Buddy Levy is truly one of the founding fathers of Native American gaming. He negotiated, and held for 20 years, the first Indian gaming management contract and was one of the guiding forces in bringing the landmark 1981 court case that created Indian casinos in America. Today, he is widely recognized as the leading expert in regulatory requirements in Indian Gaming.Buddy has been involved in both the legal and operational side of Native American Gaming since 1979. Today, he combines a transactional legal practice, including a General Counsel position, with that of his private gaming practice representing primarily foreign entities desiring entry into the US gambling market.For most of Buddy’s career, his practice has concentrated on both transactional and gaming matters; and for more than half that time he has served in the position of General Counsel for different companies and Tribes. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Buddy has been practicing law since 1974 and is licensed in the States of Florida and Texas. He is a General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law whose members include internationally selected attorneys specializing in a gaming practice, regulators and other persons engaged in gaming at a high level.Widely acknowledged as an expert in navigating the regulatory requirements of Indian Gaming, he is recognized as a master of the detailed and constantly changing Tribal gaming licensing procedures. He is also expert in navigating the complex list of persons to know and work with in the details and customs of Native American Tribes and Tribally-Owned Casinos.Beyond regulatory issues for Tribal gaming, he has been a driving force in licensing, financing, and operating of casino projects throughout Indian Country as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean. His operational prowess has repeatedly taken enterprises from zero revenue to hundreds of millions of dollars. His analysis and vetting of new projects is among the fastest and most accurate in the industry and consequently is in high demand. He is widely praised for his track-record of finding pathways, solutions, and alternatives to complex and often seemingly-insurmountable business barriers.In addition to serving as our President and CEO, Buddy Levy is a co-founder of Gary Green Gaming, Inc.™ and serves in key positions in all of our associated enterprises and affiliations. He is the guiding business force of the company. (www.LawLevy.com)
Gary Green™, co-founder
As noted, Gary Green™is one of the most written-about figures in modern casino gaming circles. He is the host of the television series “Casino Rescue”and author of the best-selling book “Osceola’s Revenge ― The Phenomena of Indian Gaming”.He has created some of the most successful (and iconic) marketing and revenue campaigns in the gaming world. He structured the first multiple-property “one-card” player tracking system for the industry. Additionally, he devised the copyrighted marketing-based casino operational management methodology that consistently has increased casino revenue by an average of 40% anywhere it is implemented. For one two-thousand-slot-machine property, that proprietary system increased gaming revenue by 285.7% in a twelve-month period.Gary has written Federally-approved gaming ordinances, Minimum Internal Control Standards, and established Gaming Commissions, Economic Development Authorities, and a number of infrastructure and organizational frameworks (including full-property FTE / job descriptions / training programs, property-wide line-item budgeting, and game analyses).On the slot machine side of the business, Gary Green has designed games, including their intricate mathematical models, created slot-floor traffic patterns, and placed new games nationwide. His “Slot Play R/F/M®“ model radically altered the industry’s targeting and marketing offers to customers and generically is still one of the most-used marketing systems today.Recognized as a walking compendium of gaming operations and casino history, his earlier book “Gambling Man”™ has been praised as one of the revealing books about the inner-workings of casinos. Author, celebrity, recording artist, casino owner and executive, genuine technology pioneer, Gary Green™ is an award-winning and best-selling writer, a second-generation marketing innovator, a recognized television personality throughout the country, and a fearless promoter. He continues to make his presence known as a living and true renaissance boomer of business, technology, literature, finance, production, and casino gaming. Gary Green™ is known in many circles and cross disciplines for his business analytics, emerging technologies, risk intelligence, organizational, financial & operational performance, and legendary marketing excellence. A former Donald Trump vice president, Gary was once known as one of American’s most intense folksingers and rock poets (with his albums now part of the Smithsonian collection). He is long-time advocate of Native American sovereignty rights, an award-winning journalist, and a genuine pioneer of the original dot-com era (with 5% of all e-commerce on the planet at one time using his matrix). (www.GaryGreen.com)
Pamela P. Thilavanh, Board of Directors and Finance Advisor
Renowned finance professional Pamela Thilavanh brings more than a quarter of a century of high-level strategic capital management to our company. An active member of our Board of Directors and the key financial advisor to Gary Green Gaming™ Inc., Ms. Thilavanh is widely regarded for her work financing real estate, infrastructure developments, middle market companies, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, bio- technology, and energy companies.One Wall Street’s first female quantitative analysts, she was a key player during the heyday of Bear Stearns’ corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, institutional equities, fixed income sales & risk management, trading and research, private client services, derivatives, foreign exchange and futures sales and trading, asset management and custody services.Since leaving corporate finance, Ms. Thilavanh has worked with a diverse group of clients to facilitate strategic alliances, using a network of deep relationships developed throughout her career with Hedge Funds, Family Offices, Private Equity, Credit Funds, High Net Worth Individuals and Specialty Lenders.Her track-record includes a string of unparalleled successes in bond financing, equity growth capital, debt transactions, developing & optimizing transactions, and capital structures. She is highly-regarded for her proven expertise identifying strategic capital sources and providing comprehensive transaction management from investor introductions to transaction closing.In addition to her tole on our Board, Pamela is the Managing Partner of Marriott Development where her analytical transactional experience leads multiple investment projects. She also sits on the board of Aina Le’a and BEC and a multitude of chartered schools across the country. Her positions at the chartered schools are on a volunteer basis to raise awareness about the widespread poverty within our inner-city chartered schools system and to help the schools raised money for books, class field trips, supplies, computers, facility renovations through relationships from her clients and service providers.She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia and an undergraduate degree in bio-chemistry from the same Ivy League school.
Johnny Winokur, Vice President of Operations & Development
Widely regarded as a hands-on operational and development genius, Johnny Winokur is legendary for taking “also ran” and “failing” casinos and turning them into market leaders. A recognized industry leader in creating “locals’ market” casinos, he is in high demand for his prowess and team-building techniques.Johnny Winokur was raised in the casino industry, quite literally; his father was one of classic Las Vegas casino “bosses”. Johnny, himself, has worked in casinos for 40 years with hands-on experience in a variety of positions from line-worker to top executive.One of the best operational executives in the industry, he has more than 39 years in the industry, working nationwide; including the last 8 years in Tribal Gaming.Johnny started his career as a table games dealer in Las Vegas and moved up the ladder to Shift Manager in a short period of time. He then moved to other positions which have included Slot and Table Games Director, Casino Operations Director and ultimately General Manager. On the promotional side, he developed and organized numerous golf tournaments and charity functions that have aided in enhancing public relations with surrounding communities; and his local-attraction casino promotions have included some of the most over-the-top successful out-of-the-box events ever devised (including dumping tons of sand in the auditorium of a rural Washington State casino to create a winter-time Florida-Hawaii beach extravaganza in the middle of the ice and snow season).Over the years he has broadened his expertise in team building, guest services, and public speaking; mastering courses as Peter Scott’s “Competitive Edge," “Train the Trainer” by Robinson & Associates, and the Dale Carnegie Team Building Program. He also adds to his credit creation of a dealer’s training school, and a casino mentoring program for Tribal Members. In a greenfield project, the construction of the new Point Casino in Kingston Washington, Johnny served as Director of Operations and Project Coordinator for all gaming applications. He designed the slot floor, table gaming area, and poker room, and oversaw all facility operations including housekeeping, construction projects, and the hiring and training of all personnel under his direction. In addition, he oversaw the development and installation of their entire business operations computer network. Renowned for new business development, during his eight years at The Point, Johnny worked closely with the Gaming Authority and the casino's Compliance Department, overseeing the implementation of internal control handbooks for all gaming departments. He also developed and implemented budgets, and negotiated and reviewed all contracts for the gaming and facility departments. With his vast experience and education, Johnny Winokur has been an asset to gaming industry and an unwavering mentor to his team members and he heads our operations and development.
Other team members
Because our structure is a holding company model, we have the flexibility to assemble world-class teams of top industry professionals for each of our subsidiary projects. Among our “go-to” on call team are:•A 35-year veteran of Sands, Caesars’ Palace, Sahara, Arizona Charlie’s, Suburban West, Flamingo Hilton, as well as several casino cruise ships; a gaming executive with extensive Latin American operational experience;•A comprehensive gaming surveillance and security expert as well as an internal control auditor who also is the most decorated living police officer in the history of Oklahoma and now providing security for nine casinos (one of which is one of the largest in the country);•A number of government-relations specialists, including a former Secretary of State;•The former Vice President of Property Management for one of the largest casino operators;•A skilled manager of building equipment, infrastructure, facilities, housekeeping, maintenance, and EVS;•Senior IT executives;•iGaming developers;•A designer responsible for the design of some of the most iconic Las Vegas strip casinos and hotels;•A global brand-management expert with more than 30 years of expertise in the successful development and management of branding, talent, literary, TV and film packaging, commercial rights, corporate consulting, media positioning, sponsorship of live events and intellectual property rights. One of the few in the sports, entertainment, and the arts industries, who has represented and managed clients that have won the prestigious awards: Grammy, Tony, Oscar, Emmy, ESPY, Victors and NY Times Best Selling Authors;•One of the world’s leading experts on sports books and specialized gaming;•A renowned celebrity chef and best-selling author, dubbed a “culinary guru” by The Miami Herald;•A 45-year veteran of Hilton Hotels with expertise in luxury, commercial, convention and airport hotel operations;…and others on our standby “on-call” team.