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September 23, 2021

Contact: Allison McCoy

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Next generation leaders named to prestigious industry group

LAS VEGAS -- The Innovation Group, organizers of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming program, and Global Gaming Business magazine (GGB) today announced the latest class of individuals to be named to the “Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40,” a program that recognizes young professionals making significant impacts in the casino gaming industry. 

The winners were selected from more than 125 candidates nominated either by a colleague who recognized their commitment and dedication to the gaming industry or by themselves, in the interest of inclusivity and with an appreciation for self-starters.

“The past 18 months have given our industry and individuals within it the chance to innovate, to reinvent, and to reprioritize. This year’s nominees reflected that opportunity,” said The Innovation Group President Michael Soll. “The young professionals named to this year’s 40 Under 40 are not only well equipped to lead the industry out of these extraordinary times, but also uniquely informed to direct its future.”

 “As always, this year’s class represents the best and the brightest of the industry, and offers a really exciting glimpse into the future of gaming,” said Roger Gros, publisher of GGB.

The 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 are:

  • Lauren Bates, Vice President, West Games Sales, Konami Gaming, Inc
  • Travis Bussey, Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Everi Holdings Inc.
  • Eunice Chua, Director, Global Gaming Operations, Marina Bay Sands
  • Justine Clay, Senior Director, CX, GAN
  • Brett Colbert, Director of Product Management - Global Gaming Operation, Scientific Games
  • Andrew Diss, Chief Strategy Officer, Meruelo Gaming
  • David Forman, Senior Director, Research, American Gaming Association
  • David Garcia, Executive Director Analytics & Optimization, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Jon Hanlin, Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy & Business Analytics, Aristocrat
  • Gretchen Holzhauser, Vice President, Human Resources, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
  • Grainne Hurst, Director Corporate Affairs, Entain
  • Brandt Iden, Head of Government Affairs, U.S., Sportradar
  • Steven Iverson, Attorney, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Krystal Jones, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
  • Lisa Kerbawy, Director of Marketing, FireKeepers Casino Hotel
  • Michael Lee, Executive Director of Casino Regulatory and Compliance, Venetian Macau
  • Heather Lommori, Director of Sales, Engaged Nation
  • Colin Mansfield, Senior Director and Sector Head, US Corporates - Gaming & Leisure, Fitch Ratings
  • Joseph Marchetti, Director of Systems and Audit, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)
  • Jonathan Michaels, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and Government Affairs, Sightline Payments
  • Russell Mifsud, Director – Head of Gaming, KPMG Malta
  • Laila Mintas, CEO and Board Member, PlayUp
  • Dennis Mullen, Director of Sports Wagering and Paid Fantasy Sports, Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Steph Nel, Managing Director for the Americas, TCSJOHNHUXLEY
  • Vishal Patel, Engineering Manager-Technical Services Bureau, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Michael Peacock, Associate, DLA Piper
  • Scott Riley, Senior Gaming Inspector/Licensing Specialist, Santa Clara Pueblo Gaming Commission
  • Sarah Robertson, Vice President of Sales, Kambi
  • Harley Rockhill, Head of Enterprise Analytics, Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Anna Shahbazyan, Regional Director -Latin America, BetConstruct
  • Vik Shrestha, Senior Director of Business Development PlaySports, IGT
  • Jamie Smith, Director of Sales - Table Games, AGS
  • David Stone, Director of Sales - Canada, Incredible Technologies
  • Daniela Sulier, Director of Slots, Arcade and Retail Operations, Harrah's & Harvey's Lake Tahoe
  • Heather Thomas, Senior Safety & Loss Control Manager, San Manuel Casino
  • Adrian Vella, President North America, Tipico
  • Richard Vetri, CCO, Coolbet, GAN LLC
  • Sierra Weyer, Director of Enterprise Analytics, Sycuan Casino
  • Kate White, Vice President of Business Intelligence & IT Program Management, Penn National Gaming
  • Daniel Zweben, Executive Director, Moelis & Company

Honorees will will be profiled in GGB over the next 12 months. Nominations for the 2023 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 will open in April 2022.


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About TIG: The Innovation Group has long been recognized as the world's most respected and sought-after research and advisory firm, specializing in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality and leisure industries. To date, our research and analyses have driven over $100 billion in investment decisions across more than 80 countries and six continents. The Innovation Group's accuracy and reliability is unparalleled, with our forecasts historically tracking within 5% of actual revenues across the most complex of gaming jurisdictions throughout the globe.

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About GGB: Global Gaming Business magazine, a division of Casino Connection International, is the leading monthly gaming trade publication focusing on the international casino industry. Distributed to 14,000 of the industry's most important executives around the world, as well as public officials, regulators, attorneys and Native American governments, GGB magazine is the casino industry's complete source for business information.

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About ELG: Emerging Leaders of Gaming has established itself as the go-to network for young professionals assuming the next generation of leadership in gaming, entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, tourism and leisure. It supports the growth and development of these rising stars on their path to success and future senior-level and C-suite positions.  

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