About Our Expert Panelists
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.
CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital
Robert Heller is co-founder and CEO of Spectrum Gaming Capital (“SGC”), a boutique advisory firm that provides transactional, advisory, and valuation services exclusively to the global gaming, resort and related sectors including Sports Betting and Esports. SGC assists developers and early stage companies in arranging strategic partnerships and raising capital; mid-market and digital 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 also a founding partner of Spectrum Gaming Sports Group and of Spectrum Esports Advisors.
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.
As part of his efforts at Heller Gaming & Leisure, from 2004 to 2006, 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. Bahamar evolved into a $4bn redevelopment project of a 1,000-acre assemblage that opened in 2017. Heller coordinated the Bahamar project at its onset including land assemblage, hotel acquisitions, operations, strategy (including gaming, hospitality, recreation and timeshare), government negotiations, 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 where he chaired the Finance Committee and sat on the Audit Committee. He was also a director of the American Gaming Association; and has lectured at the NYU Real Estate Institute and at the Cornell Hotel School.
Chairman and CEO, Esports Entertainment Group (GMBL)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Partnerships and co-founder at Oddin.gg
Marek Suchar, Head of Partnerships and co-founder at Oddin.gg started his career in financial services working for Citi, the global leader in financial services, where he spent almost a decade. He held senior and managerial roles in various areas including business development, sales, product and business restructuring.
His passion for esports brought him at the intersection of esports and betting, where he co-founded Oddin. He is responsible for development of international business, engaging with bookmakers and platforms at CxO level. He agreed partnerships covering Europe, Latam, Australia as well as Asia. Marek is already recognised as the thought leader in the area of esports betting, being invited and speaking at multiple events from SBC, iGB, Sigma and others.
Oddin is a B2B esports odds feed and risk management provider. It delivers the most engaging esports betting experience with an industry-leading uptime and number of live markets. The solution boosts engagement, drives volume, increases margin and thus accelerates profitability. This is only achievable by a combination of state-of-the-art technologies, advanced data science and machine learning algorithms, experienced traders and official data. The team has more than 50 years of combined experience in betting and esports, successfully doing business with the most complex platforms globally.
Oddin is already recognised as the trustful partner to speak to when operator or platform selects the right esports solution provider. With Oddin, Marek aims to significantly improve the engagement within esports betting and build partnerships that will shape the future of esports and esports betting for the years to come.
Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy
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.
Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law & Policy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Chris, has substantial experience with Marketing and Sales from his previous work engagements for over a decade. As well as his very innovative way of thinking and approach for the Business Development side. Which has made him a very successful ‘Principal Sale Manager’ for the ‘Luxury Automobile’ Industry. In addition, of the business aspect of him. As a Millennials ,Chris was growth up with Video Games. He enjoys all kind of video games. Which is a part of his life. With his Passion of the Games and the techniques from his past engagements. That is the main driving force for him to starting his new career as the Chief Operating Office (COO) for VRLEO ‐USA.
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.
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.
CEO and Co-Founder of Cleanbox Technology
Amy Hedrick is CEO and Co-Founder of Cleanbox Technology. As a thought leader providing insights into the immersive technology, she brings solutions and innovation in smart tech hygiene. Having led multiple teams from project inception and execution through profitable completion, she has proven herself an effective leader in diverse venues over the past decade.
Most recently, Amy was Manager of Content and Digital Media for the think tank division of Li and Fung, a leading global consumer goods sourcing and manufacturing company based in Hong Kong. Her expertise includes conducting bespoke research and C-level reports within technology, retail, and cross-genre applications. Amy was one of four writers for the Fung Business Intelligence Center (FBIC). Previous to that, Amy’s focus was on content creation at the intersection of entertainment and education.
Amy spent her early career working with international aid organizations, managing multiple teams of 50-150 healthcare, construction, and emergency intervention professionals, and overseeing direct-aid projects. Amy has worked in fundraising in both the profit and non-profit sectors.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.com, yec.co, news and media outlets as well as landing with all of the heavy hitters in gaming.
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.
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.