Owner & Editor, Pechanga.net Conference Chair, Urban Expositions
Victor Rocha is owner and editor of Pechanga.net. Rocha has been involved in the politics of Indian gaming since 1998 and has earned numerous awards for his work, including the National Indian Gaming Association's 2002 Outstanding Contribution to Indian Country, VCAT's 2001 Catalyst Award, Global Gaming Business Magazine's "40 Under 40," Raving's 2012 Casino Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award, & the AGA's Lifetime Achievement for Gaming Marketing.
Chief of Staff, BMM Test Labs
Wendy Anderson is a global marketing, brand and operations professional. Currently Wendy is Chief of Staff for BMM International/BMM Testlabs, providing management and support to key functions in the global group including: Regulatory and Compliance, Education, Administration, HR and Marketing.
Wendy is also primarily responsible for BMM’s marketing strategy, brand, advertising, public relations and global exhibition program across all 13 BMM locations worldwide.
Wendy has over 20 years of experience in business management and marketing, including 7 years in the global gaming industry. Prior to BMM Wendy founded and managed the award winning design and marketing agencies, Tentacle Limited in London, England and TenWest Creative, in Las Vegas.
Director Tribal Gaming, BMM Testlabs
Jodi is BMM Testlabs liaison to Tribal Gaming Regulators and Operators across the United States and Canada. Jodi sits as a member of the NIGA Board of Directors, (Non-voting) representing the Associate Membership of the NIGA. Jodi is also a member of the NIGA Class II Subcommittee, NIGA Education Subcommittee and The Tribal Gaming Protection Network Advisory Board.
Jodi began her gaming career following the legaization of gaming in Atlantic City, N.J. in 1982 and quickly rose within the marketing ranks of Resorts, Tropicana and Harrah's. In the early 1990's, with the rapid expansion of Indian Gaming in the United States, Jodi moved to the west coast to provide independent consulting services to the newly formed, Indian Gaming Division of Harrah's Corporation. It was this introduction to Tribal gaming that led Jodi to build a business that delivered marketing consulting services directly to gaming Tribes throughout the U.S.
Joining BMM in 2010, Jodi's primary responsiblities at BMM Testlabs are maintaining relationships and regulatory outreach to Tribal Gaming Regulators, Tribal Governments and Tribal Gaming Operators. In her role, Jodi matches the unique needs of our clients with BMM's knowledge, abilities and resources.
Jodi also plays a very active role as BMM's representative to not only NIGA and NTGCR but also other regional Tribal Gaming Associations: CNIGA, AIGA, OIGA, GPIGA, WIGA and OTGRA by providing support to these groups in the form of education and training.
Publisher, Indian Gaming Magazine
Sharon was on the first board of "Women's Participation In The Bar", State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI Negotiation Team for Gaming Compact Negotiations with the State of WI, Co-Chairperson of NCAI/NIGA Negotiation Team and Attorney Work Group to Negotiate IGRA Amendments with State Representatives, Co-Chairperson of the NCAI/NIGA Minimum Internal Control Standards Taskforce and nominated by NCAI/NIGA Taskforce to the National Indian Gaming Commission as a Commissioner (declined).
She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States and an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.
Jim Klas—Associate Member Rep.
Founder & Principal, KlasRobinson Q.E.D., inc.
Co-founder and Principal of KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Jim Klas has thirty years of operational and consulting experience in the hospitality industry, including 25 years in Indian gaming. Mr. Klas has worked with over 200 different tribes, providing development consulting to numerous hotel, resort, casino and convention center projects. During the course of his career, feasibility studies, business plans and other expert counseling provided by Mr. Klas have been used to successfully attract $10 billion dollars in financing and investment.
Mr. Klas is also a nationally recognized expert in economic impact analysis for the hospitality industry. He has a Master's degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Klas has also taught Hospitality and Tourism Development and Marketing at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis.
Principal, Consulting & Leisure
Frank Pracukowski joined Melissa Blau to form a new Gaming Consulting Group.
Past Positions: The Director of Foxwoods Interactive (FI), the iGaming division of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, owners and operators of Foxwoods Resort & Casino located in Mashantucket, CT.
Frank was responsible researching & evaluating markets for pre and post-regulation iGaming opportunities. He worked closely with Novomatic/GreenTubePro, FI's technology provider, regarding overall brand strategy, sales and acted as a liaison to its technical service providers. Frank was also responsible for the strategic and qualitative analysis of potential development projects, from initial due diligence to final contract negotiations.
Frank is recoginzed industry expert in iGaming as an invited speaker and panelist representing Foxwoods Interactive at numerous gaming conferences worldwide and a published author on iGaming topics.
Frank has over 25 years of experience in the gaming industry. He holds a degree in Business Operations – Casino Management from Gibbs College.
Executive Director, AGEM
Marcus Prater, with 35 years of professional communications experience, serves as Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a non-profit trade organization comprised of the world top gaming industry suppliers whose mission is to further the interests of its members throughout the world. Under his leadership starting in 2008, membership in AGEM has grown from 32 companies to a high of more than 150 over the past 7 years. Prater previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bally Technologies, Inc., where he spent a total of nine years at the Las Vegas-based slot machine and systems provider and directed Bally’s global advertising, trade show, machine and systems sales support, media relations and special event functions. Prior to joining Bally in 1999, Prater served as Director of Marketing for Las Vegas-based slot supplier Sigma Game, Inc. Prater, a graduate of the University Of Oregon School Of Journalism, also previously served as Marketing Communications Manager for Las Vegas-based casino operator Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
Associate Professor, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Endowed Chair, Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming
Katherine Spilde, Ph.D. MBA, is an associate professor in the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she serves as Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming. At SDSU, Dr. Spilde is responsible for developing and managing the nation’s first four-year degree program in tribal casino operations management. Previously, she was the executive director for the Center for California Native Nations at the University of California at Riverside (UCR), and a sr. research associate at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she was the director of research for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and staffed the Indian Gaming Subcommittee for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC) that produced a comprehensive study of national gambling policy during the Clinton Administration.
Russell Witt—Associate Member Rep.
Director of Class II Operations and Business Development, Ainsworth Game Technology
Russell Witt is the Director of Class II Operations and Business Development for Ainsworth Game Technology. In this role, Russell is responsible for the overall strategy, growth and day to day operation of the companies Class II business unit. In addition to his duties with Ainsworth Game Techonology, Russell is current serving as one of the Associate Board members for the National Indian Gaming Association. In this role, he has contributed to the growth of the technical training curriculum for the Commissioner and Master Series Training Programs.
Previously Russell served as the Director of Gaming Compliance for Video Gaming Technologies (VGT). In his role, Russell's responsibilities included quality assurance testing, Independent, State and Tribal testing laboratories submissions, new market access, gaming regulations, product compliance, regulatory relationships, and internal and external compliance training.
Russell served as the Principal Technical Consultant to the National Indian Gaming Commission on the drafting of the Class II Technical Standards. He is one of the industry leaders on Class II Technical Standards and Internal Controls and frequently provides trainings and participates in panel discussions at Tradeshows and Conferences throughout the country. Russell has been a contributing writer for Gaming and Leisure Magazine and Casino Enterprise Management. He has an extensive engineering background in both the gaming and information technology fields. Russell can be reached at email@example.com.
Chief Administration Officer, Scientific Games Corporation