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PGRI Smart-Tech 2017  Conference Preliminary Agenda

PGRI Smart-Tech 2017  Conference Preliminary Agenda

March 20, 21, 22 at the Park Lane Hotel, Central Park South, New York City

PGRI SMART-Tech Conference Agenda:

Monday March 20, 5:00 to 7:00 pm:  
Opening night Reception
Tuesday March 21, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm:  
Conference Sessions and Lunch
Tuesday March 21, 5:00 to 7:00 pm:  
Wednesday March 22, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm:  
Conference Sessions
Wednesday March 22, 12:30 to 4:00 pm:     
Lunch and Reception

Platinum Sponsors:  Carmanah Signs, Diamond Game, IGT, INTRALOT, Linq3, NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions, Scientific Games Corp.
Silver Sponsors:  InComm and NeoPollard
Hospitality Sponsors:  EquiLottery and NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions

Hospitality SPONSORS 

Still some panelists and presentations TBA


  Tuesday, March 21

 9:00     Conference Sessions begin

  ·           Welcome to the greatest city in the world!

Gwen Dean, Director of the New York Lottery


  ·          Keynote Speech:  Charles McIntyre, Executive Director, New Hampshire Lottery and Chair of the Government Relations Committee, North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries (NASPL)

Panel Discussion: 
·         Getting Real about Initiatives that Require Multi-Jurisdictional Collaboration
Many of the most exciting opportunities for our industry to build a prosperous and sustainable future depend on our ability to forge initiatives that cross jurisdictional boundaries.  What can be done to build consensus and galvanize earlier, faster, and more decisive action?  How are costs, responsibilities, and authority allocated when the costs and benefits vary by jurisdiction?  What are the governance issues that need to be addressed?
Moderator:  Wendy Montgomery, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, OLG
(Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation)
Gerry Aubin, Executive Director, Rhode Island Lottery
Kevin Gass, Vice President, Lottery Gaming, BCLC
Sue van der Merwe, Chief Operating Officer, Tatts Lotteries, Australia
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO of Loterie Suisse Romande and
President of the World Lottery Association


 10:30   Coffee Break
·         Panel Discussion:  Overcoming Obstacles to Modernization
Lotteries are working hard to enhance their support of multi-state retailers, digitize the retail shopping experience, and modernize in general.  A cornerstone to modernization is to work together to standardize business process, procedure, and technologies, across jurisdictional boundaries.  Significant progress has been made, and the industry is on the cusp of important breakthroughs.  What are the issues, how are they being addressed, and what is the status of initiatives to modernize?
Terry Presta, Executive Director, Kansas Lottery and Chair of Retailer Relations, NASPL
Tom Delacenserie, Secretary, Florida Lottery
Alice Garland, Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery
Terry Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Lottery
Drew Svitko, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Lottery
Rick Weil, Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Game


 12:30 pm:        Luncheon in Park View Restaurant

 ·         1:30 pm           Keynote speech:
The disruptive impact of illegal lotteries affects everyone everywhere
Jean-Luc Moner-Banet, CEO of Loterie Suisse Romande and President of the World Lottery Association

 ·         Panel Discussion:   Consumers, Retailers, and Lottery Operators all join together to create a Utopia where everyone’s needs are met
What would that look like?  What are the consumer shopping trends and expectations that will drive Retailer actions to meet those expectations?  And how is Lottery aligning with Retailer actions to meet consumer demand for digitizing the shopping experience, for alternative ways to execute transactions (i.e. non-cash, Mobile Wallet, etc.), for innovation of POS’s and in-store messaging and consumer engagement strategies, etc.?  Let’s have a frank discussion about consumer and industry trends, the limitations of Lottery to align with those trends, how to overcome those limitations or at least isolate and focus on some actionable ways for Lottery to meet the needs of modern retailing and consumer expectations.  This discussion is not about the games themselves but about the in-store consumer shopping experience.

Moderator: Jeff Anderson, Executive Director, Idaho Lottery
Frank Cecchini
, Chief Executive Officer, Novomatic Lottery Solutions
Max Goldstein
, Vice President Sales, Carmanah Signs
Paula Otto
, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery
Other Panelists TBA


Advancing the Evolution of MUSL: Strategic Initiatives
Bret Toyne,
Executive Director, Multi-State Lottery Association 

·         Other Presentations TBA

 3:15 pm                Coffee Break 

·         3:30 pm.     PGRI Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership (WILL)

More Detail about this exciting initiative to be published as it is clarified
Led by Rebecca Hargrove, President & CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery, Vice President of the World Lottery Association
4:15 pm.          PGRI Awards Ceremony
·         SHARP Award for Good Causes honors the Lottery with the highest percentage increase in net funds transferred to its beneficiaries.  
Randy Miller
, Executive Director of the North Dakota Lottery, will accept the award on behalf of Team ND Lottery which produced an astonishing 54% increase in net funds transferred in FY 2016 over FY2015!

·         Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

§  Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery
§  Bill Jourdain, Deputy Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery

 Wednesday, March 22

9:00 am.          Conference sessions begin

·         Regulatory Change disrupts the Games-of-Chance Industry

Philippe Vlaemminck, Managing Partner and Head of Gaming Law Practice, Pharumlegal Law Firm, Brussels

  ·        Presentations TBA

 ·         Panel Discussion:   Alternative Facts: Roundtable on Regulatory Issues
On March 20, exactly two months will have passed since Inauguration Day.  There will be a lot to discuss as to the direction of federal actions as re internet gambling and states’ rights to determine regulatory and taxation policy.  And where the rubber-hits-the-road:  How can government-gaming as an industry fight back against the countless Alternative Facts (e.g. DFS and skill-based gaming are not gambling, legalize and tax commercial operators is a good alternative to government-lottery for channeling economic benefit to society/good causes and protecting the consumer in the games-of-chance sector, iLottery cannibalizes land-based sales, etc.)?  How can Lottery combat special interests which are influencing the media and legislators at federal and state levels to shape the regulatory dialogue with fake news?  
Moderator: Gordon Medenica, Executive Director, Maryland Lottery
Mark Hichar
, Partner and Head of Gaming Law Practice, Hinckley Allen Law Firm
Bill Murray
, Vice President & General Counsel, Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group
Lynne Roiter
, Acting President and CEO, Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Legal Affairs at Loto‑Québec
Philippe Vlaemminck
, Managing Partner and Head of Gaming Law Practice,  Pharumlegal Law Firm

·         Gregg Edgar, Executive Director, Arizona Lottery
·         Internet strategies that drive player loyalty and engage the consumer
Sue van der Merwe
, Chief Operating Officer, Tatts Lotteries, Australia
·         Translating Big Ideas into Real-World Products and  Revolutionizing the Lottery Playing Experience.
Robert Tercek, Milestone Entertainment
12:30 pm.        Luncheon in Park View Restaurant followed by Reception



Thank you for attending

Co-Hosted by PGRI and the Florida Lottery September 12th - 14th, 2016