Land Based Casino


Skyelar Perkins – is Corporate Senior Director of Slot Operations for the Choctaw Casinos & Resorts. Skyelar oversees the slot operations across 22 individual properties in southeastern Oklahoma totaling approximately 10,000 slot machines. The Choctaw’s flagship property is located in Durant, OK and has 4,300 slot machines and is one of the largest casinos in North America.


Todd Eilers – is a principle at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he is responsible for leading all research and consulting services related to the Gaming Equipment & Technology sector within the casino gaming industry. Todd created the gaming industry’s largest slot survey tracking industry demand and market share trends and is one of the leading voices in the Gaming Equipment sector.


Marcus Prater Currently serves as Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a non-profit trade organization comprised of the world top gaming industry suppliers whose mission is to further the interests of its members throughout the world.  


Dan Cherry is the Corporate Vice President of Gaming for Penn National Gaming. Dan oversees the gaming operations across 40 individual casinos with roughly 50,000 slot machines.  Penn National Gaming is one of the largest casino operators in the world in terms of both revenue and number of slot machines installed.


Rick EckertCurrently serves as Managing Director – Slot Performance & Analytics at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming.  Prior to joining EKG, Mr. Eckert worked at Wynn Resorts as Manager of Slot Administration, Analytics, and Operations, where he was recognized as “Manager of the Year” in 2016. Mr. Eckert previously worked for MGM Resorts International as a Slot Analyst at Luxor, Excalibur, and then Bellagio upon completing the company’s leadership development program.

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Ron Nesbitt is the Corporate VP of Gaming at Wind Creek Hospitality. Ron oversees all gaming activities at a corporate level for Wind Creek Hospitality, which is the principal gaming and hospitality entity of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  Wind Creek owns and operates six casino properties in Alabama, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and the Caribbean totaling approximately 10,000 slot machines. Prior to joining Wind Creek, Mr. Nesbitt held various operational roles within Caesars Entertainment over a seventeen year period.


Mike Gatten – started his career at MGM Resorts International in 1996 at The Mirage as a Slot Club Representative and was quickly promoted to Assistant Slot Club Shift Supervisor.  Mike transferred to ARIA in January 2013 as the Vice President of Slot Operations & Marketing. He held this position until moving on to MGM Resorts International as the Corporate Vice President of Direct Marketing Strategy in April 2016. He lead the department until his most recent promotion to Corporate Senior Vice President Slot Strategy for MGM Resorts International.


Gavin Issacs –  currently serves as a director of both DraftKings Inc. (Nasdaq: DKNG) and Galaxy Gaming Ltd. (OTCQB: GLXZ) and as an advisor to Jackpocket, an online lottery app. Most recently, Isaacs was the Non-Executive Chairman of sports betting technology leader SBTech Limited, which merged with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. and DraftKings Inc., and he served in numerous leadership capacities for Scientific Games (Nasdaq: SGMS), including as President and CEO and as a member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Scientific Games, he was the CEO of SHFL Entertainment and the Executive Vice President and COO of Bally Technologies.


Debi Nutton – Debi is currently a gaming consultant and executive coach.  Most recently Debi assisted with the openings of both Encore Boston Harbor and Resorts World Las Vegas.  Prior to that, Debi served as Executive Vice President of Casino Operations for Wynn Las Vegas.  Before joining Wynn Las Vegas, Debi held the position of Senior Vice President of Casino Operations at MGM Resorts.  In addition to her many executive roles, Debit was also named Top Corporate Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Light the Night Walk in Southern Nevada in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  She is also a member of the Advisory Board for G2E and serves as a mentor for Global Gaming Women.

Interactive Gaming

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Kirsten Bond General Manager, Gamesys. Ms. Bond has been in online gambling sector for nearly 20years, joining Gamesys in 2008. Gamesys operates one of NJ’s first legal online casino’s,, as well as managed services for fellow operators from Gamesys’ s New Jersey office.


Brett Nowak – is the Founder & CEO of Liquid & Grit, a leading provider of product insight and business intelligence reports for the social casino gaming industry. Previously he worked at Zynga as a Lead Product Manager and Blue Shell Games as a Director of Product.


Niko Vuori – is a proven entrepreneur with a passion for consumer products and technology. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Drivetime, which is developing next generation of interactive entertainment for drivers. He was previously Co-Founder & COO of Rocket Games, a social casino company that was sold to Penn National Gaming in 2016.


Lloyd Melnick – is a Gaming industry veteran with over 20 years of experience. He is currently Director of StarsPlay (The Stars Group), where he is responsible for building and leading social casino, slots, and poker products. He has previously worked for Zynga, Spooky Cool Labs, and The Walt Disney Company.


Adam Krejcik – is a principle at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, where he is responsible for leading all research and consulting services related to the interactive gaming industry. He has become one of the leading voices in the social casino industry and his quarterly research reports have become the gold standard.


Chris Grove – is Managing Director of Sports Betting & Emerging Verticals for Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. Grove is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the subject of the U.S. regulated sports betting landscape. His insights and research regarding the sports betting industry have been quoted in hundreds of articles, including outlets such as Bloomberg, ESPN, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.


Dermot S. Smurfit – brings deep operational & management experience in Internet gaming through his years in GAN together with his M&A, strategic advisory and private equity financing experience in the gaming technology space. Dermot is a qualified UK attorney specialized in corporate finance. In 2012 Dermot was identified among the Internet gaming Industry’s ‘Top10 Supplier Superstars’ by specialist Industry publication Gaming Intelligence.


Thomas Winter – is SVP and General Manager of Online Gaming of Golden Nugget, the award winning, US number 1 online gaming operator. Prior to that, Winter served as CEO of Betclic, a major European online sports betting brand, helping the business grow organically 10 folds to $200m revenues over 3 years. He was also responsible for, which he merged with Betclic. Prior to joining Betclic, he spent 9 years in the Telco and Sports Media industries, notably as a Marketing and Sales Director. Thomas Winter holds an MBA from ESSEC business school in Paris.


Lior Shiff – is an entrepreneur and active investor in early stage companies. He is currently the Co-Founder & CEO and of Tripledot Studios, a mobile game studio based in London. Previously he was the Co-founder and CEO of Product Madness, a leading social casino company that was sold to Aristocrat.