne Kimmel
SeventySix Capital
Managing Partner

Wayne Kimmel is a sports tech venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel. He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital company he founded in 1999, and invests in startup sports betting, esports, and sports tech companies. Among the top public companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, DraftKings, fuboTV, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!.

Kimmel also hosts the SeventySix Capital Sports Leadership Show, a weekly podcast that features the sports industry’s top entrepreneurs, athletes, and thought leaders.

SeventySix Capital has a strategic partnership with Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency, and is a partner with the American Gaming Association to promote its #HaveAGamePlan responsible sports betting campaign.

Wayne has been named a Top Innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100 list. Wayne is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School.

Zachary Sold
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Zachary Sold
BetMGM
Head of Marketing

Zachary Sold is a digital marketing expert with ten years’ experience in the online sports betting and gaming space. Starting in the early days of the daily fantasy sports industry, Zach joined first-to-market DFS company DraftStreet, before the company was absorbed by DraftKings, where Zach remained for the next three years primarily managing paid social activity.

For the past 3 years, Zach has been overseeing all digital marketing, SEO, and ASO activities for BetMGM across all their product verticals and markets. He has a keen understanding of the sports betting and online gaming marketing landscape, as well as the core business models, and product trajectory.

Adam C. Rosenberg
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Adam C. Rosenberg
Blackstone
Senior Advisor, Gaming and Leisure Sector

Adam Rosenberg is currently Senior Advisor to Blackstone for the Gaming and Leisure sector. He is also currently Special Advisor to GameCo, LLC, a gaming technology company focused on video game gambling, where he is a Board Observer and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer.

From 2014 to 2021, Mr. Rosenberg was Managing Director and Global Head of Gaming & Leisure at Fortress Investment Group, an alternative asset manager with extensive experience making private equity investments into, lending to and owning casinos, slot routes, slot machine manufacturers, lottery providers, internet gaming companies, sports betting platforms and other gaming and gaming technology-related businesses in the United States and around the world.

From 1998 to 2014, Mr. Rosenberg held various investment banking positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of Gaming where he advised and raised capital for casino operator, gaming technology and equipment manufacturer clients.

From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Rosenberg practiced product liability and intellectual property law at Skadden Arps. Mr. Rosenberg currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Association for Law and Business and is a Member of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board. Mr. Rosenberg previously served as a Board Member of the American Gaming Association, on the Conference Advisory Boards for Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas and Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Macau, and on the Advisory Board for the Global Internet Gaming Summit and Expo (GiGse).

Mr. Rosenberg graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he received a Juris Doctoris, and graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy of Science. 

Adam Fiske
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Adam Fiske
Cipher Sports Technology Group
Chief Executive Officer

Adam is the CEO of Cipher Sports Technology Group. Cipher STG is making sports more bettable for US sports fans through their flagship consumer brand Dimers,com, and also a number of partnerships with leading media companies and sportsbooks.Prior to launching Cipher STG in the US, Adam had been working at the intersection of sports betting and media in both the Australian and European markets with companies such as News Corp, Punters.com.au and Sportsbet

Adam Kaplan
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Adam Kaplan
SportsGrid
Chief Operating Officer

Adam is a technology executive with 13 years of experience leading teams, driving enterprise value and improving operations at internet, gaming, technology and media companies generating $0-$2b in annual revenue.

Adam is currently the Chief Operating Officer at SportsGrid, the multimedia content and technology platform providing digital innovative solutions for the convergence of sports content, gaming and data.

Prior to SportsGrid, Adam was the General Manager & Vice President of Content for FanDuel Group, an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering, poker and television. The brands include FanDuel, Betfair US, TVG, Fox Bet, Pokerstars and more. FanDuel Group is a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment plc.

Prior to FanDuel Group, Adam was the COO of numberFire, the next generation sports analytics company for betting and fantasy. numberFire was acquired in August 2015 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of FanDuel.

Before joining numberFire Adam was the Director of National Accounts & Strategic Partnerships, and one of the first 25 employees at Yext (NYSE: YEXT), a digital knowledge management company.

Adam is an advisor to startups, angel investor and board member. His current portfolio includes Rain Maker Games, Fight Camp, Buzzer, Underdog Fantasy, PrizePicks, Phone Wagon (acquired by CallRail), BigBrain Games, Bettor Capital, Casa Verde, Sentinel Peak Capital Partners, BetDEX Labs and POW Interactive.

Adam graduated from The University of Arizona in 2008 with a BS in Regional Development and a Minor in Business Management.

Adam Small
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Adam Small
Better Collective
General Manager, US Editorial and Commercial Sites

Adam is an entrepreneur and investor in the online gaming space, having co-founded PocketFives.com in 2005 and later the US Bets network in 2016. Adam joined Better Collective in 2019 when his websites were acquired by the company, and he now works full time as General Manager of a number of projects in the US and Canada.

Adam Warrington
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Adam Warrington
FanDuel
Vice President, Responsible Gaming

 

Adam Warrington serves as the Vice President of Responsible Gaming for FanDuel Group, the premier gaming destination in the United States. In this role, Adam oversees the company’s responsible gaming team, whose mission is setting the standard for what it means to be a responsible operator. The mission is brought to life through integrated strategies with key internal and external stakeholders. Adam oversees the responsible gaming team, strategy, and operational execution across all FanDuel lines of business – FanDuel Masterbrand, Sportsbook, Casino, Fantasy, Racing, and Retail.

 

Previously, Adam spent eight years at Anheuser-Busch. He was the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and in the role he had oversight on the three pillars of the company’s signature Better World platform (Community Affairs, Responsible Drinking, and Sustainability Communications) to help America’s leading brewer make a positive impact beyond brewing. His team was responsible for local and national initiatives including the company’s long standing emergency drinking water program, the “Drink Wiser” responsible drinking campaign, and the company’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.

 

Earlier in his career Adam worked as a communication and business strategy consultant for companies such as ArcelorMittal, Dow Chemical, and Constellation Brands. Married with two sons, Adam enjoys international travel and watching his beloved Michigan State Spartans, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Cubs. He holds a M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida and a B.A. in History from Michigan State University.

Amanda Brewer
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Amanda Brewer
Kindred Group
Country Manager, Canada

Amanda Brewer, ABC, is Kindred Group’s Country Manager, Canada. She has more than 20 years of corporate experience, the last 12 spent in the gaming industry. During her career, she has delivered guidance to both private and public-sector clients with an emphasis on regulatory counsel, strategy and planning, corporate communications, business development, and issues management. In addition, Amanda spent 10 years working on sports betting bills in Canada: Bill C-290, Bill C-221, and the one that got Canada across the finish line: C-218.

Amanda holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BA in English from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has also successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course. Amanda is an accredited member (ABC) with the International Association of Business Communicators and is a past-president of the chapter in Toronto.

Andrew J. Winchell
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Andrew J. Winchell
Director of Government Affairs
FanDuel

Andrew Winchell joined the FanDuel government affairs team in January of 2019 and focuses on state level legislative affairs related to fantasy sports and sports betting.
Previously, Andrew served as Chief of Staff to NYS Senator John Bonacic, then Chairman of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. During that time Andrew participated in the drafting of the New York State fantasy sports law, sports betting legislation and other legislative and budget proposals related to the gaming industry.

Anna Sainsbury
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Anna Sainsbury
GeoComply
CEO & Co-Founder

Anna Sainsbury is the Co-Founder and CEO of GeoComply, a tech unicorn providing state-of-the-art digital identity and fraud detection solutions to a range of industries. Based in Vancouver, Canada, with six additional global offices, GeoComply’s products ensure seamless compliance in gaming, content streaming, and fintech.

Alongside her innovative ventures, Anna is also deeply dedicated to philanthropy. GeoComply’s CSR division, Impact, directs corporate attention towards addressing some of the most difficult challenges facing women and children today. She is passionate about stopping digital child exploitation and advocating for gender equality.

Benjie Cherniak
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Benjie Cherniak
Avenue H Capital
Principal

Benjie Cherniak is currently an investor and advisor to emerging companies in the sports betting space. Previously, Benjie was Principal & MD at Don Best, the leading provider of in-play pricing services and sports information products relevant to the North American sports betting industry, acquired by Scientific Games in 2018.

Brendan Bussmann
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Brendan Bussmann
B Global Advisors
Partner
Brian Egger
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Brian Egger
Bloomberg LP
Senior Gaming Analyst

Brian Egger is a Senior Industry Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, where he covers the gaming and lodging industries. He is a frequent television and radio commentator on gaming, sports betting, lodging and travel.

Earlier in his career, Brian was a nationally-ranked equity research analyst at Credit Suisse and BMO Capital Markets.
A former member of Institutional Investor’s “All-America Research Team,” Brian was recognized six times as a Wall Street Journal “Best on the Street” analyst. During a twenty-year career on Wall Street, he held positions of increasing responsibility at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, BMO Capital Markets and Topeka Capital Markets.

Brian received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He taught as an Adjunct Finance Professor at Columbia Business School and is the author of Social Media Strategies for Investing (Adams Media, Imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2014).

Bill Pascrell, III
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Bill Pascrell, III
Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
Partner

With a prominent career in state, federal, and global public affairs, William J. Pascrell, III, more commonly known as BPIII, is a lobbyist with PPAG–Princeton Public Affairs Group. His extensive work in a broad array of industries, particularly gambling and cannabis, has made a tremendous impact on the success of PPAG’s clients and the firm as a whole.

In the gaming sector, BPIII has been a lawyer, strategic advisor and consultant throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel, Europe, South America and Australia.

BPIII led the successful 10 year campaign to legalize sports betting in the United States culminating with the repeal of PASPA by the United States Supreme Court in 2018. Most notably BPIII lead a successful multi-year campaign to pass the first in the Nation On Line Gaming Act in New Jersey. He worked to develop the regulatory regime put in force prior to launch. BPIII continues to advise state governments across the Nation on issues involving the gaming industry.

BPIII served as a Member of the Murphy for Governor Finance Committee and Counsel to NJ Governor Murphy Transition Team. He previously served former Congressman Herb Klein and former Governor James J. Florio.

BPIII served as the Passaic County Counsel from 1998 to 2019, starting with his unanimous appointment by the Passaic County Freeholder Board.

Awards – The New Jersey Globe and Insider NJ, two prominent statewide news outlets, rank BPIII amongst the top 100 politically powerful personalities every year. He was further named to Insider NJ’s “Insider 100 Policymakers” lists each year since its inception: in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Cait DeBaun
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Cait DeBaun
American Gaming Association
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Responsibility

Cait DeBaun is vice president, strategic communications and responsibility at the American Gaming Association (AGA). DeBaun leads the AGA’s responsibility efforts and integrated communications strategies to promote the social and economic value of the $261 billion gaming industry. 

DeBaun currently oversees the AGA’s Have A Game Plan® public service campaign, working with sports leagues and teams and sportsbook operators to educate consumers on responsible sports betting. DeBaun also plays a key role in the association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, executing advocacy and industry communications strategies to support casino gaming’s ongoing recovery. 

DeBaun previously served as the director of communications for Project: Time Off, a national advocacy campaign from the U.S. Travel Association to prove the necessity of taking vacation and grow domestic leisure travel. DeBaun established the campaign’s communication strategy, including launching National Plan for Vacation Day, that ultimately shifted American vacation usage and generated $81 billion in economic contribution. 

DeBaun started her career at Ogilvy Public Relations where she led integrated, national social change efforts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

DeBaun and her work have been recognized by PR News, Public Relations Society of America, Washington Women in PR, and the American Society of Association Executives. A graduate of American University, DeBaun lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children. 

 

Catie Di Stefano
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Catie Di Stefano
Weberfy
Co-Founder

Di Stefano has a vendor license by DGE to operate in the state of New Jersey as a Marketing Consultant, thanks to partnering with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. During 2018-2022, she helped Hard Rock migrate their operations from offline to online by using her experience from the European market.

Prior to Hard Rock, Di Stefano has over the last 10 years worked with major brands like Betsson and GiG across several jurisdictions. Currently, she is the Co-Founder of Weberfy and specializes in helping the iGaming and Cannabis industry with VIP management, CRM and Marketing.

Di Stefano was born in Indonesia and grew up in Sweden, before moving to Malta as a teenager to start her career in iGaming. Currently, she resides in Marbella, Spain with her two daughters.

Chad Beynon
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Chad Beynon
Macquarie Securities
Managing Director, Equity Analyst

Chad Beynon, a Sr Analyst at Macquarie, leads the firm’s Gaming franchise and has covered the land-based, digital and global companies since 2005.  

Chad publishes over 250 annual reports per year on Gaming, Lodging and Leisure including single stock investment analysis, broader ecosystem reports and sector pieces.  

Amongst the covered companies, Chad covers DraftKings, Rush Street, Penn National, MGM, GAN and others. He has also been featured on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Yahoo Finance amongst other outlets.  

 

Chad graduated from the University of Maryland double majoring in Finance and Logistics/Supply Chain Management in 2002. After working in NYC for a dozen years,  

Chad relocated to the Washington DC area in 2018, where he lives with his wife and two sons. 

Chris Bevilacqua
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Chris Bevilacqua
Simplebet
Co-Founder & CEO

Co-Founder and CEO of Simplebet. Over the past 30 years, he has established himself as a leader in the sports and media business, including being at the forefront of two transformative eras in sports media history. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of CAA Sports Media Ventures (a joint venture between CAA and Evolution Media Capital) and founded College Sports TV Networks, which was sold to CBS in 2006 and evolved into CBS Sports Network 

Christian Goode
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Christian Goode
IG Acquisition Core
Chief Executive Officer

Christian Goode is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of IG Acquisition Corp, a $300 million Special Purpose Company founded in 2020.

He has served as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ivory Gaming Group, a casino management company, since January 2015.

From October 2011 to January 2015, Mr. Goode was President of Genting Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of The Genting Group, a global conglomerate. From September 2010 to October 2011, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Resorts World Casino, where he was responsible for the development of the Resorts World New York City project that opened in 2011.

From August 2007 to September 2010, Mr. Goode was a partner with G. Michael Brown & Associates, a gaming industry focused advisory firm.

He has also served as Controller and Director of Legal Compliance for several casinos, including Seneca Gaming Corporation (from February 2006 to August 2007) and Penn National Gaming, Inc. (from August 2005 to February 2006).

Mr. Goode graduated with a J.D./M.B.A and a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Buffalo. We believe Mr. Goode is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience in the leisure, gaming and hospitality industries and his contacts and relationships.  

 

 

Christopher B. Hebert
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Christopher B. Hebert
Louisiana Department of Justice
Director of Gaming Division

Christopher Hebert is the Director of the Louisiana Attorney General Office’s Gaming Division. Mr. Hebert has served as an Assistant Attorney General for over 17 years. He was appointed as Director of the Gaming Division by Attorney General Jeff Landry in 2016. Under his leadership, the Problem Gambling Resource Services (PGRS) program was created in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health to bring awareness to the legal community about problem gambling and the FREE gambling treatment services available for all Louisiana residents.

He currently serves as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s Advisory Board, the House of Delegates for the Louisiana State Bar Association and as an appointee to the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute.  Mr. Hebert earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his law degree from the Southern University Law Center, where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2022.  Christopher has spoken on various gaming-related topics, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Dan Fetters
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Dan Fetters
Acies Investments
Co-Founding Partner & Co-CIO

Dan Fetters is a Co-Founding Partner and Co-CIO of Acies Investments, a venture capital firm focused on partnering with companies in the sports betting, igaming, esports and sports technology industries.  Prior to founding Acies Investments, Dan was a Founder and Co-CEO of Acies Acquisition Corp. I, a special purpose acquisition company that consummated a merger with mobile gaming company, Playstudios in June 2021.  Dan served as a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers and Acquisition Group and as the Head of Western Region M&A.  Dan had over 20 years of experience at Morgan Stanley leading complex strategic transactions around the globe including cross-border mergers in North America, Europe and Asia.  His diverse experience includes advising domestic and international companies and Boards of Directors on a broad range of public and private M&A transactions in a variety of industries, including gaming, sports, real estate, media, entertainment, consumer, retail, industrial, and telecommunications.

Daniel Kustelski
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Daniel Kustelski
Chalkline
CEO

Daniel Kustelski is a sportsbetting executive with over 15 years of senior level experience. He has sportsbetting operational experience in Africa and US and is the CoFounder of Chalkline.
Chalkline is an award-winning supplier that works with Casinos, Tracks, Media and Brands to acquire sportsbettors through a proprietary Free2Play sportsbetting platform.
Previously he served as COO of WatchandWager.com for 2 years. Before that he was MD & Co-founder of a regulated online sports book in South Africa, which was sold to the land-based casino group, Sun International, in 2013. He earned his MBA from Wits Business School in Johannesburg, South Africa and his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. After which he was commissioned as an Engineer Officer for 5 years in the US Army.

David Fucillo
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David Fucillo
SB Nation
Head of Sports Betting Content

David Fucillo serves as Head of Sports Betting Content at Vox Media. I lead the company’s efforts to build out sports betting content and partnerships. I’ve been with Vox Media in a full-time capacity for ten years, and have led our efforts in the sports betting space prior to and following the repeal of PASPA. My role now involves executing on our current DraftKings partnerships and determining new areas of growth in the space for partnerships and investment.

David Isaacson
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David Isaacson
Spectrum Gaming Capital
Senior Vicepreseident

David Isaacson is Senior Vice President of Spectrum Gaming Capital (“SGC”). Isaacson has been analyzing the gaming industry since 2010. At SGC 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 related to the gaming industry. 

He joined Spectrum Gaming Capital from Moody’s Investors Service, the top credit rating agency, where he covered a portfolio of high yield gaming, lodging and cruise companies. In his work at Moody’s, Isaacson was responsible for assigning rating recommendations, monitoring ratings and drafting credit related research on a portfolio of gaming and leisure companies and the industry as a whole. He is particularly skilled at analyzing gaming bank loans, high yield and other forms of corporate debt. Prior to covering the gaming and leisure industry, Isaacson worked for Moody’s Analytics as a Structured Finance Analyst. Isaacson has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a concentration in Corporate Finance and Accounting and a Bachelor’s from Yeshiva University, where he majored in Economics and graduated with honors. 

 

David Ortiz
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David Ortiz
SimWin Sports
CEO

David J Ortiz has been leading and contributing to hit games since before he got out of college. 30 years of AAA titles like Madden NFL, Wayne Gretzky 3d Hockey, NFL Fever and MLB The Show have landed him multiple Game of the Year awards and a spot on the 100 Most Influential People in Gaming list.

Combine that with a decade of Real Money Gaming experience and it’s easy to see the progression to SimWin Sports, the premier sports Metaverse where NFT Teams and Players present unique business opportunities and fuel 24/7/365 fantasy sports and sports betting.

David Sargeant
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David Sargeant
iGaming Ideas
Sports Betting Consultant, Advisor & Investor

David is a consultant, advisor, investor and dealmaker in the sports betting, iGaming and gambling industry, specializing in the U.S. market. 
 
Over nearly 20 years, he has worked with the biggest names in sports and sports betting globally, focusing on the USA since the repeal of PASPA in 2018. 
 
He has worked with teams, leagues, casinos, tribes, racetracks and media companies, and was responsible for over 40 deals across 16 U.S. states since 2018 including deals involving the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), New York Jets (NFL), the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), NASCAR, the PGA Tour, CBS Sports, and the biggest sports betting deals state-by-state including those in Arizona, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia and Texas. 
 
Additionally, he works as an investor and an advisor with startups entering the multi-billion dollar U.S. sports betting and iGaming industry, and engineered the first-ever U.S. sports betting deal (between two software companies). He has led several high profile startup exits including the recent sale of marketing automation platform Fresh Eight to Sport Radar. 
 
Outside the USA, He has worked extensively on sports betting projects worldwide, including in the UK, Singapore, Chile, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ireland, Switzerland and Belgium. 

Davis Catlin
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Davis Catlin
Las Vegas Sands
Senior Managing Director

Davis Catlin is Senior Managing Director at Las Vegas Sands where he is responsible for the company’s digital investments.  Prior to Las Vegas Sands, Davis worked at unrelated Sands Capital for 14 years where he was a partner, Senior Research Analyst, and Global Consumer Sector Head.

Dustin Gouker
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Dustin Gouker
Catena Media
Vice President of North America – Content

Dustin Gouker has led the content efforts for Catena Media’s North American expansion over the past four years and helped build some of the most successful news and affiliate sites focused on the United States online gambling industry. Catena’s network includes LegalSportsReport.com, PlayUSA.com, GamingToday.com and TheLines.com, among others.

Dot Bustelo
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Dot Bustelo
LoupeArt
CEO & Founder

Dot Bustelo, CEO/Founder of Loupe Art, formerly on Apple’s Product Team, internationally-recognized creative /entertainment technologist, author, industry speaker, Emmy-winning sound designer and 2020 & 2021 finalist for Woman of the Year in Technology (WIT). She is co-inventor of three patents on the Loupe technology, the pioneering TV platform celebrated for transforming the way people view, experience and acquire art on a blockchain-enabled marketplace, and the industry-first WalletStream™ to display your NFTs on TV.

Ed Birkin
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Ed Birkin
H2 Gambling Capital
Senior Consultant
Ed Young
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Ed Young
Morgan Stanley
Executive Director, Equity Research

Ed Young joined Morgan Stanley’s European Travel & Leisure team in 2015. The team has been ranked top 2 in the Institutional Investor and Extel surveys for each of the last 15 years. Before becoming an equity analyst, Ed was an intelligence officer in the British Army working on domestic and global counter-terrorism, and served two tours in Afghanistan. He studied Modern History at Oxford University and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS.

Edward King
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Edward King
Acies Investments
Co-Founding Partner & Co-CIO

Edward King is the Co-Founding Partner and Co-CIO of Acies Investments, a venture capital firm focused on partnering with companies in the sports betting, iGaming, esports and sports technology industries.  Edward was formerly Managing Director and Global Head of Gaming investment banking at Morgan Stanley, where he spent over 20years.  In this capacity Edward provided strategic and financial advice to clients on mergers & acquisitions and debt & equity capital raises in the public and private market across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin Americas.  Edward was also a Founder and Co-CEO of Acies Acquisition Corp, a SPAC that completed its business combination in 2021 with Playstudios.  Edward was formerly a Board Member of the American Gaming Association.  Edward holds M.Phil, MA and BA degrees in economics from Cambridge University, England. 

Eric Matejevich
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Eric Matejevich
Tekkorp Capital LLC
CFO

Eric is a seasoned gaming executive with extensive experience in both the online gaming and traditional casino industries. From February to August 2019, he served as Interim-Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Casino Resort (construction cost of $2.4 billion) in Atlantic City, where he successfully led the management team through an ownership change and operational turnaround effort. Over the course of seven months, Eric reduced the property’s weekly cash burn of $1.5 million to an annualized cash flow run rate in excess of $20 million. Prior to Ocean, from 2016 to 2018, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of NYX. There, he focused his efforts on integrating the company’s acquisitions and capital raises and was transaction-lead in the sale of NYX to Scientific Games for $631 million.

Eric’s current position as Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Tekkorp Capital also includes his role as Chief Financial Officer of NASDAQ-listed Tekkorp Digital Acquisition Corp. Eric received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ernie Ropas
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Ernie Ropas
BettingHero
Research Director

Ernie has been running Betting Hero’s Research & Consulting division since the end of 2020. By leveraging the 250+ independent contractor workers Betting Hero has in action each weekend, Ernie is able to gather the market data to help resolve high-value business problems and deliver VOC research for his clients.

Before Betting Hero Ernie was a Product Manager at Gartner where his products saw 40%+ YoY growth each year in the two years he was there.

Fiona Hickey
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Fiona Hickey
Push Gaming
Head of Sales

Fiona Hickey has over 12 years in the iGaming space, starting her career in the industry with leading headhunting firm, Bettingjobs before joining slots provider Push Gaming to head up Sales and New Business. Having partnered with the largest and most influential companies in the industry as well as start-ups and service providers, she has gained extensive Commercial knowledge that sees her well placed to drive business growth

George Rover
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George Rover
Princeton Global Strategies
Managing Partner

George Rover is the Managing Partner of Princeton Global Strategies, LLC (PGS), a strategic advisory firm specialising in all aspects of land-based and online casino and sports betting law and policy, including investigations, licensing, casino operations, internal controls, AML, and corporate compliance. Prior to establishing PGS, Rover served for 25 years as a Deputy Attorney General and then an Assistant Attorney with the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Office of the Attorney General.

He joined the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office in 1992 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of Legal Affairs and thereafter in 1995 Rover served as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In January 1999, he was promoted to Assistant Attorney General and named the Special Assistant to the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE). In August 2011, Rover was appointed Deputy Director of the NJDGE and placed in charge of its Atlantic City office until his retirement in November 2016.

Grant Johnson
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Grant Johnson
Esports Entertainment Group
CEO

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, is a business development professional with extensive experience in the online gambling industry and as an officer and director of publicly listed technology companies.

Itsik Akiva
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Itsik Akiva
American iGaming Solutions
Online Gaming & Marketing Director

iGaming expert with 18 years of experience devising and executing marketing and product strategies for gambling and gaming companies in regulated and emerging markets. Itsik has helped pure online operators (real money, social, DFS and skill gaming), as well as land-based and non-gaming operators looking to expand into online and social gaming.

Process driven with a hands-on approach, Itsik has leveraged his expertise in digital and traditional marketing, product strategy, customer acquisition, and business development to successfully bring to market and operate multiple online properties in the US, Europe, and Asia.

In addition to consultancy projects, Itsik holds training and educational workshops, speaks regularly at gaming conferences and contributes to industry publications.

 

Jake Benzaquen
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Jake Benzaquen
Prophet
Co-Founder & COO

Jake is the COO and Co-Founder of Prophet Exchange, the first true sports bettingexchange to enter the US market. Prior to partnering with Caesar’s Entertainment and getting market access in New Jersey and Indiana, Jake and Prophet were operating in the United Kingdom as a secondary marketplace for sports bets, which was a licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.

Jai Maw
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Jai Maw
Betting Hero
Co-Founder & President

Jai co-founded Betting Hero in 2018, and served as the Chief Executive Officer as the company grew from two full-time employees to over 25 and 250+ Betting Hero independent contractors in 2022.

With over two million in-person interactions, and having delivered 200,000+ new depositing customers, and over $10M in first time deposits, Betting Hero is unrivalled as THE best-in-class live activation company for Sports Betting, iGaming, and Cashless operators respectively.

In November 2021, Betting Hero merged with American Affilliate, and was subsequently acquired by FansUnite Inc. Jai now serves as President of Betting Hero.

Jared Smith
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Jared Smith
Pickswise
Lead Betting Analyst

Jared Smith is a versatile host and analyst with over 10 years of experience in sports media and two decades as a sports bettor.
He is currently the lead betting analyst at Pickswise, serving as a full-time content creator, producing informative and engaging content every day across multiple platforms.
Smith’s most recent broadcasting work includes hosting a daily betting show on Sirius XM and starring in betting segments for FanDuel Sportsbook that aired during the New York Knicks pregame show on MSG.

Jason Rosenberg
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Jason Rosenberg
American Gaming Solutions
CEO, Entrepreneur & Investor

Mr. Rosenberg has 20 years of online gaming industry experience and has provided expertise and strategic solutions to over 50 gaming operations in the Caribbean, United States, and Europe. In addition to operational consulting, Jason has provided expert market and operations-led insights to help bridge the gap between land-based casino operators, regulatory commissions and gaming industry service providers across the world.

Mr. Rosenberg specializes in vendor selection, next generation technology, product launch strategy, operational strategy, day-to-day marketing and operations, as well as customized player acquisition, conversion, and retention programs. He has developed and presented key content for leading industry conferences and publications.

In his spare time, Jason has been of service at Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, a non-profit Native American owned animal rescue since 2000.

Jeff Fernandez
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Jeff Fernandez
New York Jets
VP, Business Development Ventures

Jeff Fernandez, now in his 20th year with the New York Jets, is responsible for leading the partnership sales and business intelligence team that creates strategic corporate alliances, driving revenue for the organization as well as developing new, innovative business projects that enhance Jets fan engagement.

Fernandez previously served as director of marketing partnerships for the Buffalo Bills from 1999-2001 and at Huizenga Sports & Entertainment Group in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, from 1995-99, where he sold sponsorships for the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins and SportsChannel Florida. He also served as vice president of marketing partnerships for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 from 2001-03.

Fernandez has a bachelor’s degree in economics/applied mathematics from Brown University and earned a master’s degree in education and sports administration from University of Miami. Fernandez and his wife, Tracy, have a son, Matt, and a daughter, Ciaran.  The family is currently raising and training a guide dog for The Seeing Eye of Morristown.

Jesper Søgaard
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Jesper Søgaard
Better Collective
CEO

Jesper Søgaard co-founded Better Collective, the world’s leading sports betting media group, in 2004 and has been the driving force of the company ever since.
As CEO, he has grown Better Collective from being a startup, to a publicly traded company that is a leading media group in the sports betting industry
An active business leader in his native Denmark, Søgaard has invested in a number of startup companies through his, and Better Collective co-founder Christian Kirk Rasmussen, investment firm Dreamcraft Ventures A/S. As an advisor and investor, Jesper helps guide Nordic startups reach their maximum potential.
Søgaard was educated at the University of Copenhagen and holds a Master in Political Science

Jesper Svensson
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Jesper Svensson
Betsson
CEO

Jesper Svensson has been in the gaming industry since the mid-2000s.
Over the years he worked in senior positions in several gaming companies in Europe and Asia.
He joined Betsson in 2013 as the managing director of its flagship brand, betsson.com. In 2015 he became Betsson’s Chief Commercial Officer and was then made acting CEO in September 2017. Just three months later, he was appointed as CEO for Betsson Operations.
Jesper holds a Master in International Business from EAE Business School (Barcelona) and a Bachelor in Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo). Jesper is passionate about sports and gaming.

Johnna Powell
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Johnna Powell
ConsenSys
Global Co-Head ConsenSys NFT

Dr. Johnna Powell is the Global Co-Head of the ConsenSys NFT business unit.  She has worked with multiple Fortune 100 clients and consortia on various parts of their blockchain journey, from ideation through to product build.  Prior to ConsenSys, Johnna spent time in corporate strategy, tech, and management consulting, having done a PhD in Electrical Engineering at MIT, and subsequently spent 5 years at McKinsey & company. 

Jonathan Doubilet
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Jonathan Doubilet
Playtech
Vice President of Business Operations

Currently overseeing Playtech’s US expansion, including recent iGaming platform launches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan, Jonathan has spent the past decade in a multitude of positions in the iGaming and Sports Wagering industries. Previously assuming several roles at Playtech, ranging from product management to corporate development, he most recently helped lead the strategic growth strategy of the company’s sports betting vertical.

Following the acquisitions of Geneity (UK), Mobenga (Sweden) and Best Gaming Technology (Austria), Jonathan served on the executive team as Director of Corporate Development for the newly created “Playtech Sports” arm, now comprising over 600 employees in 7 geographic locations

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr
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Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr
New York State
Senator

JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.

Elected to the New York State Senate in 2008 after serving seven years in the New York City Council, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. continues to proudly carry on the public service tradition of his father, Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo, Sr., who served 13 terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1960 to 1986.

A lifelong resident of Queens, Senator Joe Addabbo represents the 15th Senatorial District encompassing the communities – in whole or in part – of Broad Channel, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Woodside and most of the Rockaways.

In addition to other legislative responsibilities, Joe serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering. Through the committee, Joe and his staff are responsible for improving the revenue potential, increased educational funding and job creation connected to gaming and horse racing operations throughout the state, while addressing the issue of gambling addiction. Joe is also a member of the Senate Committees on Rules, Aging, Civil Service and Pensions, Education, Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. He is also a member of the State-Native American Relations Temporary Committee.

Justin Dellario
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Justin Dellario
Entain
Managing Director, eSports

Justin Dellario is the Managing Director of Esports at Entain. His current focus involves evaluating opportunities for the overall esports, gaming, and interactive entertainment business at Entain, while simultaneously planning and executing Unikrn’s re-launch in 2022. Prior to Entain and Unikrn, Justin was the VP of Esports and Original Content at Twitch, where he oversaw competitive gaming, content production, and related technical development for the world’s largest video game live streaming platform. Justin has worked with game developers, tournament organizers, professional teams, and broadcasters to direct the business, strategy, and operation of esports leagues, tournaments, and circuits globally. Prior to Twitch, Justin served as Head of Global Esports for gaming hardware developer, Razer, where he developed the company’s sponsorship and marketing campaigns.

Justin Park
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Justin Park
Betty
Founder & CEO

Justin previously served as the founder/CEO of the QL Gaming Group, a B2C sports data and iGaming affiliate platform. The business most notably built BetQL and RotoQL and acquired Accuscore and TennisInsight.

QL Gaming raised $10M and was acquired by Audacy [NYSE: AUD].

Prior to QL, Justin was the founding CEO of an enterprise video content marketing platform Vidaao which was acquired by Skyword in September 2014.

Karolina Pelc
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Karolina Pelc
BeyondPlay
Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of a new startup, BeyondPlay which has recently secured GBP 1.7M in the initial funding round and has been featured in UK Tech News as well as Sifted. Also active as podcast host for Igaming Next featuring high calibre industry and non-industry guests. Passionate and outspoken gender diversity ambassador for the Igaming Industry.

Over 15 years experience in the global land-based and online Real-Money Gaming Industry, including leadership roles for LeoVegas Group, Betsson Group and SG Digital. Seasoned online casino and product expert, recognised for championing innovation and delivering many industry-first product features and concepts. Leveraging a strong network of connections, also worked as a broker and M&A advisor. Voted Top 10 Most Influential Women in the Online Gaming Industry by IGB in 2018 and nominated for the UK National Diversity Awards in 2021.

Katie Lever
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Katie Lever
Lottery.com
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Officer

Katie Lever is the first Chief Legal Officer at Lottery.com, a leading provider of domestic and international lottery products and services, including a platform that enables the remote purchase of legally sanctioned lottery games in the U.S. and abroad. Katie has been Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel to some of the gaming industry’s most influential operators and suppliers, including Scientific Games and its acquired entities, Bally Technology and SFHL entertainment, where she spearheaded the legal strategy for the $1.3B acquisition of SHFL entertainment by Bally Technologies, and, twelve months later, the $5.3B acquisition of Bally Technologies by Scientific Games.   

In her role as General Counsel & EVP at the $4.3B Baha Mar luxury resort and casino, she created the foundational structure for the legal, regulatory and compliance and surveillance functions. She has brought together her experience in FinTech, corporate law, and risk management as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the GBank Financial Holdings Inc., one of the top-rated community banks in the country.  

Katie is committed to philanthropic engagement within her industry and community and is an Adjunct Professor and a member of Gaming Law Advisory Board at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, a Board Member of Global Gaming Women, a Counsellor and former President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and servedas a committee member of the William Hill USA Charitable Foundation. 

Kelly Brooks
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Kelly Brooks
Quarter4 Inc
Founder & CEO

Kelly Brooks brings her extensive tech leadership expertise to the table as the CEO and co-founder of Quarter4.

For over 20 years she has been a technology evangelist, driving the development of hundreds of innovative software applications across North America, via her first award-winning mobile start-up, SpeakFeel. Her unique approach to drive business hyper-growth with progressive tech landed Quarter4 Inc., a big data and deep learning neural network, into the most exciting sports betting era known-to-date.

Kelly is a proven strategist in team growth and development, tech evolution, start-up scale, key partnership and investor relations, as well as thought leadership and transformation. Quarter4, founded in 2019, exists to continuously transform the sports gaming space with the most advanced and predictive real time data and user experience products available

Kelly Pracht
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Kelly Pracht
nVenue
CEO

Kelly earned her BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines and her MSEE at Colorado State University. For over 18 years, she was responsible for leading and directing teams of innovators, researchers, engineers and product go-to-market teams to drive over a hundred of new products to market for Hewlett Packard.

A life-long sports fan and former athlete in high school and college, Kelly was fed up with the lack of really good tech for fans watching live sports. Everything changes in just seconds in sports, and it was frustrating that the tech available to fans was not able to keep up with the game! In 2017, inspired from her work in building supercomputers for high tech – she wrote the first lines of code for what ultimately became a lightning fast ML/AI kernel for nVenue’s real-time analytics engines.

Joining forces with some awesome co-founders, Kelly left her job in 2019 to go hard after her dream to change the world of fan engagement through live technology. In 2021, thanks to the Comcast SportsTech, NBCUniversal, and Boomtown – nVenue was able to break through barriers in the sports tech industry. Today that tech is enabling the ultimate in fan engagement – sports betting in micro-moments.

Entrepreneurship is a family effort in the Pracht house! Kelly and her husband Rob have 2 children and 1 grandson. Together with Kelly’s mom – the entire household is subject to spontaneous white board lectures on machine learning, have watched 100s of Astros games in the last 3 years, and serve as ‘pitch coaches’ and ‘beta testers’ on any given day! But they are all having a blast!

Dr. Laila Mintas
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Dr. Laila Mintas
Dr. Mintas Consulting
Founder

Dr. Mintas is a high-profile entrepreneur, investor and thought leader in the technology and sports industry on a global level. She has been involved in various roles as a high executive or strategic advisor in the sports, sports betting & iGaming, entertainment and crypto space.

She has extensive and unique experience in the sports betting space having worked in the space in many different roles – as a representative of a major sports organisations such as FIFA and CONCACAF, the leading sports (betting) data company with Sportradar, a very innovative, omni-channel betting platform with Betworks and as a disruptive B-C sports betting, fantasy, iGaming and horse racing operator with PlayUp. Through her roles as strategic advisor, she was involved in many deals across the industry, including the media and crypto world.

Magnus Olsson
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Magnus Olsson
Play'n GO
Chief Commercial Officer

Play’n GO is one of the largest game producers in the world, leading the industry in providing premium entertainment to regulated casino operators in more than 20 jurisdictions.

As the Chief Commercial Officer, Magnus is responsible for carrying the Play’n GO portfolio of games and software to the market. Heading up a growing team including Sales, Account Managers, Support and Integration, his department address operators around the world to provide the company’s award-winning products and the best customer experience in the industry.

Before joining Play’n GO, Magnus held various Director positions at Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard and has over 20 years’ experience in developing, leading and managing international sales teams.
Since joining the company, Magnus has grown the commercial team significantly, established a strong position in the Latin American market and helped to establish the company as a de facto leader in Europe, with a special focus on all global regulated markets.

Manuel Stan
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Manuel Stan
Kindred Group
SVP US

Over 15 years in the online gambling industry, last 14 years with Kindred Group. After 11 years in UK leading different marketing teams, made the move to US to start the Group’s US operations – now live in 6 markets across the US and soon to launch in Ontario/Canada.

Mark Thomas
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Mark Thomas
ZenSports
Co-Founder & CEO

Mark is the Co-Founder & CEO of ZenSports, a mobile gaming app that offers more sports betting, esports, payment, and NFT solutions for consumers than any other product. Prior to Co-Founding ZenSports, he was the Co-Founder & CEO of Reesio, a VC-backed startup within real estate technology that was acquired by Realtor.com in 2015

Martin Dachselt
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Martin Dachselt
Bayes Esports
CEO & Managing Directo

Martin Dachselt, 52, is the CEO & Managing Director of Bayes Esports. Martin has over 20 years of top level management experience in tech startups. He served as CTO of Dojo Madness, Smartfrog and Delivery Hero, and as VP Operations for Click&Buy. Esports is exciting for him because of the high level of accessibility: many esports fans are also players themselves.

Martin, who describes himself as the “old dude” of the startup scene, serves with his (life) experience of Bayes Esports as a beacon in this stormy and ever changing industry.

Martin Lycka
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Martin Lycka
Entain
SVP American Regulatory Affairs

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 the2020/2021 Emerging Gambling Leaders 40 Under 40 Class (a Judge’s Choice).

Martina Åkerlund
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Martina Åkerlund
Triggy
CEO

Martina Åkerlund is the CEO of sports tech company Triggy.
20 years of experience from banking and finance as a Management Consultant and in senior positions including CMO and Head of Regulatory Reporting in organizations such as Nasdaq, Swedbank and SEB.

Matt Cullen
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Matt Cullen
betPARX
SVP Digital and Sports
Matt Heiman
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Matt Heiman
The Game Day
Founder & CEO

Matt Heiman is the founder and CEO of The Game Day, a sports entertainment and betting content network, which launched in 2020.

The Game Day, is geared towards Millennials and Gen Z sports fans who are passionate both about their teams and about live sporting events, and want skin in the game.

Since its inception, The Game Day has amassed a loyal following across multiple social platforms due to its engaging, irreverent and fun content, and continues to exceed growth milestones and revenue forecasts.

Matt is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully started multiple businesses, including two digital media companies which were acquired by large cap companies. Matt’s career began in banking in Toronto, Canada, and he has served as a board advisor to a portfolio of global media businesses. He is a graduate from University of Manitoba.

Max Bichsel
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Max Bichsel
Gambling.com
Vice President at Gambling.com Group

Max Bichsel is Vice President at Gambling.com Group (Nasdaq: GAMB), a multi-award-winning performance marketing company for the global, regulated online gambling industry. Max, who joined the Group in 2019, is responsible for managing the company’s U.S. business – consisting of a portfolio of over 20 websites in addition to recently acquired RotoWire.com. In Max’s previous role as a Director at Kambi, where he was the first U.S. employee, he helped build out a dominant position in the competitive sports betting supplier market with existing and new operators. Max also previously consulted for several global online sportsbook operators prior to the repeal of PASPA.

Melissa Blau
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Melissa Blau
iGaming Capital
Founder & Director

Melissa Blau is the Founder of iGaming Capital, an industry leading consultancy working with leading gaming operators expanding in and/or into the sports betting and iGaming sectors.

Melissa is currently working with several leading operators including SuperBook (the world’s largest land-based sportsbook), Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Desert Diamond Casinos in Arizona, and Potawatomi Casino in Wisconsin. Prior, she was integral to launch of TropicanaCasino.com, Delaware Lottery vendor selection and advisory for Hard Rock, Pechanga, Mystic Lake, Akwesasne Mohawk, Delaware North, Paysafe, Soaring Eagle Casino.

Melissa is also founded a licensed affiliate marketing business which operates SmartChoiceCasinos.com. She has been in the iGaming sector for 19 years. Her prior experience includes senior executive roles in iGaming in Europe and prior entering to gaming sector co-founding Constellation Ventures, a $450 million MediaTech venture capital fund in conjunction with Bear Stearns. She has Chaired the Clarion’s Startup Launchpad competition since 2009. Melissa has BA from the Wharton School and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Pollock
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Michael Pollock
Spectrum Gaming Group
Managing Director

Michael Pollock oversees a broad portfolio of Spectrum services, including policy and impact studies for country, state and local governments, and financial and market studies for private-sector clients. 

Pollock began analyzing the casino industry in 1978 and served as spokesman for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission from 1991 through 1996. He was a close advisor to the chairman, and he oversaw the Office of Legislative Liaison. During this period of rapid deregulation, his charge was to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the regulatory system.  

He has led Spectrum economic analyses in markets throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Latin America, Guam and Korea.  

He has testified before the International Tribunal at The Hague, the World Bank in Washington, DC, the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil, the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the US Senate Select Committee on Indian Gaming, and he has been a featured speaker at the Congressional Gaming Caucus, a group of US House of Representatives members from gaming jurisdictions. He also has testified before numerous legislative committees throughout the United States. 

Pollock is the author of the award-winning book Hostage to Fortune: Atlantic City and Casino Gambling, published by the Center for Analysis of Public Issues in Princeton, NJ. The book examines the impact of casinos on Atlantic City and New Jersey.  

Pollock is the former editorial page editor of The Press of Atlantic City and has won 20 journalism awards. Pollock is often cited by national media outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Star-Ledger, BBC, MSNBC, ABC News and National Public Radio. 

Pollock earned his MBA, with high honors, from Rutgers University, and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of New York University, Rutgers University and Stockton University. 

Moritz Maurer
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Moritz Maurer
GRID
CEO

Moritz Maurer is CEO & Co-Founder of GRID Esports (est. 2018), the data platform specifically created for the gaming industry. He has dedicated more than 10 years of his career to the vision of unlocking the potential of data in esports & gaming as a driver of growth and innovation within the ecosystem.

Moritz previously laid the foundation for this investment into solving data challenges in competitive gaming with GRID’s Platform by founding GGwins, pioneering the first UKGC regulated sportsbook for esports, and subsequently establishing wagering as a new engagement & revenue channel for rights holders.

As CEO of GRID Moritz is committed to empowering the next generation of innovators in gaming and harnessing the power of data in a digital sport.

Neil Erlick
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Neil Erlick
Nuvei
Chief Corporate Development Officer

Mr. Erlick has been Nuvei’s Chief Corporate Development Officer since January 2021.

Prior to Nuvei, Mr. Erlick spent nearly two decades in senior leadership roles at Paysafe Group, most recently having served as Executive Vice President of Business Development. Supporting global gaming operators, he helped grow the company from a start-up to a multibillion-dollar enterprise. He has facilitated partnerships with professional sports teams and leagues, as well as brokered transformational deals in high growth digital verticals.

Having worked closely with the card brands and payment stakeholders, Mr. Erlick has helped collaborate, educate and pioneer industry awareness to the rapidly growing opportunity in U.S. sports betting, following the Supreme Court ruling over two years ago to end the federal ban.

In 2015, Mr. Erlick was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and was named in Global Gaming Business Magazine’s 2017 class of 40 Under 40.

Nicholas Weil
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Nicholas Weil
Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
Director of Business Development - North America

Nick Weil joined Inspired in 2016 as Director of Business Development – North America.

Prior to Inspired, Nick held Strategy and Business Development positions at Scientific Games and GameCo, Inc.

Nick was recognised in GGB’s 2018 ‘40 Under 40’, which identifies the best of next generation leaders in the casino and gaming industry.

Niki Metzgar-Schall
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Niki Metzgar-Schall
Sports Betting & Gaming
Head of Legal, North America

Niki serves as the Head of Legal for North America for the Chairman and majority shareholder of a multi-national sportsbook and iGaming operator and business-to-business trading and risk management provider. In her role, she works closely with the legal, compliance, operations, and business development teams to support gaming and corporate law matters in the global online gaming industry, with particular focus regulatory readiness and go-to-market efforts in the United States and North American gaming markets.

Niki previously served as Head of Legal, US for a global data and technology supplier, where she supported its entry into the United States sports betting market after the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Professionalism Act. Niki is skilled in navigating the myriad of commercial, corporate, and regulatory issues concerning domestic and foreign data and service suppliers, operators, and platforms in emerging North American and international gaming markets. In her career, Niki has advised on a number of strategic commercial and corporate transactions, including negotiating and advising on the first rights acquisition agreements for official data from the major US leagues to United States-licensed sportsbooks.

Niki is based in New York City and 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.

Ozric Vondervelden
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Ozric Vondervelden
Greco
Co-Founder

Ozric Vondervelden is the co-founder of Greco (part of the Lovelace group).

Ozric has spent the best part of a decade specialising in igaming-focused promotional abuse and fraud.

Having worked with over 35 operators, platforms, and content creators, Ozric and his team have earned a reputation as the leading experts in the field of igaming risk management.

The team has a demonstratable history of finding innovative solutions to long-standing problems, empowering operational teams through education, harnessing the power of data to drive meaningful change, and creating unique technical solutions.

Paul Burns
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Paul Burns
Canadian Gaming Association
CEO & Co-Founder
Paul Richardson
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Paul Richardson
Partis Solutions
Advisor

Trained as a lawyer, Paul has worked in a number of investment and advisory roles and brings 20+ years experience of building companies and corporate deal making to bear on opportunities in the betting and gaming sector.  After ten years in senior executive roles in the gaming industry (and a period as CEO of a TSX listed natural resources company), Paul has recently returned to an advisory role.  

Paul was most recently Managing Director International and Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Rank Group Plc, the London Stock Exchange listed retail and online gaming operator.  

Prior to Rank Paul was SVP International for Galaxy Entertainment, the Macau Casino operator, defining and executing their strategy to enter new integrated resort markets globally. 

Per Hellberg
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Per Hellberg
Playstar Casino
CEO

Per Hellberg is a veteran of the Industry with extensive corporate experience who most recently served as the CEO of the NasdaqOMX-listed affiliate powerhouse Catena Media

CEO and Chairman of Readly, taking the business from start-up to preparing it to be listed on NasdaqOMX

Grew the business at Nordic Gaming Group (NordicBet) as CEO, positioning it to be acquired by the Betsson Group in 2012.

Extensive experience in working with and within European, American and Asian countries.

Peter Murray
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Peter Murray
Veriff
Head of Gaming

Peter leads Veriff’s global Gaming team and is an expert on global identity with a particular focus on the Gambling sector. His experience lies in aligning emerging data and evolving technology solutions to increase engagement, drive business growth, enable regulatory adoption and ensure a safe and secure environment for all.

Phillip Runyan
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Phillip Runyan
NiftyCo
Co-Founder

Serial entrepreneur and Chief Executive Risk Taker, Phillip is the co-founder of NiftyCo, a Blockchain think tank and accelerator that builds tools and services to bolster mass adoption of blockchain and web3 technology. 

Quincy Raven
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Quincy Raven
Aspire Global USA
Managing Director

Quincy Raven boasts 20 years of experience within the information technology, services, and iGaming industries. He has a demonstrated history of assisting US operators transitioning from land-based focused operations to omnichannel online expansion. In addition to the traditional product and business development roles in North America, he’s worked closely with key European providers on their US strategies, which culminated in market entry and significant customer wins.

Quincy holds an MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and has previously occupied management roles within Blackhawk Network, Scientific Games, Everi, and Aristocrat.

Quinton Singleton
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Quinton Singleton
Bet.Works
VC/Angel and Venture LabFounder

Quinton has worked across the global gaming industry for the past 15+ years from tribal and commercial land-based and digital/mobile operations and suppliers for sports and race betting, fantasy sports, casino, social, skill, slot and table games.

Currently, he is launching and accelerating businesses and products in the industry and serves as an investor and advisor to key companies.

Previous projects include Bet.works, which Quinton founded and developed from initial concept through operational go-live, and ultimately was acquired by Bally’s Corporation.

Rahul Sood
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Rahul Sood
Irreverent Labs creators of MechaFightClub
CEO

Rahul is the CEO of Irreverent Labs, a venture-backed gaming studio with a mission to build insanely fun, highly intelligent, hundred year entertainment experiences on blockchain. Irreverent Lab’s first release, MechaFightClub is described as a hilarious fighting game in which advanced, artificially-intelligent non-player characters battle, breed and live on the blockchain as NFTs.

Prior to founding Irreverent Labs, Sood was the co-founder and former CEO of Unikrn, which developed itself as the leader in esports and video game wagering from 2014 until it was acquired by Entain PLC in 2021.

In the earlier years of Rahul’s career, he developed the first seed funding and start-up investment program at Microsoft, which grew into the Microsoft Ventures incubator program (today operating as M12). Rahul also led Hewlett-Packard Company’s computing performance business following their acquisition of VoodooPC, the luxury gaming computer company Sood founded at the beginning of his career..
As an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, Rahul places great value on industry engagement. He has held a wide range of investment and advisory roles in which he has supported a variety of technology companies. His current active engagements include Maingear, which develops technology gear and high-end personal computers, and ZED RUN, a digital blockchain NFT horse racing organization offering one of today’s most popular global NFT games. Rahul previously invested and consulted on technology products for Vrvana Inc., revitalizing the company’s brand and overall strategy and contributing to an increase in its valuation, resulting in its acquisition by Apple Inc.

Rahul was a 2020 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Region, and his products and companies have received numerous industry accolades. He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

Richard Schuetz
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Richard Schuetz
Schuetz LLC
CEO

Richard Schuetz entered the gaming industry working nights as a blackjack and dice dealer while attending college and has since served in a great many capacities within the industry including operations, finance, and marketing.  He has held senior executive positions in numerous jurisdictions across the United States, including the gaming markets of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno/Tahoe, Laughlin, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  In addition, he has consulted and taught around the globe and served as a member of the California Gambling Control Commission and as Executive Director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission. 

 

Rob Heller
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Rob Heller
Spectrum Gaming Capital
CEO

Rob is CEO of Spectrum Gaming Capital, a boutique providing investment banking and consulting services focused exclusively on the global gaming industry, assisting clients in development, investment, M&A, strategy, financing, restructuring, valuation and as an expert witness. Rob is also the co-founder of the Spectrum Gaming Sports Group and Spectrum Esports Advisors, sports betting industry consultancies. 

Rob has completed over $50b in transactions, and has been a gaming investment banker for over 35 years as Managing Director of major Wall Street firms including UBS, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Salomon Brothers. He was also founding President of the $3 billion Bahamar Resort, the largest single project ever developed in the Caribbean. Rob has worked on financings and gaming development projects in North America, Asia and Europe, including City of Dreams Mediterranean, a €650m development now under construction in the Republic of Cyprus. 

Rob started his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse; has lectured at the NYU Real Estate Institute and at the Cornell Hotel School; and has been a board member of publicly traded, UK-based resort developer, Dolphin Capital Investors, and of the American Gaming Association. 

Robeson Reeves
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Robeson Reeves
Bally Interactive
President & CEO

Robeson Reeves became President of Bally Interactive Division on October 1, 2021.
Formerly, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Gamesys since July 2015.

Mr. Reeves joined Gamesys in September 2005 and held a number of positions, most recently Director of Gaming Operations since May 2010 and served as a member of the Gamesys Board of Directors since August 2020. Since joining Gamesys, Mr. Reeves has built a strong record in cohesively connecting player and product experiences to marketing and business KPIs, ensuring sustainable growth. He graduated in 2005 with a BSc in Statistics, Operations Research and Management Studies from University College, London.

Robin Eirik Reed
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Robin Eirik Reed
Happyhour.io
CEO & Co-Founder

Robin Eirik Reed Co-Founded GiG 10 years ago and successfully grew the company to €150 million revenue.
In 2019, Robin became an inductee in the iGaming IDOL Hall of Fame.
Robin is currently the CEO of HappyHour.io, a seed fund and early stage accelerator within the iGaming industry, focused on web3 and social innovation.

Rodney Knuppel
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Rodney Knuppel
Knup Solutions
Director Of Business Development and Content Manager

Rodney Knuppel is the director of Business Development and also the Content Manager at Knup Solutions, a leader in sports, and sports betting content. Rodney thrives in finding creative, engaging, and factual content creators. Before making the full-time move to Knup Solutions, Knuppel spent time as an on-air sports radio host at ESPN Radio in Peoria Illinois.

Ron Skotarczak
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Ron Skotarczak
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp
Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment), Ron Skotarczak is responsible for developing and advancing the Company’s overall business goals across its marketing partnership; premium hospitality sales and service groups; and certain marketing functions.

In this role, Mr. Skotarczak is charged with ensuring a world-class experience for the Company’s partners through exceptional service, activation plans and execution. Mr. Skotarczak spearheads sales efforts, developing cross-venue, multi-platform solutions that leverage MSG Entertainment’s portfolio of performance venues: Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and The Chicago Theatre; as well as its live entertainment offerings including the Company’s own production, the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes; Boston Calling music festival; and Tao Group Hospitality, which features entertainment dining and nightlife brands.

Ryan Gittleson
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Ryan Gittleson
Virtue Poker
Co-Founder
Sandra Wong
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Sandra Wong
Lucky Lady Games
Founder & CEO

Sandra Wong is the founder and CEO of Lucky Lady Games, a social casino game development studio that is currently building the Casinoverse, a MMO virtual world that combines the best of free2play & play2earn with NFTs & virtual land estates.

She has over a decade experience building products for some of the most innovative casino projects around the world including VGW (Virtual Gaming Worlds), Playgon Live Dealer and BlueBat Games (the North American subsidiary of Novomatic). Sandra has launched products that have reached 100’s of millions of users worldwide and have helped debut apps at number one in its category in Appstore.

Sandra is the first female poker player to represent Canada in WSOP Nationals, runs online investment 101 classes to bring more women into crypto, and has been actively building for blockchain since 2017

Sara Slane
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Sara Slane
Slane Advisory
Founder
Saverio
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Saverio "Sal" Scheri
Agua Caliente Casinos
COO

Mr. Scheri is currently chief operating officer of Agua Caliente Casinos in Southern California with day-to-day responsibility overseeing three casino resort operations and recently led the design and development of the third casino. He also oversees over $750 million in various development projects. Since accepting the COO role in 2017, he has been responsible for strategic planning and vision, operational efficiencies, and expanding the Agua Caliente Casinos brand.

Prior to his work at Agua Caliente Casinos, he was President of Valley Forge Casino Resort with complete responsibility for the design, development, opening and operations of the casino resort.  Prior to his time at Valley Forge, he was President of Morongo Casino Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, CA.

Scott Longley
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Scott Longley
Clear Concise Media
Content & Editorial Director

Scott Longley has been a journalist since the early noughties covering personal finance, sport and the gambling industry. He has worked for a number of publications and now writes for online and print titles including Wagers.com for which he also co-writes the Wagers.com Earnings+More newsletter.

Seth Schorr
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Seth Schorr
Fifth Street Gaming
CEO

Seth Schorr is CEO of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino. The urban casino resort is 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 iGaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Earlier in his career, Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Mirage Resorts including positions at Bellagio Hotel & Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, and Treasure Island Hotel & Casino.

Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, co-founded Fifth Street Gaming which owns and operates five casinos. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through its affiliate, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and manages more than 50 restaurants in the Las Vegas area and Southern California including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Jamba Juice, Lobster ME, JaBurritos, Daily Kitchen, 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 has included weekly contests, team residencies and sponsorships, a weekly broadcast and professional tournaments. Schorr sits on the board of GameCo and advised on the development and launch of the world’s first video game slot machine. In 2017 Schorr launched Commercial Streaming Solutions which developed a patent-pending media platform, BettorView, that brings sports betting content to casinos, bars, and stadiums throughout the country. Schorr is a founder of the Nevada Esports Alliance and continues to be a leader in the convergence of esports and sports gambling. Schorr is the co-founder of The Strategy Organization: A Modern Gaming andHospitalityconsultingfirm.

Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is a member of YPO and sits on 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 was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on Nevada State Board of Museums & History. He is also an executive board member and Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas alliance. Schorr is an avid cyclist, amateur photographer and has three little angels Dax (12), Mia (10) and Ada (1) & most importantly, Schorr recently married Dr. Emily Schorr.

Seth Young
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Seth Young
Fifth Street Gaming
Chief Strategy Officer

Seth Young is an internationally known gaming expert with over 15 years of experience and a successful track record of continuously being at the forefront of new online gaming technologies and strategies.

Young is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Fifth Street Gaming Digital, and Managing Partner at The Strategy Organization, a full service gaming consultancy.

Prior to joining FSG Digital, Young served as Chief Innovation Officer at PointsBet (ASX: PBH) where he was responsible for strategic corporate development efforts. Prior to joining PointsBet, Young served as the Executive Director of Online Gaming at Foxwoods Resort Casino, where he was responsible for the strategic development and oversight of Foxwoods’ existing and emerging interactive gaming initiatives. Prior to joining Foxwoods, Young helped pioneer the daily fantasy sports industry in the USA as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Flower City Gaming, where he was responsible for the strategic development of Star Fantasy Leagues’ technologies and oversight of all aspects of the company’s development.

Young also operated his own consulting firm, SY Ventures, from 2009 to 2012 where he offered clients in the iGaming vertical a full range of services, and served as the Director of Strategy for TexasHoldem.com from 2005 to 2009.
Young won the Innovation Group’s 2018 Emerging Leaders of Gaming Award and was named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list in 2018.
Young holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a double minor in Internet Studies and Legal Studies, from Brandeis University, and attended Harvard Business School for Mergers and Acquisitions, strategy, execution, and post-merger management.

Simon Lidzen
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Simon Lidzen
Fast Track
Co-Founder & CEO

Simon is a specialist in technology, product development, innovation and organisational scalability, with over 15 years of experience in iGaming.
Having held senior positions at Betfair and within the Betsson Group, he co-founded Fast Track in 2016 as a direct response to the challenges that operators face in running an efficient, scalable business. He is now on a mission to digitalise the iGaming industry.

Steve Krombolz
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Steve Krombolz
Tipico
VP of Business Development & Strategy - US
Susan Hensel
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Susan Hensel
Hensel Grad P.C.
Co-Founder & Partner

Susan Hensel is co-founder and partner in Hensel Grad P.C., a gaming law and advisory firm that assists companies in navigating U.S. gaming regulation.  She was chosen as one of the 25 People to Watch in 2022 by Global Gaming Magazine and named one of the Ten Most influential Women in gaming by iGaming Business in 2020.  Susan is Past President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators having served in that position for two terms.  Susan also sits on the Advisory Board of the All-In-Diversity Project, an industry-driven not-for-profit initiative to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion in the global gaming industry.

Susan is a frequent speaker on gaming law and regulation and has spoken throughout the world.  She has also published numerous articles on gaming regulation and has collaborated with gaming regulators around the globe.

Prior to co-founding Hensel Grad P.C., Susan was Director of Licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board where she oversaw the licensing, suitability and compliance of more than 100,000 individuals and entities involved in online gaming and sports wagering as well as casinos and other gaming verticals.  As Licensing Director, Susan was among the best known and respected U.S. regulators on an international stage.

Steve Becerra
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Steve Becerra
Decentral Games
Founder & CO

As co-founder and CTO of Decentral Games Steve developed the metaverse MVP, designed the Web3 (decentralized) gameplay software architecture, and created the Business Intelligence and subgraph frameworks. Steve currently manages the developer team, overseeing development of the Play & Earn ICE architecture including blockchain smart contracts, mobile and desktop interfaces, and client/server meta-transaction framework. Prior to founding Decentral Games Steve founded Mockworld – a developer of real-time 3D games for the Web.

Timmu Toke
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Timmu Toke
ReadyPlayerMe
Co-Founder & CEO

Timmu Tõke is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ready Player Me. The company is building a cross-game avatar platform for the metaverse, used by 1500+ companies. Forbes 30 Under 30. 

Tomash Devenishek
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Tomash Devenishek
Kero Sports
Founder & CEO

Tomash is a technology industry veteran focused on algorithmically curated in-game microbetting. As a CEO & Founder of Kero Sports he works with the largest names in pro sports and gaming to deliver sportsbetting experiences that match the entertainment value of mainstream apps like TikTok and Instagram.

Tracy Parker
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Tracy Parker
Responsible Gambling Council
Director of Standards and Accreditation

As Director, Standards and Accreditation, for the Responsible Gambling Council, Tracy leads the development and execution of the RG Check accreditation program.  Tracy’s commitment to player health and collaborative approach to policy, compliance and risk-management bring a practical focus to how the standards and accreditation can improve the player experience.   

Prior to RGC, Tracy was as Senior Manager, Policy & Social Responsibility at Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) where she developed and executed strategy related to culture building, player education and responsible gambling policy.  Previous positions included Senior Associate, Interpraxis Consulting, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy, and Values Programs Manager, The Body Shop Canada.  

She has led workshops and seminars on CSR reporting and communications, international business ethics and ethical decision-making. Tracy holds a Master Business Administration degree with a specialization in Sustainability and Strategy from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has also completed a Bachelor of Public Administration at Carleton University. 

Tsachi Maimon
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Tsachi Maimon
Aspire Global
CEO

Tsachi Maimon has been prevalent in the iGaming industry since 2008, having previously worked at Playtech before joining Aspire Global as a board member and CEO in 2013. 

Bringing with him a wealth of industry knowledge, Tsachi has played a key role in the major developments the company has seen. Some of these include listing the company on the Nasdaq stock exchange, as well as the acquisition of games aggregator Pariplay and sportsbook supplier BtoBet. His leadership largely contributed to Aspire Global’s solid positioning as one of today’s most prominent iGaming B2B suppliers. 

Tsachi holds an M.A in Business Studies from the College of Management (COMAS) in Israel and is an all-round sports fan with a penchant for tennis. 

Tyler Carlin
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Tyler Carlin
Jock MKT
Co-Founder
Tyler Mulvihill
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Tyler Mulvihill
ConsenSys
Global Co-Head NFTs
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Ashley Rodriguez
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Ashley Rodriguez
Business Insider
Senior TV Reporter

Ashley Rodriguez is a media editor at Insider, where she writes about the intersection of US sports media and gambling, and the future of the TV industry. Before Insider, she covered media and marketing for Quartz. She also worked at Advertising Age. Ashley is based in New York, and has taught business journalism at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. 

Rob Heller
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Rob Heller
Spectrum Gaming Capital
CEO

Rob is CEO of Spectrum Gaming Capital, a boutique providing investment banking and consulting services focused exclusively on the global gaming industry, assisting clients in development, investment, M&A, strategy, financing, restructuring, valuation and as an expert witness. Rob is also the co-founder of the Spectrum Gaming Sports Group and Spectrum Esports Advisors, sports betting industry consultancies. 

Rob has completed over $50b in transactions, and has been a gaming investment banker for over 35 years as Managing Director of major Wall Street firms including UBS, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Salomon Brothers. He was also founding President of the $3 billion Bahamar Resort, the largest single project ever developed in the Caribbean. Rob has worked on financings and gaming development projects in North America, Asia and Europe, including City of Dreams Mediterranean, a €650m development now under construction in the Republic of Cyprus. 

Rob started his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse; has lectured at the NYU Real Estate Institute and at the Cornell Hotel School; and has been a board member of publicly traded, UK-based resort developer, Dolphin Capital Investors, and of the American Gaming Association. 

Stefan Kovach
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Stefan Kovach
Rarer Things
Founder

Stefan Kovach has been working for internet startups since the late 90s and has worked in the gambling industry for over 15 years, including at PokerStars and Bwin.Party.  He got involved with blockchain technology in 2017 when he became CEO of FunFair Technologies, a first-generation Ethereum gambling dapp.  Since then he has gone on to create RarerThings an independent web 3 advisory that focuses on gaming, sport, fashion and celebrities. 

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Chris Grove
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Chris Grove
American Affiliate
CEO, Entrepreneur & Investor

Chris Grove is the co-founder and CEO of American Affiliate, a division of FansUnite (CSE: FANS) focused on customer generation for the U.S. sports betting and online gambling market.

Grove is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits, a venture investor, and a nationally recognized subject matter expert whose insights have been cited by outlets including Bloomberg, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has testified regarding gambling issues before lawmakers in multiple states including California, Illinois, New York, Nevada, and Washington State.

Grove also serves as a Distinguished Fellow at UNLV’s International Center For Gaming Regulation, a Mentor at Tech Stars, and a GP at Acies Investments. Prior to his role at American Affiliate, Grove founded the sports betting practice at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he remains a Partner Emeritus, and served as the Acting Director of Catena Media’s U.S. division.

David VanEgmond
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David VanEgmond
Bettor Capital
Founder & CEO

Dave is the Managing Partner of Bettor Capital and founded the firm in 2020.

Most recently was Head of Strategy & Corp. Dev. at Barstool Sports where he facilitated the sale of a minority stake in the business to Penn National Gaming.
Previously was EVP and Head of Strategy at FanDuel where he oversaw corporate development including leading the sale of the company to Flutter.

Began his career as an investment banker with Barclays in Silicon Valley.
Graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance with an Int’l Business certificate from the University of Notre Dame.

Lloyd Danzig
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Lloyd Danzig
Sharp Alpha Advisors
Managing Partner

Lloyd Danzig is the Founder & Managing Partner of Sharp Alpha Advisors, a venture capital firm that specializes in sports betting and online gaming

Sara Slane
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Sara Slane
Slane Advisory
Founder
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Alex Kane
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Alex Kane
Sporttrade
CEO

Alexander is the founder of the firm and US sports betting expert. Alex has been featured in many top industry publications including EGR and Business of Betting, and has written about the US legal landscape in Bloomberg. Alex has secured $37m in total funding for Sporttrade and led the Company through the 2019 Comcast NBCU Accelerator Powered by Techstars. 

 

Chris Bevilacqua
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Chris Bevilacqua
Simplebet
Co-Founder & CEO

Co-Founder and CEO of Simplebet. Over the past 30 years, he has established himself as a leader in the sports and media business, including being at the forefront of two transformative eras in sports media history. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of CAA Sports Media Ventures (a joint venture between CAA and Evolution Media Capital) and founded College Sports TV Networks, which was sold to CBS in 2006 and evolved into CBS Sports Network 

Jaymee Messler
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Jaymee Messler
The Gaming Society
Founder

Jaymee Messler is an entrepreneur and sports business executive with an extensive background in the sports and media industries.

Messler is the visionary behind The Players’ Tribune, the first-of-its-kind content platform that was developed to connect athletes with fans through the power of storytelling. She co-founded The Players’ Tribune with Derek Jeter in 2014, and completely disrupted sports media by focusing on athlete-first storytelling that transcended the field of play. By giving athletes the tools to create truly personal content and tell their stories, The Players’ Tribune reimagined the world of sports and culture through the player’s point of view. The platform continues to break news with announcements and stories and features a diverse collection of narratives with increasing impact and visibility.

Prior to The Players’ Tribune, Messler was the CMO of Excel Sports Management, where she developed an industry-leading benchmark formula for player marketing that included client services, public relations, cause- related programs and community outreach, social media and digital programming, branded content and corporate partnerships. At Excel, she engineered partnerships and oversaw marketing for high-profile NBA and MLB clients including Jeter, Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Clayton Kershaw. Additionally, she took the helm of all branding and corporate communications on behalf of the agency, created Excel’s corporate digital strategy as well as oversaw the digital and social media strategies for the agency’s individual clients.

In 2016, Messler was recognized on Variety’s New York Power of Women Impact List, AdWeek’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports, AdAdge’s Women to Watch and was named a Top Woman in Digital by Cynopsis Media. She received a Media Award by NYU Tisch Institute and the NYU Sports Business Society and was also named a ‘Gamechanger’ by Sports Business Journal in 2015.

Messler holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Karolina Pelc
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Karolina Pelc
BeyondPlay
Founder and CEO

Founder and CEO of a new startup, BeyondPlay which has recently secured GBP 1.7M in the initial funding round and has been featured in UK Tech News as well as Sifted. Also active as podcast host for Igaming Next featuring high calibre industry and non-industry guests. Passionate and outspoken gender diversity ambassador for the Igaming Industry.

Over 15 years experience in the global land-based and online Real-Money Gaming Industry, including leadership roles for LeoVegas Group, Betsson Group and SG Digital. Seasoned online casino and product expert, recognised for championing innovation and delivering many industry-first product features and concepts. Leveraging a strong network of connections, also worked as a broker and M&A advisor. Voted Top 10 Most Influential Women in the Online Gaming Industry by IGB in 2018 and nominated for the UK National Diversity Awards in 2021.

Simon Lidzen
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Simon Lidzen
Fast Track
Co-Founder & CEO

Simon is a specialist in technology, product development, innovation and organisational scalability, with over 15 years of experience in iGaming.
Having held senior positions at Betfair and within the Betsson Group, he co-founded Fast Track in 2016 as a direct response to the challenges that operators face in running an efficient, scalable business. He is now on a mission to digitalise the iGaming industry.

Stephen A. Murphy
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Stephen A. Murphy
Boom Entertainment
Co-Founder & CEO

Stephen A. Murphy is the co-founder and CEO of Boom Entertainment, a B2B technology company that partners with pro sports leagues, media companies, and casinos to create disruptive and fun gaming experiences for sports fans and casino players. 

Prior to co-founding Boom, Steve was vice president of business development for High 5 Games, a premium casino content creator in the industry and a top social game creator. He has also served as a consultant for MGM Resorts and as managing editor of Card Player Media. 

Under Steve’s leadership, Boom has created games that have been played by over 3 million users. The company works with blue-chip brands in the space, including NBC Sports, Barstool Sports, Penn National Gaming, YES Network, MSG Networks, Golf.com and others. Boom has raised $25 million from distinguished venture investors. 

Steve graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and received his MBA from Stanford University. 

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