2022 LLI Speakers

David Gale, Executive Director, North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

 

David Gale has been the Executive Director of NASPL since March 1995. His lottery industry experience began with serving as Director of Marketing for the Ohio Lottery, where he was instrumental in the development of the first lottery TV game show, Cash Explosion.

 

In the private sector, Gale served as Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of the British American Banknote (BABN) Pennsylvania printing facility, where he oversaw the complete instant ticket printing process for the company’s North American lottery clients. While at BABN, Gale participated in the 1987 startup of the Kansas Lottery.

 

Since assuming the title of NASPL Executive Director, Gale has successfully added a long list of additional accomplishments, including his 2012 induction into the PGRI Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. In this role, he has acted as a strong advocate for the industry, offering congressional testimony, publishing, conference and trade show coordination, industry-leading research, standards and best practices, and day-to-day membership activities.

Nicole Kostura, Assistant Director, Sales, Marketing & Product Development, Ohio Lottery


Nicole Kostura was appointed Assistant Director of Sales, Marketing, and Product Development in April 2019. In this position, she works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the Lottery continues to be innovative to stay true to its mission of maximizing profits for Ohio’s Lottery Profits Education Fund. Kostura oversees the agency’s senior management of Sales, Marketing, Communications, Product Innovation, Responsible Gambling, and Public Policy departments. Previously, she was the Lottery’s Deputy Director of Government & Community Relations since January 2017. 

 

Prior to joining the Lottery, Kostura served as Governor John Kasich’s Northeast Ohio Regional Liaison for six years. She also has several years of experience in county government from her time with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where she held several roles within the Voter Registration and Executive Board offices.

 

Kostura is graduate of Ashland University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science.

Derek Longmeier, Executive Director, Problem Gambling Network of Ohio


Derek Longmeier, MBA, OCPC, ICPS, has attained certification from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board as an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium as an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist.

 

Longmeier has been involved in the social services field for over 30 years and has presented at local, state and national training throughout the U.S. He has served as the Executive Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio since 2016, begining as a contract position and transitioning to fulltime in 2020.

 

Longmeier serves in many statewide and national organizations and committees, including the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Board of Directors and for the NCPG Affiliate and Marketing committees. He serves as co-chair of the Ohio Problem Gambling Advisory Board, Policy and Infrastructure Committee and the Ohio Prevention Advocacy Network. He is also part of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Prevention Committee; the IC&RC Prevention Committee (Ohio representative); and a Worthington C.A.R.E.S. coordinating council member.

 

Longmeier obtained a master’s degree from Ohio Dominican University, a bachelor’s in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and a Certificate in Social Enterprise from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Marlene Warner, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health


Marlene Warner, MA, has been with the Council since 2001 and Executive Director since 2011. She led the development and implementation of Responsible Gambling programs for Wynn, Penn National and MGM Casinos, and has worked with the Mass Gaming Council to launch voluntary self-exclusion programs in the Commonwealth. She has also initiated and delivered RG training for sales agents and retailers at U.S. lotteries through the North American State and Provincial Lotteries Association.

 

Warner is a passionate expert and advocate for responsible gambling. She was the previous board president and current board member of the National Council on Problem Gambling. She is a chair of the regional northeast PG organization and has delivered PG consulting services nationwide. She often advises state lawmakers considering expansions of gaming legislation as well.

 

Warner received her master’s degree from the George Washington University and her bachelors from Gettysburg College. She lives in Salem, Mass., with her husband and three children.

Gus Fritschie, Vice President, Information Security Services, Bulletproof, a GLI Company


Gus Fritschie has been involved in the field of information security since 2000. For the past ten years, his primary focus has been on supporting clients across the gaming spectrum, including lotteries. While at his prior company, SeNet, he and his firm discovered the logic bomb in the Multi-State Lottery Association’s random number generator fraud case leading to the conviction of Eddie Tipton. From iGaming operators, land-based casinos, gaming manufacturers, lotteries, and tribal gaming, Fritschie has established himself as an IT security leader.

Paul Riley, Vice President, Retail Innovation & Partnerships, IGT
 

Paul Riley leads IGT’s Retail Innovation and Partnerships department, which is responsible for identifying technologies and solutions that can be applied to our industry. He works with third parties to bring their solutions to fruition as complementary IGT offerings, collaborating with national chain retailers to optimize their performance. In his role, Riley identifys and articulates challenges and opportunities facing our industry, engaging directly with consumers, retailers and lotteries to gain deep insights into their needs and wants, and works to further advance the lottery industry to meet the needs of our players and retailers.

Haydn Shaw, Senior Consultant, Franklin Covey

 

For 25 years, Haydn Shaw has helped managers and organizations raise their generational IQ so they can learn to deal with the multigenerational workforce and make the changes they need to get results. He is the author of “Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart,” 2nd Edition, and the best-selling workshops “Leading Across Generations” and “Working Across Generations.” He also writes on generations and leadership for the Huffington Post, and he is currently finishing a course on “Uncomplicating Change.”

 

TIME wrote, "Shaw is an expert on cultural differences at the office." He has spoken to over 150,000 people and worked with more than 1,500 businesses (from Fortune 500 companies to start ups), not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. The results from his long-term organizational development and change projects have been written about in case studies. His simple process helps organizations cut generational turnover, get serious about knowledge transfer before the boomers head out the door, and quit losing sales because they don't know how to speak the language of their customers.

 

Shaw received the Certified Speaking Professional designation, which is only given to 12% of speakers and trainers in the world. Known for taking groups from hilarity to deep reflection, he combines rich content with use-tomorrow tools. He connects with virtually any group in any industry and brings practical and inspiring examples from the boardroom and the front line.

Chris Chrisostomidis, Vice President, Platforms & Sportbook, INTRALOT
 

Dr. Chris Chrisostomidis has been with INTRALOT for the past 12 years, and his main areas of expertise are in sports betting and iGaming solutions. He was appointed to his current position as VP of Sports Betting and Platforms in April 2020. Prior to that, he served as Chief Sports Betting Officer, Group Director of Sports Betting Product Design, Innovation and R&D and Director of Product Development. His records of leadership in the engineering industry have resulted in measurable benefits to various tech companies.

Anny Tzivanaki, Online Operations Director, Digital Sales, INTRALOT
 

With over 15 years of experience in the gaming industry, Anny Tzivanaki has focused on player account management; player acquisition and retention strategies; regulatory compliance; and operational deployment of new products, services and integrated solutions. She has worked primarily in sports betting product operations, but also managed casino, fixed odds games, lottery, multiplayer poker, and other online products, in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, Africa, and the U.S.

Michelle Simon, Director of Marketing, Scientific Games Enhanced Partnership, Ohio
 

Michelle Simon is responsible for the oversight and management of a team of 36 people who warehouse, distribute and manage the instant scratch-off product for the entire state of Ohio.

A native Clevelander, Simon began her career in the Washington, D.C., area at Discovery Communications. She spent 15 years in programming, helping to introduce digital cable networks like the Science Channel to a broader market, as well as pushing the boundaries of nonfiction programming and entertainment with shows like “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman,” and the annual “Punkin Chunkin” competition, hosted by the Mythbusters.

 

As a newcomer to the lottery industry, she brings with her an enthusiasm to help develop and strengthen SG’s relationship with the Ohio Lottery and bring to life new and creative ways to grow the business.

 

Additionally, Simon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and is a dedicated member of the performing arts community.

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