Jack Entertainment Further Expands Leadership Team With Additional Promotions

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Multiple team members take on larger roles for growing gaming and entertainment company


Detroit-based gaming and entertainment company, JACK Entertainment LLC, announced several organizational changes to provide better alignment as Greektown Casino-Hotel rolls under the JACK Entertainment brand. These changes, which are subject to regulatory approval, also reflect the outstanding contributions from these individuals to the business growth of the company.


“These talented individuals have been instrumental in driving our company’s growth, strategic direction and culture and we’re pleased to be able to recognize those contributions and streamline our branding for continued success,” said Matt Cullen, chief executive officer, JACK Entertainment. “As we look ahead to the future and begin to transition Greektown Casino-Hotel to JACK, we are confident they will enable us to maintain our momentum and achieve our long-term company goals.”


JACK Entertainment promoted the following individuals:


    • Van Baltz, formerly vice president and chief information officer, is now senior vice president and chief information officer. Baltz joined JACK Entertainment in 2015 and has more than 25 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry.


    • Alyse Martinelli, formerly vice president of human resources, is now senior vice president of human resources. Martinelli, an attorney, joined JACK Entertainment in March 2017 from The Reel Health Network, a medical technology company, where she was senior vice president and general counsel, leading the company’s legal, business and human resource initiatives. She was previously an associate general counsel for AT&T Inc. for 20 years.


    • Angela Matthews, formerly vice president of slot operations, is now senior vice president of gaming and innovation. In the newly created position, Matthews will be the corporate lead for all gaming within the company including slots, table games, poker, iGaming, and racing operations. A 20-year gaming industry veteran, Matthews joined JACK Entertainment in 2016.


    • Jeffrey LaFrance, formerly vice president of marketing at Greektown Casino-Hotel, is now vice president of marketing and public relations for JACK Entertainment. In this newly created position, LaFrance is responsible for public relations, social media strategy, online marketing initiatives, ClubJACK Partner Rewards program, and cross-property promotions. LaFrance brings thirteen years of gaming industry experience to his new role.


    • Randy Awdish, formerly general counsel of Greektown Casino-Hotel, is now deputy general counsel for JACK Entertainment. Awdish assists in leading all legal activities for the company, including contracts, litigation matters, real estate transactions, corporate governance and regulatory matters. He joined the JACK Entertainment team in 2014.


    • Adam Suliman, formerly director of gaming operations, is now vice president of ancillary gaming and innovation. In his new role, he is responsible for iGaming, innovation, racing, and the internal process improvements team, Mousetrap. Suliman joined JACK Entertainment in 2010 from Quicken Loans Inc. where he served as the director of business consulting for six years supporting a number of strategic operations and technology initiatives.