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Jason Ader

Co-Founder and CEO, SpringOwl Asset Management

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Jason Ader has a long history in gaming starting as a Wall Street analyst in the 1980s. He later became the chief gaming analyst for Bear Stearns and then moved on to the investor side of the business. He formed SpringOwl Asset Management a few years ago and has played a major role in the development of companies like Las Vegas Sands, and has recently turned his attention to online gaming. His membership on the board of Playtech has resulted in the company becoming a sought-after acquisition target and is now helping Japan’s Universal Entertainment, owner of the Okada integrated resort in Manila, to go public. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his home in Florida in November.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.