Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships, theScore
Aubrey heads-up paid media, partnerships, and user acquisition strategies at theScore. With more than four million users a month, theScore is one of the most popular multi-sport news and data apps in North America. In December 2018 theScore also became the first sports media company to announce plans to launch a mobile sportsbook in the United States. This is due to go live in mid-2019, starting with New Jersey. Aubrey also leads the strategy and growth of theScore esports, the company's market-leading platform dedicated to covering the competitive video game scene.
President & MD, Don Best Sports
Benjie Cherniak is the Managing Director of Don Best Sports, a leading provider of sports information products and services related to the provision of real-time information relevant to the North American sports betting industry. With offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Benjie oversees the organization’s sports information platform, automated data distribution, live pricing division and ancillary consulting services. Benjie has spearheaded international growth via tailored solutions to tier-one sportsbook operators in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and beyond.
Bill Pascrell III
Strategic Advisor / Public & Government Affairs Professional / Lobbyist at Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc.
Bill Pascrell III (BP3), a partner in Princeton Public Affairs Group, is New Jersey’s leading expert on online gaming and has a diverse worldwide client base ranging from Hard Rock Casinos to Sportech to the Meadowlands Race Track to Camelot to PokerStars. Mr. Pascrell recently led the campaign to legalize NJ Sports Betting after managing a successful statewide referendum. BPIII is known nationwide for his sports betting and online gaming expertise as well as his influence in crafting horse racing and lottery legislation. And most notably, Mr. Pascrell spearheaded the multi-year campaign to pass the landmark New Jersey On Line Gaming Act recently signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Mr. Pascrell is also a member of the GiGSE (Global Internet Gaming and Sports Experts) Board of Advisors, as well as a member of the National Council of Problem Gambling Federal Affairs Committee. Mr. Pascrell has been routinely cited as one of the 100 most influential personalities in New Jersey politics by PolitickerNJ.com.
Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. announced the extension of its gaming practice providing strategic advice to the gaming industry across the US. The expanded offering is highlighted in a new video entitled, PPAG Perspectives:
Michigan State Representative
Brandt Iden was elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2014. He proudly serves the residents of Michigan’s 61st District, which includes parts of Kalamazoo County. Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Brandt served two terms as a Kalamazoo County Commissioner and as an advisor to the Kalamazoo County Land Bank. Currently in his third-term, Brandt serves as chair of the newly created House Ways & Means Committee. The Ways & Means Committee is one of the most important and powerful committees in the Michigan House with respect to impact on policy. Brandt holds degrees in Political Science and Economics from Kalamazoo College. He is also the owner of a real estate management and consulting firm. His activities in his local community include serving on the boards for Big Brother, Big Sister, Discover Kalamazoo, and Junior Achievement.
Responsible Gaming/Property Engagement and APIA Outreach and Initiatives, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Carolene Layugan currently serves as the Director of Responsible Gaming and Property Engagement and as the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Engagement Director for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s most diverse casino-entertainment company, and has been with the company since January 2000. Carolene’s duties include management, implementation, and training of the company’s Responsible Gaming Programs. An active supporter of community and industry affiliations, she served as a former board member with Caesars Entertainment’s Corporate HERO Board, the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, and its Foundation. Carolene is currently the Board Chair for the Asian Community Development Council in Las Vegas, Advisory Board Member for OCA-Las Vegas and the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, a member of the New Jersey Responsible Gaming Working Group, and sits on the Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling for the State of Nevada. Carolene also founded Caesars Entertainment’s APIA Business Impact Group in 20111. Carolene is a recipient of the 2014 OCA-Las Vegas Chapter ICON Award, 2014 OCA National Corporate Achievement Award, 2009 Rising Stars of Business Award, 2006 Caesars Entertainment Chairman’s Award, and was nominated for the Community Specialist of The Year by the Nevada Minority Business Council in 2011. She attended Kapiolani Community College and UNLV.
New Jersey DGE, State of New Jersey
Since his appointment as New Jersey DGE, David Rebuck actively pursued legislation to offer alternate forms of gaming in Atlantic City and revenue to the State. In the area of sports betting, Governor Christie signed a bill authorizing sports betting in Atlantic City casinos and New Jersey Racetracks. Under Rebucks’ direction, the Division promulgated and adopted regulations on October 12, 2012 allowing sports betting. The filing of litigation and resulting court case and the diligence in pursuant of sports betting has brought world-wide attention to New Jersey. Rebuck has also been closely involved in the legalization and implementation of Internet gaming in New Jersey. With his foresight, proposed Internet gaming regulations were able to be adopted and become effective in October 21, 2013, less than three months after Governor Christie signed the law legalizing Internet gaming in New Jersey.
Co-founder and CEO, Chalkline Sports
Daniel is an experienced gaming executive having operated online gaming operations on 2 continents. He served as COO of WatchandWager, an online Horse/Harness/Dog wagering site licensed in North Dakota and based in Lexington, Kentucky. Previously, he was MD & Co-founder of a regulated online sports book in South Africa, which was sold to the land-based casino group, Sun International, in 2013. Recently, Daniel has launched Chalkline Sports, a veteran-led data insights company that delivers software as a service solution to gaming and media companies to increase profitability by automating visualized sports betting data on a mobile content platform in regulated and soon-to-be regulated markets.
Managing Director, Gamban
Daniel Umfleet is the COO of Gamban®. His role supports business and marketing goals by delivering timely, relevant, fact-based industry sector understanding and insights that helps facilitate strategic and tactical decision-making across all critical parts of Gamban®. Gamban® helps business owners minimise risk by protecting people and devices; controlling access to gambling at the workplace. It also allows problem gamblers block unwanted gambling content.
Attorney, Drazin Warshaw P.C
Dennis Drazin has a long history in law and gaming. As a lawyer, Dennis was one of the key players in the landmark Supreme Court decision in May 2018 Christie v NCAA, which effectively repealed the sports betting ban imposed by PASPA (the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, 1992). Dennis Drazin is also the Chairman and CEO of the Monmouth Park Horse-Racing Track. Monmouth Park often hosts momentous occasions such as the first legal sports bet in New Jersey, and in 2019 it will host the All American Sports Betting Summit.
Dr. Laila Mintas
Chairwoman - Strategic Advisory Board, Bet.works
Dr. Laila Mintas was recently appointed as chairwoman of the strategic advisory board at Bet.Works. Dr. Mintas most recently served as Deputy President for Sportradar US, the global leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports analytics and data. Dr. Mintas was recently awarded the Leaders in Sports Under 40 Award, the Sports Business Journal’s Game Changers Award, the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year and was named one of the 25 executives to watch in 2019 by Global Gaming Business magazine.
Head of Content: US, Catena Media
Dustin Gouker is the head of content for a number of sites that track the regulated sports betting and online gaming industries in the United States, including LegalSportsReport.com and PlayUSA.com. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years, including a stint at The Washington Post. For the past four years he's covered the rise of the daily fantasy sports industry and the online casino market in New Jersey, along with the advent of legal US sports gambling.
VP and General Counsel, SugarHouse Casino
Evan Davis serves as Vice President and General Counsel of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, PA. In this role, Evan oversees all legal matters including those involving regulatory, labor and employment, construction, intellectual property, real estate, litigation, compliance, risk management and contractual issues for the company. Evan is a recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 "Best of the Bar" award and was named by Emerging Leaders of Gaming and Global Gaming Business magazine to their 2018 list of “40 Under 40.” Outside of work, Evan serves on the Board of Directors for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.
Managing Partner, Princeton Global Strategies
George is the Managing Director of Princeton Global Strategies, LLC (PGS), a strategic advisory firm formed in June 2017 with fellow principals, Bill Pascrell III and Dale Florio. PGS provides multi-discipline strategic advice to assist clients seeking solutions to legal, governmental and political challenges for issues involving licensing, investigations, compliance, and AML across a wide spectrum of industries including casino and Internet gaming, sports betting, lottery, horse racing, alcoholic beverage regulation, legalization and regulation of marijuana, corporate compliance and criminal/administrative investigations and due diligence. The PGS team is prepared to utilize its extensive experience dealing with government officials, regulatory and criminal, and leveraging its far ranging network of contacts to solve the most challenging problems facing clients.
I have nearly 40 years of experience in sports, entertainment, technology, betting & games as a CEO, Founder, Investor, Advisor, Producer & a Director for public & private businesses around the world.
After Princeton, I had the dream job of working at ABC Sports where I worked on sporting events around the world, including 4 Olympic Games. I spent 2 years as Special Assist to Roone Arldege, President of ABC News & Sports.
Following HBS, I Executive Produced an ABC TV movie and created a dramatic series for CBS TV, while operating CRB Broadcasting, which owned 11 local radio stations.
In 1992, I crossed to technology as the head of New Media at Times Mirror Magazines, and developed Fantasy Sports Online at the Sporting News.
Shortly after, I created and launched BMG Games where, as President, I green-lighted the mega-hit “GTA”. The BMG titles were sold to T2, and I was recruited by Russia Partners and Viacom to serve as President of MTV Russia, which we launched in 1996.
After Moscow, I coordinated the purchase of Unified Gamers Online, the first affiliate game network, and launched UGO.com in 1997. As Founder & CEO, I built the business, navigated the 2001 collapse, recapped the business, and sold UGO to Hearst in 2008.
Following a few years at Hearst, I spent two years in Bali advising the CEO of Kapanlagi Networks in Jakarta, the largest native network in Indonesia.
Currently I am hyper focused on Technology, Games, eSports, and Sports Betting. I serve as a Director at Take-Two Interactive (Nasdaq: TTWO), publisher of Rock Star, 2K & Private Division Games. I’m also an investor & Board Advisor of Bet.Works (sports betting), ReadyUp (eSports team building), Prize Payments Pro (eSports), and SimulMedia.
My sister Kim and I have recently sold our first show “No Sweat” to The CW; the launch of our new venture; OptIn Productions which developing scripted shows in technology.
Founding Partner, Ifrah Law
Considered one of the world’s foremost attorneys in Online Gaming Law, Jeff and his firm have been at the center of most of the important prosecutions and lawsuits in the iGaming industry. Nationally ranked by Chambers USA, Jeff is known for his sophisticated gaming and licensing practice that emphasizes innovative areas like cryptocurrency, blockchain and internet sports betting. Jeff advises startups in the eSports space, including both real money and skill-based p2p competition sites, on compliance with both state and federal law. His clients in this arena include Unikrn, Bet365, Playtech, Vantiv and the Stars Group.
Founder & CEO, theScore
John is a media industry entrepreneur, growing his family’s small cable business into one of the 10 largest distributors in the country, before launching Sportscope in 1994, an alphanumeric TV channel delivering sports scores and stats 24/7. This evolved into theScore Television Network, a leader in authentic and interactive sports entertainment, providing sports news, highlights and live games. By 2012 theScore was available in more than 6.6 million homes across Canada and, in October that year, John and his team structured and executed the sale of Score Media’s television assets to Rogers Media. This allowed John and his team to focus on growing theScore’s hugely popular mobile platforms, such as ‘theScore’, app, one of the most popular sports apps in North America
Justin Stempeck is the Associate Counsel at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. He is responsible for developing Commission policy initiatives as well as providing guidance for legal issues that arise in the day-to-day operation of the Commission. His particular interests include the intersection of law, technology and gaming as evidenced by recent research on daily fantasy sports and legalized sports betting.
Deputy Director, NJ DGE
Louis S. Rogacki, Assistant Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming is a graduate of Seton Hall University and the Vermont Law School. Post-graduation, he returned to New Jersey and clerked for the Honourable Patricia K. Castello, JSC in the Hudson County Superior Court - Criminal Division. Rogacki was sworn in as Deputy Attorney Genera in 1993 at the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 2002, he moved to the Division of Gaming Enforcement with the Service Industry Licensing Bureau (SILB). He was appointed Deputy Director General at DGE in November 2016.
Chairman and Founder, ICED (AI)
Lloyd is the Chairman & Founder of the International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence, ICED(AI), and an alumnus of both the Wharton School of Business and Columbia University. He has been a featured guest speaker and panelist at numerous prestigious institutions including Stanford University, Columbia University, The Wharton School of Business, NYU, and UCLA. His experience managing institutional portfolios for BlackRock, data science initiatives for Samsung, and Machine Learning engines for SimpleBet, along with a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and innovation have placed him at the center of the discussion surrounding ethical dilemmas in the field.
VP of Marketing, Delaware North
Luisa Woods is the VP of Marketing at Delaware North. She is a commercially astute marketing leader helping companies build online and omni-channel brands; deepen customer relationships; and close more transactions. Delaware North is one of the most innovative gaming operators in the country, creating regional casino destinations with video gaming machines, table games, poker rooms, racing simulcast centers, restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, sports bars, event centers, retail shops and hotels.
Chief Executive Officer, Tekkorp Capital LLC
Matt Davey is the CEO of Tekkorp Capital LLC. Before joining Tekkorp late last year, Matthew was Group CEO of Digital Division and Executive VP at Scientific Games Corp. He has also been Group CEO of OpenBet Technologies, CEO and VP of Technology of NextGen Gaming Pty Ltd and CEO of NYX Gaming Group Limited, where he developed the corporate strategy that generated exceptional revenue growth, led to a successful IPO, acquired seven companies, including OpenBet, which powers the largest share of the world’s online bets, and became the leading supplier of the best-of-breed digital gaming content and technology.
Managing Director MTS (Managed Trading Services), Sportradar AG
Paolo Personeni is the Managing Director of MTS at Sportradar AG and CEO Sportradar MTS Gibraltar. Managed Trading Solutions (MTS) provides trading services to the Sport Betting industry. This service enables bookmakers to define with total flexibility which trading operations and risks keep in house and which outsource to Sportradar MTS. Trading risks can be partially shared of fully offloaded depending on the management contract. The trading Services are provided by Sportradar Gibraltar MTS, incorporated in Gibraltar.
Governor of New Jersey
Phil Murphy, as he says, “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day.” That has shaped Phil’s values, his priorities, and the kind of governor he will be.
Religion, basic values, work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life. His father never graduated from high school, his mother worked as a secretary; they inspired Phil and his three siblings to pursue their educations and be active participants in civic life.
Phil put himself through Harvard on loans and part-time jobs. After earning a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at the bottom, working his way up to help lead a major international business by learning how economies grow and create jobs.
Phil has helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors, and these groups have changed thousands of lives for the better. Nationally, Phil served proudly as New Jersey’s sole representative on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization. He served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, helping Howard Dean on the “Fifty-State Strategy” that rebuilt the Democratic Party from the grassroots up; that effort helped return Congress to Democratic hands in 2006 and elect President Barack Obama in 2008. Phil also has led national and state task forces on education and public employee pensions and benefits.
In 2009, Phil answered President Obama’s call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. After returning home in 2013, Phil and his wife, Tammy, saw our state falling behind. They couldn’t sit by and watch hard working families struggling to stay even, much less get ahead. They founded New Start New Jersey as a “think and do” organization to rebuild the state’s economy from the middle class out — New Start New Jersey partnered with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which is helping older, long-term unemployed residents once again actively compete for good jobs.
As governor, Phil will make New Jersey more fair and just for all residents. His vision would grow the middle class and jumpstart the state’s economy by targeting investments in people and infrastructure, reclaiming New Jersey’s mantle as a center of the STEM and innovation economies, protecting working families by raising the minimum wage and expanding earned sick leave for all, and protecting the middle class with real tax fairness.
Former New Jersey State Senator, President at The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership
As a NJ State Senator, Ray Lesniak sponsored the most effective environmental protection laws in the nation, abolished the death penalty, won an international Human Rights Award in France, sponsored criminal justice reforms, sponsored Marriage Equality and championed animal rights legislation and the sports betting legislation that lead to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the federal ban on sports betting. Ray is now the president of The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership where he continually inspires leadership in the youth so that they may be the captains of industry and political leaders of tomorrow.
Executive Director, National Centre For Responsible Gambling
Dr. Russell Sanna joined the NCRG on March 1, 2016. He oversees the operations of the Center and works with the entire NCRG team on implementing the recently completed strategic plan to better enable it to fulfill its mission. Most recently, Dr. Sanna was the Executive Director of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine. In earlier posts, he was the Associate Dean for External Relations at the Harvard Design School and the Assistant Director of the Harvard Art Museums. In all three roles, he was responsible for building and enhancing stakeholder networks and resource development.
NJ Senate President, Third Legislative District
Senate President Steve Sweeney represents the Third Legislative District, which includes portions of Gloucester and Cumberland counties and all of Salem County.
Steve Sweeney entered public service after his daughter was born with Down syndrome. Horrified at the manner in which individuals with disabilities were treated, he vowed to make a difference in not just his daughter’s life, but in the lives of those in his community.
He served on the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1997 to 2010 and was Freeholder Director from 1998 until 2010. First elected to the New Jersey Senate in 2001, he has been reelected five times. He was chosen by the Democratic Majority to lead the Senate in 2009 and was selected by his Senate Democratic colleagues to maintain his leadership position again in 2013 and 2017.
An ironworker by trade, Senator Sweeney has sponsored laws to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage, and has advocated for legislation to protect unemployment funds and to create New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave program.
As Senate President, he has taken a leading role in promoting property tax relief, replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund, sweeping reforms to the public employee pension and health benefits systems that will save taxpayers over $120 billion and crafting the state’s two-percent property tax cap. He established a bipartisan panel of legislators and economic experts to develop reforms that address the state’s most challenging fiscal problems. The Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup issued a series of far-reaching recommendations that will help to avert crisis conditions, maintain fiscal stability, reduce the costs of government and allow the state to support vital needs and services.
The Senate President has also fought for full and fair funding with “The School Funding Reform Act” and the “Vocational Education Bond Act” to provide vocational job training and to increase school security. He successfully advocated for a Corporate Business Tax to relieve some of the pressure on individual homeowners in New Jersey who no longer can deduct the full amount of their local taxes after the passage of the Trump tax cuts.
Senator Sweeney sponsored legislation to establish marriage equality for all New Jersey residents. He has also sponsored bills to provide equal pay for women, for a “Sexual Assault Bill of Rights” for victims of assault and to expand Paid Family Leave.
Senator Sweeney also has sponsored numerous laws to strengthen the ability of law enforcement to protect children from sex offenders, protect the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel killed in the line of duty and create a statewide network of Child Advocacy Centers that provide safe places for abused children. To ensure that all people in New Jersey are treated equally in the criminal justice system, he sponsored legislation that requires the state Attorney General to oversee all investigations into fatal police shootings.
The Senate President sponsored a law that expands the development of offshore wind energy, making New Jersey a leader in the development of this alternative energy source and paving the way for the state to become the nation’s wind-energy manufacturing hub. He fought to ban the hazardous gasoline additive MTBE and is a strong supporter of farmland and open space preservation. He also authored the bill to ban smoking on New Jersey’s beaches.
Founder and CEO, Carimus and GoodBookey
Tony Pease is the Founder and CEO of Carimus and GoodBookey. As the Founder and CEO of Carimus, Tony uses his 15 years of experience as a technology executive to help build, brand, and maintain new software applications. His goal, with the help of the partners at Carimus, is to make charitable engagement part of everyday life with GoodBookey. GoodBookey is our sports-based betting application where financial reward is redirected to participating nonprofits.