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CDC Team

* CDC Gaming Reports Advisory Board

Jeffrey Compton* Jeffrey Compton (Publisher) ran a small manufacturing company in Cleveland before moving to Las Vegas in 1994. Since then, he has assisted or directly designed Players Clubs and related promotions for small and large casinos in eight states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada. He has been a columnist for the Las Vegas Review Journal, and a columnist or contributor to a number of industry publications, including Casino Player, Strictly Slots, Midwest Gaming and Travel, and Global Gaming Business.

He is has been a guest lecturer on gaming and marketing at the Community College of Southern Nevada, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada Reno, and is the author of The Las Vegas Advisor Guide to Slot Clubs. He has a bachelor’s degree and an M.B.A. from Babson College.  Jeff relocated back to Las Vegas in 2015.

PhotoCory Roberts (Associate Publisher) currently resides in Northeast Ohio. He has helped bring numerous CDC projects to life, including the Promotion Reports and the News Database. As a professional music teacher and web designer, he spends much of his time either on the computer or with a guitar in his hands. In his free time, he enjoys researching and playing with new technology, working on his house, cooking with his wife, bicycling, and raising his plant children.

Ken Adams* Ken Adams (Executive Editor) has worked in and around the casino industry since 1969. During that time, he founded and published the annual Nevada Gaming Almanac, was the co-author of several industry-related oral histories and an almanac of casino data, and served on many industry-related boards and committee, including the boards of two public companies, a university board, the Gaming Management Advisory Board, the Gaming Industry Association’s Speakers’ Bureau, and the Reno Downtown Improvement Association. He has published the Adams Report (a monthly newsletter) since 1997, the Adams Daily Report (a daily electronic newsletter) since 2002, and the Adams Analysis (a monthly opinion piece) since 2002.

John Broughton* John Broughton (Contributing Editor) is a semi-retired editor living in Windsor, California. He is the author of the 2008 books Wikipedia: The Missing Manual and Wikipedia Reader’s Guide: The Missing Manual (O’Reilly Media/Pogue Press), and has degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Golden Gate University, the University of Southern California, and U.C. Berkeley.

Scotch HendersonScot C. (Scotch) Henderson (Promotion Reports Editor) spent much of the 90’s touring casinos throughout the United States, describing his experiences in the popular “Slot Club Express” series in Strictly Slots magazine, and in Casino Player magazine. Now a full-time resident of Las Vegas, Scotch contributes regularly to the monthly Las Vegas Advisor newsletter. Scotch also compiles the monthly Casino Promotions Reports for CDC Gaming Reports.

Norma FooteNorma Foote (Editor Emeritus) a direct descendent of one of the original Cleveland settlers, taught English and Humanities at Brecksville High School (Ohio) for 30 years and served as English Department Chair for 25 of those years. Among her many honors were Presidential Scholars Awards, Commended Teacher from the State of Ohio, and Teacher of the Year from the Brecksville School System. In 2002 she joined then-CDC Consulting at the request of Jeffrey Compton as an editor and writing coach – and went on to edit “Playback” a player-written management-directed newsletter for the gaming industry. She also served as a session moderator at the 2003 and 2004 G2E. Norma has a Bachelor’s and two Master Degrees from Bowling Green University as well as a special achievement certificate from Swing University at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Contributors

Eliot Jacobson* Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D, is a retired professor of Computer Science and Mathematics and a former advantage player. He is now a sought after consultant and trainer for the casino industry, specializing in casino mathematics and advantage play. When not figuring out how to beat casino games or publishing articles on his blog, APHeat.net, he enjoys taking his dog Rosie for long walks and playing Irish fiddle.

Mark Gruetze* Mark Gruetze is the gambling columnist for Trib Total Media and the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was a journalist for more than 40 years before retiring from the Trib as administrative editor in October 2015. A recreational gambler for most of that time, he began writing the Player’s Advantage column in 2010, when Pennsylvania casinos began offering table games. The column covers gambling from a player’s perspective. Gruetze is a frequent contributor to Henry Tamburin’s BlackjackInsider report. He lives in suburban Pittsburgh.

Roger Gros* Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry’s leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named “Businessman of the Year” for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.

Aaron Stanley* Aaron Stanley is the Washington Bureau Manager for the Financial Times, where he writes about US politics and business – including the gaming industry – for a global audience. He grew up in northern Minnesota and graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. He is currently pursuing a masters degree at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, where he lives with his wife and newborn son.

* David G. Schwartz directs the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, teaches history, writes about gaming and hospitality for Vegas Seven magazine, reviews books for CDC Gaming Reports, and only occasionally pines for his days working as Mr. Peanut on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. An Atlantic City native and former casino employee, Schwartz has written books about the development of casinos (Suburban Xanadu), the Wire Act (Cutting the Wire), gambling history (Roll the Bones), Las Vegas casino builder Jay Sarno (Grandissimo), and Atlantic City (Boardwalk Playground). He earned his bachelor’s (history and anthropology) and master’s (history) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. (United States history) from UCLA.

Schwartz’s non-fiction writing has won multiple Nevada Press Association awards, and he was named the 2014 Trippies Las Vegas Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to the study of gambling and Las Vegas. Schwartz has taught a range of classes from the United States survey to courses on the history of casinos, gambling and the media, and non-fiction writing. Schwartz lives in Las Vegas with his wife and their two young children.

Jerry KingJerry King (Cartoonist) is one of the most published cartoonists in America today. He currently sells nearly 300 cartoons per month to clients worldwide. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. When he is not drawing, he can be found on a golf course … losing.

Nick SortalNick Sortal is the Miami Herald’s new gambling columnist and South Florida’s expert journalist when it comes to the gambling scene. He covered the openings, expansions, poker tournaments, entertainment and human interest facets of the industry for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from 2007 until taking a buyout in November 2015. He also reports on gambling on his site, SouthFloridaGambling.com. The Southern Illinois native worked for papers in St. Louis and Indianapolis before joining the Sun-Sentinel in 1985. He likes triathlons, country music, basketball and bragging about his family. Contact him at NickSortal@BellSouth.net.

Anthony Curtis* Anthony Curtis is the most recognized and quoted Las Vegas expert in the world. A former professional gambler, Curtis is publisher and CEO of Huntington Press, the world’s preeminent press for gambling titles, and of LasVegasAdvisor.com, the most visited independent online guide to the city and home to its leading consumer newsletter for two decades.

Howard Stutz* Howard Stutz has spent more than three decades in Las Vegas as an award-winning journalist and communications professional. He joined Golden Entertainment, Inc. in July 2016 as vice president of corporate communications. He leads the company’s internal and external communications functions through all of its divisions nationwide. Prior to joining Golden, he was the strategic development manager for Greenberg Traurig, overseeing communications for the law firm’s Las Vegas office and the Global Gaming Practice. Howard covered the casino gaming industry for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from a local, statewide, national and international perspective from 1987 to 1991 and from 2004 to 2016. He wrote the twice-a-week “Inside Gaming” column for the Review-Journal. Howard was part of the team of Review-Journal journalists that uncovered the Adelson family as the hidden owners behind the purchase of the newspaper in December 2015. The coverage and investigation earned the team the Sidney Award from the New York-based Sidney Hillman Foundation, the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism from the University of Oregon, and the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern University. Howard covered gaming industry issues in Atlantic City and emerging markets, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In 2005, he reported on the impact Gulf Coast hurricanes had on the gaming industry in Mississippi and Louisiana. He returned to the Gulf Coast in 2015 to cover the recovery 10 years after the storms. Howard worked in the gaming industry as the corporate communications manager for slot machine provider Anchor Gaming.

Advisors

Stowe Shoemaker* Dr. Stowe Shoemaker is the Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and a Lincy Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has helped game developers test market new casino games (both slot machines and table games), developed programs to measure customer satisfaction for casino and hotel firms, and modeled the success and failure of marketing promotions. In the classroom, he has taught marketing as well as the mathematics of casino games.Dr. Shoemaker has worked with British Airways on their pricing strategy and the training of their revenue managers, and has worked with Accor, Hilton, and Hyatt on their loyalty programs. He has also worked with healthcare organizations on issues of patient satisfaction.

Dr. Shoemaker’s research has won numerous awards, and he has published two marketing textbooks: Marketing Leadership in Hospitality and Tourism: Strategies and Tactics for a Competitive Advantage and Marketing Essentials in Hospitality and Tourism: Foundations and Practices.

Staci Columbo Alonso* Staci Columbo Alonso has worked in the gaming industry for over twenty-five years. She rejoined Station Casinos in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer overseeing operations for the entire Company’s advertising, loyalty club (Boarding Pass), player development, communications and marketing programs for all Station Casinos, Fiesta Casinos, Wildfire properties, Gun Lake Casino and the new Graton Resort Casino. Her responsibilities also included digital and social strategy, entertainment, direct marketing and database management.

Previously, Alonso served as Vice President of Global Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer of International Game Technology (IGT). In this role, she oversaw all global communications, creative services, research, events, sales enablement and product marketing.

Alonso has been an active board member for the Shade Tree Shelter for battered and homeless women & children since 2001. While serving on the board for The Shade Tree, she founded Noah’s Animal House @ The Shade Tree in 2007, the first full service pet kennel on the grounds of a domestic violence shelter in the country. Since inception, Noah’s Animal House has sheltered over 800 pets for over 65,000 boarding nights. Noah’s has been referenced as the “Cadillac model” from American Humane Association based on its size and full service offerings.

Based on her love of baseball, Alonso also serves on the Board of Directors for the Shane Victorino Foundation from the Boston Red Sox, dedicated to improving the life of young children through the Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Boston & Hawaii.

She now resides in Reno and is married to Michael Alonso and is devoted to her 13 year old son, Noah and their crew of rescue dogs and cats.

Sarah M. Regan* Sarah M. Regan is the Business Administrator for McCormick & Son Insurance, a family business with two branches in southeastern Massachusetts. Her prior career experience includes working for Mobil Oil and operating a catering company. Sarah first worked with CDC Publisher Jeffrey Compton in their college days while she was the Managing Editor of The Babson Free Press. Known for her quick grasp and honest approach Sarah is an expert on Massachusetts gaming (our words, not hers), and was the only participant in the CDC Gaming Reports 2014 Election Contest to get a perfect score in that contest. Sarah and her husband Mike live on Cape Cod and are the parents of three children.

Terry Oliver* Terrance Oliver is co-owner and chairman of Reno Lumber, a wholesale lumber company, and a principal and member of the board of managers of Unique Infrastructure Group, LLC, a Reno-based developer of a 2,200-acre data center project, Reno Technology Park, located just east of Reno.

Between 1973 and 2012, Oliver held a number of positions in the gaming industry, including marketing director and casino vice president of Harolds Club in Reno and casino vice president of the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, for the Howard Hughes Recreation Group; corporate casino vice president and chief operating officer of Fitzgeralds Gaming Corporation; board director, chairman of the board, and interim chief executive officer for Progressive Gaming International Corporation; and, most recently, as a member of the board of managers and a minority unit holder of Peninsula Gaming, a privately held company that owned and operated five casinos in Kansas, Iowa, and Louisiana.

Terry received a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada in 1971. Since 2008, he has been a member of board of trustees of the University of Nevada Foundation.

In the early 1970s Terry was a reporter for KTVN television news in Reno. Since 1996, he has served on the Board of Trustees for KNPB public television in Reno, including three years as board chairman.

Terry Oliver has lived in Reno, since 1960. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1967-1972. He and his wife Linda, who married in 1975, have two daughters.

(Publisher’s Note: In 1990 at a London Gaming conference Terry Oliver met Jeffrey Compton, then a mid-western businessman with an interest in the gaming industry. Over the next few years Oliver encouraged Compton to pursue that interest – which he did. Depending on who you talk to this is Terry’s most prestigious or dubious achievement.)

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