Further strengthening its robust roster of compliance and technology leaders, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has welcomed four new experienced professionals to its client services team.
The new team members are Gabriel Benedik, client solutions executive; Ross Edwards, technical compliance account executive; Jamie Garcia, account executive; and Kevin Stich, client services coordinator on the client services team.
“As the leading company in the gaming compliance industry, we are continually looking to augment our experienced and talented staff. The expertise and insights these new team members bring to GLI will help our clients get where they need to be, no matter where they are in the process or the world,” said James Maida, president and CEO. “Gabriel, Ross, Jamie, and Kevin each bring powerful, dynamic, and nuanced individual experience that will serve to enhance our global compliance and technology expertise. They are representative of GLI’s tradition for having the most complete team of subject matter and jurisdictional experts to help guide our clients to successful outcomes.”
Mr. Benedik has a storied career in compliance with the state of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, where he served for 12 years, most recently as chief of slot operations. Previously he served as slot operations manager, auditor IV (lead), auditor III, and slot operations specialist. He has extensive knowledge of crucial compliance areas, including audit, operations, state and tribal regulations, internal control standards, Title 31, the Bank Secrecy Act, and anti-money laundering reporting and recordkeeping. His background and expertise in compliance will be instrumental in leading GLI’s clients into new jurisdictions, markets, and delivery channels, resulting in successful product launches.
Mr. Edwards has been tapped to lead as GLI’s newest technical compliance account executive. He has more than 18 years of gaming jurisdictional compliance experience and will bring deep professional mastery to GLI clients, functioning as a technical compliance engineer and client solutions expert. Previously, he served as senior manager of product compliance at Scientific Games, and as senior principal manager of technical compliance and jurisdictional engineer of technical compliance at WMS Gaming.
Ms Garcia brings more than 11 years of highly technical experience to GLI and its clients. Most recently, she served as software quality assurance engineer at Scientific Games. Previously, she served as program management professional, marketing logistics professional, and senior staff marketing technical specialist at Scientific Games/WMS Gaming. She will work with GLI’s fast-growing list of suppliers, particularly in digital iGaming and event wagering, two areas of the gaming industry seeing exponential growth. Her supplier background and education in electrical engineering will help GLI’s clients navigate these exciting areas.
Mr. Stich previously spent eight years at Ditronics Financial Services in various account and project manager positions. While at the company, he garnered experience as a product compliance specialist, worked as a liaison between the product manager and state/local/tribal gaming commissions, and served as a point person working with gaming labs for testing approval letters. At GLI, he will be supporting the North American Client Services department.
Last month, GLI promoted three of its senior engineering managers in Europe with Reenesh Mahabeer, Western Tsogorani, and José A. Zuluaga being promoted to the posts of Director of Engineering, after each provided exemplary work as senior technical engineers.