Speakers

Michael Amo
ThoroFan
Chair of the Board of Directors
Bio

Michael Amo

Chair of the Board of Directors

ThoroFan

Michael Amo is the Chairman (Founding Member) of the Board Directors of ThoroFan, a national, non-profit (501( c)(3)) Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association, Inc. He is, also, the editor and principal writer for all their publications. Mr. Amo is the New York Senate Appointee (inaugural) to the New York State Racing Fan Advisory Council and is its vice-chairperson. Mr. Amo is an Orange County (NY) Legislator (since 1999) and chair’s the Legislature’s Economic Development and Gaming Committee which oversees the impact on the County for the regional off-track betting corporation and the Resorts World Casino. Mr. Amo has been a Thoroughbred Racing fan for over thirty years. Travels the country to attend Thoroughbred races. He has a second home in Saratoga Springs (NY) just walking distance to the Saratoga Race Course Mr. Amo serves on the advisory board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. and the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Mr. Amo is a graduate trained healthcare administrator, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and author of a number of professional healthcare publications. He is a founding and current board member of the New York Brain Tumor Foundation (NYC). He is the past president and Board member Emeritus of the Orange County Mental Health Association.

Jack Anderson
University of Melbourne Law School
Professor of Sports Law
Bio

Jack Anderson

Professor of Sports Law

University of Melbourne Law School

Jack Anderson is Professor and Director of Sports Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Jack has published widely in the area of sports law including monographs such as The Legality of Boxing (Routledge 2007) and Modern Sports Law (Hart 2010) and edited collections such as Landmark Cases in Sports Law (Asser 2013) and EU Sports Law (Edward Elgar 2018). He was Editor-in-Chief of the International Sports Law Journal from 2013 to 2016.  An accredited mediator and a Chartered Arbitrator (CArb), Jack remains a member of a number of sports dispute resolution tribunals in the UK and Ireland such as Sport Resolutions UK and Just Sport Ireland. He is currently an arbitrator on the inaugural International Amateur Athletics Federation’s Disciplinary Tribunal and the International Hockey Federation’s Integrity Tribunal. In 2016, he was appointed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and appeared on the list of arbitrators of the CAS Ad hoc Division for the UEFA EURO Football 2016 Championships. He was the sole CAS arbitrator at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is Irish and therefore has liked horse racing since birth.

Steve Byk
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
Host- ‘At the Races with Steve Byk'
Bio

Steve Byk

Host- ‘At the Races with Steve Byk'

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Race writer-broadcaster Steve Byk joined ‘At the Races and Beyond’ on SiriusXM Satellite Radio in 2005 and began hosting ‘At the Races with Steve Byk’ in 2007. Heard Monday-Friday 9:00am -12:00pm ET on Sirius 220 & XM 206, ‘At the Races’ is thoroughbred racing’s longest running national daily news and talk show and features a roster of the leading voices in the game from virtually every perspective. Steve enjoyed a 30 year career in Consumer Packaged Goods Sales and Marketing with Proctor & Gamble, Groupe Danone and TPK7 Marketing, his own brand development company. He launched DerbyTrail.com in 2003 where his feature writing, race previews and editorials attracted a loyal following which led to At the Races. He, trainers Chuck Simon and Gary Sciacca introduced Dee Tee Stables in 2006 as a way to bring fans into the game as owners at a minimal cost and have converted more than 125 casual fans and horse players into owners while winning races at Saratoga, Belmont, Aqueduct, Delaware, Turfway and Parx. Steve is a passionate advocate for the industry at all levels and strives daily on the radio and in all his activities to deliver a positive message about the sport to the stakeholders, horseplayer and casual fan.

Matthew Cackowski
AmTote International Inc.
Information Security Director
Bio

Matthew Cackowski

Information Security Director

AmTote International Inc.

Mr. Matthew Cackowski is the Information Security Director at AmTote International. AmTote is a global wagering services company, whose operations include managed wagering systems, software development, and hardware engineering. His responsibilities are focused on risk assessment of information systems, applications, and data stores. From this risk-based perspective, he manages the continuous improvement of the information security program to meet new threats and align with the changing regulatory requirements. Professional Experiences Technology Project Manager – Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC), Race Track Owner/Operator Lead large scale IT projects across multiple race tracks Wagering Analyst – Racing Services Inc. (RSI), International Sportsbook Operator Analyzed sportsbook wagering activity to help balance the liability book Systems and Network Administrator – TVG BetFair, ADW Operator IT implementation and management of online wagering and call center systems Qualifications Matthew holds the following current certifications from ISACA: CISM – Certified Information Security Manager CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control He has a Master of Science in Computational Statistics from OHSU. Matthew is an active participant with the racing industry’s 20 20 sessions and with the ARCI.

Jill Cathey
A Cathey Testing System
Founder
Bio

Jill Cathey

Founder

A Cathey Testing System

Jill Cathey is a Steward for the State of New Mexico and the Founder and Managing Co-Owner of “A Cathey Testing System LLC”, a company that provides innovative technology capable of creating individualized testing in many aspects of the horse racing industry. Her extensive background in the racing industry, includes being a licensed Trainer, Equine Dental Technician, Exercise Rider, Racing Official in multiple capacities, and a Steward since 2015. Jill Cathey is an Accredited Flat Racing Level II Steward and served as a member of The New Mexico Racing Commission Rules Committee. She has a Bachelors in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and is a graduate of the American School of Equine Dentistry.

Patrick Cummings
Thoroughbred Idea Foundation
Executive Director
Bio

Patrick Cummings

Executive Director

Thoroughbred Idea Foundation

Pat Cummings is the Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, an independent think-tank which launched in August 2018 aiming to improve the prospects of the thoroughbred racing industry through the exchange, curation and advocacy of sound, data-driven ideas. Cummings is a former executive with the Hong Kong Jockey Club where he oversaw the Club’s Racing Public Affairs division during a three-year tenure. Prior to that, he spent four years as Director of Racing Information with Trakus and has held a number of media-related roles, including covering eight seasons of racing in Dubai. Pat has also owned horses through various syndicates for a number of years and currently has horses in training through the Brilliant Racing Syndicate in the U.S. and the On A Mission Syndicate in South Africa.  He is a 2002 graduate of Dickinson College and earned his MBA from Baylor University in 2011.

Scott Daruty
Monarch Content Management, LLC.
President
Bio

Scott Daruty

President

Monarch Content Management, LLC.

Scott J. Daruty is Executive Vice President, Content & Media of The Stronach Group’s racing and gaming division. Daruty also serves as the President of Monarch Content Management, LLC, which is The Stronach Group’s racing content management subsidiary. The Stronach Group owns and operates racetracks in four states, including Gulfstream Park in Florida; Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park in California; Portland Meadows in Oregon; Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, and Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland. Monarch Content Management acts as the simulcast purchase and sales agent for a group of 15 racetracks, including The Stronach Group tracks, as well as Del Mar, Monmouth Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Turf Paradise, among others. Monarch Content Management sells horse racing content from its stable of racetracks to a variety of domestic and international wagering outlets, including racetracks, casinos, off-track betting facilities, and advance deposit wagering companies. Monarch Content Management also purchases horse racing content from other content producers for distribution to its member racetracks and to its affiliated ADW company, XpressBet. Daruty has spent over 17 years working as a thoroughbred racing industry executive. His tenure in the racing industry began when he joined Magna Entertainment Corporation as Chief U.S. Counsel upon its inception as a public company in 2000. Prior to joining Magna Entertainment, Scott practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he represented Magna Entertainment in all its racetrack acquisitions. Daruty received his law degree from UCLA, and his B.S. in chemistry from U.C. Irvine. He resides in Newport Beach, California with his wife, Diane, and their two children.

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger
The New York Racing Association
Chief Examining Veterinarian
Bio

Dr. Jennifer Durenberger

Chief Examining Veterinarian

The New York Racing Association

Dr. Durenberger first began working on the racetrack in 1991 as a veterinary assistant at what was then Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, MN. She received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 2002. Following an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY and a short time in private practice, Dr. Durenberger went back to the racetrack. She was employed as an association veterinarian for the New York Racing Association from 2003-2008. She left New York for California in 2008, working as Commission veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board from 2008-2010 while completing a law degree. Following a term as an association steward at Delta Downs in Louisiana, Dr. Durenberger accepted the position of Director of Racing for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Serving in that capacity from 2012-2015, she oversaw and was the responsible regulatory authority for all pari-mutuel and racing-related activities at the Commonwealth’s Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and simulcasting facilities. She returned to Canterbury Park in 2016 as a steward for the Minnesota Racing Commission, and recently re-joined NYRA with the title Chief Examining Veterinarian. Dr. Durenberger is an accredited steward and member of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Education Committee. An at-large member of the ROAP executive board, she also serves on the American Association of Equine Practitioners Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee and on the Jockey Club’s Racing Equipment and Safety Committee. Some of her most satisfying work comes from her involvement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance.

John English
Global Market Advisors
Partner, Managing Director of Sports Betting & Technology  
Bio

John English

Partner, Managing Director of Sports Betting & Technology  

Global Market Advisors

Mr. English specializes in global business development for the regulated gaming industry, with emphasis on technology, content, distribution, public relations, and contract negotiation.  Mr. English’s work history contains an extensive background in gaming, including lottery, AWP, slots, table games, sweepstakes, systems, and race and sports betting both digital and live. Mr. English has been involved in many successful industry developments.  One of Mr. English’s endeavors was previously an equity partner with American Wagering Incorporated, the first company to receive Nevada Gaming Control Board approval for mobile sports betting within Nevada.  Mr. English created the first betting app in the U.S. to be distributed from the Apple App Store.  Additionally, he created the first kiosk sports betting device (SBX) to gain regulatory approval and to be mass released.  Furthermore, Mr. English created Million Dollar Ticket which was licensed by the State of Nevada for a bonus game played in restricted gaming locations. Mr. English has developed worldwide relationships, spending a great deal of his career in jurisdictions such as Asia, Canada, U.K., South America, and Mexico.  Mr. English was instrumental in the acquisition of American Wagering by William Hill, the world’s largest bookmaker, who received Nevada Gaming Commission approval. Mr. English joined Betfair and TVG, a London listed company in late 2013 to oversee the development of Asia and the Americas.  More recently, he was the Founder and the President of WEBE Worldwide, a global operator, developer, and distributor of sports betting, social, casino, and lottery products for the regulated gaming industry.  With offices in U.S. and China, WEBE specialized in operating land based, mobile, and online sportsbooks as well as developing new and innovative gaming content and convenience betting platforms.  As President, John’s duties were to lead the company’s growth, innovations, and maintenance while WEBE sought to revolutionize industry standards.

Dan Fick
Racing Officals Accreditation Program
Senior Steward
Bio

Dan Fick

Senior Steward

Racing Officals Accreditation Program

An alumnus of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, Dan began his career in horse racing at the American Quarter Horse Association in 1981 as the Assistant Director of Racing and was promoted to the position of Executive Director of Racing in 1984. In March of 2003, Dan was named the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of The Jockey Club in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2010, Dan retired from The Jockey Club and began a second career as a racing official accepting a position as State Steward with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission working at Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park. In 2011, he was hired as the Director of Racing/Racing Secretary at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2013, Dan returned to the stewards’ stand as a State Steward at Suffolk Downs in Boston, and worked as Association Steward at Prairie Meadows Race Track & Casino in Altoona, Iowa from 2015-2017. Dan is also an association management consultant who has done strategic planning facilitation for a number of horse industry organizations including the Race Track Chaplaincy of America of which he is a past-president and director emeritus. Dan and his wife, Cynthia moved to Frankfort, Kentucky in May. Their children, Colton and Danica live in Louisville and Lexington, respectively.

Scott Finley
Scott Finley International Racing
CEO and Managing Director
Bio

Scott Finley

CEO and Managing Director

Scott Finley International Racing

Scott Finley has an extensive background in business development, marketing and technology deployment in the horseracing and betting industries. Scott has owned and managed his own international racing and betting consulting practice since 2002. Among his major clients are Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU), the French national betting organization, on whose behalf he oversees the sales, operations, logistics and distribution of French Racing into North America. PMU hosts the third largest betting pools in the world, with over USD$11 billion in handle on more than 10,000 flat, jump and trotting races. Prior to partnering with PMU, Scott served as the Director of Simulcasting for The New York Racing Association, North America’s number one simulcast signal provider. While representing British and Irish racing, Finley introduced commingled wagering on international content to North America, generating handle growth of 550% over five years. Earlier in his career, Scott was the vice president of marketing for Autotote Systems (now Sportech) and has served in executive capacities at Daily Racing Form and The Racing Times. He has worked on production teams for NBC Sports Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup TV coverage. Occasionally, Scott finds time to contributed articles on betting technology applications and handicapping strategies to publications such as USA Today, Thoroughbred Daily News, Racing Post, "The Blood-Horse" and "HorsePlayer" magazines.

Michael Grodsky
William Hill US
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations
Bio

Michael Grodsky

Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

William Hill US

Michael Grodsky has been Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for William Hill US since joining the company in June 2013. Michael oversees the growth of the William Hill brand through the channels of CRM, advertising, sponsorship, promotions, social media, and public relations. Prior to joining William Hill, Michael worked for seven years in a variety of casino marketing roles. Originally from New Orleans, Michael graduated from Tulane University.

Earle Hall
Gaming Standards Association
Chair, Blockchain Committee
Bio

Earle Hall

Chair, Blockchain Committee

Gaming Standards Association

Earle G. Hall is an internationally recognized Canadian entrepreneur, visionary and innovator in several different fields of technology. He has spearheaded projects and start-ups in the gaming, entertainment, heavy tech, CRM, video game and special effects segments of the technology spectrum. He currently serves as the CEO of AXESnetwork, an IoT Fintech specialized in the casino industry. He is also the Gaming Standards Association Chair of the Blockchain Committee. Earle is a graduate of the Royal Military College and a Veteran Officer of the Canadian Army. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Psychology. Earle taught the Management of Information and New Technology at the Master’s Degree level for 12 years while researching the emergence of the digital economy. Earle currently focuses on big data, information correlation, predictability and behaviour triggers. Earle’s expertise in blockchain stems from his research in information management and is heavily influenced by his military background in intermodal logistics. Earle has done extensive research in neuroscience and has spoken at many international events such as TEDx, Wanderlust and others on the Science of Happiness, Mindfulness and Success. His passion for the human brain and the search for purpose and performance have had tremendous influence on his focus on company culture.

Anne Hardy
Visit Horse Country
Executive Director
Bio

Anne Hardy

Executive Director

Visit Horse Country

Anne Sabatino Hardy is the Executive Director of Visit Horse Country, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fan development through experiences at equine-related attractions throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Visit Horse Country was developed as an industry initiative in 2014 with inspiration from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, with farm owners believing that opening the gates to their storied locations and allowing interaction with the horse could contribute to fan development. Hardy is a longtime Lexington resident and graduate of Asbury University. A lover of travel, she also lived abroad and traveled through the Middle East as well as Europe with husband, Jacob Hardy, a business owner and Lexington native. Hardy has worked in various areas of business including association management, marketing, public relations, consulting and journalism. She began her career at Preston-Osborne, where she served clients in a variety of sectors and worked on two Silver Anvil Award-winning campaigns, the highest award for practitioners of public relations. She also worked as the Editor-in-Chief of two community magazines in Kentucky while acting as a contributing writer and editor to many other publications through Kentucky.She is a lifelong fan of her hometown Indianapolis Colts and frequent visitor to the races.

Marsha Kelly
MSK Ventures, Inc.
President
Bio

Marsha Kelly

President

MSK Ventures, Inc.

Marsha Kelly has more than forty years of experience in strategic communications, public relations and issue management. She held senior positions in industry, academia and government before entering private practice in 1989 as a communications and issue management consultant. Since 1996, Kelly has provided public relations and strategic consulting services to the American Greyhound Council (AGC), an organization by greyhound breeders and track operators to fund and manage greyhound welfare and adoption programs, and coordinate greyhound racing’s response to the animal rights challenge. She also provides counsel to the American Greyhound Track Operators Association. Kelly is one of a handful of consultants in the U.S. with extensive experience in animal rights issue management. Previous clients have included national and regional organizations in fur farming, wildlife management, agriculture, entertainment and the pet industry. Her work on behalf of these industries has established her as a leading advocate for responsible animal industries.

Bill Knauf
Monmouth Park Racetrack & Sports Book
Vice President Business Operations
Bio

Bill Knauf

Vice President Business Operations

Monmouth Park Racetrack & Sports Book

Joined Monmouth Park 20 years ago in 1998 Held various positions in Marketing, Media and Operations - including oversight of pari-mutuel business, and most recently oversight of the Sports Book operations. Continued to develop Monmouth as a premier racetrack and entertainment destination, with a focus on our biggest race the Haskell, and managing the 2007 Breeders’ Cup. Graduate of Tufts University and Univ. of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Past Turf Publicists of America President and Vice President

Chris Krafcik
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming
Managing Director of Political and Regulatory Markets
Bio

Chris Krafcik

Managing Director of Political and Regulatory Markets

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming

Chris Krafcik is the Managing Director of Political and Regulatory Markets for Eilers & Krejcik Gaming. Krafcik has testified before lawmakers in California on issuesrelated to Fantasy Sports and online gambling, and worked directly with policymakers onthe sports betting qusiton in Indiana and West Virginia. Krafcik’s research is regularly cited by public companies and major media outlets.

Katherine LaMonica
Godolphin
Godolphin Charities Manager - USA
Bio

Katherine LaMonica

Godolphin Charities Manager - USA

Godolphin

Katie, a Lexington, Kentucky native, has been involved in the Thoroughbred business for the last 17 years.  She has worked for Godolphin as the Darley Stallion Promotions Coordinator since 2003 and is responsible for overseeing client entertainment, race sponsorships, and merchandise.  During the last two years she expanded her role under the Godolphin banner as Charitable Donations Manager for America. In her new role, she is responsible for overseeing the organization’s global and local charitable initiatives. Katie is the coordinator of the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, a Godolphin-sponsored initiative, in partnership with The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and the National HBPA. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she went to work in the conference services department for the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.  She then moved to Miami and worked in the marketing department at Hialeah Race Track.  Following the close of racing at Hialeah, she returned to Lexington and worked for TOBA. During her tenure there, Katie was responsible for new member recruitment and the coordination of New Owner Clinics at racetracks across the country.  Katie is on the Board of Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly known as Hospice of the Bluegrass) and the Advisory Board of the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America since 2013, and beginning next year, she will be the club president, a position that holds a two-year term.

Christopher Larmey
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Chairman, NHC Players' Committee
Bio

Christopher Larmey

Chairman, NHC Players' Committee

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association

Christopher Larmey is the Chairmen of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) Players’ Committee. The goal of the committee is to represent the viewpoint of NHC Tour members in advising the NTRA regarding the NHC and other matters of interest to tour members. The NHC is the richest, most prestigious tournament for horseplayers in the world and the culmination of a yearlong series of sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off track betting facilities and handicapping websites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals in Las Vegas. Each year, the NHC winner is honored at the Eclipse Awards. Established in 1999, the first NHC offered total purse money of $200,000. That total purse has now grown to over $3 million. Mr. Larmey has been a member of the Committee since its inception and has served as Chairman for four years. He is also an active NHC tour member having qualified for the NHC thirteen times, finishing in the “Top 15” three times and was recently the seventh member inducted into the NHC Hall of Fame. He is not a racing industry professional; however, he is an avid horseplayer and racing fan who passionately promotes thoroughbred racing and handicapping contest play. He has devoted countless hours over the years to effecting positive change for horseplayers. In 2015, he joined fellow Hall of Fame inductee Judy Wagner in Washington, D.C., to represent bettors as the NTRA advocated on Capitol Hill for modernization of tax regulations related to withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings. Those regulations became law last September and the positive impacts were immediate and pronounced, with independent estimates suggesting that the new regulations could boost wagering by as much as $1 billion annually. Mr. Larmey has worked professionally for over 30 years primarily in Science & Technology R&D and has an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a graduate degree in Applied Mathematics both from the University of Arizona.

Kate Lowenhar-Fisher
Dickinson Wright PLLC
Chair Gaming & Hospitality Practice Group
Bio

Kate Lowenhar-Fisher

Chair Gaming & Hospitality Practice Group

Dickinson Wright PLLC

Ms. Kate Lowenhar-Fisher is a Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC and the Chair of the firm’s Gaming & Hospitality Practice Group. Kate is a leading Nevada gaming attorney who counsels many of the world’s premier gaming companies on regulatory issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganizations and financings. She has extensive experience advising clients on issues related to Internet gaming, social gaming, fantasy sports, liquor licensing, nightclubs, restaurants, sweepstakes, contests, and promotions. She regularly represents individuals and businesses before regulatory agencies, including the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, the Nevada Gaming Commission, the Clark County Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board and the Las Vegas City Council. Kate is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law. In addition, she is active in non-profit organizations, and she sits on the board of directors of Nevada PEP and the board of Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. Since 2003, Kate has donated more than 1,500 hours of pro bono legal services to the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in connection with her representation of abused and neglected children. In 2009 the Legal Aid Center awarded Kate the Myrna Women’s Children’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award. In addition, in 2009 Kate was honored with the Local Heroes Award by Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. In recognition of her pro bono contributions, ABA Journal Magazine featured Kate in its February 2013 national cover story regarding lawyers who are deeply committed to providing pro bono legal services. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, PLLC, Kate was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP specializing in gaming law and commercial transactions

Jeff Lowich
TVG Network, Betfair US
Sr. Director Retail Ops. & Industry Relations
Bio

Jeff Lowich

Sr. Director Retail Ops. & Industry Relations

TVG Network, Betfair US

Jeff’s passion for horse racing began at the age of six after a trip to Monmouth Park for the 1987 Haskell, featuring Bet Twice, Alysheba and Lost Code. Upon graduating from King’s College, Jeff attended the University of Louisville for the Equine Administration program there. Upon returning home to New Jersey after graduation, Jeff worked at his home track of Monmouth Park for seven years, ultimately being responsible for Admissions, Guest Services & Handicapping Contests. In 2010, Jeff made the move over to TVG to help start up their Key Account Program. After spending six years working in Key Accounts, he transitioned to Industry Relations and eventually Retail Sportsbook Operations once sports betting opened up in New Jersey. Currently, Jeff is responsible for the operations of the FanDuel Sportsbooks in New Jersey and West Virginia.

Richard McGuire
Sportech PLC
Executive Chairman
Bio

Richard McGuire

Executive Chairman

Sportech PLC

Richard McGuire joined Sportech as a Non-Executive Director to the Board in August 2016. Richard has extensive experience in capital markets and the leisure and gaming industries, and previously held a number of Non-Executive directorships. Prior to joining Sportech, Richard was Chairman at Timeweave PLC and joint owner of TurfTV. He also held the position of Non-Executive Director at Mitchells and Butlers PLC, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK.

Dean McKenzie
New Zealand Througbred Racing
Director
Bio

Dean McKenzie

Director

New Zealand Througbred Racing

Dean is currently a Director of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing, the governing body of the thoroughbred code in New Zealand. He has had a long involvement with New Zealand racing and sport in various formal capacities including a period with the Southland Racing Club as General Manager, the New Zealand Racing Industry Board as Special Projects Manager, and Chief Executive Officer roles with the Wellington Racing Club and the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, who hold New Zealand’s largest race day on the second Tuesday of November each year. Dean is also a keen handicapper and remains an active thoroughbred owner and breeder, selling his first yearling at public auction in 1995. Senior sports management roles include 6 years with leading sports agency Esportif NZ Ltd and 4 years as Chief Executive Officer with Jade Stadium, the South Island’s premier entertainment venue until it was rendered inoperable after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Dean also served as a Director on the Board of Athletics New Zealand (Track and Field) for 3 years until August 2018. Dean is a Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent), holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Commerce and Arts from Otago University (NZ) and also holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration and Facility Management from Ohio University (USA).

Mark Mennear
Hawk-Eye Innovations
Senior Consultant
Bio

Mark Mennear

Senior Consultant

Hawk-Eye Innovations

Mr. Mark Mennear is a Senior Consultant for Hawk-Eye Innovations, a company dedicated to improving the level of fairness, safety and engagement within Sports. Mark is in charge of the Horse Racing, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Athletics business whilst developing solutions for the whole range of sports that Hawk-Eye provides services. Mark started his career with Mars Incorporated, the global manufacturer of confectionery; he was part of the European Engineering Leadership Programme designing, managing and commissioning manufacturing equipment. To follow his passion for sport he moved to Hawk-Eye Innovations and started within the tennis business as a Senior Systems Engineer leading teams around the world to provide world-class ball tracking services. Mr. Mennear is now part of the Solutions team as a Senior Consultant liaising with new and existing clients to provide the whole plethora of products and services that Hawk-Eye offer. Mr. Mennear serves as a mentor for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and has been acknowledged and joined the prestigious professional development programme as a Sports Industry Next Generation Leader. He has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Nottingham.

Jim Mulvihill
Churchill Downs Inc. 
Sr. Director, Betting Information
Bio

Jim Mulvihill

Sr. Director, Betting Information

Churchill Downs Inc. 

Jim Mulvihill is Sr. Director of Betting Information at Churchill Downs Inc., where he serves as publisher of the Brisnet Betting Guide, a daily book of bundled past performances for simulcast horseplayers printed 364 days per year and distributed at racetracks, OTBs, and casino race books. Prior to joining CDI, he spent five years as Director of Media & Industry Relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. As the head of NTRA Communications he was the primary media contact and spokesperson for NTRA initiatives, including the Eclipse Awards and the National Horseplayers Championship. He has held a variety of public relations and communications positions within and outside of racing, including heading the press offices at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Mulvihill started his racing career at Lone Star Park, where he served as staff writer and media relations assistant for four years, through the Breeders’ Cup season of 2004. As a freelancer he has contributed stories on racing to numerous outlets – including The Associated Press, Thoroughbred Times, and The Saratoga Special – and for several years provided daily handicapping selections to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is a graduate of Emerson College and an alumnus of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Jen Roytz
Retired Racehorse Project
Executive Director
Bio

Jen Roytz

Executive Director

Retired Racehorse Project

Jen Roytz is the Executive Director of the Retired Racehorse Project, a naitonal 501c3 organization aimed at increasing the value and demand for Thoroughbreds after racing. In addition to RRP's signature event, the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, the organization also publishes "Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine" quarterly, hosts Thoroughbred-focused demonstrations and clinics around the country, and has more than 160,000 followers on social media. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Jen co-owns Topline Communications, a sull-service boutique marketing agency serving clients in the fields of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, equestrian sports, veterinary medicine, human helthcare and non-profit. She also writes for a variety of publications both in and outside of the horse industry, including the Thoroughbred Daily News, Paulick Report, Practical Horsemen, American Racehorse, MidWest Harness Report and others. Jen earned a B.A. in Communications (emphasis in advertising and public relations) from Morehead State University and an M.A. in Integrated Communication from the University of Louisville. She holds board/advisory board and/or committee affiliations with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Kentucky Horse Council, National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Equine Welfare committee, the Locust Trace Agriscience Center Advisory Committee, the Thoroughbred Women's Network's communications committee, the Saddle Up Safely Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, U.S. Equestrian and the Kentucky Hunter Jumper Association.

Sue Schneider
Gaming Law Review
Editor-in-Chief
Bio

Sue Schneider

Editor-in-Chief

Gaming Law Review

Sue Schneider is one of the world’s leading experts on the internet gaming industry which she began monitoring in 1995. Starting as an owner of leading gaming consumer portal from ’95-‘99, she then launched River City Group, which produced the largest i-gaming events in the world (GIGSE and EiG) as well as key industry trade publications, such as iGamingNews.com and the Internet Gambling Report. In July, ’06, River City Group was purchased by Clarion Events, one of the UK’s largest event producers, and Schneider remained as CEO/Americas there until June ’09. She remains the principal of www.egamingbrokerage.com and consults on a variety of other independent projects in the industry. Schneider was a founder and served as Chairman of the 120 member Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade association, from its inception in l996 until 2004. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Liebert Publications’ Gaming Law Review. Until 2016, she was a partner with the US-based conference (www.igamingnorthamerica.com) which was sold to iGaming Business, a division of Clarion Events Gaming. She’s a former partner in the www.maltaigamingseminar.com and, in addition, works with the G2E event as a consultant for the iGaming Congress. She recently became a Chief Advisor to Sports Betting Communities (www.sbcevents.com) on their efforts to launch a sports betting show in the US. She is a frequent speaker at international gaming conferences and has testified to the US Senate, the US House of Representatives as well as the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in that country.

David Siegel
TrackMaster, An Equibase Company
President
Bio

David Siegel

President

TrackMaster, An Equibase Company

David Siegel has spent the last two and a half decades operating TrackMaster, and Equibase Company, a leading provider of handicapping products and figures for racing enthusiasts that became a part of Equibase Company in 2000. He is the chief architect of the Equibase Speed Figure and related handicapping tools for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Harness racing. Most recently, he has been instrumental in the deployment of Equibase GPS systems for tracking and timing and in the development of Horse Ratings for the USTA, a system by which more competitive races can be carded subjectively and with simplicity. David is uniquely qualified to direct the design and development efforts for such initiatives. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Union College (NY), an MBA from Stanford University, and has 25 years of direct experience creating innovative and powerful handicapping tools. He also has driven in over 3500 harness races amassing over 500 wins which gives him a unique perspective on factors relevant to predicting outcomes of races and finding underlying value. He is well versed in statistical principles and, combined with his hands-on experience, has developed a variety of algorithms used in many TrackMaster and Equibase products. Dave is a US Trotting Association director. He has recently served on the California Harness Horsemen’s Association board of directors as its Vice President. Previous to his employment at TrackMaster, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group.

Brian Skirka
Monmouth Park Racetrack and Sports Book
Marketing Director
Bio

Brian Skirka

Marketing Director

Monmouth Park Racetrack and Sports Book

Began at Monmouth Park as a marketing intern for the 2007 Breeders’ Cup season. Has held numerous titles in the marketing and publicity departments. Responsible for all aspects of marketing, advertising, promotions and events for the racetrack and the sports book. Additionally, serves as the track’s handicapping contest director and Friday paddock show analyst. Monmouth Park internship was last six credits of a Journalism degree from Rutgers University.

Sam Swanell
PointsBet Pty, Ltd.
CEO
Bio

Sam Swanell

CEO

PointsBet Pty, Ltd.

Sam Swanell is CEO and a co-founder of PointsBet, Australia’s fastest growing Sportsbook operator. Sam has held senior executive positions within the Australian betting industry for more than a dozen years. This period has coincided with the transformation of the Australian racing and sports betting market following the landmark Betfair High Court case in 2008. Sam’s experience includes successfully launching two leading Australian sportsbooks start-ups, including his current role as a Founder, Director and CEO of PointsBet. He has a deep understanding of the critical areas required to produce and manage a sportsbook. Sam has particularly strong experience in the Australian racing fixed odds and pari-mutuel markets and has also consulted within leading North American ADW providers. Sam was instrumental in PointsBet securing an agreement for an online sportsbook in New Jersey with Meadowlands and, subject to legislation, also with Tioga Downs in New York State.

Jeff True
Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino
President and General Manager
Bio

Jeff True

President and General Manager

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino

Jeff is a 30+-year horse racing veteran who joined the new ownership group at Ruidoso Downs in Fall 2017 where they have instituted new compliance and testing protocols at their iconic, mountain track. Jeff has held marketing and leadership positions at Los Alamitos, Santa Anita, Youbet.com, Oklahoma and Texas Quarter Horse Associations; as well as having served as President of United Tote, and most recently as Sr. VP of Sales at AmTote International. Jeff serves on the AQHA racing and graded stakes committees and has a keen interest in the RTCA and the PDJF.

Matt Vance
Remington Park
Vice President of Operations
Bio

Matt Vance

Vice President of Operations

Remington Park

Matt Vance is the Vice President of Operations for Remington Park Racetrack and Casino in Oklahoma City. Being the son of the original President and General Manager, David Vance, he was raised in Kentucky where he learned the racing business first-hand. Upon the opening of Remington Park in 1988, he began his career in Hospitality and progressed thru various management, then directorial positions and helped establish Remington Park as one of the first ‘Racinos’ in 2005. He is also responsible for the creation of a subsidiary company, RPDC, for the dissemination of horse racing signals for simulcasting in Tribal Casino OTBs. Mr. Vance has served on the board of Woven Life, and he is a member of various Oklahoma Business Chambers. He participates in horseman associations including TRA/HBPA, as well as AQHA, working with the Oklahoma chapters thereof.

Yenni Vance, CTA
Global Gaming Solutions LLC - Remington Park/Lone Star Park
Director of Digital Communications & Social Media
Bio

Yenni Vance, CTA

Director of Digital Communications & Social Media

Global Gaming Solutions LLC - Remington Park/Lone Star Park

Yenni Vance is in charge of Digital Communications and Social Media for both Remington Park Race Track & Casino in Oklahoma City and Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX, both owned by Global Gaming Solutions, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation. A native Colombian, she is a student of emerging technologies and has developed new concepts designed to lower the demographic profile of the tracks' fan bases by targeting Millennials through gamification and analytics. She was invited in June of this year to serve as the keynote speaker at a Digital Travel Summit in Amman, Jordan. Ms. Vance received the 2014 World Community Award presented in a ceremony at the Oklahoma Supreme Court and also was named one of the "40 Under 40," recognizing business and community leaders under the age of 40 in the Oklahoma City market.

Paul von Hipple
LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin and Total Performance Data
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, Statistics and Data Science
Bio

Paul von Hipple

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, Statistics and Data Science

LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin and Total Performance Data

Paul von Hippel is an Associate Professor of Public Policy, Statistics and Data Science at the University of Texas in Austin. His articles on the data and statistics of horse racing have appeared in Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, CNN, and NBC Universal.

Alexander Waldrop
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bio

Alexander Waldrop

President and Chief Executive Officer

National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)

Alexander M. Waldrop is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he leads the Thoroughbred industry’s national office responsible for matters pertaining to federal legislative advocacy, racing safety and integrity, marketing and promotion of the sport, group purchasing and management of issues of national significance to Thoroughbred racing. Mr. Waldrop spent 13 years with Churchill Downs Incorporated, as President and General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack from 1999 to 2002, as General Counsel from 1992 to1998, and as senior vice president, Public Affairs from 2003 to 2004. He is also a former equity partner in the Louisville office of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs where he was the Chair of the firm’s Equine, Gaming & Entertainment Practice Group. Mr. Waldrop is a Member of the NTRA Board of Directors, Chair of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Board of Directors, a Trustee of the American Horse Council, and Chair of the AHC Racing Advisory Committee.

Scott Wells
Remington Park and Lone Star Park
President and General Manager
Bio

Scott Wells

President and General Manager

Remington Park and Lone Star Park

Scott Wells has been in the business of horse racing in one facet or another all his life. A third generation horseman, he was a licensed trainer in 14 states and in 1984 trained the winner of the first pari-mutuel thoroughbred race in Oklahoma. In 1990, he took a position in the Remington Park marketing department and worked his way up to positions as assistant GM at Hollywood Park and then as general manager of Ruidoso Downs, in New Mexico. He was racing project manager in the reopening of the national racetrack of Mexico from 1998 to 2001, and then served as general manager in the reopening of the national racetrack of Uruguay from 2001 until February of 2005 when he returned to serve as president and general manager of Remington Park, an upscale racino in Oklahoma City. He served on the board of directors of the TRA (Thoroughbred Racing Associations) for 8 years, and he was elected president of that organization in March of 2013. In August of 2013, he was also named the president and general manager of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.