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July 7, 2022

Contact: Keli Elkins

(703) 587-1648


Past “ELG 40 Under 40” honorees to inform future programming and direction


Emerging Leaders of Gaming (ELG), the next-generation leadership development program organized by The Innovation Group, recently named the following, notable gaming industry professionals to its new Alumni Advisory Board:


  • Melissa Aarskaug, Vice President of Business Development, Bulletproof
  • Brett Abarbanel, Director of Research, International Gaming Institute, UNLV
  • Justin Carter, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations, Penn National Gaming
  • Ashley Eurich, Chief of Operations, Lockdogs
  • Jordan Hollander, Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Gretchen Holzhauser, Vice President of Human Resources, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
  • Brandt Iden, Head of Government of Affairs, U.S., Sportradar
  • Mick Ingersoll, Vice President, Sales Operations, Everi
  • Martin Lycka, Senior Vice President for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gaming, Entain
  • Tammy Malvin, Partner, Litigation, Akerman LLP
  • Russell Mifsud, Director, Gaming Lead, KPMG Malta
  • Meghan Sleik, Chief of Staff, Global Gaming, Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
  • Diana Szorc, Marketing Manager, Rush Street Gaming
  • Rishi Tirupari, Vice President, Sustainability, Wynn Resorts Macau


The ELG Alumni Advisory Board was created to identify and prioritize the needs of the ELG community; develop a pipeline of future emerging leaders; and bring additional structure and strategy to its efforts.


“The Emerging Leaders program has grown in interest and stature in more ways than we could ever have imagined,” says Michael Soll, president of The Innovation Group. “When it was created, we knew there was a need, but we were surprised by the appetite. The creation of the ELG Alumni Advisory Board represents the next step in the program’s evolution. We’re excited and honored to have such an impressive, diverse, engaged group of leaders informing our next chapter.”


The Board already has met to discuss evolving the program’s communication strategy -- including content creation, creating an alumni directory for individual networking and business development, reinvigorating ELG offerings at Global Gaming Expo, and opportunities to broaden the nomination pool for ELG’s marquee program, the ELG 40 Under 40, a partnership with Global Gaming Business magazine.

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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.

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.  

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