Securing big name speakers is a very important piece of the conference organization puzzle and big names on the schedule are a sign of a successful event. Clarion Gaming, organizers of ICE Totally Gaming, have secured a number of C-level and big name speakers this year, each adding value to the seminars, conferences, think tanks and focus groups offered at the ICE show.
Below are some of thehigh profile speakers you may wish to catchat ICE depending on what your interests are. By no means is this meant to be a complete list, rather, its purpose is to serve as a quick sampling of the biggest and the best speaking at ICE.
Roger Seshadri, Senior Vice-President & CIO, Melco Crown
Melco Crown Entertainment, a 20 billion dollar company, owns and operates Macau’s City of Dreams and is one of the largest employers on the island with over 10,000 employees. Seshadri has served as the SVP & CIO since 2007 and has twenty-five years of industry experience having worked for Bally Gaming, Wyndam Hotel & Resorts and Caesars prior to his current role at Melco Crown.
Seshardri is also a seasoned public speaker and the recipient of several leadership and innovation awards.
Where to hear him speak: 6th International Casino Conference
12:15-12:45, ICC Power Talk: Integrated Resorts & how technology is transforming new business models
Mitch Garber, CEO, Caesars Interactive Entertainment
Garber is in charge of Caesars Entertainment’s online gambling ventures. Prior to Caesars, Garber was CEO of PartyGaming from 2006-2008 and was instrumental in the company’s transition out of the US market after the passage of UIGEA in 2006. Garber’s background is in gaming law and he also spent some time as a television and radio sportscaster in Montreal, so he’s likely pretty good at public speaking.
In other points of interest, Garber has not accepted a speaking position at a big conference like ICE in a while and it could be interesting to needle him on the debts his company is roped into…
Where to hear him speak: Monitizing Social Gaming Conference
9:15- Panel- Current market overview- what is social gaming?
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, Chief Executive, Loterie Romande and President, World Lotteries Association
Moner-Banet is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the global lottery industry, especially on international issues and sportsbetting. He has served as the World Lotteries Association President since 2012 and is also the head of Loterie Romande, the lottery of Switzerland.
Where to hear him speak: Next Generation Lotteries Conference
9:15-9:45, Analyzing Trends and advancements in technology: Envisaging lotteries of the future in a digital world
9:45-10:15, Adressing demographics and consumer behavior: making lotteries attractive to consumers of the future
Sue Schneider, Owner, eGaming Brokerage
Schneider has been actively involved in the online gambling industry since 1995. Her first iGaming business venture was an industry facing information website that she sold in ’99, followed by the launch of River City Group, a conference organization company that was purchased by Clarion in ’06. Schneider remained as CEO/Americas at Clarion until ’08 when she left.
Schneider now consults with a number of iGaming companies, serves as the principal of eGaming Brokerage, frequently speaks at industry conferences and travels the world.
Where to hear her speak: IMGL Masterclass
11:05-11:45, Gaming Convergence
Erik Voorhees, Founder, SatoshiDice
Known to some as “the smartest man in Bitcoin”, Voorhees is a Bitcoin entrepreneur and the founder of SatoshiDice, a Bitcoin casino he sold for the equivalent of 11.5 million dollars. At present, Voorhees serves as the CEO of Coinapult, a company he founded, and is investing in Bitcoin startups with the approximate 125k (!!!) Bitcoins he personally owns.
Bitcoins as a payment solution for the online gambling industry- and even the land based- is a very interesting space with enormous potential. Voorhees is the man to watch and talk to should you have any interest in adding the virtual currency to your business.
Where to hear him speak: Bitcoin & iGaming Seminar
16:00-17:00, On the Competitive Edge: Bitcoin’s debut in the iGaming industry
Jan Jones, Bill Pascrell III and Richard Schuetz trio
These three speakers religiously make for a highly informative, opinionated and entertaining session whenever they are seated on stage together. Jan Jones is the SVP of Communications and Government Relations for Caesars Entertainment, Bill Pascrell is the principal of Princeton Public Affairs Group and an expert on iGaming regulation in New Jersey and Richard Schuetz is the Commissioner of the California Gambling Commission. All three are very passionate about their respective companies and states.
If you really want to see some fireworks, just ask for the latest on PokerStars.
Where to hear them speak: World Regulatory Briefing
16:35-17:25, US Market- Can we expect to see a level of cooperation between states that will allow pooling liquidity and the simplifying of licensing and compliance issues