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Fifth Annual Gaming and Hospitality Security Conference

October 23-24, 2023

Talking Stick Resort - Scottsdale, AZ

Event Details

The Fifth Annual Gaming and Hospitality Security Conference will be on October 23-24, 2023, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.

This unique conference will cover one of the most important aspects of running a casino, hotel, or another enterprise: security. Crime has no preference whether you are a tribal-owned or commercial-owned establishment. Every day, you are at risk for a wide variety of threats, including physical violence, theft, fraud, and other inappropriate behaviors that risk the welfare of your patrons.

You will learn from top security and surveillance experts from around the country regarding the best practices to protect your employees, customers, and brand. All sessions ensure you bring back knowledge to your enterprise to help create a safer, more secure organizational environment.

Our goal is to deliver an educational event with maximum networking opportunities and create a one-of-a-kind experience for all participating.

Fantastic Networking

From all meal functions in the exhibit hall to one-on-one meetings with conference delegates and sponsors, this is an excellent opportunity for you to meet leaders and executives who share your goals and challenges.

Extensive Learning

This conference offers a variety of engaging sessions, panels, case studies, and speakers, which provide delegates with a complete update on industry trends, new technologies, and what to look forward to in the field.

Business Solutions

The exhibit hall features numerous security and safety solution providers who will showcase their products and services to help you achieve your goals.

Who Should Attend:

  • Tribal/Commercial Casino & Hotel Executives & Owner Operators
  • Security Directors, Managers, & Coordinators
  • Surveillance Directors. Managers, & Coordinators
  • Information Technology (IT) Directors & Staff
  • Compliance Directors, Managers, & Coordinators
  • Human Resources Directors
  • Risk Management Directors & Staff
  • Cyber Security Directors & Staff
  • Public Safety Directors & Staff
  • Emergency Management Directors & Staff
  • Gaming Commissioners and Staff
  • Tribal Leaders & Council Members
  • Facility Managers
  • Homeland Security Professionals
  • Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Business Leaders
  • Security Consultants
  • Security/Law Enforcement Instructors
  • Security Service Providers
  • Brand Protection Experts
  • Security Trainers
  • Architects & Engineers

To speak with a representative about attending, speaking, sponsoring or exhibiting, please call us at 201-857-5333 or email sales@nativenationevents.org.

Thank you to our Platinum sponsors for their continued support, dedication to knowledge, and drive to enhance communities.

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Register Now To Attend

For Professionals, Executives & Leaders from Government or Tribal/Commercial-Owned Enterprises

Tribal Super Early Bird

$745

Tribal Early Bird

$845

Tribal Standard Rate

$945

Group Rate (4 or more paid from same tribe or entity)

Tribal Group Super Early Bird

$645

Tribal Group Early Bird

$745

Tribal Group Regular Rate

$845

For Other Industry Professionals

Pro Super Early Bird

$845

Pro Early Bird

$945

Pro Standard Rate

$1045

HOTEL INFORMATION

TALKING STICK RESORT

The Talking Stick Resort is currently sold out. The Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale at Talking Stick has rooms available for your convenience. 

Address:
9550 Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale AZ 85256

This hotel is across the street from the Talking Stick Resort, and they have rooms available for our overflow of guests. The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk to the conference venue.

 

 

Fifth Annual Gaming and Hospitality Security Conference

October 23-24, 2023 - Talking Stick Resort

Monday, October 23

7:30- 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Grand Hall 3 & Salt River 4/5

8:30- 8:45 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Salt River 2/3

Joe Baranello

Sponsorship Sales Director | Native Nation Events

8:45 - 9:45 AM

The Invisible Wound- Supporting Mental Health of Our Security and Surveillance Teams

Salt River 2/3

Jon Norton - Moderator

Vice President of Commercial Solutions | ZeroEyes

David Cook

Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprise

Samuel Wolfe

Director of Security | Indian Head Casino

Walter Gunn

Gaming and Hospitality Security Advisory Board Member | Executive Director of Safety and Security | Fresno Unified School District

Steven Gomez

Chief Physical Security Officer | San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

  • Discuss the effect of traumatic incidents on security and surveillance departments.
  • Screening personnel prior to onboarding to ensure they are mentally fit to handle stressful and traumatic situations.
  • The importance of continued psychological evaluations.
  • What counseling and support services are we providing our teams?

9:45 - 10:45 AM

Cybersecurity Threats and How You Can Protect Your Organization

Salt River 2/3

Jason Steiner, CISM, CISA, CDPSE, CIPP/US - Moderator

Senior Cyber Security Advisor | Link Technologies

Christian Lees

Chief Technology Officer | ReSecurity

Tony English

Senior Cybersecurity Advisor | BIG Cyber

Chad Dixson

MIS/Network Manager | Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe

  • Casinos and other enterprises are on high alert since being identified as an easy target. How are we preparing for a threat?
  • What are the effects of a cyber attack?
  • Discuss “social engineering” and how cyber threat actors use it.
  • Discuss common cyber threat vectors for frontline employees.
  • Training employees to protect network security.

10:45- 11:15 AM

Morning Networking Break

Salt River 4/5

11:15- 12:15 PM

Employee Training - Are We Prepared to Respond?

Salt River 2/3

Andy Speropoulos - Moderator

North America Sales Manager | Cognitec Systems Corporation

Rob Bell

Security Manager | Three Rivers Casino Resort

Steven L. Gomez

Chief Physical Security Officer | San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Andrew Kelly

Security Manager | Nisqually Red Wind Casino

Brian Maupin

Director of Security | Angel of the Winds Casino Resort

  • Better training equals better results! How are we training our staff?
  • What situational awareness and de-escalation techniques are being taught?
  • Going hands-on vs. hands-off?
  • Does your training account for essential factors such as the average response time of law enforcement personnel? Have you provided instruction for employees to self-sustain until first responders address the threat?
  • How are we training our staff to respond to a medical emergency?

12:15- 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

Salt River 4/5

1:15 - 2:15 PM- Track A

Combatting Gangs, Drugs, Money Laundering, and Human Trafficking Within Your Enterprise

Salt River 2/3

Matthew Carrier - Moderator

Vice President of Western Regional Sales | eConnect

Kim Pound

Chief of Security | Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Nate Boulter

Program Officer | Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network

Anthony Maxwell

Director of Security | Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort

  • How are you going to recognize these crimes when it is not so obvious?
  • As these are all major ongoing concerns, are you raising community awareness?
  • Have you implemented a gang task force or an anti-drug program?
  • What are we doing to deter illegal activities within properties with hotels that adjoin casinos?

1:15 - 2:15 PM- Track B

Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response

Salt River 1

Sheryl Stering

National Business Development Manager | Omnigo

Brian Hunt

Security Director | Twin Pine Casino

Clint Vernon

Director of Security | Kiowa Casinos

Ivan Devitt

Vice President of Security | Cherokee Nation Entertainment

  • How to develop planning, preparedness, response and recovery documents.
  • The importance of having emergency response plans, hazard mitigation plans, and continuity of operations plans.
  • How has your staff been trained for a natural disaster?
  • Is there a plan with local, regional, and national government agencies to support relief efforts?
  • What challenges will you face in the following months/years after the disaster?

2:15 - 3:00 PM- Track A

Protect Your Casinos and Gaming Establishments With a Unified Security Approach

Salt River 2/3

Scott Thomas

National Director of Sales for Signature Brands | Genetec

  • Learn how to Identify and quickly respond to security and surveillance-related events.
  • Minimize workflow faster by simplifying case evidence collection.
  • Utilize license plate recognition and face recognition analytics to identify persons of interest.
  • Minimize hardware requirements while staying in regulatory compliance.

2:15- 3:00 PM- Track B

The Value of License Plate Recognition Within Your Property

Salt River 1

Rob Ryan

Senior Business Development Manager | Leonardo

  • Leonardo/ELSAG has been pioneering license plate recognition technology to aid public safety worldwide. That same technology is now available to security professionals to help protect your infrastructure, employees, and clientele.
  • Introduce you to the ELSAG Ecosystem of purpose-built LPR cameras and will give you an inside look at the advanced analytics provided by the ELSAG Emergency Operations Center software.
  • Preview of ELSAG’S latest, forward-looking technology that adds to LPR capabilities, EOC Plus.
  • Look into the world of ELSAG LPR solutions.

3:00- 3:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

Salt River 4/5

3:30- 4:45 PM

Security and Surveillance Directors Roundtable

Salt River 2/3

Boe Young - Moderator

Vice President, SafePointe Solutions | SoundThinking

Juan Baca

Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations | Sycuan Casino Resort

Christopher Stevens

Director of Security Operations| Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino

Jolene Stewart

Director of Surveillance | Snoqualmie Casino

Mason Lienhart

Surveillance Manager | Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

Anthony Clark

Surveillance Director | Soaring Eagle Properties/Saginaw Chippewa Enterprises

  • This moderator-led, open-floor discussion will feature leading security and surveillance directors from casinos and enterprises who will discuss pressing topics within the security industry.
  • Aspects from security and surveillance directors: what is the future of security, and what trends are coming?
  • How does it affect the overall security and surveillance operation from being left out of planning regarding renovations and projects? How does this make security and surveillance an afterthought?
  • With social media at its all-time high, are you using it to your casino’s advantage?
  • How are you encouraging “see something, say something” to your patrons and staff?
  • Leading from the top down- what’s your vision of how you want the department to run on a daily basis as well as future progress?
  • How are you managing tardiness and absenteeism?

4:45 PM

Day One Concludes

Tuesday, October 24

7:30- 8:30 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Grand Hall 3 & Salt River 4/5

8:30- 9:30 AM

Latest Advancements in Technology

Salt River 2/3

Jennifer Hones - Moderator

Key Account Manager | Milestone Systems

Matthew Carrier

Vice President of Western Regional Sales | eConnect

John Smerkar

Smart Spaces Security Advisor | Link Technologies

Daniel Frantz

Director of Security | Indigo Sky Casino & Resort

  • Today’s technology is significantly more advanced than it was just a couple of years ago. Are you taking advantage of all its capabilities?
  • How are we utilizing this technology to help detect internal and external threats?
  • How are we training our staff to assist law enforcement and emergency personnel in a threat?

9:30- 10:15 AM- Track A

Gun Violence in Gaming Environments

Salt River 2/3

Jon Norton

Vice President of Commercial Solutions | ZeroEyes

Roy Moody, CSP

Safety Manager | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprises

  • Overview of active shooter data in gaming
  • ZeroEyes Proactive AI Gun Detection capabilities
  • Live gun detection and alert dispatch demonstration

9:30- 10:15 AM- Track B

How to Get the Most ROI Using Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Sensor Cameras

Salt River 1

Tim Lyvers

Business Development Manager, Gaming | Hanwha Vision America

Matthew Terry

Senior Regional Sales Manager - AZ | Hanwha Vision America

  • What is AI? What can AI do in your camera? Where are the best places to use AI in your casino?
  • Learn how to make your own AI models with Hanwha.
  • Discuss the benefits of deploying fish-eye and multi-sensors in your casino.
  • We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort Case Study

10:15- 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

Salt River 4/5

10:45- 11:45 AM

Preparation for Large Events

Salt River 2/3

Sheryl Stering - Moderator

National Business Development Manager | Omnigo

Justin Preble

Security Operations Manager | River Spirit Casino Resort

Ivan Devitt

Vice President of Security | Cherokee Nation Entertainment

Mark Chmielinski

Chief Operating Officer/President/Co-Founder | 3DK9 Partners LLC

  • What security procedures should be implemented at large events and entertainment venues? What effect could more invasive security measures have on overall event participation?
  • Having to deal with unruly patrons and handling alcohol and drug-related situations.
  • With the ongoing acts of violence at large-scale events, what effect could more invasive security measures have on overall event participation?

11:45 AM- 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Salt River 4/5

12:45- 1:45 PM

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to Ensure Your Property Is Safe

Salt River 2/3

Henry Valentino - Moderator

President & CEO | eConnect

Boe Young

Vice President, SafePointe Solutions | SoundThinking

Anthony Clark

Surveillance Director | Soaring Eagle Properties/Saginaw Chippewa Enterprises

Mark Badal

Executive Director of IT | Chumash Enterprises

  • Learn how advances in AI-driven security solutions, fused in a layered approach, can help stem active threats facing your resort and casino business.
  • How actionable data insights can make your security department more proactive.
  • How the use of Artificial Intelligence is automating communications in gaming environments.
  • Discuss how to keep bad actors out of the casino while focusing on valuable guests.
  • An in-depth look at weapons detection, shot detection, facial recognition, and license plate recognition systems.

1:45 - 2:45 PM

Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Training and Response

Salt River 2/3

Erin Edwards - Moderator

Senior Vice President of Sales - SafePointe | SoundThinking

Donnie Bowin

Security Operations Manager, Firearms Instructor, & Active Shooter Instructor | Muscogee Nation Gaming Security

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Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises

Anthony Miceli

Director of Security Operations | Twin Arrows Resort

  • Planning and implementing active shooter/mass casualty simulation training.
  • What qualifies an individual to carry a firearm and potentially aid in a response safely?
  • What are the benefits of having your entire facility trained in how to respond to an active shooter/mass casualty event? How should you propose facility-wide training to leadership?
  • Discuss conducting risk and vulnerability assessments and developing a personal protection plan.
  • Do you have the proper employee training and equipment to diffuse an act of violence in your organization?
  • What can you do to pre-plan and what sort of facility hardening measures should you take?

2:45 - 4:00 PM

Open Floor Discussion

Salt River 2/3

Sheryl Stering - Moderator

National Business Development Manager | Omnigo

David Cook

Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprise

Gregory Goll

Vice President of Safety and Security | Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place Hotel and Spa

Steven L. Gomez

Chief Physical Security Officer | San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises

Join the Fifth Annual Gaming and Hospitality Security Conference’s Advisory Board in a riveting, open-floor discussion. Our board will help close out two days of intense discussions with an unforgettable Q&A session you won’t want to miss. Please be prepared with any questions you produce during any point of the conference. Questions can be asked of any of our board members or any of the sponsors in the room. All are welcome to chime in!

4:00 PM

Gaming and Hospitality Security Conference Concludes

Salt River 2/3

  • Sponsor Prize Raffle Drawing will take place immediately after the final session. Winners must be present to win.

Juan Baca

Senior Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations | Sycuan Casino Resort
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Mark Badal

Executive Director of IT | Chumash Enterprises
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Rob Bell

Security Manager | Three Rivers Casino Resort
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Nate Boulter

Program Officer | Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network
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Donnie Bowin

Security Operations Manager/Firearms Instructor | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprise
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Matthew Carrier

Vice President of Western Regional Sales | eConnect
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Mark Chmielinski

Chief Operating Officer/President/Co-Founder | 3DK9 Partners LLC
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Anthony Clark

Surveillance Director | Saginaw Chippewa Enterprises & Soaring Eagle Properties
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Ivan Devitt

Vice President of Security | Cherokee Nation Entertainment
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Chad Dixson

MIS/Network Manager | Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe
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Erin Edwards

Senior Vice President of Sales | SoundThinking
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Tony English

Senior Cybersecurity Advisor | BIG Cyber
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Daniel Frantz

Director of Security | Indigo Sky Casino & Resort
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Gregory Goll

Vice President of Safety & Security | Palms Casino Resort - Palms Place Hotel &…
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Steven Gomez

Chief Physical Security Officer | San Manual Band of Mission Indians
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Walter Gunn

Gaming and Hospitality Security Advisory Board Member | Executive Director of Safety and Security |…
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Jennifer Hones

Key Account Manager | Milestone Systems
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Brian Hunt

Security Manager | Twin Pine Casino
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Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises
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Andrew Kelly

Security Manager | Nisqually Red Wind Casino
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Christian Lees

Chief Technology Officer | ReSecurity
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Mason Lienhart

Surveillance Manager | Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
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Tim Lyvers

Business Development Manager, Gaming | Hanwha Vision America
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Brian Maupin

Director of Security | Angel of the Winds Casino Resort
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Anthony Maxwell

Director of Security | Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort
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Anthony Miceli

Director of Security Operations | Twin Arrows Casino Resort
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Jonathan Norton

Vice President of Commercial Sales | ZeroEyes
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Kim Pound

Chief of Security | Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
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Justin Preble

Security Operations Manager | River Spirit Casino
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Rob Ryan

Senior Business Development Manager | Leonardo
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John Smerkar

Smart Spaces Security Advisor | Link Technologies
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Andy Speropoulos

Sales Manager | Cognitec Systems
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Jason Steiner, CISM, CISA, CDPSE, CIPP/US

Senior Cyber Security Advisor | Link Technologies
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Sheryl Stering

National Business Development Manager | Omnigo
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Christopher Stevens

Security Operations Director of Security | Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino
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Jolene Stewart

Director of Surveillance | Snoqualmie Casino
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Matthew Terry

Senior Regional Sales Manager - AZ | Hanwha Vision America
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Scott Thomas

National Director of Sales for Signature Brands | Genetec
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Henry Valentino

President & CEO | eConnect
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Clint Vernon

Director of Security | Kiowa Casinos
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Boe Young

Vice President, SafePointe Solutions | SoundThinking
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Samuel Wolfe

Security Manager | Indian Head Casino and Plateau Travel Plaza
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Conference Co-Chair

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Platinum Sponsors

Product Demonstration

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Gold Sponsors

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Exhibitors

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Media Sponsors

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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sales team at sales@nativenationevents.org or call them at 201.857.5333.

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Meet Our Advisory Board

Native Nation Events is excited to announce the Fifth Annual Gaming and Hospitality Security Conference’s Advisory Board. This esteemed group of leaders acts as a guiding hand in preparation for the upcoming event; helping to ensure each session is packed with timely content and is full of value. Please join us in welcoming the 2023 member class.

Juan Baca

Vice President of Security & Entertainment | Sycuan Casino Resort
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Anthony Clark

Surveillance Director | Saginaw Chippewa Enterprises & Soaring Eagle Properties
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David Cook

Chief Security Officer | Muscogee Nation Gaming Enterprise
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Ivan Devitt

Vice President of Security | Cherokee Nation Entertainment
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Gregory Goll

Vice President of Safety and Security Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place Hotel and Spa
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Steven L. Gomez

Chief Physical Security Officer | San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
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Clint Johnson

Executive Director of Public Safety | Chumash Enterprises
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Jolene Stewart

Director of Surveillance | Snoqualmie Casino
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