More than 300 regulators from across North America and the Caribbean packed Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas recently for Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI) 15th annual North American Regulators Roundtable.

The theme of the event was “Strategically Facing Change,” and the speakers, each thought-leaders in their respective fields, guided attendees to strategically face change on critically important topics.

The annual event, the largest regulator event of its kind in the world, drew regulators from more than 50 jurisdictions.

“At GLI, we provide so much more than just testing, and our annual Roundtables are clear evidence of that,” said James Maida, president and CEO of GLI in a prepared statement. “We are absolutely thrilled with every aspect of our 15th annual North American Regulators Roundtable—the keynote addresses, the panels, the high level of content, and the incredible support we received from our regulator clients across North America and the Caribbean. We were honored and grateful to host our guests for two incredible days of learning and networking.”

Attendees were thrilled to hear stirring and informative keynote addresses from Mark Eaton, a former NBA All Star, motivational speaker and team building expert, who spoke about the four fundamentals of a winning team; Julia Boguslawski, chief of staff/chief communications officer for Scientific Games, who addressed embracing change in the changing gaming industry; and Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), who gave an update from the industry, highlighting the important role regulators play.

In what has become an annual tradition, Maida and Patrick Moore, senior director of compliance for GLI, highlighted 10 key technologies regulators must be aware of in 2015.

Next, Mackenzie Haugh, director of engineering for GLI, led a panel discussion covering on-premises mobile gaming with panelists Morris Choma, senior manager for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Joshua Hanson, CIO of CG Technology; Richard Fenster, director of enterprise digital services, BCLC; and Charles Cohen, vice president of mobile at GTECH.

The convergence of gaming payments and financial regulation was the focus of an intense discussion led by Michael Lipton, partner at Dickinson Wright LLP. Joining as panelists were Richard Schuetz, commissioner of the California Gambling Control;  Thomas Rafferty, vice president of intellectual property for Scientific Games; Joseph Pappano, senior vice president and managing director at Vantiv Gaming Solutions; Matthew Katz, CEO of CAMS; and Scott Scepaniak, vice president of compliance for SMSC Gaming Enterprise, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel/Little Six Casino.

Ensuring the true independence of a testing lab is critical to successful regulation. Kevin Mullally, general counsel and vice president of government relations for GLI, led a discussion on the role of the lab. Panelists included Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Jim Logue, deputy director of the Delaware State Lottery; Thomas Russell of the Pokagon Band Gaming Commission; and Chad Kornett, compliance manager at GLI.

The Roundtable also featured three important and informative breakout sessions. Gregory Doucette, director of professional services for GLI, presented “Ethical Hacking and Independent Validation and Verification Testing,” while Stephen Maldonado, tribal development representative for GLI, spoke about signature methodologies and slot file best practices. The third breakout session featured a case study of GLI’s new GLiCloud inventory tracking system. GLiCloud is in use on more than 50,000 devices in the United States.

The North American Regulators Roundtable was produced by GLI University. Next GLI University will stage the European Regulators Roundtable May 28 and 29 in Rome, and then the Latin American Regulators Roundtable, slated for August 26 and 27 in Bogota, Colombia. 

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