AGS welcomes Michele Hannemann Colleen Coddington to its North American sales team; Alan Feldman joins UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) as a distinguished fellow in Responsible Gaming.

» AGS

AGS has welcomed two new executives to its North American games sales team: Michele Hannemann, who will support Western Canada, and Colleen Coddington, assigned to the Midwest U.S. region.

Hannemann and Coddington bring a wealth of gaming sales experience to their new roles with AGS, and have long and well-established relationships with their customers. Hannemann joined AGS after serving 12 years with IGT, most recently as account manager for IGT Canada Solutions ULC. In this role, she led the sales and business development of IGT’s broad portfolio of gaming products and services within the territory, was accountable for meeting or exceeding multi-million dollar forecasted sales quotas, and was a frequent top-tier performer.

Coddington joins AGS after 10 years of service with Scientific Games and its acquired company Bally Technologies, where she most recently was an account executive with responsibility for 14 accounts across the Midwest, focused on driving game sales, gaming operations, and conversion revenue.

» CORDISH GAMING GROUP

The Cordish Companies announced key appointments to its corporate executive team in the Gaming & Lodging division, as the company moves to expand the Live! brand in the Mid-Atlantic region with the development of two new gaming properties in Pennsylvania. Travis Lamb, who most recently served as executive vice president and general manager of Live! Casino & Hotel, in Hanover, Md., has been elevated to the new position of CFO for Cordish Gaming Group, the company’s international gaming division. Succeeding Lamb will be Anthony Faranca, who joins the company as executive vice president and general manager of Live! Casino & Hotel.

Lamb is a senior-level executive with more than 25 years of experience in the casino gaming industry, primarily serving in strategic planning and analysis and financial leadership positions. In his new capacity as CFO of Cordish Gaming Group, Lamb will oversee the planning, implementation and management of all the financial activities of the company’s gaming projects, including the newest ventures in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Faranca brings more than 25 years of diverse management experience from multiple gaming jurisdictions to his new role at Live! Casino & Hotel in Maryland, where he will assume oversight of the day-to-day management and operations of one of the largest commercial casinos in the country. He most recently served as vice president and general manager for Station Casinos in Las Vegas.

» GLI

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) announced that CEO and President James Maida is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2019 New Jersey Award. The program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming the world.

Maida was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event this month at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.

The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.  Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of The Year National competition.

» INSPIRED ENTERTAINMENT

Inspired Entertainment named Steve Beason as its new group chief technology officer. Beason, who recently served as an independent consultant for Inspired since 2018, has accepted the position to lead Inspired’s technology efforts driving the overall hardware, software and content development.

Beason came to Inspired after more than 10 years at Scientific Games, where he most recently served as enterprise chief technology officer from 2011 until 2016. As enterprise CTO, Beason managed a group of 1,200+ employees in both operational, product development and service roles, and was instrumental in the acquisitions and integrations of Bally, WMS, Barcrest and Global Draw.  He also managed the manufacturing and software development organizations with centers in the U.S., Europe, India and China.

» UNLV INTERNATIONAL GAMING INSTITUE

Alan Feldman, who spent 29 years as a senior executive with MGM Resorts International, recently joined UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) as a distinguished fellow in Responsible Gaming. Feldman, whose appointment began last month, will lead IGI’s responsible gaming efforts, including further developing programs and policies to advance knowledge and capabilities within the industry and regulatory community.

This fellowship will support IGI’s mission of promoting international best practices in responsible gaming at a time when integrated resorts are entering more jurisdictions than ever. IGI actively conducts responsible gaming research and related training programs, including a report and related work that led to the approval of integrated resorts in Japan.

Feldman’s appointment represents a natural next step for UNLV IGI.

Feldman also serves as chair of both the National Center for Responsible Gaming and the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling.