2018 Schedule

Day One

NexGen Gaming Forum, sponsored by SBTech

Registration will be open all day to pick up your badges.
ECGC is a two-day conference that includes the NexGen Gaming Forum, which will focus on emerging forms of gaming such as online, fantasy sports, e-sports, skill-based gaming, etc.
The expansion of legal sports betting in the United States raises a host of questions that states, operators and others must address, including: How will this benefit land-based casinos? How can the power of sports betting be harnessed to improve local economies and maximize the fiscal benefit?

Moderator: David Isaacson, Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Capital
  • Speakers: Joe Asher, Chief Executive Officer, William Hill US
  • Neale Deeley, Vice President, Sportradar US
  • Alex Igelman, Chief Executive Officer, Millennial Esports
  • Joseph Pappano, Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Gaming, Worldpay
  • Lee Richardson, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Economics and Senior Sports Betting Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Anna Sainsbury, Chief Executive Officer, GeoComply USA
As technology improves and gaming design becomes more creative, what are the games that emerging generations will want to play? What are the factors that will make these new games more attractive? How will this change the casino floor? How will this change the casino business model?
Moderator: Roger Gros, Publisher, Global Gaming Business Magazine
  • Miles Arnone, Chairman and Co-Founder Gamblit Gaming
  • Brad Cummings, President and Chief Executive Officer, Equilottery
  • Blaine Graboyes, Chief Executive Officer, GameCo
  • Seth Schorr, Chief Executive Officer, Fifth Street Gaming
  • Seth Young, Executive Director of Online Gaming, Foxwoods Resort Casino
New Jersey and Delaware boldly changed the East Coast gaming landscape by permitting regulated interactive gaming. While other states almost joined them and Nevada, only Pennsylvania has crossed the finish line. What state will be next and why? Will the shared borders, shared time zones and shared liquidity of densely populated East Coast states translate to the revenue increases we all have been waiting for?
Moderator: Lynne Levin Kaufman, Esquire, Partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys At Law
  • Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • Eric Frank, Deputy Compliance Office and Director, Legal Affairs, The Stars Group
  • David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Quinton Singleton, VP of Corporate Strategy and Government Affairs, SG Digital
  • Yaniv Sherman, Senior Vice President, 888 Holdings

Day Two

East Coast Gaming Congress

As the popularity of online gaming and blockchain technology increases, so do the risks of cybercrime. Hackers are becoming smarter, moving faster, and increasing their chances of success to break in. This panel will highlight the technology as well as ways to protect yourself and reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
Moderator: Gus Fritschie, Chief Technology Officer, SeNet International
  • Jordan Fischer, Esquire, Managing Partner, XPAN Law Group
  • Jacob Lehmann, Managing Director, CyZen
  • Angelo Longo, Chief Information Security Officer, Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Rodney Rickenbach, Cyber Security and Analytics Supervisor, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • John Roskoph, Vice President, Cyber Security / Chief Information Security Officer, Tropicana Entertainment
Despite cries of market saturation, robust casino expansion continues throughout the Northeast – from the debate over the third casino in Connecticut, to the recent openings in Upstate New York, to likely casinos in the Metro NYC area, to repeated efforts to authorize casinos in northern New Jersey, to mini-casinos in Pennsylvania. Gaming operators and analysts discuss the challenges and outlook of this highly competitive landscape.
Moderator: Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Jorge Perez, Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer – Regional Operations, MGM Resorts International
  • Karlos LaSane, Regional Vice President, Government Relations and Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment
  • Gordon Medenica, Director, Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
  • Ed Sutor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
40 Years of Gaming in Atlantic City: What went right? What went wrong? What were the expectations, and what are the lessons that other states learned, failed to learn or misapplied?
Moderator: Michael J. Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Joseph Fusco, Esquire, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys At Law, First Director of Licensing, New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  • Mark Giannantonio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Daniel Heneghan, Public Information Officer, New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  • Steve Norton, Chief Executive Officer, Norton Management, former Executive Vice President, Resorts International
  • Kevin O'Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, former Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
Driving Revenue through Food & Beverage Opportunities: Attendees will gain insight into creative and innovative concepts in food & beverage – from innovation and future trends in menus/food offerings to unique restaurant concepts.
Moderator: Karla Perez-Larragoite, Vice President National Accounts, Gaming, Sysco Corporation
  • Chef Neil Doherty, Senior Director, Culinary Development, Sysco Corporation
  • Dave Furano, Chief Visionary Officer of Rock & Brews, Co-Creator of George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen
  • George Lopez, American Actor, Comedian and Entrepreneur
  • Mike “Sully” Sullivan, CEO of Rock & Brews
“We are thrilled to have Governor Murphy address our conference this year – our 22nd anniversary. I am confident that everyone connected in any way with the gaming industry will want hear the insights of our new Governor,” said Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO of Cooper Levenson LLC, which, along with Spectrum Gaming, is a co-founder, co-organizer, and co-producer of the event.
A panel of distinguished women will discuss their paths to the high-profile positions they now hold in the historically male-dominated casino industry. Hear insights and advice about challenges faced, work-life balance, and what the future holds for women in the gaming industry.
Moderator: Karla Perez-Larragoite, Vice President National Accounts, Gaming, Sysco Corporation
  • Alisa Cooper, Commissioner, New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  • Holly Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca Gaming Corp
  • Lynne Levin Kaufman, Partner, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys At Law
  • Amy Kuzdowicz, Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, JACK Entertainment
  • Karie L. Hall, VP and General Manger, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
From an investment perspective, the gaming industry continues to change rapidly, with continuing consolidation on both the operator and supply sides, on a global scale. The new forms of gaming in digital and sports are reshaping how Americans gamble. The ability of the industry to absorb the rapid expansion of Las Vegas, the recovering growth in Atlantic City, and continued expansion of gaming throughout the US is a constant topic of investor debate. A panel of top Wall Street gaming analysts and investment bankers discuss gaming’s outlook from their perspective.
Moderator: Robert Heller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Spectrum Gaming Capital
  • Dean Decker, Managing Director, Credit Suisse
  • Eric Hession, Chief Financial Officer, Caesars Entertainment
  • Chad Beynon, Macquarie
  • Michael Wagman, President and Managing Director, Clairvest Group
  • Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
Some of the gaming industry’s most prominent and influential corporate executives gather in the traditional ECGC signature event to discuss the most critical issues facing the industry, the outlooks for their companies, public policy issues, industry trends and other timely issues. News happens when these executives speak.
Moderators: Lloyd D. Levenson, Esquire, Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law and Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • James Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International and Chief Executive Officer, Seminole Gaming
  • Greg Carlin, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rush Street Gaming
  • David S. Cordish, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Cordish Companies
  • Holly Gagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Felix Rappaport, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foxwoods Resort Casino