IAGA Officers
As the Executive Committee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors,
IAGA OFFICERS are elected by the Board of Trustees and serve one year terms. IAGA Officers provide the organization's strategic direction and ensure that all objectives of Association are accomplished through IAGA's annual initiatives and event.

IAGA PRESIDENT LUKE ORCHARD is Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance & Risk Management Officer for IGT. Luke is a Corporate Compliance executive overseeing the Regulatory, Product and Interactive Compliance functions in addition to Security and Risk Management for IGT’s global operations. With 25 years of global gaming experience, Mr. Orchard has spent over a dozen years managing global teams with a focus on Corporate and Gaming Compliance. He previously served as GTECH’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance & Risk Management Officer, IGT
6355 S. Buffalo Drive • Las Vegas, Nevada 89113
Direct: +1 702 669 8300


IAGA VICE PRESIDENT ELLEN WHITTEMORE is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Wynn Resorts. Previously she was a shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. She is well known for her gaming law and regulatory practice, representing some of the world’s largest gaming companies before the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission in licensing, disciplinary, and gaming and entertainment tax matters. She also represented private equity companies investing in the gaming industry and represents many of the leading gaming technology firms engaged in interactive and social gaming.

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Wynn Resorts
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Direct: +1 702 770 2113


IAGA SECRETARY JOHN STAWYSKYJ is a partner in the Ashurst Sydney office and leader of its Australian property and projects group. A leader in hotel and tourism law, he focuses on corporate/commercial and real estate property transactions emphasizing on the hotel, tourism and gaming industries. He has extensive experience in all aspects of property transactions, including assisting with acquisitions, joint ventures, development projects, leasing, financing, property management and hotel and gaming regulatory issues.

Sector Head Hotels Leisure and Gaming, Ashurst Australia
5 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Direct: +61 2 9258 6567

IAGA TREASURER JEFF BARBIN of Phelps Dunbar practices in business and finance with an emphasis on business transactional and regulatory matters, specifically focusing on gaming transactions requiring local gaming regulatory approvals and other complex transactional and regulatory matters, often working closely with the firm’s gaming lawyers in Mississippi to achieve efficiencies for the client in both jurisdictions. In this context, he has represented casino operators, management, investors, lenders, manufacturers and other vendors in their Louisiana gaming regulatory matters.

Sector Head Hotels Leisure and Gaming, Phelps Dunbar
400 Convention Street, Suite 1100, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Direct: +1 225 376 0243

IAGA ASSISTANT TREASURER HARPER KO is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Penn National Gaming where she is responsible for all legal matters for Penn, including commercial transactions, litigation matters, corporate governance and securities law and gaming regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Penn, Harper was the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer – General Counsel and Secretary of Everi Holdings, Inc., where she helped guide the former Global Cash Access through its ongoing transition to a full-service casino gaming equipment and payment solutions provider.

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Penn National Gaming
825 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610
Direct: +1.610.401.2936


IAGA GENERAL COUNSEL WILLIAM DOWNEY is Co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Gaming group, Bill Downey has built a reputation as one of the most respected attorneys in the gaming industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the Atlantic City and Pennsylvania markets, Bill has been counseling mid-Atlantic casinos and other participants in the casino and hospitality industries on the regulatory, corporate and real estate aspects of their ventures. He has extensive experience in the prosecution of license applications before regulatory bodies, operational issues and financing transactions. His unique combination of experience in these areas is beneficial as European companies look to expand and partner with companies in the U.S. Specifically, Bill’s practice includes guiding clients through business transactions, including regulation, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate, corporate and real estate finance, venture structure and entity formation and governance.

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Direct: +1 609 916 5745


IAGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KIRSTEN CLARK has over 15 years global gaming industry experience, Clark was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer­-Asia, for Gaming Partners International where she was instrumental in expanding the company’s day-to-day business operations throughout Asia and the pacific rim while simultaneously overseeing GPI’s global marketing and product management divisions. Her gaming industry experience also includes extensive strategic marketing, public relations and events management experience for Shuffle Master, Inc. where she served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for several years.

P.O. Box 92495 • Henderson, NV 89009
Direct: +1 702 354 1057