Roster of 50+ Speakers Confirmed

for Summer Meeting in Denver July 12-15

DENVER – The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) presents an impressive roster of professionals who will share their views on gaming’s future at the Summer Meeting, July 12-15 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

More than 50 gaming industry professionals will participate as speakers throughout the conference, which will bring together gaming industry leaders, legislators, regulators, and media to examine the trends, challenges and critical issues facing the gaming industry.

Following are the confirmed speakers:

  • Juliann Barreto, COO, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Jason Barrett, Senator, West Virginia
  • Amanda Blackford, Director of Operations and Problem Gambling Services, Ohio Casino Control Commission 
  • Jordan Bender, Senior Equity Analyst, JMP Securities
  • Jacob Bossman, Representative, Iowa 
  • Christie Carpino, Representative, Connecticut; NCLGS Vice President
  • Scott Chaney, Executive Director, California Horse Racing Board
  • Sean Demeule, Vice President and General Manager, Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa Black Hawk; President, Colorado Gaming Association
  • Justin Davis, Vice Chair, Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission
  • Alex Dixon, President and CEO, Q Casino; CEO, Dubuque Racing Association (DRA)
  • Lester Elder, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery 
  • Jessica Feil, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, OpenBet 
  • Mark Ferrandino, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Mike Finn, Representative, Massachusetts
  • Shawn Fluharty, Delegate, West Virginia; NCLGS President-Elect
  • Jon Ford, Senator, Indiana; NCLGS President 
  • Steve Geller, NCLGS Founder and General Counsel 
  • Howard Glaser, Global Head of Government Affairs and Legislative Counsel, Light & Wonder
  • Thomas Grigsby, Director of Government Affairs, Poarch Band of Creek Indians 
  • Scott Gunn, Senior Vice President Corporate Public Affairs, IGT
  • Becky Harris, Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership, International Gaming Institute, UNLV; former Chair, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Dan Hartman, former Director of Gaming, Colorado Division of Gaming 
  • Trevor Hayes, Head of Government Relations, Caesars Digital 
  • David Highhill, Vice President & General Manager, Sports Betting, National Football League (NFL)
  • Jeff Ifrah, Founder and Managing Partner, Ifrah Law
  • Rachel Kasper, Vice President of Legal and Compliance, PointsBet US
  • Helene Keeley, Director, Delaware Lottery
  • Shelley Kloba, Representative, Washington
  • Peter Kulick, Member and Taxation Co-Chair, Dickinson Wright
  • Timothy Lang, Senator, New Hampshire
  • Jordan Maynard, Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • Jay McDaniel, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Sean M. McGuinness, Partner, Butler Snow LLP
  • Alan Miller, Senior Attorney, Louisiana Senate
  • Jim Miller, President, Charles Town (WV) Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association
  • Charles Moore, Executive Director, Wyoming Gaming Commission 
  • Matthew Morgan, Chairman, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • David Muradian, Representative, Massachusetts 
  • Sarah Murray, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek; former Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, US Department of Interior
  • Bill Pascrell III, Partner, Princeton Public Affairs; Counsel to Betmakers; Counsel to Monmouth Park
  • Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Kevin Ryan, Representative, Connecticut 
  • Anna Marin Russell, Senior Legal Counsel & Licensing Director, Ohio Casino Control Commission 
  • Bryan Schroeder, Senior Vice President Compliance and Legal, Tipico
  • Jim Schultz, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Scientific Games
  • Bishop Woosley, Senior Advisor, Jackpocket; former Executive Director Arkansas Lottery; former President, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
  • President, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
  • E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Chair, National Indian Gaming Commission 
  • Phil Sicuso, Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans 
  • Elizabeth Suever, Vice President Government Relations, Bally’s
  • Drew Svitko, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Lottery
  • Stephanie Swiger, Assistant General Counsel, Ohio State University
  • Marlene Warner, NCLGS Senior Advisor for Responsible Gaming; CEO, Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health
  • Al Williams, Representative, Georgia; NCLGS Treasurer
  • Brandon Woodward, Representative, Kansas

NCLGS is the only gaming conference in the United States that focuses on legislative decision-makers. The Summer Meeting agenda is posted and registration is open. The early-bird registration rate of $695 expires on Friday, May 19.


The NCLGS semiannual meeting will Include:


  • Dozens of legislators, regulators, operators, suppliers, attorneys, lobbyists and media
  • Critical discussions on all current aspects of regulated gaming
  • NCLGS Legislative 101s: The Big Picture – Focus on the Future Gaming Leaders Keynotes
  • Two luncheon keynote addresses
  • Legislative Committee sessions
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Two evening networking receptions


In addition, Gaming Laboratories International will co-locate its Regulatory Roundtable with the NCLGS Summer Meeting, and the Sports Betting Regulators Association will hold a general session open to all attendees.


To review the agenda and register, click here. Room accommodation at the Sheraton will sell out, so book your room today.


For sponsorship information, contact Josh Faber at or Allison McCoy at


Legislators and others seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at

NCLGS meetings are organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, which serves as NCLGS Executive Director.



NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation. Learn more about NCLGS at

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