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Andrew Burke, CEO at Bluberi

Andrew Burke, the Chief Executive Officer at Bluberi, brings over 18 years in the gaming and private equity sectors, including a significant stint of 9 years with American Gaming Systems (AGS). In this episode, Andrew discusses the importance of developing solutions that address specific pain points, the invaluable role of feedback from clients, the importance of building a high-quality team and the factors that fuel creative inspiration.

Episode # 50
Andrew Burke, CEO at Bluberi
Christopher Justice, Former CEO at Pavilion Payments

Christopher Justice, former Chief Executive officer at Pavilion Payments, has over 29 years of experience as an executive leader and board member in information technology, payment systems, and strategy development. In this episode, Chris discusses his experience with making career pivots, what he looks for in building a team, the added value of payment systems, strategic planning and how to stay ahead.

Episode # 49
Christopher Justice, Former CEO at Pavilion Payments
Simon Fothergill, Chief Information Technology Officer at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Simon Fothergill, Chief Information Technology Officer at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians shares his insights from his 25 years of experience in IT in the casino gaming and hospitality industries. In this episode, Simon talks about tips for transitioning from working in start-up companies to corporate, how to network in the technology industry, the characteristics of a good mentor, and what he does to discover and research new technology.

Episode # 48
Simon Fothergill, Chief Information Technology Officer at San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Lauren Bates, President and Board Chair at Global Gaming Women

Lauren Bates, President and Board Chair at Global Gaming Women, has over 17 years of experience in the gaming industry with the majority of her career spent at Konami Gaming. In this episode, Lauren discusses the importance of giving and receiving feedback, embracing the leadership style that works for you, what she looks for when building a team, and the value of continuous learning.

Episode # 47
Lauren Bates, President and Board Chair at Global Gaming Women
Jennifer Anthony, Senior Vice President of Property Marketing at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel

Jennifer Anthony, Senior Vice President of Property Marketing at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel shares insights from her 20 years of experience in the casino and hospitality industry in financial planning, analytics, and marketing. In this episode, Jennifer talks about the core qualities needed for senior leadership, advice to people just starting out in their careers, the value of good vendor partnerships, and the importance of building good relationships throughout one’s career.

Episode # 46
Jennifer Anthony, Senior Vice President of Property Marketing at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel
Jason Brown, President and CEO at Marketplace Chaplains

Jason Brown, President and CEO at Marketplace Chaplains, has spent over 20 years with the company starting out as the CMO, and brings a great deal of experience in sales, marketing, branding, and strategic initiatives. In this episode, Jason talks about what it takes to be a great leader, creating your own opportunities, the importance of making sure your team knows you care, and what it means to be a great coach and mentor.

Episode # 45
Jason Brown, President and CEO at Marketplace Chaplains
Anika Howard, President and CEO at Wondr Nation

Anika Howard, President and CEO at Wondr Nation has 20 years of experience in the gaming and entertainment industries with a focus on leveraging emerging technologies. In this episode, Anika provides insight into her career in both Tribal and corporate gaming as well as her experience working on the supplier side of the industry. She touches on what she looks for when hiring, the skills needed to be successful, the biggest changes in the gaming industry since she started, and tips for women who aspire to be a CEO.

Episode # 44
Anika Howard, President and CEO at Wondr Nation
Lauren Seiler, Founder, CEO & Principal Consultant of Global Gaming Advisors, LLC

Lauren Seiler, Founder, CEO & Principal Consultant of Global Gaming Advisors, LLC, has 20 years of experience in senior corporate development, business development, strategy, and investor relations in the Casino, Gaming, iGaming, and Sports Betting industries.  In this episode, Lauren discusses her career path from Wall Street to the corporate side of casinos and gaming, advice on what it takes to succeed, the importance of seeking out mentors, maintaining your integrity, and embracing change.

Episode # 43
Lauren Seiler, Founder, CEO & Principal Consultant of Global Gaming Advisors, LLC
Sarah Webster, VP of Accounting and Finance at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel

Sarah Webster, the VP of Accounting and Finance at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel, has been with the company for over 23 years and brings a unique perspective on what it took to grow and progress in her career while staying with the same company. In this episode, Sarah provides valuable insight into the skillsets she looks for when hiring, the importance of having a good mentor, keys to building a good team, how accounting has evolved in the casino industry and the importance to not just focus on your career but to also take care of your personal wellness. 

Episode # 42
Sarah Webster, VP of Accounting and Finance at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel