Aristocrat has appointed Jayme (Jay) Sevigny as president of Video Gaming Technology (VGT). Sevigny will be based at VGT’s headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., where he will report directly to Aristocrat chief executive officer, Jamie Odell and join the executive leadership team.

Sevigny takes over from Rich Schneider, interim president of VGT, who will return to his permanent role as chief product officer for Aristocrat, responsible for game development and technology across their global business, including VGT.

Sevigny has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming industry. He began his career in casino operations for Boyd Gaming Corporation in 1980 before moving through an array of senior leadership roles in finance, marketing and general management for Harrah’s Entertainment and later with Gaylord Entertainment Company. Sevigny also served as VGT’s chief operating officer from 2006-2011.



The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes has selected John Phillipp as their new chief executive officer for the Shoshone-Bannock Gaming Operation and Hotel & Event Center, combing the management of the two properties, as decided by the Fort Hall Business Council (FHBC).

Phillipp has over 30 years of casino experience, with major corporate and tribal properties around the United States. For 23 of those years he worked for Harrah’s Entertainment in all casino operating departments including room service, slots, table games, and casino management positions, which then lead to vice president of operations/assistant general manager. Phillipp also served as assistant general manager at Potawatomi Casino leading over 2,800 employees, and their entire operation, as well as chief operating officer for the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and most recently the chief operating officer at LCO Casino, Lodge, and Convention Center in Wisconsin.



IAGA has appointed Kirsten Clark as their executive director. In her new role, Clark will oversee the association’s daily operations, while working with IAGA’s officers and trustees to implement and achieve their annual goals and objectives.

Clark comes to the IAGA with over 10 year’s global gaming industry experience. She was most recently senior vice president and chief operating officer-Asia, for Gaming Partners International, where she helped in expanding their day-to-day business operations throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim while also overseeing GPI’s global marketing and product management divisions.

Her gaming industry experience also includes extensive strategic marketing, public relations and events management experience for Shuffle Master, serving as vice president of worldwide marketing.



Konami has announced the promotion of Michael Coppert to senior director, customer service. In his new role, Coppert will be responsible for overseeing  Konami’s games and systems customer service department, including system implementations, game installations, customer training, field service operations, project management, and ongoing customer technical support and professional services.

Coppert joined the company in 2012 as director of customer service & technical support, bringing with him, extensive gaming industry and senior management experience in the areas of customer service, software development, deployment and project management.

Coppert has over 35 years of experience in delivering expert software solutions to customers domestically and globally, across the gaming, telecommunications and global information technology sectors.



Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, the newest Crown Corporation as a result of the merger of the MLCC and Manitoba Lotteries, has appointed John Stinson as chief executive officer.

Stinson previously served as the CEO of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority and was successful in blending two workforce cultures with the amalgamation of the former North Eastman Health Association and the Interlake Regional Health Authority into one corporate entity.

According to company press materials, in his new role, Stinson plans to move Liquor and Lotteries forward and continue to provide our customers with exciting and innovative product.



Full-service casino and hospitality management and consultancy company, Navegante, has named Gary D. Armentrout as their senior vice president, development.

In this role, Armentrout will lead the development efforts within the company, specifically the efforts of Trillium Entertainment, formed by Navegante and their Canadian partners to bid on, acquire, expand and operate selected casino properties that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is in process of privatizing.

 Armentrout brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Navegante team. He previously began his career with Harrah’s Entertainment while working his way through law school. After practicing law for four years for the State of Nevada, he returned to Harrah’s as its corporate attorney, and then vice president/assistant general manager.