Meet the Speakers

Caribbean Gaming & Hospitality Conference is proud to announce its 2006 speakers.
Last updated 6/9/06

Michael Breindel
started his infrastructure technology consulting, and integration firm in 1986, managing it until its multi-million dollar sale in 1999. He stayed on as President of this subsidiary until he created IGMAS Technologies, Inc., which provides consulting and professional services for hospitality and gaming data center projects. With over 17 years experience in network infrastructure consulting and implementation projects, Mr. Breindel has developed a keen sensitivity to the complexities and organizational impact of technology projects. Using “clean-slate" information systems, fiber backbones, national migrations and deployments, wired and wireless security evaluations, telecommuting solutions, and other systems, he has achieved successful and measurable results for clients. Over the years, Mr. Breindel has earned many technical industry designations, including those by Microsoft, Novell, Citrix, Cisco, 3Com, ACC, and LANDA. He is the author of several technical certification examinations that have been used within the computer industry; and has achieved Top100 VAR standings on more than one occasion.

Phil Bury
is Product Marketing Manager for International Game Technology, a position he has held for the past two years. Mr. Bury joined IGT 10 years ago as an engineer, following a career in the semi-conductor industry. His current responsibilities include development of marketing strategies for server-based products as well as frequent interface with regulators and customers.

Raúl Bustamante
is Managing Director of San Juan’s Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, a position he assumed earlier this year. A seasoned hotel executive, Mr. Bustamante has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. He began his career in Colombia, then joined Hilton International where he managed properties in Latin America and the Caribbean. As the first executive of Hilton International in Puerto Rico, he accomplished two major renovations of the Caribe Hilton. Mr. Bustamante has been active in the leadership of many government and industry committees. Presently, he is Chairman of the Board of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau.

Guillermo Cabret-Cardona
is Gaming Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s (PRTC) Gaming Division. His achievements include promoting changes to gaming law and regulations for the prevention of compulsive gambling; the improvement of casino internal controls; and the addition of new technologies which permit new equipment and modalities in games such as ticket-in/ticket-out, penny slots, system upgrades, and new systems installations. Mr. Cabret-Cardona has worked for 21 years in PRTC’s Gaming Division where he served as Slot Machine Manager, Customer Service Manager, Operations Director, and since January, 2001, his current position.

Lisle Chase
is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Centre Corporation, mandated to establish the international financial services industry in partnership with the government of Saint Lucia. Mr. Chase is a Chartered Accountant who served in public practice for 25 years. He was admitted to partnership in Coopers & Lybrand in 1984 as a regional partner in the practice covering Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, a position he held until 1998. At that time he became managing partner of the firm of Chase, Skeete & Boland. Mr. Chase retired from public accounting in 1999 to assume his present post. Currently, he is Chairman of the Saint Lucia Gaming Authority, an appointed position. He also served as Chairman of the National Development Corporation, and member of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

Rich Cortese
is Executive Vice-President-Hotel Division of the Caribbean Property Group. For seven years before that, he was Regional Vice President, Wyndham Hotels Caribbean responsible for overseeing the El San Juan, El Conquistador, and Conrad Plaza, the most successful resorts in Puerto Rico, as well as a number of other Wyndham properties throughout the Caribbean. In 2004, Mr. Cortese was chosen Hotelier of the Year by the Puerto Rico Hotel Association where he serves today as board member and Chairman of PRHTA’s Gaming Committee. Mr. Cortese was also appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico to serve as a board member of the Puerto Rico Convention and Business Bureau. Prior to Wyndham Resorts, Mr. Cortese was Senior Vice President-Operations of Atlantis Paradise Island, and Corporate Food and Beverage Director of Hyatt Hotel Corporation.

R. Oliver David
is Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement as well as Assistant Attorney General with the Virgin Islands Department of Justice. He also serves as legal counsel to the Virgin Islands Lottery Commission. Before that, Mr. David served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to the Virgin Islands Legislature. He has also worked as an attorney in private practice, and part-time faculty member in Business Administration at the University of the Virgin Islands. Mr. David is a past President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association.
David M. Delgado
is Vice President of International Marketing & Sales for Arrow International.

Todd Elsasser
is Technical Compliance Director of the Las Vegas-based Cyberview Technology. Mr. Elsasser is responsible for managing all technical compliance worldwide for the company’s central server-based, downloadable games platform used in casinos, lotteries, and other gaming environments. Previously, he worked with Gaming Laboratories International, initially as the company’s first test engineer and then in his most recent position as Executive Director of Engineering and Testing. At GLI, he was involved in more than 20 video lottery system certifications and start-ups, and he coordinated with regulators and gaming agencies worldwide. Mr. Elsasser has also tested products for charitable gaming and bingo jurisdictions.

Felipe Fas
is Electronic Games Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s Gaming Division, a position he assumed last year. Mr. Fas began his career at the PRTC as an electronic games specialist. Before that he was responsible for quality control programs in the pharmaceutical industry. He also served there as an accounting manager.

José C. Figueroa
is Licensing Supervisor for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Gaming Division-Licensing Area. His duties include licensing oversight of all casino employees and vendors, and evaluation of proposals for new casino projects in Puerto Rico. Before that Mr. Figueroa was Accounting Chief of the Hotel Development Corporation, a public entity in charge of promoting the investment of new hotel projects in Puerto Rico. Mr. Figueroa is a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators, and serves as liaison between the Gaming Division and other jurisdictions on investigations related to casino employees and vendors.

Douglas L. Florence, Sr., CPP
is Gaming Sector Director for NiceVision, the security division of Nice Systems, Inc. A surveillance and gaming operations expert, Mr. Florence has worked in the digital video recording field for the last three years. Previously, he was Vice President of Gaming and Hospitality with API Pinkerton Gaming, and Business Development Manager for Gaming and  Hospitality, ADT Tyco. Before that, Mr. Florence was Director of Surveillance for The Mirage and The Rio Hotel & Casinos, and worked with KPMG Peat Marwick as a Manager for Corporate Security and Gaming. As an associate with Kroll Associates, New York, and Kroll-O’Gara, Boston, the international management consulting firm, he was responsible for investigations in the corporate security sector. Mr. Florence is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), which is conferred by the American Society for Industrial Security International.
Tom Gaytan
is General Manager of the recently launched Worldwide Games Division of TCS John Huxley. Mr. Gaytan began his gaming career 13 years ago at ShuffleMaster, and then launched his own table games company, assisting other game developers.
Frederic E. Gushin
founded Spectrum Gaming Group in 1993. Mr. Gushin worked for many years with New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement where he was promoted to Assistant Director and Assistant Attorney General. During his 13-year career with the Division, he oversaw for the State the openings of 12 Atlantic City casino hotels and managed civil and administrative litigation before the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. He has personally argued over 50 cases before the Commission. Mr. Gushin has worked with a variety of private sector and governmental clients since founding Spectrum. He has advised private casino developers on operational and management issues and provided gaming expertise to a number of gaming jurisdictions over the years. He also serves as a Commissioner with the Oneida Indian Nation Gaming Commission that regulates the highly successful Turning Stone Resort Casino near Syracuse, NY. 
Connie Jones
holds the unique title, Director of Responsible Gaming, for International Game Technology (IGT). She has the distinction of being the only person employed by a gaming company in North America to have this job title.  A 12-year veteran of the gaming industry, Ms. Jones became involved with responsible gaming in January 1999 when she was recruited from the government relations group of Powerhouse Technologies, Inc. to oversee its new Corporate Responsible Gaming Program. Through a series of mergers, Jones assumed the responsible gaming role for IGT.  Ms. Jones grew up in a politically active ranching family in Montana. She was the first woman to run for state representative in her district, losing the race by nine votes. Ms. Jones serves on the Board of the National Council on Problem Gaming, and the Advisory Board of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling.  She has worked closely with the treatment community, government bodies, and gaming industry representatives to formulate strategies to address compulsive and problem gaming.
Carl Kortum
is an owner and operator in the soon to be opened San Juan Vanderbilt and Renaissance La Concha Hotels in the Condado section of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Mr. Kortum is also an owner of the recently renovated Courtyard by Marriott Resort & Casino.  He served previously as Executive Vice President of Swissotel Hotels and Resorts, and as Senior Vice President of Williams Hospitality Management Company. He has spent 20 years working with a number of Puerto Rico’s hotels and casinos. He is an active participant in the development of tourism in Puerto Rico and serves on the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association. 
Ken Moberly
is an instructor for the Gaming Management Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ken has an extensive background in gaming, previously serving as the Director of Professional Services at International Game Technology. Prior to IGT, Mr. Moberly was the General Manager and Vice President of Slot Operations for the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno as well as Corporate Slot Director for five Nevada gaming properties owned by Peppermill, Inc. Mr. Moberly also served as a Vice President for Mills-Jennings Slot Manufacturing.
Rick Newman
is President and Chief Executive Officer of Flagship Services Corporation, San Juan, which manages and develops hotel and resort properties. Flagship is the owner-operator of the new Holiday Inn San Juan, and operates the Rincon Beach Resort in Añasco and the renowned Caparra Country Club in Guaynabo. Before joining Flagship, Mr. Newman served as Vice President of the Sands Hotel and Casino, and Vice President of Operations of the San Juan Grand Beach Resort & Casino. During that tenure, he played a key role in restructuring the financial condition of the Grand, and made it one of Puerto Rico’s most successful hotels. Mr. Newman has served as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. Prior to joining the hospitality industry, he had a distinguished career in security and loss prevention.
Raynold Nivillac
is Director-Financial & Judicial Supervision for the Curaçao Gaming Control Board, a position he has held since 1999 when he joined the newly formed Board.  Before that Mr. Nivillac headed the Institutional Investors’ Department of the Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles. There he developed and implemented legal and organizational infrastructures for the insurance industry, pension funds, and thrift foundations. Mr. Nivillac is the first Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Insurance Regulators, and represented the Caribbean in the Organizing Committee of the International Insurance Forum, which later became the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
Fabio Nuñez
is Undersecretary for the Dominican Republic’s Casino Commission with responsibility for the interior and police, a position he has held since 2004. He is also a member-representative of the Commission. Before that, Mr. Núñez worked for 20 years with the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. His last position there was as Supervisor of National Accounts.
Derek A. Peart
is Executive Director of Jamaica’s Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission, a position he has held since November, 2002. Previously, Mr. Peart served in both commercial and export development banking where he held several executive positions. He also worked in telecommunications, manufacturing, and distribution. Mr. Peart holds an MBA in Finance and BS in Economics. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators’ E-Gaming Working Group, and Vice President of the Caribbean Latin America Gaming Regulators Association.
Harvey Perkins
is Vice President, Gaming Analysis for Spectrum Gaming Group.  With nearly three decades of casino experience, Mr. Perkins is skilled in strategic planning, market research, financial analysis, regulation preparation, internal control preparation, operation audits, casino product pricing, service audits, creation and implementation of customer service programs, labor analysis, casino unit profitability analysis, market analysis, economic feasibility studies, and competitive marketing and operational analysis. He is a recognized expert on both the domestic and international gaming markets, and writes extensively for The Gaming Industry Observer. Mr. Perkins currently consults with several companies on strategic gaming product positioning. He is also an Educator-level consultant to the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils, and to multiple investment and merchant banking houses. Before joining Spectrum, Mr. Perkins was Director-Casino Administration with Resorts International; Director-Casino Administration, Director of Planning, Quality and Analysis, Assistant to the President, and Vice President of Gaming Operations with Showboat, Atlantic City; and Assistant General Manager with Harrah’s New Orleans.  Mr. Perkins has been licensed as a key employee and qualifier in New Jersey and as a key employee in Louisiana.
Dave Rapp
is Vice President, Corporate Security and Business Development for the Las Vegas-based Biometrica Systems, Inc.  With over 26 years of experience in casino gaming, surveillance, and investigations, Mr. Rapp identifies and monitors the activities of known or suspected gaming cheaters and advantage players. Previously, he worked in senior management positions for several casinos, including the Sands, Crystal Palace, and Caesars World; and prior to that, he served as casino investigator for Griffin Investigations in Las Vegas.  Mr. Rapp is certified in Casino Gaming and Surveillance.

Tim Richards
is the Vice President of Global Marketing at Progressive Gaming International Corporation.

Russ Ristine
has over 25 years of experience in gaming system development, building systems for Atlantic City casinos, Bally Technologies, and recently as consultant to the Gaming Standards Association and other leading gaming companies. His latest venture is as co-founder of Radical Blue Gaming, Inc., a consulting and product development company that combines experts from the gaming industry and the technology arena to help gaming companies easily move to the next generation of slot-floor technology. 

Julio Rivera
is Operations Supervisor-Electronic Games Division for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) where he is responsible for all slot machine transactions, including shipments, installations, and approvals. Mr. Rivera joined the PRTC’s Gaming Division in 1998 to head its new office of licensing. The following year he was appointed head of slot collections. From there he advanced to Operations Supervisor in charge of investigations before moving up to his current position.

Eric Rodriguez
is the Vice President of Casinos and General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Suites.  Mr. Rodriguez has been a successful executive for the past 13 years and has held management positions at many hotels and casinos, including The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. One career achievement, in spite of global economics, was that Mr. Rodriguez closed capital investment with Wyndham Corporate to achieve increments in revenues in the slot department by 25%.

Antonio Salvá
is Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Mr.Salvá has supervisory and regulatory responsibility over Puerto Rico’s financial sector and ensures strict adherence to local laws and regulations.

Bob Schrader
manages Field Inspection Operations in the U.S. and the Caribbean for Gaming Laboratories International.  He joined the company nine years ago as a test engineer.
Barbara Shattles
was most recently Executive Vice President for Treasure Bay Gaming Resorts, Inc. and Treasure Bay Corp.; Executive Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer, Treasure Bay V.I. Corp; General Manager for Divi Carina Bay Casino; Vice President and Acting General Manager for Treasure Bay (St. Lucia) LTD.; and Vice President of TRAXCO, Inc., a horseracing and simulcast operation in St. Croix.

Karen Sierra
is Gaming Development Representative-Latin America for Gaming Laboratories, International, a position she has held since 2004. Before that, she served as Director of the Legal Advisor Department of the Gaming Control Board of Panama. Ms. Sierra is an attorney with a master’s degree in public and corporate law.

Steve Simon
is Director of Casino Operations at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM where he has helped increase revenues and net income by more than 40% in the past two years. With nearly 27 years of hands-on experience in commercial and Native American gaming as a regulatory audit agent, controller, general manager and consultant, Mr. Simon has extensive knowledge in all areas of casino and resort development and operations. Mr. Simon is regarded as an expert in slots, notably in casino floor layout, configuration, and operation. As a highly successful general manager, he is also well seasoned in accounting and finance, casino operations management, internal and external marketing, and customer service.
Vic Taucer
is President of Casino Creations, a Nevada-based consulting and training company that produces casino instructional seminars, trains dealers and supervisors for table games, develops gaming training curricula, and publishes gaming instructional textbooks. Mr. Taucer organizes and produces casino managerial training programs and casino educational seminars in jurisdictions nationwide. His manuals on dealing and supervision and his new book, Table Games Management, are used worldwide.
Bill Treger
is Director of Development of the Las Vegas-based Gaming Laboratories International.  Mr. Treger has served the gaming industry for more than 20 years, including his position as New Jersey’s gaming regulator.  For the past four years, Mr. Treger has been directing GLI’s expanded role in the Caribbean.
Ismael Vega
is Controller/Treasurer of San Juan’s Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino, a position he has held since 1994. He is a 1991 graduate from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in accounting. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant license in 1997.
Steve Walther
is Director of Systems Product Management at Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. with responsibility for OASIS™ systems. He joined Aristocrat in January 2002, bringing extensive skills and experience in casino marketing, software development, project management, quality assurance, and organizational behavior. Before joining Aristocrat, Mr. Walther was Product Development and Quality Assurance Manager for Mpower Communications, a national competitive local exchange carrier. Prior to that, he served as Product Development and Quality Assurance Manager for Casino Data Systems (acquired by Aristocrat in 2001). Previously, Mr. Walther held a number of marketing positions with the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He also has experience in organizational development consulting and training. Mr. Walther is a master graduate of Rapport Leadership International, one of the most challenging leadership development training courses in the United States.
Darren Wong
is Director of Third-Party Development for Bally Technologies, Inc. Mr. Wong manages several third-party development teams to create content across all of Bally’s ALPHA O/S™ video and reel-spinning platforms. In addition, he manages strategic alliances for products operating in various Class II and lottery jurisdictions. Mr. Wong coordinates efforts between the various systems groups, including downloadable games and Bally’s existing slot systems, OS, and game development. As part of development, Mr. Wong works with potential customers and regulators to coordinate delivery, testing, and release of finished products. Along with download and configurations of the base games, he also oversees efforts on various server-based gaming products such as Bally Live Rewards, which are reward events played through Bally’s iVIEW displays. Additionally, Mr. Wong manages the development of value-add products such as tournament management programs, which allow casino operators to configure games for tournament mode and operate traditional slot tournaments through a variety of automated tools. Prior to joining Bally, Mr. Wong served as Southern Regional Director of Sales for Aristocrat Technologies Inc. Before that he was a gaming consultant for the Valley View Casino in Southern California, and General Manager for High Impact Design & Entertainment (HIDE). Mr. Wong’s gaming experience also includes three years with the Primadonna Company LLC, where he oversaw the daily slot operations of three casinos located in Primm on the Nevada/California state line.





 

 





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