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October 6, 2022

Contact: Keli Elkins

(703) 587-1648


The Innovation Group and Global Gaming Business recognize the next generation of

gaming industry leaders.


LAS VEGAS – The Innovation Group, organizers of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming (ELG) program, and Global Gaming Business magazine (GGB) have announced the honorees of the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40, a program that recognizes professionals under the age of 40 already making significant impacts in the casino gaming industry.


The honorees were selected from a diverse cross-section of professionals nominated to be recognized for their achievements within and dedication to the industry in all its forms. From operations and compliance professionals to supplier-side innovators, responsible gaming experts, and professionals driving new gaming segments, the latest class of honorees reflects an industry in evolution.


“This year’s selection process was as competitive as ever given the wide range of titles and segments represented,” said The Innovation Group President Michael Soll. “It’s an honor to help identify and showcase the remarkable individuals driving our industry into the future.”


“The quality of this year’s Emerging Leaders class is really extraordinary,” said Roger Gros, publisher of GGB. “Their accomplishments at such a young age reflect the dedication of these professionals to their craft.”

Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40, Class of 2023:

  • Andrea Arrigo, Director of Database Marketing, Palms Casino Resort
  • Joseph Byrd, Chairman, Quapaw Nation
  • Chris Calitri, Account Executive, Ainsworth Game Technology
  • Marissa Coleman, VP, Business Development, Gaming Society
  • Lloyd Danzig, Managing Partner, Sharp Alpha Advisors
  • Cait DeBaun, Vice President, Strategic Communications & Responsibility, American Gaming Association
  • Tommaso Di Chio, SVP, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance & Deputy General Counsel, Kambi
  • Michael Donovan, Regional VP & General Manager – Midwest, Bally's Kansas City
  • Jonathan Doubilet, Managing Director & VP, Operations, US, Playtech
  • Brianne Doura-Schawohl, Founder & CEO, Doura-Schawohl Consulting, LLC
  • Anamarie Ellis, Director of Player Development & Marketing Executive, Ellis Island Casino
  • Brooke Fiumara, Co-CEO, OPTX
  • Anita Grim, VP, Hospitality and Labor Analytics, Caesars Entertainment
  • Samantha Haggerty, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer & Regulatory Affairs Counsel, Penn Entertainment
  • Dan Hannigan-Daley, CEO, Sports Info Solutions
  • Marilyn Janssen, VP, Loyalty Services, Everi Holdings Inc
  • Heather Jerrytone, Director of VIP Services, Yaamava Casino & Resort
  • Matt Kaufman, Director, Digital and Interactive, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, LLC
  • Steve Kohon, VP of Game Sales, West, Bluberi Gaming
  • Brian Kraft, Head of Business Development, North America, Evolution
  • Robert Levine, CEO, ComOps
  • Ryan Loveland, CFO, Laguna Development Corporation
  • Agata Maher, Director of Marketing Operations, Pechanga Resort & Casino
  • Jamie McKelvey, Deputy Attorney General, NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Diego Mejia, Sales Manager, Casino and Gaming, TransAct Technologies Incorporated
  • Phylicia Middleton, Director of Marketing, Galaxy Gaming
  • Alexandra Milkovich, Associate & Senior Interior Designer, HBG Design
  • Kyle Piasecki, Vice President, Partnerships, Playmaker
  • Bradley Pieper, Director of Sales, AGS
  • Ashley Polo, Executive Director of Brand and Database Marketing, Encore Boston Harbor
  • Rob Procter, VP, Game Development, Light & Wonder
  • Susan Quach, Senior Director, Customer Experience, OpenBet
  • Stephanie Quiles, Director of Game Development, IGT
  • Mike Robbins, Technical Compliance Specialist, Digital, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)
  • Nick Ryan, VP, Casino Marketing, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
  • Shannon Semenuk, Director of Slot Operations, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
  • Lee Terfloth, COO, Out the Gate, Inc
  • Louis Trombetta, Executive Director, Florida Gaming Control Commission
  • Christmas Uberuaga, VP, UberWins Studio, Aristocrat
  • Jordan Whitten, Director of Slot Analytics, MGM Resorts International

The Class of 2023 will be celebrated during the Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 Networking Reception, in partnership with Global Gaming Expo, on Wednesday, October 12, from 4 to 5 PM in the G2E Networking Lounge (Booth #2040). Open to everyone in the ELG network, this reception is generously supported by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), the Indian Gaming Association (IGA), and RMC Legal.


Nominations for the 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40 will open in April 2023.

About ELG: Emerging Leaders of Gaming has established itself as the go-to network for young professionals assuming the next generation of leadership in gaming, entertainment, hospitality, food and beverage, tourism and leisure. It supports the growth and development of these rising stars on their path to success and future senior-level and C-suite positions.  


About GGB: Global Gaming Business magazine, a division of Casino Connection International, is the leading monthly gaming trade publication focusing on the international casino industry. Distributed to 14,000 of the industry's most important executives around the world, as well as public officials, regulators, attorneys and Native American governments, GGB magazine is the casino industry's complete source for business information.


About TIG: The Innovation Group has long been recognized as the world's most respected and sought-after research and advisory firm, specializing in the gaming, entertainment, hospitality and leisure industries. To date, our research and analyses have driven over $100 billion in investment decisions across more than 80 countries and six continents. The Innovation Group's accuracy and reliability is unparalleled, with our forecasts historically tracking within 5% of actual revenues across the most complex of gaming jurisdictions throughout the globe.  

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