2022 CEC/EIC ATLANTIC CITY NJ EXPERTS
Presenting the CEC/EIC Northeast Summit 2023
The CEC has teamed up with the Esports Innovation Center in Atlantic City to bring intense, deep-dive conversations about how the esports industry specifically fits into the conversation of the casino industry. We will also discuss esports from a non-casino viewpoint and tackle the competitive collegiate, High School, and elementary levels at which esports has been affecting the next generations of competitors and what will be future landscapes of new businesses that will be birthed from this event for professional-level esports.
L. Anthony Gaud
Mr. Gaud is an Emmy-Award winning entrepreneur and media executive with a 25-year career working with top level entertainment, gaming and technology companies. His professional history is highlighted with significant partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, Microsoft Games, Discovery Networks, Hasbro and Nexon. Anthony’s accomplishments encompass $57M in investments and exits for startups that include a free-to-play game development studio, an intellectual property development company, and a children’s VOD and online digital platform partnership with Comcast. His projects have won multiple Emmy, Hugo and Pulcinella awards. Anthony’s wide-ranging executive experience spans interactive games, television programming, media platform technology and esports. He has held multiple lead creative roles on AAA-level projects for Hasbro’s Batman and The Transformers and Disney’s Star Wars, Marvel, the Epic Mickey and Kingdom Hearts franchises. In 2020, G3 helped facilitate the first legal esports betting event in New Jersey in conjunction with Allied Esports. The CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) Legend Series tournament took place in September and drew 1.7 million unique viewers. The announcement allowing legal esports betting in the state was made by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and was facilitated by G3. In 2018, Anthony secured the first public-private esports partnership in the country with Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority with events that included the 2019 CSL Grand Finals, the Halo Classic and the Esports Travel Summit. He also founded Conference One, the nation’s first varsity-level collegiate esports league which launched its inaugural season featuring competitions with 77 universities including Penn State, Rutgers, Texas A&M and UC Irvine. Anthony has an expert-level talent for business development, team recruiting and leading multinational creative and tech teams from the startup stage through to large-scale service operations. Anthony Gaud, memberships and associations: Board Member, Esports Trade AssociationFounder and Chair of Regulated Video Game and Esports CommitteeFounder and Chair of the American Heart Association Youth Task ForceAdvisory Board Member, Stockton University School of BusinessAdvisory Board Member, Rutgers University School of BusinessAdvisory Board Member, Atlantic Cape Community College Esports ProgramExecutive Board Member, Greater Atlantic City ChamberExpert witness for trial cases related to the video game industry
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).
Eric Weiss is a seasoned regulator spending 30 years with the New Jersey Division of Gaming (DGE) Enforcement. In 2008, he became the Director of the DGE’s Slot Lab where he led the DGE’s efforts to streamline the approval process of gaming products and the regulation of casino technology. In 2013, he played a key role in the introduction of Internet gaming to New Jersey, as he was responsible for researching policy, approving Internet gaming systems, and the ongoing oversight of Internet gaming operations. In 2018, he became the DGE’s Chief of Staff where he was involved in a variety of initiatives including sports wagering. Eric is now the Vice President of Technical compliance at Odds On Compliance, a full service consulting and technology company established to make gaming compliance easy. Eric is also a member of the E-sports Trade Association where he volunteers his time as co-chair of the Regulatory Committee.
Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center at Stockton University. Andrew Weilgus is the Executive Director of the Esports Innovation Center at Stockton University. Prior to that Mr. Weilgus was co-founder and President of TheLiveNetwork.com and Atlantic City FC. Founded in 2017, Atlantic City FC is minor league soccer and esports team sponsored by the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and Caesars Entertainment, the largest gaming company in the world. TheLiveNetwork.com produces events for venues around the country ranging from esports/fantasy sports to trivia and gaming. Mr. Weilgus received his Master’s Degree in Technology Management from the Wharton School of Business and The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a producer on NFL’s Sunday Ticket, Mr. Weilgus has a 20-year history as an executive in the sports and entertainment industry.
Ben brings his 25 years of entrepreneurial experience and creativity along with his powerful network of advisors and mentors to all of his projects. His strength lies in his ability to think outside the box. He not only comes up with innovative solutions to problems, but he also has a unique ability to creatively finesse logistics to bring those innovations to life with even the most minimal resources.
Ari is an excellent salesman, public speaker, and tenacious networker. He has spent the last decade immersing himself in the study of the esport and video gaming industries so as to develop the keen foresight necessary to enable him to recognize and bring together the essential players to make his company's vision a success.
Sari Kitelyn is the Director of Esports + Project Development for Full Sail University. For the past 15 years, she has successfully developed brand initiatives for Full Sail, including brand campaigns, community outreach projects, new business development, and strategic planning. Since 2016, Sari has been building Full Sail’s award-winning esports ecosystem from the ground up, including establishing Full Sail Armada, Full Sail’s varsity esports team. Since its launch, Full Sail’s esports efforts have grown tremendously, expanding both deep into the industry as well as locally on campus. Full Sail has been home to many events, including the MLG Call of Duty U.S. Championship, NBA2K’s The Ticket, Red Bull Conquest, and has produced their own events like Call of Duty Collegiate Invitational, Overlords of Orlando with HungryBox, Blizzard's Hearthstone Collegiate Championship, and more. Full Sail Armada has grown to a community of over 6,000 students with more than 80 varsity athletes, and has formed a robust stream team consisting of content creators, streamers and shout casters. Under Sari’s leadership, Full Sail Armada has been recognized as a finalist for the Collegiate Award at the annual Esports Awards, Collegiate Esports Program of the year by the Tempest Awards, and Most influential Gaming Community by Women in Games Global Awards. In 2020, Sari's efforts were recognized by eFuse when she was named one of the Most Impactful Women in Collegiate Esports. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Sari holds her bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Pre-Law and her MBA. She has also earned her Project Management Professional Certification (PMP). Prior to working at Full Sail, Sari specialized in large-scale event management and strategic project management and planning. Sari is a member of WISE (Women in Sports and Events) and sits in the Wise Within Mentorship committee. She also serves as a mentor in the Queer Women of Esports mentorship program.