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Jeff Allen - Senior Development Director, Bally Technologies

Jeff AllenJeff Allen is the Senior Director of Product Management at Scientific Games Interactive. At Scientific Games, he is currently responsible for the product vision, strategy and direction for SG Universe, the mobile and tablet-based casino and gaming product allowing operators to extend their integrated brand and gaming to players outside of the land-based casino. Jeff holds degrees in mechanical engineering and business and has been innovating products for over 30 years in the electronics, medical and gaming industries; he holds numerous patents and product awards. He has worked in the gaming industry for nearly 20 years serving in wide spectrum of capacities including product design, manufacturing, business development and product strategy. He is based in the heart of innovation, Silicon Valley, California.


Jeff Allyn - Chief Revenue Officer, LocationSmart 

Jeff AllynJeff Allyn is Chief Revenue Officer for LocationSmart and holds overall responsibility for sales and customer relationships. Jeff joined the company in 2015 and manages sales activities, carrier relations, and strategic business development. Jeff is a strategic innovator with a career history of devising, launching and selling products that add immediate and long-term value to the company and its customers.

Prior to joining LocationSmart, Jeff was recently President of Locaid and was responsible for overall operations of the company. In addition to his role developing Locaid, he worked for Verizon Wireless for 15 years and was an accomplished business leader responsible for establishing new sales distribution channels that created incremental revenue streams for Location-Based Services (LBS), Voice and Data services. 


Shannon Bee, Bingo-Raffles Program Manager, Colorado Secretary of State  

Shannon BeeShannon Bee has been with the Secretary of State’s office in the charitable gaming program for 16 years. She currently holds the position of Bingo-Raffle program manager and has since 2013. Currently she is working on the development and implementation of the e-filing project for all filings related to bingo and raffles. Shannon holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver, and a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado-Denver campus. 




Sue Birge - Director, Standards and Accreditation, Responsible Gambling Council of Canada

Sue BirgeSue Birge became Director, Standards and Accreditation, for the Responsible Gambling Council’s RG Check accreditation program in May 2013. RG Check has assessed responsible gambling programs in 75 venues across Canada, and has recently expanded this program to include online gambling sites.

From 2000 to 2012, Sue was Executive Director of Policy, Responsible Gambling and Business Services, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, Ministry of Public Safety, Province of British Columbia. Responsibilities included developing B.C’s gaming legislation, regulatory framework, policies and public interest standards; the delivery of programs and services to clients and the general public through the provincial Responsible and Problem Gambling Program; and oversight of Finance and Information Technology operations. 


Michael Capen - Director U. S. Government Development , Gaming Laboratories International

Michael CapenMichael Capen has been a member of Gaming Laboratories International’s development team based in GLI’s Las Vegas Office since 2005.  His primary responsibility is as the Director of U.S. Government Development working with GLI’s state gaming, lottery, horse racing and charitable regulatory agencies in the U.S.  In addition to these duties, Michael is the GLI University Coordinator interfacing with all of GLI’s clients in North and South America that require training.  Mr. Capen is brings a diverse background to his position from being a Naval Officer for 21 years and then as a Charitable gaming regulator working for the Virginia Department of Charitable Gaming from 1999-2005 before coming to GLI.   While working for the Virginia Department of Charitable Gaming, he rose through the ranks quickly from Inspector to Licensing, Inspection and Training Administrator. 



Michael Cohen - SVP, Corp Devel., General Counsel and Corp. Sec., Caesars Acquisition Company 

Michael CohenMichael Cohen is the SVP, Corp. Devel., General Counsel and Corp. Secretary for Caesars Acquisition Company (Nasdaq: CACQ). CAC is the managing member of Caesars Growth Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Caesars Acquisition Company and Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment company. Caesars Growth Partners owns the following casinos: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, The Quad Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, the Cromwell, Harrah’s New Orleans and a joint venture interest in Horseshoe Baltimore. Michael also serves as the SVP, Gen. Counsel and Corp. Secretary of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc., which is comprised of 3 businesses: social and mobile games (incl. its subsidiary, Playtika Ltd, the developer of Slotomania), the World Series of Poker tournament and a real money online gaming business in Nevada and New Jersey. Michael is Secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA). 


Gary Danger - Compliance Officer, Minnesota Gambling Control Board 

Gary DangerGary Danger is the Compliance Officer for the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. He has served in this position for the last 17 of 27 years working for the Board. He oversees the settlement hearing process, supervises the investigation unit, administrates the monthly Board meetings, and is the vendor liaison for electronics. Previously, Gary worked in the Special Taxes Unit of the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Gary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received a BA in Economics.




Craig Durbin - Major/Assistant Director for Security, Oregon State Lottery/State Police

CraigDurbinAs the Assistant Director for Security at the Oregon State Lottery (OSL) Major Craig Durbin is responsible for what is known as the Fairness, Integrity, Security and Honesty (FISH) within all the operations and administration of the OSL. The OSL has transferred to the State of Oregon over one billion dollars each biennium since 2005. He has served in this position for 8 years.

Prior to his role as AD for Security Major Durbin served for 7 years as the Director of the Oregon State Police Gaming Enforcement Division (GED). The GED provides regulatory oversight over all gaming within Oregon to include tribal gaming, ring sports and the OSL.

Major Durbin has over twenty years of law enforcement experience. He has served in patrol, major crimes, drug enforcement and gaming enforcement. He has been involved in numerous legislative initiatives both at the state and federal level, served on local and national boards to include the Governors Methamphetamine Task Force; National Methamphetamine Chemicals Initiative; North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA); Drug Endangered Children’s Association; Committee for Securing Gaming Integrity and others. He has been a speaker on gaming issues both locally and at industry conferences to include Gaming Laboratory International Roundtable’s and the NAGRA. He has contributed to publications such as Casino Enterprise Management.

Currently he serves as the Chair of the Committee for Securing Gaming Integrity attempting to bring agreement amongst national gaming organizations on the recognition of standards. He also serves as the Western U.S. Regional Director of the NAGRA.

He is a former paramedic and United States Marine Corp NCO. Major Durbin and his wife live near his children and grandchildren in McMinnville Oregon.


Patrick Fleming  - Litigation Support Director, PPA

PatrickFlemingPatrick Fleming is a 55 year old criminal defense attorney with a private practice based in Portsmouth , NH. Patrick has played poker as an enthusiastic amateur since his father invited him as a teenager to participate in his home games. When online poker first appeared Patrick was an early participant. After Federal legislation was passed in 2006 that seemed to restrict his ability to play online, Patrick became involved with the Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy organization now with more than 1 million members dedicated to protecting the ability of US citizens to play the game of poker. Eventually Patrick used his legal skills to craft a litigation strategy for the PPA centered around the conclusion that poker was a game of predominantly skill and therefore deserving of different legal treatment under the law. In 2008 Patrick was made Litigation Support Director for the PPA and in 2010, inducted on to its Board of Directors, positions he continues to hold to this day.


Dale Fuga - Chief Operating Officer, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

DaleFugaDale Fuga is the Chief Operating Officer of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (formerly the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission). Dale is responsible for all operational units within the Authority including Licensing and Compliance.

Dale has been involved with gaming regulation since 1987 when he began as an Auditor with the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation, subsequently serving as Audit Manager; Manager of Licensing and Audit; and Director of Licensing Services. In 1997 he was transferred to the newly created Manitoba Gaming Control Commission as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Licensing and Registration. He assumed the Chief Operating Officer’s role in June, 1999. In 2014, this role was expanded to include additional responsibilities for liquor licensing and compliance. Dale has been an active member of North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) since 1989 and served as its President on two occasions.


Mary Gleason - Revenue Tax Specialist Principal, Minnesota Department of Revenue

MaryGleasonMary Gleason, Revenue Tax Specialist Principal with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, has 9 years of experience working as an auditor for the Lawful Gambling and Unrelated Business Income Tax units. As the current leadworker for both units, she provides direction and guidance to all field auditors and ensures that each audit adheres to all Minnesota statutes, unit procedures and policies. Mary has also worked as a project lead on various department projects, such as electronic filing and the statutory payments policy team. 

She is not only instrumental in developing tax specific procedures and policies, but helps propose new legislation serving as an active member on the Department’s Legislative Advisor Group.


John Hindman  - SVP and General Counsel, TVG/Betfair Interactive US 

JohnHindmanJohn Hindman is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of TVG, a company that operates one of the largest advance deposit wagering systems in the US that processes $875million per year in gross wagers over the Internet, mobile devices and conventional telephones. TVG also operates a television network featuring live coverage of horse races from around the world that is available in over 36 million US households. Mr. Hindman has been with TVG since 1999 and served as its General Counsel since 2001. TVG is a subsidiary of Betfair Group plc, one of the largest electronic gambling companies in the world based in the United Kingdom and listed on the London Stock Exchange.



Faisal  Kahn - Technical Compliance Manager, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)

FaisalKahnMr. Faisal Khan has been with Gaming Laboratories International since 2004 as a Senior Engineer in Systems and Protocol testing. In 2005 he was promoted to a Technical Compliance Manager. Mr. Khan’s primary responsibilities are: Reviews incoming forensic submissions and final forensic reports, performs demonstrations of new technology and training on different gaming concepts to regulatory agencies, and works with the engineering groups within the GLI offices on regulatory technical questions and issues. Prior to working for GLI, Mr. Khan was the Compliance Manager for Atronic Gaming.

Mr. Faisal Khan attended the University of Denver where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Science degree in Computer Engineering.


Martin Kerr - CEO, Dice Game Protection, Inc.

Martin established his company Dice Game Protection Inc. in 2013 with a commitment to developing integrity in casino enforcement. After a 32 year career with the Ontario Provincial Police, he retired as Staff Sergeant. In his last 10 years with the OPP, he was the Senior Gaming Specialist for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Martin’s experience with the AGCO included investigation of all cheat at play activity in Ontario and was declared an expert witness for cheat at play trials in the federal courts. He has also provided expert instruction and training for rules and game protection on all table games to law enforcement officers both in Canada and United States. Since retirement and the establishment of DICE Game Protection Inc., Martin has developed a responsible gaming program and is also shareholder in ARB labs, a company currently developing casino software ‎in game/asset protection. He provides training to dealers, supervisors and surveillance at several casino properties.


Kimberly L. Kiplin - Partner, Duggins, Wren, Mann & Romero, LLP

Kim KiplinKimberly L. Kiplin has more than 25 years’ experience in administrative law, including government procurement, insurance regulatory, oil and gas regulatory, open government law (open records and open meetings), and gaming law, particularly lottery and charitable bingo. She served as the General Counsel for the Texas Lottery Commission (1993-2012) and as the Director of Legal Services and Counsel to the Commissioner of Insurance at the Department of Insurance. She also worked as an administrative law judge at the Texas Railroad Commission adjudicating contested oil and gas matters. She served as the Texas Lottery Commission’s Acting Executive Director in 1997. Ms. Kiplin’s gaming law experience includes lottery-specific procurement and contract matters, lottery prize claim redemption and prize assignment matters, and licensing and eligibility of lottery retailers. She has substantial experience in all aspects of the administration and regulation of charitable bingo, including licensing, audit, enforcement, and compliance matters. Ms. Kiplin has been extensively involved in drafting gaming-related legislation and administrative regulations.


Ken Koch - Board Member, Minnesota Gaming Control Board

Ken KochKen Koch is a Governor appointed Member of the State of Minnesota Gambling Control Board, and a member of the Board’s Legislative Committee. Additionally his civic work includes roles as a Board Member of Eagan’s July 4th Funfest Committee, past President of the Eagan Lions Club, and a past Board Member of ProAct, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities and other life challenges. Ken is also a former Economic Development Commissioner for the City of Eagan, MN.

Mr. Koch leads Business Resource Management, Inc. which he founded in1996 to fill the gap between technology solutions and business needs. BRM’s clients are diverse in size and industry, including international Fortune 50 through “mom and pops” in the private sector as well as public/governmental clients such as Hennepin County, MN; Salt Lake County, UT, City of St. Paul, MN, the Univ. of MN, MN Zoo and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.

He can be reached at kkoch@brmonline.com 


Peter Maheu - President, Global Intelligence Network

PeterMaheuMr. Maheu is the managing member of Global Intelligence Network, an intelligence and investigations firm specializing in due diligence for regulatory compliance in the gaming industry and other business sectors. Global performs background investigations of corporate entities and individuals, completing thousands of investigations in over 70 countries since the company’s inception. Peter is a licensed Private Investigator in California and Nevada.





Michael Menefee - Program Manager, Office of Charitable & Regulatory Programs, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

MichaelMenefeeMichael Menefee has served as the Program Manager for the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs (OCRP) since January 2012. OCRP is responsible for regulating the charitable gaming industry in Virginia. Michael began his career with charitable gaming back in 2000, when he served as liaison between the then-Charitable Gaming Commission and the Governor of Virginia. From 2003 to 2009, Michael served in many capacities, including Inspection and Training Manager, for the agency responsible for regulating charitable gaming in Virginia. Michael holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Also, Michael holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence's Nonprofit Learning Point program. 


Tom Mungham - Chief Operating Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario 

TomMunghamTom is the Chief Operating Officer at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. With the AGCO since 2006, Tom oversees all liquor and gaming licensing, registration, compliance, audit, and electronic and internet game testing activities for the AGCO. Focused primarily on operations, Tom’s working experience includes both the private and public sectors in areas as diverse as law enforcement, information technology, banking, audit and financial management.



Kathie Oviedo - Deputy Commissioner, Michigan Lottery

KathieOviedoKathie Oviedo was named Michigan Lottery Deputy Commissioner of Charitable Gaming on December 13, 2010. She oversees the operation of licensing, administration and regulation of gaming activities for non-profit and fraternal organizations. Ms. Oviedo previously was the director of human resources for Michigan Lottery, she has a broad background in regulatory compliance, policy development; employee relations and counseling; and performance management. Ms. Oviedo served as Lottery’s EEO and Civil Rights officer and was also responsible for training, recruitment, employee benefits, payroll, classifications, and policy and procedure development.

Ms. Oviedo served on many statewide committees, such as, State Marketing Team, Organization Culture and Development Team, State Employee Recognition Committee, Performance Management Committee, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA). 


Sara Pearson - Revenue Tax Specialist Senior, Minnesota Department of Revenue

SaraPearsonSara Pearson, Revenue Tax Specialist Senior with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, has 12 years of experience working as an auditor for the Lawful Gambling and Unrelated Business Income Tax units. In addition to auditing, Sara has also worked on various department projects including the implementation of more efficient inventory filing requirements for licensed gambling manufacturers and distributors. She also provides ongoing taxpayer outreach and education by teaching lawful gambling seminars at the Minnesota Gambling Control Board and the annual Allied Charities Convention of Minnesota.

 


Rodney Rickenbach, Cyber Security and Analytics Supervisor, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement 

RodneyRickenbachRodney Rickenbach began his career at the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in 2003 as a State Investigator specializing in Information Technology. When New Jersey legalized Internet gaming in 2013, Rodney was chosen to evaluate geolocation and formulate New Jersey’s regulatory standards. Inclusion of eligible patrons near the state's densely populated borders, while properly excluding out of state wagering, was critical to the success of Internet gaming in New Jersey. This maximizing of eligible patrons was only possible due to Rodney's thorough research, testing, and analysis of all available geolocation technologies.

In 2014, Rodney received NAGRA's prestigious Excellence in Gaming Award in great part due to his efforts in geolocation. He currently serves as the Cyber Security and Analytics Supervisor in the Division's Technical Services Bureau, where he is overseeing the creation of systems to monitor gaming in real time


Birgitte Sand - Director/President of IAGR, The Danish Gambling Assembly

BirgitteSandBirgitte Sand is Director of the Danish Gambling Authority. She took up her current position after several years of work as a member of the Executive Board of the Copenhagen Tax Center.

Birgitte Sand holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen. She started her career in the Danish court of Taxation and moved on to a wide range of different tasks and management positions in the Ministry of Taxation covering legal advice on corporate tax structures and tax on private companies and property, the central IT department and projects regarding leadership, innovation, strategy, change of organizational structures and the development of a nationwide IT salary system. She was for many years also a member of the Board covering the nationwide planning of tax compliance projects.

Since late 2011 Birgitte Sand has been a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Board of Trustees. She was elected President of the association in October 2014.


Andrew Smith - Senior Director, Research, American Gaming Association

AndrewSmithAndrew Smith is the Senior Director of Research at the American Gaming Association. In this role, he is responsible for managing the delivery of timely, accurate information regarding the industry to both AGA staff as well as key external stakeholders such as member company representatives, elected officials, members of the media and regulators, among others.

Smith has worked in and around the gaming industry for close to twenty years, first gaining exposure to it as a consultant to Mirage Resorts, Inc. Prior to joining the AGA, Smith was the co-founder and president of Vox Populi Communications, a public opinion research and strategic communications firm. Over a period of fifteen years, the company successfully undertook scores of research and consultancy projects for a diverse range of clients including political campaigns, trade associations and leading corporations. Smith earned his B.A. from Skidmore College and master’s degree from the University of Toronto. 


Jon Weaver - CEO, Pilot Games, Inc.

Jon Weaver Jon Weaver is the Founder and CEO of Saint Paul MN based Pilot Games, Inc. Pilot Games in an internationally recognized, award winning developer of gambling apps. Jon is an entrepreneur and investor with a career spanning 25 years. 

 

 


Warren White, Vice President of Product Development, Pilot Games

Warren WhiteWarren White is Vice President of Product Development for Pilot Games. He has been involved in the development of high performance gaming systems for over 30 years. He has held senior technical management positions in industry leading companies including IGT, Bally Technologies, Sierra Design Group and Syntech International. He has had responsibility for major gaming systems in states from New York to California, and in countries from Australia to Sweden. Types of gaming system he has developed include state lotteries, video lotteries, casino management, keno, slots, bingo and pull-tabs.


Richard Williamson - Vice President, Gaming Compliance, VGT, An Aristocrat Company

RichardWilliamsonRichard Williamson (Vice President, Gaming Compliance – VGT – An Aristocrat Company) has extensive manufacturer, state and private test lab regulatory compliance experience. Drawing on his abilities to analyze, develop, draft and interpret regulations, technical standards, and internal controls, he has advised tribal, state and federal level officials both domestically and internationally on gaming regulatory and operational best practices as well as served as a well respected expert witness in game development and classification litigation. Having recently joined VGT to head its compliance function, his primary focus is to ensure that Compliance collaborates across all VGT divisions to develop and deliver for its partner clients the most entertaining, productive and respected gaming products on the market today.


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