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Jonathan Michaels

Sr. Vice President, Strategic Development and Government Affairs, Sightline Payments

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Jonathan Michaels was hired by the American Gaming Association, a few years removed from the University of Maryland, to run the organization’s membership program in 2014. He left the AGA last year and was recently hired by Sightline Payments At Sightline, Michaels is responsible for three areas—government affairs, corporate communications and strategic development that he calls the “catch all bucket.” He says the years at the AGA prepared him for his new job because he interacted with high-level gaming executives, including his new bosses, co-CEOs Joe Pappano and Omer Sattar. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros on his inclusion in the Emerging Leaders 40 Under 40 Class of 2022 from his home office in Washington D.C.

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.

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