Emerging Leaders of Gaming (ELG) and Global Gaming Business magazine (GGB) have announced the 2019-2020 class of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40. This honor is produced in conjunction with The Innovation Group, founders of the ELG program. The ELG 40 Under 40 represent young professionals already making significant impacts in the casino gaming industry.

These leaders have been selected from nominations driven by an open call to the industry. The newest class of honorees represent all aspects of gaming, including commercial and tribal casinos, manufacturers, law, regulation and entertainment.

 “The ELG 40 Under 40 has become the most important vehicle for recognition of rising leaders in the gaming industry,” said Roger Gros, publisher of GGB magazine. “With a record number of nominations, the list was very difficult to narrow. It’s a testament to the bright future of the industry just how competitive the process has become.”

Michael Soll, president of The Innovation Group, is encouraged by ELG’s continued growth. “For the seventh consecutive year, we’ve seen enthusiasm and interest for this program grow,” said Soll. “New leadership can serve to invigorate an industry and we’re excited to play a key role in identifying individuals with the talent and creativity to lead gaming into the future.”

The 2019-2020 class includes:

  • Filippos Antonopoulos, CEO & Founder, Vermantia
  • Stewart Baker, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
  • Phil Bernard, Vice President, Gaming Equipment, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
  • Steven Brody, Digital Compliance Manager, William Hill US
  • Brian Bulko, Compliance Manager, Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
  • Lucas Cai, Director, Casino Operations, Marina Bay Sands
  • Shawnna Castellano, Region Director, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Amy Castro, Gaming Operations Analyst, Ocean Downs Casino
  • Teri Chan Palomaki, Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis, Scientific Games
  • Dan Cherry, Vice President of Gaming Operations, Penn National Gaming
  • Dan Farnon, Director, Strategic Accounts, IGT
  • Jessica Feil, Senior Director, Government Relations, American Gaming Association
  • Josh Ford, Chief Information Officer, Jamul Casino
  • Kevin Fulmer, Vice President, Digital Sports, Caesars Entertainment
  • Daniel Hanson, Executive Director, Snoqualmie Gaming Commission
  • Harry Jackson III, Associate, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Lana Kotur, Vice President of Customer Success, VizExplorer
  • Afshien Lashkari, Engineering Manager, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Brandon Loeschner, Partner, National Practice Leader Gaming Services Group, RubinBrown LLP
  • Meredith McEvoy, Engineering Operations Director, AGS
  • Max Meltzer, Chief Commercial Officer, Kambi Group Plc
  • Bhavishi Patel, Vice President of Employee-Owner & Guest Experiences, Eureka Casino Resort
  • Lukas Pesek, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Excalibur Hotel and Casino
  • Samantha Powell, General Manager, GLI APAC (Australia and Macau) Region
  • Guillermo Ramirez Carmona, Mechanical Engineer, Incredible Technologies
  • Danielle Rankin, Director of Business Development, Konami Gaming Inc.
  • Loren Rosenberg, VP Product & Market Strategy, Everi Holdings, Inc.
  • Karl Rutledge, Partner, Chair – Commercial Gaming Group, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • Ryan Sawyer, Vice President/Project Director, Analytical Environmental Services
  • Allen Schultz, Director of Slot Performance, San Manuel Casino
  • Lindsay Slader, VP Regulatory Affairs, GeoComply
  • Nicole Stewart, Vice President/Transportation Engineer, Urban Systems, Inc.
  • Kelly Sullivan, Director of Global HR & Development, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
  • Diana Szorc, Digital Marketing Manager, Rush Street Gaming
  • Rishi Tirupari, Vice President – Sustainability, Wynn Resorts (Macau)
  • Simone Tyree, Assistant Casino Manager, Caesars Entertainment (Paris LV)
  • Luciana Van Sickle, Global Strategic Sourcing Manager, Aristocrat Technologies
  • Adam Wexler, Chief Executive Officer, Performance Predictions
  • Christopher Wilcock, Executive Director of Casino Optimization, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas LLC
  • Brian Wyman, Senior Vice President, Operations & Data Analytics, The Innovation Group

The Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 will be honored at a cocktail event during G2E on Wednesday, October 16 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at SUSHISAMBA Las Vegas. To RSVP for this event, please click here.


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