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NCLGS announces roster of speakers for winter meeting

5 Nov 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) today announced the roster of speakers for its Winter Meeting that takes place 4-6 January in New Orleans. Registration is open to the public online.

"We have attracted many of the most respected and thought-provoking experts from different fields to provide legislators from across the country with different perspectives on the most pressing issues involving legal gambling," said NCLGS Officer Jon Ford, a senator from Indiana. "Everyone with a stake in the future of legalized gambling – in any form – should join dozens of state legislators and attend our New Orleans meeting."

In addition to legislators who will chair Committee sessions, the following experts will speak in Committee and general sessions:

  • Andy Abboud, Vice President, Government Relations & Community Development, Las Vegas Sands
  • Gerald Aubin, Director, Rhode Island Lottery
  • David Briggs, CEO, GeoComply/GeoGuard
  • Charles Cohen, Vice President, North America Sports Betting, IGT
  • Peggy Daniel, US General Manager, The Lotter Group
  • Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International
  • Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker
  • Marc Ellinger, Partner, Ellinger and Associates, LLC
  • Holly Gagnon, CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Steve Geller, Principal, Geller Law Firm PA
  • Kenneth George Jr., Chairman, Forest County Potawatomi Gaming Commission
  • Allen Godfrey, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Eric Hamelback, CEO, National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
  • Rose Hudson, President and CEO, Louisiana Lottery Corp.
  • Corey Johnson, President, Kentucky Downs
  • Lynne Kaufman, Partner, Cooper Levenson Law Firm
  • Michael Legendre, Director, Louisiana Office of Charitable Gaming
  • Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Dan Little, Vice President of Government Relations, Aristocrat
  • Tamara Malvin, Partner, Akerman LLP
  • Donald McGehee, Division Chief, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • Sean McGuinness, Attorney, Butler Snow LLP
  • Patrick McHugh, Senior Vice President, Global Lottery Systems, Scientific Games
  • Gordon Medenica, Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
  • Laila Mintas, Deputy President, Sportradar US
  • Sheila Morago, Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Kevin Mullally, Vice President of Government Relations & General Counsel, Gaming Laboratories International
  • Katherine Paisley, General Counsel & VP of Compliance, Exacta Systems
  • Bill Pascrell III, Lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Dan Real, Regional President - South, Caesars Entertainment
  • Lee Richardson, CEO, Gaming Economics
  • Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • May Scheve Reardon, Executive Director, Missouri Lottery
  • E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Associate Commissioner, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Sara Slane, Vice President of Public Affairs, American Gaming Association
  • James Sobota, Officer, Houston Police Department
  • Valerie Spicer, Founding Partner, Trilogy Group
  • Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
  • Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda includes:

  • Keynote Luncheon Address from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting
  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Friday evening welcome reception
  • Saturday afternoon back-of-house tour of Harrah's New Orleans Casino
  • Sunday general session focusing on the relationship between gaming and tourism
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