AGEM Announces Election Of New Officers
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers announced that its Board of the Directors has elected a new slate of officers under the leadership of Thomas A. Jingoli, chief compliance officer for Konami Gaming, as the organization’s president. Jingoli was re-elected for a two-year term and one-year terms were approved for First Vice President Dan Savage (vice president of corporate marketing, Scientific Games), Second Vice President Dave Lucchese (executive vice president, client operations, GCA), Secretary Mark Dunn (executive vice president and general counsel, Aristocrat Technologies), Treasurer Tom Nieman (vice president of global marketing, JCM Global), Vice President of Government Relations Steven DiMasi (vice president of government relations, IGT), Co-General Counsel Mike Dreitzer (president of North American operations, Ainsworth Game Technology), and Co-General Counsel Harper Ko (assistant general counsel, Scientific Games). For more information, visit www.agem.org.
Suzo-Happ Announces Promotion
Suzo-Happ announced a new leadership structure to reflect the growth and diversification that the company has successfully achieved over the last few years. President and CEO James Brendel has been elevated to chairman of the board of Suzo-Happ. He relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities as president and CEO allowing him to focus on the strategic direction of the company. Matt Brown, Marcel Oelen and Ron Partridge will report directly to the board of directors. Brown, who continues as the company’s chief financial officer, works directly with the company’s Asia Pacific and Global Bill-to-Bill leaders. Oelen will continue as managing director responsible for the company’s interests in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Partridge will continue as president, Americas responsible for the company’s interests in North and South America. For more information, visit www.suzohapp.com.
Scientific Games Announces New Board Appointments
Scientific Games Corporation announced the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Richard M. Haddrill was elected as executive vice chairman of the board on Dec. 4, 2014, and Judge Gabrielle K. McDonald was elected as a director on Oct. 30, 2014. In his role as executive vice chairman and a member of the board’s Executive and Finance Committee, Haddrill will focus on assisting the company in realizing its business and financial objectives in connection with the integration of Bally, which the company acquired in November 2014. Prior to joining the board, Haddrill served as Bally’s chief executive officer from 2004 to 2012 and from May 2014 until the company’s acquisition of Bally in November 2014. Haddrill is chairman of the board of directors of Corrective Education Company, a company involved in providing training and education alternatives to judicial prosecution. He is a director of the AGA and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. McDonald is a former U.S. District Court judge and since 1999 has served as Special Counsel on Human Rights to Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. From 2001 until 2013, McDonald also served as a judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. She received her law degree from Howard University School of Law, as the top student in her class. For more information, visit www.scientificgames.com.
Costello Named Newest Member of Rainmaker Board
The Rainmaker Group announced the appointment of Kevin Costello to its Board of Directors. Costello has more than 25 years serving in executive leadership roles, including most recently a dozen years with Ariba Inc., a developer of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, purchased by SAP in 2012. He was also global managing partner for Andersen Business Consulting and one of six members of the consulting executive leadership team. Costello also served as a director of Cbeyond, Inc., a telecommunications and information technology company. A graduate of the University of Illinois, today Costello is a Certified Public Accountant, and serves as vice chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia. Costello joined Rainmaker at an exciting time in its history. In 2014, Rainmaker earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s exclusive list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies for a fourth consecutive year. Rainmaker is one of only 10 software companies in the eleven-state southeast region of the U.S., and one of only 37 software companies in the entire country, to earn a spot on the Inc. 5000 list four times. Costello joined General Partner Jon Kossow and Principal David Su on the Rainmaker board. For more information, visit www.letitrain.com..
BMM Testlabs Awarded Contract from Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission
BMM Testlabs announced that it was awarded a contract to provide gaming laboratory testing services for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. For more information, visit www.bmm.com.
GameAccount Network Announces Deal with Spin Games
GameAccount Network announced an agreement with Spin Games to integrate the Spin Games remote gaming server and launch their HTML5 games portfolio for Simulated Gaming™ nationwide in the United States and real money Internet gaming in selected regulated markets. Spin Games LLC has a portfolio of HTML5 mobile-optimized games, including video slots, video poker and keno game variants. The Spin Games RGS was integrated into the GameSTACK™ Internet Gaming System. Simulated Gaming offers a gaming-as-entertainment website enabled with monetization features and an Internet gaming content portfolio of more than 100 casino slot, table and skill-based games including poker, backgammon, gin rummy, poker dice and blackjack tournaments. Simulated Gaming monetized Internet traffic to existing websites operated by land-based U.S. casinos, greatly exceeding equivalent numbers reported by social casino operators on Facebook. Simulated Gaming enabled land-based U.S. casinos access to the social casino market. It was proven to increase property visitation among existing patrons, reactivate lapsed patrons bringing them back on-property and drive acquisition of new patrons from outside the typical drive distance to the property. For more information, visit www.gameaccountnetwork.com.
Novomatic Strengthens its Americas Management Team
NOVOMATIC announced two key appointments to strengthen and enhance its management capability in North America and throughout Central and South America. Rick Meitzler moved from VP of Sales-North America to president of NOVOMATIC Americas Sales LLC with responsibilities for the markets in North America, including Canada. Meitzler also has responsibility for such additional business areas as cruise lines and the Caribbean market sector. Meanwhile, Lawrence Levy, general manager, Crown Gaming Peru, took overall responsibility for the group’s subsidiary companies throughout Central and South America. Both Meitzler and Levy report directly to the NOVOMATIC Board of Directors. With these important changes NOVOMATIC signaled a clear commitment to successfully engage and expand in markets across all the Americas, South, Central and North and to further enhance NOVOMATIC’s position as a global market leader. For more information, visit www.novomatic.com.
IAGA Appoints Kirsten Clark Executive Director
The International Association of Gaming Advisors announced that Kirsten Clark was appointed executive director, effective immediately. In this role, Clark oversees the Association’s daily operations and works with IAGA’s officers and trustees to implement and achieve the Association’s annual goals and objectives. With more than 10 years global gaming industry experience, Clark was most recently senior vice president and chief operating officer, Asia, for Gaming Partners International. Her gaming industry experience also includes extensive strategic marketing, public relations and events management experience for Shuffle Master, Inc. where she served as vice president of worldwide marketing for several years. For more information, visit www.theiaga.com.
Aristocrat’s New Video Slot Game Makes World Premiere at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Wicked Winnings™ made its world premiere in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Wicked Winnings Legends is part of Aristocrat’s Legends™ series, which means players can choose between Wicked Winnings Legends and Wicked Winnings II, all in the same cabinet, all without leaving their seat. Wicked Winnings Legends has three fun features: Wicked, Respins and free games with Sticky Stack™, all of which thrill players and take the entertainment to the next level. Both games are housed in the incredibly popular Helix™ cabinet, where the gaming action takes place on two floating, LED HD displays with frameless, infinity edges. The 1080-pixel resolution dazzles players, while integrated pinstripe lighting and immersive rear surface ambient lighting set a scene for total player engagement and enjoyment. Top-to-bottom ergonomics ensure maximum player comfort and enjoyment. For more information, visit www.aristocrat-us.com.
Ainsworth Launches Players Paradise Social Casino
Ainsworth Game Technology announced the launch of Players Paradise Casino. The new Players Paradise Casino premieres with 10 popular land-based slot titles including: Dragon Lines™, Diamond Chief™, Mustang Money™ and Jade Tiger™ with more titles slated to be released in the near future. For more information, visit www.ainsworth.com.au.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Launches PlayOLG Site
Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) launched its new Internet gaming site, PlayOLG.ca, driven by GTECH interactive technology, content and services. OLG’s Internet gaming site offers interactive casino games including slots and table games such as blackjack, baccarat, single-player poker and roulette, as well as the sale of lottery tickets. As OLG’s primary service provider for PlayOLG, GTECH provided its product portfolio, player services and its Player Account Management system to OLG via its Gaming Management System (GMS). GMS provides operators with player protection and responsible gambling features, as well as a complete view of the interactive player. Canadian law requires all gaming operations to be conducted and managed by provincial governments or their agencies, making PlayOLG the only option for Internet gaming that is regulated by the government of Ontario. For more information, visit www.gtech.com.
CORE Gaming Chooses NMi as its Global Compliance Partner
CORE Gaming and NMi announced a deal to see the compliance laboratory complete testing for the leading HTML5 developer’s gaming products in multiple jurisdictions worldwide. The news follows recent announcements that several blue chip companies chose NMi for testing of gaming products to the new U.K. requirements. For more information, visit www.nmi-gaming.com.
AGA Grows Membership and Pushes for Industry Unification
The American Gaming Association announced the addition of six board members and three general members as a part of a new membership structure approved by the AGA Board of Directors in late 2014. The structure includes a “seat at the table” for licensed and regulated casino gaming operators—commercial and tribal—and suppliers that comply with the AGA’s Member Code of Conduct and meet requisite dues requirements. Industry allies have an opportunity to actively participate in the new AGA. The six new board members are: CG Technology, Greenwood Racing, Inc., Konami Gaming, Inc., Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Seminole Hard Rock Gaming and William Hill. New general members of the Association include: Ainsworth Game Technology; Electronic Transaction Systems (ETS); and FinScan. For more information, visit www.americangaming.org.
Avigilon Appoints Dennis Fong to Vice President of Investor Relations
Avigilon Corporation announced the appointment of Dennis Fong to the position of vice president of investor relations, effective immediately. Fong is responsible for Avigilon’s financial communications and investor relations programs, and building and maintaining strategic relationships with the investment community. With more than 17 years of experience, Fong is a seasoned capital markets professional with an extensive background in equity research, technology and strategic communications. Prior to joining Avigilon, Fong spent nine years covering technology equities as a sell-side research analyst at several of Canada’s leading independent investment dealers, including Macquarie Capital Markets, Orion Securities, MGI Securities, Versant Partners and GMP Securities. He was also a co-founder of a video surveillance startup focused on developing intelligent web-enabled home monitoring cameras, and most recently held a senior position on an award-winning investor relations team at Loblaw Companies Limited. For more information, visit www.avigilon.com.
Alfastreet Debuting New Product Line
2014 was an important year for Alfastreet, as many projects needed to be completed by the end of the year. Most of the projects were related to launching several new products, some far outside of Alfastreet’s electronic table games product line. The ICE show in London was a great opportunity to present the new product line and to position the company on a different competition level. The new product line is planned to open new markets for Alfastreet and upgrade the existing ones. Alfastreet brand name and its reputation on the market already showed results as first orders are already in, even though the new products were not yet revealed. Alfastreet intends to make sure that the quality and the performance of all of the products is impeccable and that the customer satisfaction is at the top level. A considerable upgrade to manufacturing facilities was completed in 2014 in most of the departments, but mainly in the production, development and storage. This change was needed for Alfastreet to keep up with the ongoing demand for its established products, and also, to prepare and accommodate a new product line. For more information, visit www.alfastreet.si.