Casino Executive News: June 2015
Continuing to act on their global sales strategy, Interblock has named a leading Asia Pacific gaming sales expert, Cameron Louis, as senior vice president of Asia Pacific. According to company press materials, Louis previously served as sales manager of strategic system solutions for International Game Technology (IGT). His track record also includes serving as state sales manager for IGT in New South Wales and Australia Capital Territory and with Ainsworth Game Technology, first as sales manager for Queensland and the Northern Territory National and then as national sales manager. He has ownership experience, as proprietor of Gaming Business Systems and operator experience, having served as sales and marketing manager for Golden Gaming/Golden Casket, one of eight Queensland Government-licensed monitoring operators. Louis will be based at Interblock’s Australian headquarters.
Konami has designated Scott Richards to oversee sales initiatives for all facets of Konami’s SYNKROS casino management system, with a focus on new business development and building strategic relationships across the company’s customer base. According to company press materials, Richards was promoted to manager of systems sales in 2013 and to director of systems sales in 2014. He graduated magna cum laude from Menlo College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Now, as part of Konami’s sales management team, Richards will report directly to Ross O’Hanley, vice president of North American sales. Richards is responsible for developing and executing SYNKROS sales plans and initiatives to help drive Konami’s long-term organizational objectives.
NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMISSION
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has selected Shannon O’Loughlin, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, as the chief of staff. O’Loughlin will lead the day-to-day management of the Commission operations, which includes compliance, finance, public affairs and technology divisions. According to NIGC press materials, O’Loughlin brings over 16 years of legal and policy expertise, with experience in Federal Indian law, Indian Nations law and policy, and indigenous peoples international and human rights law and policy. O’Loughlin most recently worked in the private sector, heading-up and managing a large national firm’s Indian law practice group as a partner in their Washington office. Now, she will provide support in implementing the NIGC’s priorities, including the execution of the agency’s oversight duties, maintaining their commitment to training, technical assistance, and meaningful tribal consultation, supporting a regulatory workforce both at the NIGC and among its partners and continuing to strengthen dialogue and relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
SightLogix, a leader in smart thermal camera solutions for outdoor security applications, has expanded their sales organization, hiring Chandler Hunt as district sales manager for the Southwestern U.S. Region. According to company press materials, Hunt is based in Southern California and will have responsibility for SightLogix’ expansion in Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico and Southern Nevada. Chandler previously worked for Hikvision, serving as sales engineer where he provided system design and sales support for the company’s sales channel, contractors and consultants. He also gained industry expertise while working with Quintron Systems Inc., Graybar Electric and as a security consultant specializing in expert witness testimony.
Now in his role as district sales manager, Chandler will promote the growth of SightLogix’ key verticals, including utilities, petro-chemical facilities, airports, transportation and other infrastructure protection applications. His experience in the military and commercial market will be leveraged to provide support and service to the sales channel and end users in the region.
With the recent creation of their EMEA division, TCSJOHNHUXLEY has strengthened its sales team, with a number of new, key appointments. According to their company press materials, the EMEA region is of prime importance to TCSJOHNHUXLEY, as it focuses on continuing to grow its market share. To meet this demand and to drive the business forward, the company has three industry professionals returning to the team.
Steph Nel has been appointed as senior business development manager, Gavin Wright to the role of business development manager and John Galajsza as brand ambassador. All will report directly to John Whiskin, head of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Nel has over 15 years of experience in the gaming industry and returns to TCSJOHNHUXLEY utilizing his extensive gaming knowledge obtained through various positions in both operations and the supply side. Nel will now be responsible for driving sales to increase market share in the region and building business partnerships with key accounts.
Wright was previously with the company for seven years, achieving excellent results. He will play a key role supporting the EMEA portfolio, responsible for creating new business opportunities and providing greater support for existing customers in the region.
Galajsza will be utilizing his extensive contacts and experience to leverage the TCSJOHNHUXLEY brand and further develop customer relationships.