Dr. Carl G. Braunlich
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Braunlich is currently an Associate Professor at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration within the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also been a full-time member of the hotel management faculties of Cornell University and Purdue University. In addition to his work in education, Dr. Braunlich has experience in operations, having developed and directed food and beverage operations for large casino resorts in the Bahamas and Atlantic City. During his tenure with Purdue University, he spent two sabbatical leaves working with the opening teams of Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas resorts. He was also the primary design consultant for the responsible gaming strategies of Caesars Entertainment, a ten-year development effort resulting in responsible gaming programs that have been recognized as an industry benchmark. Dr. Braunlich is a board member with the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. He has been a board member with the National Council of Problem Gambling and a member of the American Gaming Association Responsible Gaming Committee.
Kenneth R. Adams
Kenneth R. Adams joined our Board in January 2007. Mr. Adams is a principal in the gaming consulting firm, Ken Adams Ltd., which he founded in 1990. He is also an editor of the Adams’ Report monthly newsletter, the Adams’ Daily Report electronic newsletter and the Adams Analysis, each of which focus on the gaming industry. Since 2012, Mr. Adams has been a partner in the Colorado Grande in Cripple Creek, Colorado, a limited stakes casino with a restaurant and bar. Since August 1997, Mr. Adams has been a partner in Johnny Nolon’s Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado, a limited stakes casino with a restaurant and bar. From 2001 until 2008, he served on the board of directors of Vision Gaming & Technology, Inc., a privately held gaming machine company, and he formerly served on the board of directors of the Downtown Improvement Agency in Reno, Nevada. The Board believes Mr. Adams is qualified to serve as a Director due to his specific experience as a casino operator, his knowledge of the casino industry and his continuing analysis and review of the industry.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Lewis A. Fanger was appointed as our Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer on January 30, 2015, subject to normal and customary state licensing requirements. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fanger served from June 2013 through February 2015 as a Vice President of Wynn Resorts, Limited, a leading owner and operator of resort casinos and a member of the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 indexes. At Wynn, Mr. Fanger oversaw the investor relations functions for both its NASDAQ- and Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed stocks and assisted with the company’s development efforts, including in Asia. From August 2011 to June 2013, Mr. Fanger was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Creative Casinos, LLC, the original developer of the recently opened Golden Nugget resort casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mr. Fanger also served from July 2003 to August 2011 at Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. in various capacities, including as Vice President of Finance, where he oversaw the treasury and investor relations functions of the company. Prior to that, Mr. Fanger worked as an equity research associate in the gaming group at Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York. Mr. Fanger earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Stanford University.
Eric J. Green
Eric J. Green joined our board in 2020. Mr. Green brings more than 20 years of investment expertise to the Company’s board of directors. Since 1997, he has worked at Penn Capital, an investment firm with approximately $3 billion of assets under management. Mr. Green currently serves as Penn Capital’s Chief Investment Officer of Equity, where he is responsible for guiding the firm’s equity strategies. Additionally, Mr. Green serves as a Senior Portfolio Manager for Penn Capital’s Small Cap, Small to Micro Cap, and Mid Cap equity strategies. He is currently a member of the firm’s executive team, which oversees the firm’s overall corporate strategy and management. Prior to joining Penn Capital, Mr. Green was with the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as a financial analyst in the Division of Investment Management. Mr. Green is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Green earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management.
Daniel R. Lee
Director, President & Chief Executive Officer
Daniel R. Lee joined our Board, and he was appointed as our President and Chief Executive Officer, in November 2014. Mr. Lee was the Managing Partner of Creative Casinos from September 2010 through December 2014. He was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Entertainment from 2002 to 2009. In the 1990s, he was Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Sr. Vice President of Finance and Development at Mirage Resorts, reporting to Mirage CEO Steve Wynn. During the 1980s, Mr. Lee was a securities analyst for Drexel Burnham Lambert and CS First Boston, specializing in the lodging and gaming industries. He serves as an independent director of Associated Capital. Mr. Lee previously served as an independent director of LICT Corporation. While working as a securities analyst, he was a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Lee earned his M.B.A. in finance and a B.S. degree in Hotel Administration, both from Cornell University. The Board believes that Mr. Lee is qualified to serve as a Director due to his experience and knowledge in the gaming, lodging and securities industries.
Kathleen M. Marshall
Kathleen Marshall joined our Board in January 2007. Ms. Marshall has also been appointed the Chairperson of our Audit Committee. Ms. Marshall is a Certified Public Accountant who, since January 2016, has provided consulting services to various businesses. From October 2008 through January 2016, Ms. Marshall served as Director of Business Development of Global Connect, LLC a web-based voice messaging company. Prior to that, from July 2003 through August 2008, Ms. Marshall served as Vice President of Finance for Atlantic City Coin & Slot Service Co. Inc., which designs, manufactures and distributes gaming equipment. Between January and June 2003, Ms. Marshall worked as a consultant. From April 1999 to December 2002, she served as Vice President of Finance for the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, a government agency responsible for enhancing the economy of the region with coordination of the operations of the Atlantic City Convention Center. Prior to that, Ms. Marshall held various finance positions with several Atlantic City Casinos, including Vice President of Finance at Atlantic City Showboat, Inc. and various internal audit and financial positions at Caesars Atlantic City, Inc. In addition, Ms. Marshall has worked as a public accountant in the audit division of Price Waterhouse. The Board believes that Ms. Marshall is qualified to serve as a Director due to her knowledge of and experience in the casino industry and her background as a financial officer for casino and casino related companies.
Michael P. Shaunnessy
Michael P. Shaunnessy joined our board in 2020. Mr. Shaunnessy brings 37 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industries to the Company’s board of directors. Most recently, Mr. Shaunnessy was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., which he led for more than six years until its sale in 2019. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Shaunnessy was Executive Vice President of Operations at MGM Resorts International. In that capacity, he was the chief operating and financial officer overseeing operations of MGM’s Railroad Pass and Gold Strike casino hotel properties, both in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. Before joining MGM, Mr. Shaunnessy served as Vice President of Administration of Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. Additionally, from 1998 to 2004, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Full House Resorts, as well as a member of its board of directors from 2001 to 2004. A certified public accountant, Mr. Shaunnessy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lewis University and a master’s degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
Bradley Tirpak joined our Board in November 2014. Mr. Tirpak is a professional investor with over twenty years of investing experience who has been a portfolio manager at Credit Suisse First Boston, Caxton Associates and Sigma Capital Management. He is a co-founder of Shareholder Advocates for Value Enhancement and is also currently the Managing Member of various investment partnerships. Between 1993 and 1996, he was the founder and CEO of Access Telecom, Inc. an international telecommunications company doing business in Mexico. Mr. Tirpak is a director at Applied Minerals, Inc. and a former director of USA Technologies, Inc. Mr. Tirpak earned a B.S.M.E. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. The Board believes that Mr. Tirpak is qualified to serve as a Director due to his knowledge and experience in portfolio management, investment analysis and stockholder advocacy.