Casino Executive News: January 2015
» GAMEACCOUNT NETWORK
GameAccount Network (GameAccount), a leading developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B gaming software and online gaming content, has appointed Tom Grant as the its first head of legal. Grant previously worked as senior legal counsel for The Rank Group, and as a partner at top tier gaming specialist law firm Harris Hagan
“Tom has directly advised GameAccount on a number of matters in the past and combines an in depth knowledge of the online gaming legislative landscape globally and familiarity with the GameAccount business, its culture and its people. This is a very positive appointment as we continue to expand our influence on the world stage and through our Simulated Gaming solution, enabling casino operators to effectively lift their casino floor and represent it online,” said Dermot Smurfit, CEO at GameAccount.
» GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
GLI expanded its supplier and tribal development teams by adding three seasoned sales professionals to its global staff. The expansion enables GLI to bring its full range of testing and professional services and exclusive tools to its clients across North America.
Jerad Swimmer has joined GLI as tribal development representative. With over 23 years of tribal gaming regulatory and operational experience, he most recently served as compliance manager for the Eastern Shawnee Tribe in Oklahoma. Previously, he served as the assistant deputy gaming commissioner for the tribe. He has also served as compliance supervisor for the Quapaw Tribal Gaming Agency and held casino management and various staff positions.
Courtney Swissman has also joined GLI as a supplier development representative. With an accomplished sales and management career, she most recently served as business development specialist for Aviva Canada, overseeing 40 insurance brokerages across Southern Ontario. She has also owned her own business and worked internationally as an HR manager and ESL Instructor in Korea.
Additionally, Vik Shrestha has also been appointed as a supplier development representative. Shrestha brings a history of strong sales accomplishments to GLI. Previously as a territory sales manager for RJ Reynolds, he expanded his territory to 120 accounts. He has also served as a marketing associate for Eaklife and as a sales service specialist for Bank of America.
» GRAND HO TRAM STRIP
Shaun McCamley has been named president of the Grand Ho Tram Strip.
An Australian national, McCamley has extensive Asia gaming experience in both marketing and operations, with 35 years in the gaming industry under his belt.
Before relocating to Vietnam in September, he served as managing partner of Euro Pacific Asia consulting, an established and respected specialist gaming consulting firms in Macau.
“With the business steadily growing, future developments still to come on?line, and an amazing golf course, The Grand Ho Tram Strip is certainly a project that the entire gaming world has been watching for some time, and it is an honor to be at the helm of this ship for the next phase of its voyage,” McCamley said.
» NAVAJO NATION GAMING ENTERPRISE
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) announced an expanded board of directors. selected and approved to oversee Navajo Gaming. The new, larger board elected Martha L. King as chairperson by a unanimous vote.
King is a partner with Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, and practices in the areas of federal Indian law, gaming, civil litigation, real property, contracts, economic development, business site leasing, municipal law, sovereignty law, local governance, capital improvement, land use planning as well as transportation law.
The business and affairs of Navajo Gaming are overseen by King and her fellow board members. Four new board members were also nominated by the president of the Navajo Nation and confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council. The new board members are Tamarah Begay, Quincy Natay, Leah Claw and Kristina Haskell.
Suzo-Happ has named Ronald Partridge as president of their business units operating in North, Central and South America.
Partridge comes to Suzo-Happ from Panduit Corporation in Tinley Park, Ill., where he served in various roles over the last 20 years, with his longest position being group vice president, global sales and marketing.
Partridge has a focus on market trends, product innovations, customer value and operational efficiency. Part of his duties will include working to form strategic partnerships with customers, suppliers, and stakeholders.
Leading manufacturer and supplier of gaming equipment and table game technology, TCSJOHNSHUXLEY has launched a new Table Games Division, and with that, the appointment of industry games expert Bobby Liscioto head the new division.
Liscio will be responsible for sourcing, developing and expanding the company’s already extensive games portfolio, including proprietary table games, side bets and a variety of progressive and bonusing options that are available through the GFL Bonusing platform. In this role, he will be solely focused on working with the sales teams worldwide to assist in the implementation and installation of table games and provide support and training to operators.