About Our Expert Panelists

 

Ben Kieckhefer

Nevada State Senator

Keynote Speaker NV State Senator

For the past decade, Ben Kieckhefer has served in the Nevada State Senate and is widely known for his policies to expand and protect Nevada’s growing economy, which is heavily driven by the casino and gaming industry. During the most recent session of the Nevada Legislature, Kieckhefer sponsored and passed Senate Bill 165, establishing the Esports Technical Advisory Committee to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The committee will work with the Gaming Control Board to create policies to uphold the integrity of wagering on esports competitions. The thought leadership provided by committee members, representing all segments of the esports ecosystem, will position Nevada as an international leader in esports public policy and ensure the industry can thrive long-term in Las Vegas and throughout the state.

Robert Heller

CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital

Mr. Heller has over 35 years experience in investment banking and resort development. Heller has initiated and completed over $50 billion in debt and equity financing and raised the acquisition financing for Baha Mar Resorts as the company’s founding President and CEO.

Heller joined SGC from UBS Investment Bank where he was responsible for coordinating the bank’s gaming franchise globally. Previously, he was president of Heller Gaming & Leisure, a boutique investment banking and advisory firm specializing in casinos, hotels and resort development and finance, and restructurings, operating since 2003. Prior to that, Heller spent 23 years in investment banking, having established and managed teams specializing in gaming, lodging and leisure as a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, and at Salomon Brothers.

Notable past transactions include the merger of Penn National and Hollywood Casino Corp., the sale of Caesars World Resorts, Construction financing for the Borgata, the initial public offering of Vail Resorts, development financings for Mohegan Sun and Isle of Capri, the sales of Breckenridge and Steamboat Ski resorts, the first commercial paper offering for Foxwoods, and the first public project financing for a riverboat casino (Hollywood Casino Aurora, IL). In his boutique, Heller performed restructuring advisory work for institutional investor clients including Harbinger Capital and the Committee of Independent Lenders to Station Casinos.

Heller was founding President and CFO of Bahamar Resorts, Ltd., owner of the Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, a 2,000 room, three-hotel, golf resort complex with the Caribbean’s second largest casino. Heller coordinated the Baha Mar project at its onset including land assemblage, hotel acquisitions, operations, strategy (including gaming, hospitality, recreation and timeshare), pre-development, arranged joint ventures, and raised almost $500 million in initial financings.

Heller is a graduate of the City University of New York and began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse & Company. He is a frequent speaker at global industry events and has made presentations at gaming, sports and Esports industry conferences throughout North and South America and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Heller is a former board member of London Exchange listed Dolphin Capital Investors and of the American Gaming Association; and has lectured at the NYU Real Estate Institute and at the Cornell Hotel School.

John English

Partner, Global Market Advisors

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 Bussman

Partner, Global Market Advisors

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.

Marek Suchar

Head of Partnerships at Odding.gg

Mr. Heller has over 35 years experience in investment banking and resort development. Heller has initiated and completed over $50 billion in debt and equity financing and raised the acquisition financing for Baha Mar Resorts as the company’s founding President and CEO.

Heller joined SGC from UBS Investment Bank where he was responsible for coordinating the bank’s gaming franchise globally. Previously, he was president of Heller Gaming & Leisure, a boutique investment banking and advisory firm specializing in casinos, hotels and resort development and finance, and restructurings, operating since 2003. Prior to that, Heller spent 23 years in investment banking, having established and managed teams specializing in gaming, lodging and leisure as a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, and at Salomon Brothers.

Notable past transactions include the merger of Penn National and Hollywood Casino Corp., the sale of Caesars World Resorts, Construction financing for the Borgata, the initial public offering of Vail Resorts, development financings for Mohegan Sun and Isle of Capri, the sales of Breckenridge and Steamboat Ski resorts, the first commercial paper offering for Foxwoods, and the first public project financing for a riverboat casino (Hollywood Casino Aurora, IL). In his boutique, Heller performed restructuring advisory work for institutional investor clients including Harbinger Capital and the Committee of Independent Lenders to Station Casinos.

Heller was founding President and CFO of Bahamar Resorts, Ltd., owner of the Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, a 2,000 room, three-hotel, golf resort complex with the Caribbean’s second largest casino. Heller coordinated the Baha Mar project at its onset including land assemblage, hotel acquisitions, operations, strategy (including gaming, hospitality, recreation and timeshare), pre-development, arranged joint ventures, and raised almost $500 million in initial financings.

Heller is a graduate of the City University of New York and began his career as a CPA with Price Waterhouse & Company. He is a frequent speaker at global industry events and has made presentations at gaming, sports and Esports industry conferences throughout North and South America and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Heller is a former board member of London Exchange listed Dolphin Capital Investors and of the American Gaming Association; and has lectured at the NYU Real Estate Institute and at the Cornell Hotel School.

Kathryn Rand

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy

Kathryn Rand is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota. The Institute is the first university research center dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. With Institute Co-Director Steve Light (UND College of Business & Public Administration), Rand has published and presented extensively on the law, policy, regulation, and socioeconomic impacts of gaming. Their most recent book is INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 2d ed. (2019). Rand serves on the Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review, is Vice President for Educator Members of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and Indian Country Today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Steven Light

Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy

Steve Light is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota. The Institute is the first university research center dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Indian gaming. With Institute Co-Director Kathryn Rand (UND School of Law), Light has published and presented extensively on the law, policy, regulation, and socioeconomic impacts of gaming. Their most recent book is INDIAN GAMING LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS, 2d ed. (2019). Light serves on the Editorial Board of the Gaming Law Review and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Gaming Law Committee. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Indian Country Today.

Daniel Sahl, Ph.D.

Associate Director for the Center of Gaming Innovation, UNLV

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

Gaming & Hospitality Group Chair, Dickinson-Wright PLLC

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

Academic Fellow, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation

    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

Director, Take Two Interactive

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

CEO, PlayUp Inc.

    Dr. Mintas is CEO of PlayUp Inc. and serves on the Board of the Australian Parent Company. PlayUp is an online-only Sports Betting, Entertainment and Tech Company that owns its own proprietary wagering and fantasy platform and operates its in-house risk and trading team. The PlayUp Group offers legal products in Australia, New Zealand, India and soon in the USA. It product offering includes, besides Sports Betting and Fantasy, many differentiating products such as Horseracing Products (fixed and pari-mutuel odds), eSports Betting and even Fantasy on Horseracing and Fantasy on eSports. The company serves as a one-stop-shop for sports fans.

     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 Betting, Sports Law and Sports Integrity. 

     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 2018. She was named one of 25 executives to watch in 2019 by the Global Gaming Business GBB magazine, selected as SBJ´s Power Player Sports Betting 2019 and Business Insider´s Leaders of the Sports Betting Industry 2019.

     Dr. Mintas is a lawyer by trade. Before joining the PlayUp Group, 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 her tenure, 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.  

     Previously, Dr. Mintas 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. 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.

 

Jamison Selby

Senior VP, Games & Marketing, b spot

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

CEO, Next Gaming LLC

    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.

Raul Gonzalez

Marketing Director, Avantage Entertainment

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.

 
 
 

Senator Bill Coley

Senator for the 4th Ohio Senate District

    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

COO, WEBE Worldwide

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

Founder & CEO, Zuzor

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. 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

President of US Operations, Hologate

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

Founder, Museum of Future Sports

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

Co-Founder, Esport Academics

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

Business Development & Training Catalyst, Roberta Perry & Associates

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

CEO, Sun Gaming and Hospitality

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.

Katharine M. Nohr

Principle of Nohr Sports Risk Management

    Katharine is a former Judge, practices esport, sports and insurance law for the Law Offices of Katherine M. Nohr, LLC. Ms. Nohr is a principle in Nohr Sports Risk Management, LLC, and is the author of Managing Risk in Sport and Recreations: The Essential Guide for Loss Prevention (2009 Human Kinetics). She is a frequent speaker at international and U.S. seminars regarding legal and risk management in relation to sports law and risk management. She provides training seminars on insurance, esport, and sports law and risk management.

​    Ms. Nohr, a former triathlete, currently serves as a hearings officer for USA Triathlon and has performed multiple functions for USAT, including officiating and managing officials for the Pacific Region. Ms. Nohr is a past region Vice President of the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP). She was awarded The International Insurance Professional of the Year Award by IAIP in 2012. Ms. Nohr is the author of a legal sports mystery series, which includes Land Sharks, Freewheel, VO2 Max, and the series prequel, Zana West's Diary, will be released for publication in 2020. She is the host of live-streaming TV show, "Much More On Medicine" for ThinkTech Hawaii. Ms. Nohr earned her B.A. degree at the University of Washington and her J.D. degree from the University of Utah.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Karl Rutledge

Chair, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Gaming Industry Group

Karl is the Chair of the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Gaming Industry Group, and provides counsel to clients and the business community about the nuances of gaming, particularly, eSports, fantasy sports, sports betting and promotional marketing. Karl is knowledgeable of the gaming regulatory framework and is an expert on skill gaming, e.g., fantasy sports, eSports, and casual skill games. He is the Chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Gaming Law Section of the Nevada State Bar. Karl is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, where he teaches a class titled “Gaming Industry Regulation.” Karl has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the category of Gaming Law since 2012, was featured in the April 2014 edition of Global Gaming Business Magazine as an emerging leader in the gaming industry and was named to Vegas Inc.'s "40 Under 40" for the Las Vegas Valley in 2019. Karl has also just been named to The Innovation Group’s Emerging Leaders in Gaming Class of 2019-2020. 

Steven Milley

Group Manager - Business Development, Panasonic System Solutions Company

    Stephen is the Group Manager - Business Development for Panasonic System Solutions Company; a division of Panasonic specializing in industry leading vide & audio technologies for the sports, media, and entertainment industries. Panasonic's expertise in sports media includes 30 years as a sponsor of the Olympic Games, traditional sports media outlets like ESPN, and eSport clients like Riot Games and Allied Esports. During his 30+ year career, Stephen has been involved in all apects of the media industry starting with his Radio-Television-Film education at Temple University to Producing Traditional sporting events for Visual Sound to VP of Sales & Marketing for the Broadcast System Integrator TV Magic. The past 10+ years with Panasonic, Stephen leads a team of professionals assisting sports and media outlets make educated technology workflow decisions to ensure they connect with their audiences and provide their most enthralling & engaging content. Understanding today and tomorrow's technology (like HD, 4K, 8K, IT/IP, HDR, Broadcast, OTT), Stephen's team is helping savvy eSports, media and entertainment companies stay one step ahead.

Frank Ng

Director and CEO, Allied Esports

Kwok Leung Frank Ng is a director and CEO of Allied eSports Entertainment. Previously, Mr. Ng served as co-CEO of Ourgame International Holdings Limited, a leading casual game operator in 2004, when he assisted NHN China, a global internet search engine and online game company, in acquiring Ourgame. Mr. Ng led a management buyout of Ourgame in 2010 and led it through its Hong Kong Stock Exchange listing in 2014. Ourgame has grown to be a leading global operator and creator of gaming and esports content and experiences.

 
 
 

Katherine Amoukhteh

Senior Consultant, Esport College and Career Pathway

Katherine has had over 15 years in STEM. She started her esports career as a team manager for high school League of Legends teams. She then went on to be the VP of operations with Esport-Management, a global online platform dedicated to helping gamers improve their game. Her most recent work includes projects with women in gaming, high school & collegiate esports consulting, producing Esports Playground in Orange County California and launching app to engage gamers at LAN events.

Joshua Swissman

Visionary Marketing Executive

Joshua Swissman is a uniquely experienced transformational Marketing Executive with 20 years of operational and leadership experience in advertising, customer relationship management (CRM), brand strategy, marketing analytics, loyalty programs, and entertainment; leading 20 asset portfolio organizations. He has a successful track record of developing ambitious strategies to elevate profit by implementing loyalty programs and continuous improvement initiatives to position organizations for growth, brand differentiation, and increased consumer loyalty. He is highly adept at corporate transformation, marketing strategy, and business growth. As a marketing innovator, he is endorsed for his keen ability to solve complex issues, take action, and drive results. Swissman thrives in a dynamic, fluid, and innovative environment with unique skills to engage multigenerational, diverse and skilled teams across various disciplines. He has a proven record for boosting team motivation, enhancing customer loyalty, and reaching aggressive profit goals, while driving internal and external stakeholders to a unified mission.

Lisa Jey Schanley

Director Global New Business Development, Technomedia

Lisa Jey Schanley is a Director Global New Business Development, for Technomedia (a global AV systems integrator, best known for being the creators of the most original, immersive and memorable media experiences in the world.) Lisa Jey is a business development specialist, having owned her own marketing/PR firm for 12+ years, she developed relationships within many disciplines while becoming a bestselling author and writer/blogger for the Huffington Post. Most recently, Lisa Jey was a Project Development Manager with themed entertainment program management firm nFusion, and sister fabrication firms Nassal and Lexington to new clientele within theme park and attraction developments, mixed-use urban developments, retail roll-outs, integrated resorts and casinos, entertainment districts and museums. Lisa Jey sits on the Western Division Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and co-chairs the Communications Committee.

 
 
 

Seth Schorr

Chairman, Downtown Grand and CEO, Fifth Street Gaming

    Seth Schorr  is Chairman of Downtown Grand. Downtown Grand and the adjacent Downtown3rd district are 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 interactive gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. Schorr also worked in numerous capacities at Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and the Golden Nugget Laughlin. Schorr and his partner, Jeffrey Fine, own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, which owns and operates three casinos in North Las Vegas. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation that owns and operates more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area. The LEV Restaurant Group is the local area developer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Jamba Juice and has a number of internally developed concepts including Lobster ME, JaBurritos, Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar, 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 includes weekly eSports contests, team residencies and sponsorships, a weekly broadcast and professional tournaments. Schorr sits on the board of GameCo and is advising on the development of the world’s first video game slot machine. Schorr also sits on the board of Millennial eSports which has created the world’s first permanent eSports arena.

    Schorr is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Chinese Studies. He has received numerous awards and accolades including being recognized by VEGAS Inc. as a member of the elite “40 Under 40,” as well as “The Vegas Dozen.” With all of his professional accomplishments, Schorr remains active in the community by being part of 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 the recently was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on the Nevada State Board of Museums and History. He is also an executive board member and Chairman of Communications Committee of the Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). ​

Roderick Alemania

CEO, ReadyUp

Roderick Alemania is the CEO of ReadyUp, a B2B company fueling vibrant game communities with an interactive event platform that makes it easy to find, follow, and join in the action. An accomplished entrepreneur, Roderick has been at the forefront of industry transforming technology throughout his career. As the internet was transitioning to commercial use, Roderick helped to grow Infoseek from being a startup to a publicly-traded company, which was then purchased by Disney. As gaming shifted to the mass market, he was a key contributor for driving IGN’s value from $26MM to a $650MM acquisition by News Corp. At Vudu, he moved digital distribution to high definition formats (HD) when the industry was still in its infancy. At Six Apart, he helped to lead the development of the influencer marketing industry during the early days of blogs. And, at Tapjoy, he pioneered mobile advertising strategies for consumer brands.

William Webb

Founder and CEO, Jackpot Rising

William is the Founder and CEO of Jackpot Rising, a company based in Dallas, TX that has built the most dynamic competitive gaming and eSports platform on the market. Jackpot Rising’s patented infrastructure powers social competition at scale, enabling an unlimited number of players to compete against each other for real money, prizes, digital goods, and other rewards in games across Mobile | Console | PC | Arcade | VR/AR (and more). Jackpot Rising works with partners, both online and on-premises, across the entire entertainment value chain, including game developers, influencers, brands, marketers, venues, and event operators. Along with tech, Mr. Webb’s background consists of over a decade in the Private Equity and Venture Capital spaces as well as in operations with the portfolio companies.

 
 
 

David Chen

Partner, GTIF Capital

    David has over 10 years of experience with a big 4 firm. He created and developed the Chinese Services Group for Deloitte Mexico. In 2010, David and his team were recognized by the global Deloitte firm and they won the prestigious "Standards of Excellence Award" for a 1 billion USD merger. David, at the age of 34, was one of the youngest partners at Deloitte, and worked on over 500 transactions with Fortune 500 companies.

    In 2015, David founded the Venture Capital Firm BLCP Capital with his partners. They purchased several entities, engaged in several transactions, raised capital, and managed /developed the operations and mergers of several companies. David, with his team, also managed several projects and consulted clients in the food, health, entertainment and real-estate industries. In 2017, David joined SparkleCOIN, a blockchain and cryptocurrency company, as CFO and VP of Business Strategy. David worked closely on the development and strategy of the company and is excited that SparkleCOIN is the first cryptocurrency with "real world" applications for p2p and b2b transactions. SparkleCOIN is a self pre-funded operation and has its own fully developed blockchain. SparkleCOIN had a successful ICO in December ending at $37.

    David worked As Vice President of business strategy, he also works on business development, financial strategies, blockchain development for business use, blockchain implementation, blockchain strategy, ICO consulting, and client development for business use. David started the group GTIF Capital and is partnered with several major businesses in the E Sports, Technology, health care, brand and real-estate sector.

    David sits on several boards including North American Collegiate League, Faze Clan, MiCamp, Commloan, Tengri Holdings, Chosen by Doctors & Sharebert, and has helped develop strategies for several companies, and is also fluent in 5 languages. 

Kimberly Culp

Director, Carr McClellan P.C.

Kimberly Culp is a Director at Carr McClellan P.C. in the Silicon Valley, where she works with digital media and video game companies to resolve their high-stakes IP and advertising issues. Of course, her clients have entered the eSports arena, where she helps resolve legal issues with putting on events, building eSports technology platforms, working with eSports players, and negotiating contracts and licensing intellectual property, amongst other emerging issues. She counsels her clients to help them assess and manage risk on a wide variety matters. In all aspects of her practice, Kimberly’s focus is on reaching her client’s strategic goal.

Johnathan Wendel

Founder, ReadyUp

Johnathan Wendel known by his online alias Fatal1ty (pronounced "Fatality"), is a former professional Esports player of the first-person shooter titles and a successful entrepreneur. He was an early pioneer of competitive gaming and was once considered the best professional gamer in the world. His prize money earnings to date surpasses $450,000. Along with his professional career he founded Fatal1ty Inc., which licenses the Fatal1ty brand to gaming accessory manufacturers. Recently Wendel has launched the popular eSport community building platform Readyup. He is a key authority on the eSport movement and is one of few people who have played a significant role in building eSports to what it is today.  

 
 

Bill Pascrell III, Esq.

Strategic Advisor, Gov. & Reg. Affairs Counsel, Princeton Public Affairs Group

Bill Pascrell III, known in the industry as BP3, is a partner in Princeton Public Affairs Group, the nation’s largest state contract government and public affairs firm. He is a leading national expert on online gaming, sports betting lottery, exchange wagering, e-sports and horseracing. BP3 has a diverse worldwide client base including Hard Rock Casinos, GVC Holdings, Golden Nugget, Ocean Resort, Gaming Innovation Group, BetMakers, Sportech, Lotto Land, Monmouth Park Race Track,  Meadowlands Race Track, Camelot, PokerStars, Gambling.com.  Mr. Pascrell led the campaign to legalize NJ Sports Betting in the US with the recent SCOTUS decision to repeal PASPA, after managing a successful statewide ballot referendum legalizing sports betting.  Bill Pascrell, III is known internationally for his sports betting and online gaming expertise, as well as his influence in crafting horse racing and lottery regulations and legislation.  Most notably, Mr. Pascrell spearheaded the multi-year campaign to pass the landmark New Jersey On Line Gaming Act signed into law by Governor Chris Christie in 2013, which has been a model for all US states. BP3 is a member of the National Council of Problem Gambling Federal Affairs Committee, The Ampersand Assembly for ICE and GIGSE, and serves on the Board of Directors for GVC US Foundation.  BP3 has been routinely cited as one of the 100 most influential personalities in New Jersey politics by PolitickerNJ.com, Insider NJ, NJ Globe and NJ Cannabis Insider. He is a frequent national media political commentator on MSNBC, Court TV, Comcast CN 8, NJTV, News 12, and Newsmax TV in addition to many national newspapers.  

Louis Alfieri

Principal, Chief Creative Officer, Raven Sun Creative

     Over his thirty-year career, Louis Alfieri has focused on helping owners and brands lead the advancement of global location-based entertainment. He has collaborated with clients around the world in the development of resorts, branded destinations, theme parks, and mixed-use destinations, sharing his deep knowledge of experiential design, branded experiences, and intellectual property assets. “My aspiration is to elevate our industry by guiding owners, developers, brands, and their teams to realize their creative, financial, and guest expectation aspirations in location-based entertainment. I want to lead the way to a future where location-based entertainment inspires every person in the world.” – Louis Alfieri panelist on Global Theme Park development 2018 IAAPA Asia Expo ​

    Louis is recognized as a trusted authority, speaking on behalf of the industry at the global IAAPA, SATE, and MAPIC conferences on topics of development, branding, and establishing industry standards. He has a long track record of success collaborating with international brands and large multidisciplinary teams on the conceptualization, design, and implementation of location-based entertainment mixed- use resorts, theme parks, waterparks, museums, and cultural destinations.

    Louis’ expertise in balancing creative vision with financial and schedule realities allow him to be especially effective at managing executive and shareholder expectations, guiding project realities, and realizing key consumer guest experiences. Over the course of his career, Louis has served in many roles and capacities in the location-based entertainment industry, gaining an end-to-end understanding of the process from design-to-opening and beyond. He imparts a holistic understanding of the process that translates directly to team members, fiscal institutions, brand management, strategic planning, long-range implementation, and profitable market growth opportunities. 

 

Cris Reed

Founder, The Level Up Experience

Cris is the Founder of The Level Up Experience, a LinkedIn live stream & podcast focusing on the esports & gaming industry. His role as an advisor/investor in early stage esports startups span across tech infrastructure, education and human performance. Cris is passionate about being a part of the progression of technological advancements the esports space and working with startups to help continue build out the foundation of the industry. 

Larry Jaeger

CEO, Sponsor Burst Esports / Founder and President, 24-Z Esport Consulting

    Larry Jaeger is the CEO of Sponsor Burst Esports, and the Founder / President of 24-Z esports consulting. Sponsor Burst is a leader in esports sponsorship marketing for endemic and non-endemic brands, connecting companies and esports rights holders, publishers and venues for mutually beneficial partnerships. The esports sponsorship market exceeded $475 million dollars in 2019 and is expected to continue with unprecedented growth in the years to come. Sponsor Burst Esports is the official sponsorship agency for Cedar Fair Entertainment, the third largest entertainment and theme park company in the world.

    24-Z Esports Consulting is a leader in high school and collegiate esports, advising schools and universities on the set up and launch of their formal esports teams and venues. 24-Z Esports Consulting is also a leading adviser to the theme park and entertainment sector for esports initiatives.

    Larry is considered an industry expert on sales and marketing to "Generation Z”, and is a popular speaker and author on the topic of how brands can uniquely reach this generation who are digital and gaming natives and who are traditionally unresponsive to traditional media and advertising. Larry is an experienced entrepreneur who has raised angel investments, as well as Series A institutional capital. Prior to launching his own start ups, his background included over twenty years as a sales and marketing senior executive for some of the largest and most transformational names in the field of technology, including Apple, Intel, Samsung and Salesforce. 

 
 
 

Dr. Ryan Terao

Esport Psychologist, PsychSensei

Dr. Ryan Terao (PsychSensei) is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in the esports industry as an esport psychologist, mental performance coach, and esport program developer. Within the esports industry, Dr. Terao has experience of working in titles such as League of Legends, Rainbow 6 Siege, and Valorant. Dr. Terao is very passionate about esports and believes that esports can be used as a tool to develop well-rounded of gamers and fans alike. As a trained clinical psychologist Dr. Terao, takes a systemic approach in understanding the various factors that affect the performance of esport teams, coaches, and individual players. In his work within the esports industry, Dr. Terao specializes in establishing team dynamics, effective communication systems, and mental self-regulation techniques. While in his work with individual players, Dr. Terao helps players to identify their ideal performance state and remove roadblocks that impede them from playing their best. As an esports psychologist, Dr. Terao brings a systemic and holistic approach and perspective of the mental, physical, and social health of gamers. Dr. Terao continues to pursue his passion for esports while ensuring the safety and further deployment of the esports community as a whole.

Jonathan Baha'i

Founder, Peerplays Blockchain

    Jonathan Baha’i is an entrepreneur with 25+ years experience, and the founder of a number of tech companies which today focus primarily on blockchain technology. As Founder of the Peerplays blockchain, home of decentralized sports betting exchange BookiePro, and other exciting esports/streaming-related decentralized applications he has become the foremost authority in the space of provably fair gaming and all things blockchain gaming. Founding the first ever publicly traded blockchain development company in Canada, eXeBlock Technology Corp, he has continued to be at the forefront of innovation.

    Sought by the Federal Government of Canada to speak at the Public Policy Forum as the keynote in Blockchain 101, followed numerous appearances on CNBC, TD Ameritrade, IDEAs, the Mindas Report, and various popular YouTube channels, Mr. Baha’i has spoken on matters relating to blockchain industry news and helped provide insights into this new emerging technology. In addition to these appearances, he has sat on various panels as a thought leader in decentralized public blockchains, and has given numerous presentations on cutting edge blockchain gaming applications both at home and around the world.

Jordan Rambis

Exec. in Residence, City of LA for Video Games & Esports; Part-Owner Evil Geniuses

  • Executive in Residence the for City of Los Angeles for Video Games and Esports.

  • Packaged and was the Head of BD at aXiomatic Gaming, the parent company for Team Liquid, the highest-grossing and one of the most viewed esport teams in the world, received investment from Disney, Michael Jordan, owners of Warriors, Dodgers, etc. We also invested in Epic Games (Fortnite).

  • Packaged the acquisition for the 2nd highest-grossing esport team in the world, Evil Geniuses.

  • Raised $40M+ for various esports and gaming startups.

  • Co-Founder of 133 facilities, an esport facility construction group.

  • Head of Development for a production company where we grossed $50M on a $12M budget movie; currently consulting on Will Ferrell's esports movie.

  • Advisor for a few companies in the esports space that could also be helpful in this partnership; including FanAI, a data analytics tool used by almost every major esport team for sponsorship sales.

  • Nationally ranked gamer for multiple titles.

 
 

Jennifer Uchin

Founder, Real.People.Gaming

Jennifer Uchin is the owner of Real.People.Gaming, LLC. Under this organization she hosts a podcast centered around gaming culture, content creators and fans. Former tournament organizer and Microsoft Gaming Expert, she now consults for and critiques conventions, Esporting events, produces vlogs and livestreams. With a life-long passion for gaming and seeing the industry grow her mission is to share her knowledge in this field educating others while creating memorable and high quality experiences for all.

Brian Stern

CEO, Puro Lighting

Receiving his BS in Business Administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business in 2007, Brian started his career at a leading IT consulting firm, focusing on design and implementation of financial and accounting systems. At the end of 2009, he founded, along with partner Webb Lawrence, LED Supply Co., LLC, a wholesale distributor of LED lighting products with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency. In early 2019, Brian added to his lighting company portfolio by co-founding PURO UV Disinfection Lighting, with the initial mission of protecting people’s health and promoting wellness with next-generation UV light technologies, powered by Violet Defense. Today, Brian is CEO of a fast-growing enterprise at the very center of helping to keep people safe and infection-free during an international pandemic. Most recently, Mr. Stern has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other television and news outlets across the country, sharing his vision of bringing proven UV disinfection solutions to the hotel, medical, school, sports and transportation sectors allowing them to welcome back their guests and customers safely and responsibly. Brian is also a frequent guest on webinars and podcasts devoted to exploring ways UV light can disinfect spaces wherever people gather, both on surfaces and in the air. 

Paulino Miguel Ocampo

Esport Consultant and Team Owner

  • Milo has 15 years of esports experience and had his start by running melee events in middle school. In 2012, he founded one of the first 20 collegiate esports organizations partnered with Riot Games. Since then, he has worked for Blizzard and Team Liquid and has held every major position in esports from CEO all the way to pro player. Currently, he is an esports consultant and owns his own team in Las Vegas.

 
 
 

Keith Waggoner

Owner/Founder, ButtonSmasher

  •     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. 

Andrew Prell

Founder, Convergence of 4 Dimensions, LLC

Andrew Prell is a founder of Convergence of 4 Dimensions LLC. creator, director, developer, and inventor. He has created companies, technology, hardware, software, video games, websites, broadcast game shows and patents. Andrew began working with VR and advanced technologies in 1988 at Autodesk. He is currently developing XR Technology and has created a Player Acquisition Engine (PAE) using Blockchain and NFTs. Most recently he developed "Scratch-Offs" as Blockchain NFTs.

Russell Aleksey

CEO, OKLetsPlay

Russ Aleksey (BSME, MBA) is the founder, CEO of OkLetsPlay, a next generation real money esports tournament and private cash match platform for competitive PC, console and mobile gaming. OkLetsPlay is venture backed and has raised $2m to date. Russell is an entrepreneur at heart who's founded, operated and been an executed team member of several energy tech companies (hydrogen, fuel cells, hydroelectric turbines, tech identification). He wrote and holds four patents for OkLetsPlay's out-of-game peer wagering module IP and leads OkLetsPlay's mission to become the industry's gold standard for trusted and secure real money esports tournaments and private cash matches.

 
 
 
 

Ron Segev

Founding partner of Segev LLP

Ron is a founding partner of Segev LLP. As a practical-minded business lawyer, sensitive to risk, with a keen eye for opportunity, he is bottom-line focused and brings operations, managerial, business development and M&A skills and experience to the table.

Ron assists his clients with gambling, technology, regulatory compliance, corporate finance, corporate, and commercial matters. He has experience advising on international licensing and structuring issues, and has worked with companies in every remote-gaming licensing jurisdiction of note. Ron’s clients have been active in all verticals of gaming and betting, including casino, poker, sportsbook, skill games, social games, sweepstakes, lotteries, DFS, vSports, and eSports. Ron has been a specialized iGaming attorney for more than a decade, and is a frequent contributor to major iGaming publications and seminars. He is widely sought out as a leading iGaming lawyer. 

 

Segev LLP is ranked in the Chambers and Partners 2021 Guide as one of only 4 top tier firms for Gaming and Licensing. Ron has been rated as a Band 1 gaming lawyer by Chambers and Partners – the highest ranking - and is also a General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. 

 

As former General Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel for one of the largest online gaming companies in the world, Ron has extensive experience in the iGaming sector and has appeared as an expert speaker on the topic at various high-profile events and conferences.

Yael Tamar

Co-CEO and Co-founder of SolidBlock

Yael Tamar is Co-CEO and Co-founder of SolidBlock, an issuance platform and a marketplace for property-backed digital securities. Yael co-founded several fintech) startups, a successful marketing company in the blockchain space and an import/export company that was acquired. She is also a regional co-chair at FIBREE, the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise, the leading international network for exchanging knowledge within the real estate industry. She is regularly invited to speak worldwide as an expert in Blockchain, Real Estate and Fintech.

Marius Adomnica

Esport and Tech Lawyer

A lifelong gamer, Marius’ practice focuses on esports and video game law. He has been on the forefront of assisting the development of the esports industry in British Columbia and works closely with a wide range of esports companies, players and content creators. He is also a co-founder of Team Discover, a content creator management agency, a founding board member of the Vancouver Esports Association, and acts as a consultant for various industry groups and companies. In his off hours he also writes The Patch Notes, an esports and video game law blog. In addition to his esports practice, Marius also works with many local video game studios, helping them with anything from incorporations to major corporate transactions and everything in between.

Marius also has extensive experience in general corporate and commercial law, focusing primarily on emerging technology companies, as well as business immigration and commercial real estate law, and is able to provide his clients with assistance on a wide range of matters. Marius takes a down-to-earth approach to the practice of law, and prides himself on finding practical, creative and efficient solutions to his clients’ legal issues

Christopher LaPorte

Founder & Managing Partner of RESET

Christopher LaPorte is the founder of RESET, a consulting company focused on the development of video game and esports experiences for the Las Vegas market. A graduate of Rutgers College, Christopher opened the video game lounge, INSERT COIN(S) in Downtown Las Vegas and served as a Director of the Nevada Esports Alliance. Today Christopher is working with government regulators and the private sector to solidify Nevada as an esports hub in North America.

Jimmy Baratta, J.D.

Chief Gaming Officer of Holodeck Ventures

Jimmy Baratta, J.D., is the Chief Gaming Officer of Holodeck Ventures. He is also an investor and strategist for competitive org and lifestyle brand XSET, as well as an instructor of esports at the University of California, Irvine. Jimmy is based in Los Angeles and leads the creation and commercialization of new content focused on gaming, esports and the rapidly evolving world of the Metaverse: a future iteration of the internet, made up of persistent, shared virtual spaces linked into a perceived virtual universe.

Jimmy started his career in gaming through his company FT Empire LLC, where he advised non-endemic talent and partners and successfully bridged the gap between gaming and non-gaming clients. He has since filled roles in business development, brand strategy and talent/community management for leagues, developers, agencies and more. Jimmy has been a trusted advisor to organizations like XSET, Wizard Labs, EsportzNetwork, Fallen Media, and VY Esports. He has spearheaded esports business development for Grammy and Platinum-selling rappers 21 Savage, YBN Nahmir and Chief Keef's Glo Navy Gaming. Jimmy was a strategic advisor to Travis Scott on his extremely successful Fortnite event "Astronomical". Jimmy was the founder of the social gaming network ICEBRKRSCLAN and a co-founder of NACL, a nonprofit league with roots in FaZe Clan, providing college scholarships through international tournament play. Prior to his work in esports, Jimmy was a successful civil litigation attorney for over 7 years.

Gil Solomon

Founding Partner

Gil is the founding partner of Gil Solomon & Co., one of Israel’s leading boutique law firms in the fields of blockchain and cryptocurrency, practicing law in the areas of commercial law, blockchain and cryptocurrency, high-tech, mergers and acquisitions, privacy protection, and intellectual property. As of 2020, Gil has become Israel’s youngest ranked attorney ever when Gil Solomon & Co. were ranked by Dun & Bradstreet as a one of the country’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency law firms.

Aaron Carroll

Crypto Consultant

Aaron has been in the cryptosphere for 5 years now. Providing businesses with crypto integration solutions to increase revenue and get businesses into the future.

William Tustin

CFO @ Chicken Waffle / CEO @ CENTERTEC

Before becoming an expert in VR strategies, Bill worked for over 25 years in the Casino and Banking industries. He then founded CENTERTEC in 2017, and grew the company into a successful location-based VR company with educational XR solutions for schools and hospitals. Bill specializes in helping his customers implement new technologies, and increasing their revenue with improved customer service and cutting-edge technology solutions.

Finn Staber

Programmer / Designer / CEO @ Chicken Waffle

Finn Staber is a Game Programmer/Designer with a diverse background in Visual FX, Animation, 3D Art, Level Design and Blockchain/NFT solutions. Primary focus on building advanced player controls for cross-platform games, and multiplayer eSports using cutting-edge VR and AR technology. Enjoys creating funny interactive experiences, and donates much of his free time to helping others.

Finn has launched multiple successful tech companies, and has developed award-winning video games, interactive educational content, digital marketing experiences and cyber-security solutions. He is the Founder of Chicken Waffle, and Co-Founder of WaveXR and Failed To Render. He has helped many studios ramp up, and has consulted/advised some of the leading technology developers in the world. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help them build R&D efforts for XR. His experience with agile teamwork allows him to communicate well with other developers, and his experience as a decorated combat veteran of the US Army instilled the ability to work hard to accomplish difficult tasks.

Daniel Cossi

Entrepreneur, Businessman and Investor in Sports, Innovation and New Business

Speaker/Lecturer for Esports Integrity, Social Impact, and Educational Applications. Esports in Olympic Movement and Sustainable Esports Business Models. Esports Legislation and Regulation specialist. Esports Championships and Summits producer. Enthusiast and speaker for Tolkien universe for 23 years. Entrepreneur and Life change lecturer. "to improve the electronic sports constantly and promote it globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes"​
*Ensure the quality of its e-sporting events
*Develop its reputation
*Approach political, media, and economic authorities
*Contribute through study commissions to strengthen the links between national federations, publishers, developers, organizations, stakeholders and e-sports related companies, the e-sports movement and governs, students, stakeholders, and entrepreneurs
*Identify an electronic sports development program through education, and establish a set of moral standards in line with the evolution of the contemporary electronic sport and educational issues throughout the world.
"develop existing national federations, publishers, developers, organizations, stakeholders and e-sports related companies and events organizers, broadcasting tvs and streaming companies"​see less

David Isaacson

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.

Steve M. Boyle

founder and CEO of Epic Immersive

Steve M. Boyle is the founder and CEO of Epic Immersive, a large-scale immersive experience company. Epic Immersive has created immersive experiences with 14-acre real-world fictional cities and 100+ actors, crafted immersive journeys in China and Paris, built neighborhood-scale cultural and civic festivals, and designed experiences for Silicon Valley companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook. At Epic's imaginative events, guests have slid through slides in fireplaces into underground wonderlands, crawled through Dante Alighieri’s vaults, descended into replica London Underground stations, launched into mixed reality experiences from inside of Victorian mansions, and joined masquerades from revolutionary France on the docks of San Francisco. Epic Immersive is one of the founding producers of The Immersive Design Summit, the premiere industry gathering for the immersive world. Immersive Design Summit partners, speakers, and sponsors include: Punchdrunk International, Meow Wolf, Walt Disney International, Two Bit Circus, Area 15, Onedome, Oculus, and more.

Oliver Lovat

Academic, researcher, writer and strategy consultant

His expertise is in customer-facing real estate and the evolution of Las Vegas, serving as faculty at City, University of London Business School in London, as regular contributor at the UNLV and previously as faculty at The University College of Estate Management, lecturing on strategic asset management.  

He has spent the past 20 years in investment, development, finance and strategy,  transacting across multiple jurisdictions, asset classes and ownership structures. His recent focus has been developing and implementing strategies for retail, gaming and hospitality environments, including international casino companies. 

Oliver has addressed The World Gaming Executive Summit, International Casino Conference, Global Gaming Summit, International Casino Exhibition, Investment Property Forum and many other notable groups on the importance of learning from Las Vegas. 

He is a special features writer at Global Gaming Business, columnist at Gaming America and Gambling Insider Magazines, and has a selection of published papers on strategic trends in Las Vegas. 

Originally from Scotland, Oliver spent 15 years working in London before moving to the USA in 2015 to work specifically in gaming and hospitality. He holds a BA in Social Sciences, MSc in Real Estate Investment, MBA with a focus on Finance and Strategy and is a Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 

Jordan Tailor

Founder of the Most Vicious Players (MVPs)

Jordan Taylor majored in finance at St. John’s University. AKA “J Jonah” in the Esports world, he is the Founder of the Most Vicious Players (MVPs), which is now a parent company of the Amateur Esports Union (AEU). But, before the AEU was created, MVPs has been most well-known for its individual players having live streamed over 1000 wins in a row together on YouTube. The AEU, still in its pre-launch stage, has established a global network of Esports leagues and tournament organizers for the purpose of recruiting players to college and pro teams through its Global Recruitment Champions Tournament.”

Glenn Platt

Gameful Strategist ▪ Professor

Bringing insight from the frontiers of digital marketing, technology, video games, design, and business to build next generation models for higher education and industry. Proven success in fundraising and creating globally ranked academic programs. Consultant and Speaker. Academic Entrepreneur.

 

Brian Mirakian

Populous Senior Principal / Esports Director for the Americas

Brian Mirakian is a Senior Principal at Populous, the world’s leading design firm dedicated exclusively to creating environments that draw people together for unforgettable experiences. Since 1983, the firm has amassed a portfolio of more than 2,000 projects around the globe, including such icons as Yankee Stadium in New York and the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games Main Stadium. In 2013, Populous was named one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in architecture by Fast Company magazine.
Brian leads the Populous Activate group for the Americas, offering a unique hybrid of placemaking that blends architecture, interiors, product design, graphic design, and branding platforms. With a core focus on future project types and emerging entertainment and consumer trends, Populous Activate uses the power of design to link people, brands, and properties through innovative experiences.
Mirakian is a master of bringing brands to life by identifying strategic opportunities for immersive fan engagement on all levels, locations and media formats. His award winning work has helped create transformative social experiences in such places as T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, CitiField in New York, and Suntrust Park in Atlanta. Mirakian has also developed brand platforms for FedEx, the Super Bowl, PepsiMax Field of Dreams, Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and Worldwide Olympic Partner experiential activation for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
His work has been recognized internationally in Architectural Digest, ID Magazine, Wired, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Discovery Channel, showcased in Sports Business Journal, received the Award of Honor from the Society of Environmental Graphic Design, and garnered multiple AIA design awards for innovation and excellence. He is a frequent speaker at SXSW on topics of futurism and design. In 2016, Brian was named to Building Design & Construction's class of 40 under 40.

Brian Mirakian

Senior Director Digital CRM Marketing & Advertising at Agua Caliente Casinos

Award-Winning Marketing Executive & Visionary Business Leader
20+ years of providing strategic vision & building cross-functional marketing teams that drive revenue growth for global brands including fortune 500 companies.
A modern marketer with deep technology roots (holding an M.B.A. in Marketing & an M.S. in Information Technology emphasis on CRM). I fully utilize, comprehend, and lead companies into the digital and social media marketing movement while effectively building a team of high-performers to forward business objectives.
Renowned for bringing crystal-clear solutions to transform legacy marketing practices to capitalize on technology & emerging media channels while evolving organizational capabilities to be agile, predictive/prescriptive, and more customer-centric than ever before.
Deep expertise across multiple industry segments like Casino Gaming, Entertainment /Music, Hospitality, and Financial Services (Credit Card Banking).
I orchestrate and build loyalty rewards programs (from ideation through architect, plan, design, implement, and grow) to support loyalty and revenue growth.
• Grew MGM Resorts MLife program from 8M to 31Million members in <18 months & increased share of wallet 20%
• At Capital One, developed a new customer acquisition strategy leveraging agile profiling & analytics to deliver a 40% lift in new customer acquisitions within 12 months
A strategic leader with a keen understanding of today’s digital landscape far beyond tactical execution, I lead marketing strategy and build cross-functional teams (from 5 – 150 FTEs) that leverage technology, emerging media channels, and the sea of consumer data to increase consumer engagement and drive revenue growth for top tier global brands.