Moritz Maurer

CEO – Co-Founder, GRID esports GmbH

 

Moritz Maurer, has more than 8 years of experience pioneering at the intersection of esports, data & betting. After creating the first UK- licenced esports bookmaker – GGwins – and later launching the world first in-play esports betting solution in 2015, Moritz focused on unlocking the potential of official data assets for some of the biggest rights holders in esports. 

This vision culminated in the creation GRID, an innovative data & technology platform in esports which is leading the way in data solutions for teams, leagues and brands in esports.

Nigel Wheatstone

Nigel is the CEO of Full Engagement Sports

 

During his 20+ years in branding life, Nigel helped the worldwide transformation and streamlining of major fortune 100 brands. He led innovation efforts across multiple industry sectors and oversaw various creative transformations of an agency's approach to work and its employee's value.  Nigel now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and heads up Full Engagement Sports, a sports wagering platform aiming to be the industry standard in Esports and real sports tournament wagering across the USA. 

Christopher Crescitelli

Dreamland founder Christopher Crescitelli has been a career creative artist, developer, writer, producer, and director for 30 years. His creative collaborations cover the spectrum of artistic expression from film, television, interactive and live theatrical programming to newly emerging 3D, 4D, VR, AR, MR & Holographic entertainment technologies.


 

For the past two years Christopher has worked as a senior consultant for Caesars Entertainment assisting them with a variety of future tech installations on the Las Vegas Strip. His company Dreamland was recently named “Start Up of the Year” by Greenspan Media Group, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Inc Magazine. Christopher is also the Las Vegas Chapter President of the VR/AR Association and is the Founder and Festival Director of the new XR Fest initiative which will debut in January 2020 as part of the Consumer Electronics Show.  

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Robert Heller

Robert Heller is the CEO of Spectrum Gaming Capital.SGC assists casino developers in arranging strategic partnerships and raising capital; mid-market and gaming technology companies with M&A and capital raising; and investors, governments, corporations and courts in matters of valuation, restructuring and providing expert witness testimony.

Heller is currently a member of the Board of Dolphin Capital Investors, a global luxury residential resort development company traded on the London Exchange, and was formerly on the board of the American Gaming Association.

Heller spent over 30 years with UBS, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Salomon Brothers and in his own boutique specializing in gaming, lodging and leisure investment banking.  Heller was founding President of Baha Mar Resorts, Ltd., coordinating the $3b project at its onset including hotel acquisitions, operations, pre-development, joint ventures, and raising $500 million in initial financings.

Heller is a graduate of the City University of New York, was a CPA with Price Waterhouse and has lectured at the NYU Real Estate Institute and at the Cornell Hotel School.

Grant Johnson

Mr. Grant Johnson is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Esports Entertainment Group (GMBL:OTCQB), a licensed online gambling company with a specific focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming.  From inception, Mr, Johnson has successfully led the company through multiple financing rounds, leading to the engagement of Joseph Gunnar & CO and Dinosaur Financial Group and a major financing in November 2018.  

 Moreover, he has successfully led the development of VIE.gg, the company's business model with launching a P2P esports wagering platform and the world's first esports bet exchange, VIE.gg. The company is widely viewed within the esports industry as, the most transparent online wagering platform due to the status of Esports Entertainment Group as a fully reporting SEC issuer.  As a result, more than 190 esports teams from around the world have partnered with VIE.gg to date, including one of the most recognized esports teams on the planet.

 Mr. Johnson is recognized as an igaming pioneer who began his career in 1996 as Vice President of Starnet Communications International, a leader in the Internet gambling industry. As Vice President of Sales, Mr. Johnson led Starnet’s sales team and was a driving force behind Starnet’s market leading position in the B2B sector of the Internet gambling industry. In addition, Mr. Johnson was instrumental in the business development activities at Starnet and was directly involved in establishing many of Starnet’s strategic relationships until his departure in 1999.   

Mr. Johnson is a business development and sales management professional with more than 30 years of industry and public company management experience. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and history from the University of Western Ontario.

John English

 Mr. English specializes in global business development for the regulated gaming industry, with emphasis on technology, content, distribution, public relations, and contract negotiation. Mr. English’s work history contains an extensive background in gaming, including lottery, AWP, slots, table games, sweepstakes, systems, and race and sports betting both digital and live. 

Mr. English has been involved in many successful industry developments. One of Mr. English’s endeavors was previously an equity partner with American Wagering Incorporated, the first company to receive Nevada Gaming Control Board approval for mobile sports betting within Nevada. Mr. English created the first betting app in the U.S. to be distributed from the Apple App Store. Additionally, he created the first kiosk sports betting device (SBX) to gain regulatory approval and to be mass released. Furthermore, Mr. English created Million Dollar Ticket which was licensed by the State of Nevada for a bonus game played in restricted gaming locations. 

Mr. English has developed worldwide relationships, spending a great deal of his career in jurisdictions such as Asia, Canada, U.K., South America, and Mexico. Mr. English was instrumental in the acquisition of American Wagering by William Hill, the world’s largest bookmaker, who received Nevada Gaming Commission approval. 

Mr. English joined Betfair and TVG, a London listed company in late 2013 to oversee the development of Asia and the Americas. More recently, he was the Founder and the President of WEBE Worldwide, a global operator, developer, and distributor of sports betting, social, casino, and lottery products for the regulated gaming industry. With offices in U.S. and China, WEBE specialized in operating land based, mobile, and online sportsbooks as well as developing new and innovative gaming content and convenience betting platforms. As President, John’s duties were to lead the company’s growth, innovations, and maintenance while WEBE sought to revolutionize industry standards. 

Brendan Bussmann

Brendan Bussmann is a seasoned executive that has an extensive background in government affairs, communications, and business development in the sectors of  hospitality, healthcare, energy, higher education, and sports.

 

In 2015, Bussmann founded his own public affairs and strategic development consultant firm focusing on domestic and international opportunities for clients in hospitality, healthcare, energy, and engineering. He continues to successfully implement strategies as well as develop and expand new markets for various clients.

 

Prior to starting his own firm, he served as Vice President of Strategic Development and Marketing for Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. During his tenure, he successfully doubled EBITDA in a two-year period while also improving their image and relationship with the community, media, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Sunrise, Bussmann served as Director of Community Relations with University Medical Center where he built an external affairs program from scratch.

 

Bussmann has extensive gaming and hospitality experience from his tenure at Las Vegas Sands Corp. where he served as Director of Government Relations and Community Development. While in this capacity, he was part of the team that landed two gaming licenses in Pennsylvania and Singapore, oversaw ballot initiatives, and numerous legislative victories at the local, state, federal, and international levels. He also implemented their global programs for Responsible Gaming and Community Development.

 

Additionally, Mr. Bussmann has an extensive background in collegiate athletics having worked at one of the premiere Power 5 Conference institutions in the United States.  Bussmann spent eight years working for the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and Football Program.  During his tenure, he oversaw and was involved in the administration, operations, marketing, development, compliance, recruiting, and facility design for the football program and numerous other sports.  He is keenly aware of the current college athletic landscape as he continues to stay active in the sector.

 

Bussmann is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is deeply involved in the local Las Vegas community through his involvement with UNLV, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Clark County School District, Las Vegas HEALS, the March of Dimes, Andson Foundation, and Nevada Childseekers.

Blaine Graboyes

Blaine Graboyes is an award-winning Executive Producer and Game Designer with twenty years’ experience successfully making and marketing digital entertainment experiences with cutting-edge technology for world-class brands and clients such as Disney, DreamWorks, Mattel, Blizzard, Ubisoft, NHL, NFL, DC Shoes, and many more. Blaine is the CEO of GameCo. GameCo created the first skill based slot machine for the casino industry.

Rahul Sood

Rahul Sood is the CEO of Unikrn, a Seattle-based esports startup.

 

Previous to Unikrn, Sood created the first incubation fund for startups at Microsoft, and eventually Microsoft consolidated their global startup activities under Sood’s leadership.  In June 2013, he launched Microsoft Ventures.

 

A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups prior to joining Microsoft. He founded luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard.  Voodoo brought the ENVY and OMEN product lines to HP, contributing advanced technologies such as commercial liquid cooling and an increased focus on design.

 

Sood is a co-founder of BrightSquid Medical and BullsOnWallStreet, and he is an active angel investor in a number of Startups. Sood is an early shareholder and advisor to Maingear, Razer, and Vrvana.  

 

Unikrn’s mission is to heighten the experience of watching and participating in esports.  Unikrn is venture backed and raised a total of 10 million dollars with investors such as Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Liz Murdoch, Shari Redstone, Binary and many others. Unikrn signed an exclusive global partnership with one of the largest wagering companies in the world, and has opened their doors to multiple international markets.  Unikrn has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, ESPN, CNBC and countless publications around the world.  In 2015 Unikrn created the Unikoin, a token that has gained significant traction with Unikrn users.  In October of 2017 it was announced that Unikrn sold over 127 million UnikoinGold in the biggest token sale in esports and video games.

 

He is active in the entrepreneurial community, helping and mentoring a variety of startups.  In his spare time, Sood enjoys wake surfing & wake boarding, standup paddle boarding, cycling, racing cars and spending time with his family. He is a native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. You can find him on Twitter @rahulsood.  You can find Unikrn on Twitter @unikrnco.   

Kathryn Rand

Kathryn Rand is Floyd B. Sperry Professor and past Dean of the School of Law at the University of North Dakota, where she co-directs the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy, the first university research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. Her current focus highlights legal, regulatory, and practical opportunities and barriers for the exploding markets in eSports and sports betting.

 

 

Rand and Tribal Gaming Institute co-director Steve Light have authored nearly 60 publications exploring how tribally owned casinos came to be and have remade the legal, political, and regulatory landscape for gaming and economic development across the U.S.  Their books include INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (2d ed. forthcoming 2019), INDIAN GAMING LAW AND POLICY, and INDIAN GAMING AND TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY: THE CASINO COMPROMISE, which was featured on C-SPAN’s BOOK TV.

 

Rand has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, serves on the Editorial Board of theGAMING LAW REVIEW, is Vice President – Educators of the International Masters of Gaming Law and is a member of the leadership of American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee, and has been a featured speaker at numerous university and gaming industry events throughout the world. She has been quoted in such outlets as the NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, WALL STREET JOURNAL, BOSTON GLOBE, BLOOMBERG, and INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY. 

Steve Light

Steve Light is Professor of Political Science and past Dean of the College of Business & Public Administration at the University of North Dakota, where he co-directs the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy, the first university research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. His current focus highlights legal, regulatory, and practical opportunities and barriers for the exploding markets in eSports and sports betting.

 

 

Light and Tribal Gaming Institute co-director Kathryn Rand have authored nearly 60 publications exploring how tribally owned casinos came to be and have remade the legal, political, and regulatory landscape for gaming and economic development across the U.S. Their books include INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (2d ed. forthcoming 2019), INDIAN GAMING LAW AND POLICY, and INDIAN GAMING AND TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY: THE CASINO COMPROMISE, which was featured on C-SPAN’s BOOK TV.

 

Light has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, serves on the Editorial Board of the GAMING LAW REVIEW, is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee, and has been a featured speaker at numerous university and gaming industry events throughout the world. He has been quoted in such outlets as the NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, WALL STREET JOURNAL, BLOOMBERG, and INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY. 

Kingsley Edwards

Kingsley Edwards is the founder and CEO of the video gaming technology startup Leet and co-owner of esports team Rogue. Leet works with casino groups in Las Vegas to bring video game events and technology to their property to attract the elusive millennial demographic.

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey works for Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. James has a PhD in computational statistics and cognitive psychology from the University of Southern California, a BA in experimental psychology, a BA in applied mathematics, and an MS in computer science. James learned to speak to the public when he worked at Disneyland during his college days. He can still recite the Jungle Cruise ride narration from memory.

Daniel Sahl, Ph.D.

Daniel Sahl is the Associate Director of the Center for Gaming Innovation at UNLV: a program focused on researching and creating new casino games.  Dr. Sahl recently graduated with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where his doctoral work looked at the convergence of video game design with present-day slot machines and how these new games impact the player’s experience. Dr. Sahl had multiple issued and pending US patents for new casino game technology and writes and speaks frequently on the topic of emerging innovation trends in casino gaming including esports and skill-based slot gaming.  

Kate C. Lowenhar-Fisher

Kate is the Chair of the firm’s Gaming & Hospitality Group. Kate is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings, and compliance. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, sports betting, pari-mutuel wagering, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission. Because of her knowledge and her cutting-edge gaming practice, she has

been sought after by major media outlets including Yahoo! Finance, ESPN and Bloomberg to comment on current gaming issues.

She is ranked in Nevada by Chambers USA for Gaming & Licensing. She is listed as an AV® Preeminent™ Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers and Nevada Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”.

Kate is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Kate was a shareholder in the Gaming Group at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP. Kate is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California. She sits on the board of directors of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and Nevada PEP.

Becky Harris

Becky Harris served as the Chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board until January 27, 2019. She is the first woman to serve the State of Nevada in this capacity.

  

Becky has a passion for helping Nevadans and is a strong advocate for Nevada's families. She has worked tirelessly to improve our children's education and find ways to ensure needed dollars reach the classroom. Having raised two children who attended public school in Las Vegas, Becky is keenly aware of the difficulties facing public schools in Clark County.

  

Becky also assisted Nevadans who are financially distressed and passed legislation to help struggling families during the 2015 and 2017 Legislative Sessions. A certified mediator, Becky has worked with the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program for several years and has been effective in facilitating communication between homeowners and banks to resolve foreclosure and home mortgage challenges while exploring solution oriented possibilities.

  

During the 2017 Legislative Session, Becky served on the Nevada Senate Judiciary, Finance and Education Committees. She also served as:

• Treasurer, National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS)

• Chair, NCGLS Committee on Responsible Gaming.

• Commissioner, Uniform Law Commission and Education Commission of the States.

• Nevada State Director, Women in Government.

  

Becky served as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a member of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee.

during the 2015 Legislative Session. Becky has been recognized by numerous organizations for her work; including the Nevada Association of School Board, The Nevada Black Caucus, and the National Education Association Republican Education Caucus.

  

Becky's legal areas of focus have included counseling business clients in entity formation; maintaining compliance with State and local regulations; contract negotiation, commercial leases and dispute resolution.

Jon Moses

Jon ‘J’ Moses, director of Rockstar Games’ (GTA) and 2Ks (NBA 2k) parent company Take Two Interactive. Moses has been a director of take two interactive for over 11 years and is a key authority video game publishing and eSports.

Moses however is not your typical video games industry executive. Along with his role at Take Two Interactive, he is an investor in the sports betting technology company Bet.works, comes from a bookmaking background and has deep knowledge with the industry and how it works.

Dr. Laila Mintas

Dr. Mintas is a C-Level Executive and serves as an independent consultant in the sports and technology industry, including the sports betting, digital sports and fan engagement sector. Her focus is on the use of emerging technologies and developments and how those are changing sports, society and the consumer behavior and lead to new revenue streams.

 

Dr. Mintas is a lawyer by trade. Over the last years, she served as the Deputy President of Sportradar US, the global technology company that is the leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data. She managed 350+ employees with offices in New York, Minneapolis, Menlo Park and San Francisco. During that time, Sportradar was valued at $2.4 Bn USD. Sportradar applies technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive data insights on a variety of business verticals for the creation of unique experiences across platforms in real time. She is experienced in managing high level relationships with league partners in the US such as NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, CONCACAF and several others on a global level including FIFA and UEFA and with clients such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, AP, Yahoo, Deutsche Bank, Allianz, DraftKings, FanDuel etc.

 

Dr. Mintas is a global thought leader on sports data, sports betting legislation, regulation and sports integrity with speaker engagements around the world including Europe, Australia, North America, Central America and Asia. She published more than 100+ legal publications in the top academic and professional journals about sports betting and sports law. She serves as Guest Professor at several Universities such as Columbia University NYC, St John's University NYC, University of New Hampshire and Humboldt University Berlin/Germany on topics such as Sports Law and Sports Integrity. She is a Board member of the law journal World Sports Advocate and has her own Sports Law Column at InsideWorldFootball.com.

 

Dr. Mintas previously worked several years at the international law firm White & Case LLP in Berlin, Germany and specialized i.a. in Sports Law, Gambling Law, Compliance and Litigation. She wrote her Ph.D. in Betting via the Internet in Europe which became a well-recognized book in its field. Previously, she was the Head of Legal and Head of International Development for FIFA’s Early Warning System (FIFA EWS) in Zurich, Switzerland and the first Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF, the governing body for Soccer in North America, Central America and Caribbean being responsible for all 41-member countries including the US, Canada and Mexico. In both positions, at FIFA and at CONCACAF, Dr. Mintas used data to prevent, detect, investigate and sanction match manipulations in sports that are linked to sports betting. 

 

In 2018, Dr. Mintas received for her personal achievements the Leaders in Sports U 40 Award, the SBJ Game Changers Award and the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year. She was named one of 25 executives to watch in 2019 by the Global Gaming Business GBB magazine and selected as SBJ´s Power Player Sports Betting 2019.

Jamison Selby

Jamison Selby is an iGaming specialist with years of expertise leading cross-disciplinary design and production teams in the creation of real money multiplayer games and interactive entertainment. He heads up the games team at b spot, overseeing all game development, partnerships and acquisitions. He has brought over 50 games to market on multiple platforms: iOS, Android, Facebook, Browser, PC, BlackBerry and DVD. He has launched over 25 mobile real money gambling titles in the regulated US market including 12 on the iOS US App Store. In years prior, he adapted the hit TV series Deal or No Deal into a live, interactive gambling stage show for Norwegian and Oceania cruise lines and produced The Real Deal interactive gambling show at the Venetian Las Vegas, featuring a wireless network of 750 handheld devices pitting the world champions of poker against an audience of their fans.

Michael Darley

Mike Darley is the CEO of Next Gaming LLC.  He has over 35 years of operational and executive management experience in the gaming industry with companies that include Harrah’s Entertainment, Trump Casinos and Majestic Star LLC.  His guidance has positioned Next Gaming, LLC to be at the forefront in the development of cutting edge skill-based slot games, bringing well known titles from Atari and Taito to a wide demographic audience.  

Darley holds both a BFA and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Long Beach and did his Masters work in Curriculum Development at California State University Dominguez Hills.   

 

His community service includes Past President of the Shade Tree Shelter, Past President of the Nevada Youth Alliance, Past President of the Las Vegas Centennial Optimist Club and member of the Southern Nevada Youth Gang Task Force.

Adam Rosenberg

Adam Rosenberg is a Managing Director and Global Head of Gaming & Leisure within the Credit Funds at Fortress Investment Group.  In this role, Adam is responsible for investments made across the capital structure in the Gaming & Leisure sector globally.  Funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group have extensive experience making private equity investments into, lending to and owning casinos, slot routes, slot machine manufacturers, lottery providers, internet gaming companies and other gaming and gaming technology-related businesses in the United States and around the world.  Our Credit Funds have invested a total of $1.5 billion in dozens of such transactions across gaming technology and land-based gaming businesses in the last 5 years alone.

Prior to joining Fortress, Adam spent over 16 years in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co, where he was a Managing Director and Global Head of Gaming.  Adam was instrumental in building and eventually running the Gaming Group on a global basis.  In that role, Adam provided strategic and financial advice to the firm’s casino operator, gaming technology and equipment manufacturer clients, and was involved in financing some of the largest integrated casino-resort projects in the world.  Firm clients included casino operators such as Las Vegas Sands, Caesars Entertainment, Penn National Gaming, Pinnacle Entertainment and Great Canadian Gaming, as well as gaming technology providers and equipment manufacturers such as International Game Technology, Bally Technologies, Video Gaming Technologies, GTECH Corporation and Scientific Games. 

Adam was the Goldman Sachs representative to the American Gaming Association, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in 2011 and 2012.  He has also served on the Conference Advisory Boards for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas and the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Macau, on the Advisory Board for the Global Internet Gaming Summit and Expo (GiGse), and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Association for Law and Business.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Adam spent four years as an attorney with the New York office of Skadden Arps.  He received his law degree in 1993 from Harvard University magna cum laude and his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude.

Raul Gonzalez

Raul is an eSports gaming, and soccer marketing Consultant, currently serving as Acting Marketing Director for Avantage Entertainment, a US / UK sports analysis and gaming company.   With over 15 years experience in the sports, gaming and entertainment industry, Raul is now at the forefront of exploring and innovating eSports betting markets and events, specifically with sports videogames. 

 

For over a decade, Raul worked closely with the EA SPORTS FIFA franchise, serving as a lead consultant for developing and deploying FIFA’s North American Hispanic Marketing and Communications.  In addition, he’s been responsible for several experiential activations with EA and MLS, as well as brand partnerships with ESPN, FC Barcelona, Konami, Football Manager, and a few international soccer leagues. 

 

Raul is a Business and Marketing graduate from Suffolk University in Boston and has been based in NYC where he is also a guitar player and active participant in the city’s rock and roll community.

Keith Waggoner

Keith Waggoner is an inovator and expert in the gaming industry.

Former US Navy and private military contractor, Keith has been involved in every aspect of implementation for video games and the business world. Including non profits and Consulting for projects such as Luxors' esports arena, Caesars entertainment, Gameworks national, Indy game development, and many more. From practical advising and operation Keith has been integral for a majority of projects.

Sought after for speaking and lending knowledge to multiple conventions, speaker panels, trade shows, master classes and interviews. 

 

Keith's most recent blockbuster project is ButtonSmasher LLC. Founder and owner to a revolutionary new platform filling in the gaps between users, industry, developers, and real aggregated results.

Button Smasher was recently launched at E3 Los Angeles, and has already been features in places like Forbes, business.comyec.co, news and media outlets as well as landing with all of the heavy hitters in gaming. 

Senator Bill Coley

Senator Bill Coley is serving his second full term, representing the majority of Butler County as the Senator for the 4th Ohio Senate District.  Currently, he is the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Government Oversight and Reform and serves on several other Senate committees.  He is also a member of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee and served on the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission as well as serving as one of Ohio’s delegates to the Assembly of State Legislatures.  Senator Coley’s experience in handling gaming issues led to his election as president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS).  His experience, coupled with his innovative legislative efforts, has resulted in the senator speaking throughout the nation, and internationally, on legislative issues including elections operations, payment systems, pharmacy benefit management, educational distance learning, sports betting and gaming policy.

 

Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Senator Coley was elected to four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives where his background in finance matters led him to be named Chairman of the House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee.  While in the Ohio House, Coley championed changes to a DNA testing bill that protected the rights of the accused without local law enforcement incurring “astronomical costs”.

 

In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Coley works as a commercial litigation attorney with the firm Strauss Troy, is AV Preeminent rated, and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  An active member of his community, Coley is involved in the Butler County Republican Party, St. John's Catholic Church, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Coley's innovative legislative efforts have garnered him many awards.  He has been named legislator of the year by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the American Kennel Club.  The Senator has also received distinguished legislator recognition by numerous organizations including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) where he serves as state chairman, the American Conservative Union, the Ohio Farm Bureau and he has been named a Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio.

 

Coley received his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  An instrument rated pilot, he and his wife Carolyn live in Liberty Township, Ohio.

Ernie Stevens III

 Mr. Stevens has over 14 years of Marketing, communications, and media production, experience. As a self-proclaimed storyteller, Stevens has spent a good part of his career developing creative and innovative content to build or improve brands, expand customer and market awareness, and deliver long term economic value. A recent recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's 40 Under 40 Award, Stevens has been recognized on a national level for his efforts in Film, TV, Tourism and Media. He has spent over half his career in community and economic development, and has built several successful business ventures. In 2013, Stevens Co-produced the theatrically released film Crooked Arrows, and is developing other film and TV properties. He has served as the Vice President of the Tribal Gaming Network, and later as Chief Marketing Officer for an international marketing agency serving gaming and hospitality properties worldwide. He is also a TV personality as the Host/Producer for the PBS show, Native Report, and is currently serving a term on the Business Committee for the Oneida Nation in WI. Stevens is currently the Chief Operations Officer for WEBE Worldwide, operating and improving gaming facilities and platforms across the globe. 

Tammuz Dubnov

Tammuz Dubnov attended the University of California Berkeley where he studied theoretical mathematics, computer science, and dance. He graduated with honors at the age of 18 and spent the next two years working as a highly sought-after performer in the Dance and Cirque space. This experience gave him a unique perspective on audiences and engagement. By the age of 20, Tammuz combined his technical expertise with his passion for live entertainment to create Zuzor - an experiential technology company. Zuzor empowers AV professionals, designers, and creatives to bring interactive motion-generated content to a range of industries (https://youtu.be/-_sXHmPbRUA). Tammuz is considered to be one of the youngest Thought Leaders in the field with multiple patents pending and a master's degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of California San Diego. He has been flown around the world to speak at conferences and share his knowledge.

Nick Risher

Nick was President of US Operations for Hologate, a VR multiplayer location-based distribution platform. He has helped secure IP for them such as Angry Birds. It has become the world’s largest location-based entertainment system in VR with over 300 locations.

He previously was VP of Acquisitions for En2go International. A tech company with Steve Wozniak as the board director which set out to be the first online VOD company to stream HD with a state-of-the-art compression software. He partnered with studios and 200 other independent distribution companies around the world creating a vast collection of content for the public beta launch.

Marque Cornblatt

Marque has created award-winning art and media for years, earning millions of social media views. Marque’s robots and kinetic art and short films have been exhibited at the SFMoMA, San Jose Museum of Art & The San Jose Tech Museum and he recently celebrated 25 years as an artist with a major East Coast retrospective. Often cited as a pioneering researcher in the field of telepresence robotics, Marque’s presented iSparky at TEDx San Francisco in 2011. His followup 2016 TEDx Hollywood presentation on flow state, brain chemistry and sports technology helped inspire multiple STEM programs and curricula. Marque helped launch the drone sports revolution in 2013 with his innovative use of experimental hardware, wireless video and social media, and is currently CEO of the Aerial Sports League, a global drone entertainment company. Marque recently founded the Museum of Future Sports, a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to technology, entertainment, education and culture.

George Cork

George has been involved in all aspects of esports for the last 7-8 years from being a player, coach, manager and owner for some recognized names within the esports industry. This is where he honed his skills to become one of the best individuals to go to in the educational sector for esports.

 

He has given guest lectures at various universities in the UK, and also is consulting for Universities in the UK that are looking to create an Esports degree and looking to help them implement this for students within the United Kingdom to allow for the scene not only in the UK but also Europe to continuously develop. 

 

George has been lucky to receive a shortlisting for Top 35 under 35 CEOs worldwide. He focuses his time now on developing esports curricula and courses for educational institutions globally and consulting universities that are looking to enter the esports industry. 

Roberta Perry

For the past 35 years Roberta has worked or consulted for many global brands including Cirque Du Soleil, Coca-Cola, Dick Clark Productions, Paramount Studios, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios. She is currently Senior VP of Business Development for Edwards Technologies, Inc (ETI). Roberta Perry and Brian Edwards founded ETI thirty-five years ago.

 

Ms. Perry was a founding member of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) 

and served as the association’s president for two years. She is past chairman of the International Nightclub & Bar Association, past board of directors’ member for the National Restaurant Association Marketing Executives Group, and past member of the NFL Sunday Ticket Advisory Board. Ms. Perry currently serves on the boards for the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization and Freedom Writers Foundation.

 

Roberta has been a frequent guest speaker at Global Gaming Expo, Interactive Customer Experience Summit, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), Nightclub & Bar Convention, POPAI (Point Of Purchase Advertising International), Urban Land Institute and World Gaming Congress. She is also a regular guest lecturer at branding and sports marketing classes at UCLA Anderson School of Business.

 

Roberta is an Amazon bestselling-author appearing in two compilation books, “Women Who Rock” by Natasha Duswalt and “Rock Stars” by Craig Duswalt.

Bobby Soper

Bobby Soper served as CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, growing it from a single asset to a multi-property international company with $3 billion in assets.  He has 20+ years of executive leadership roles in hospitality and has served as CEO of various casino properties.

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