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Schneider steps down from CEO position at Clarion

Clarion Gaming’s American office is instituting several staffing changes, including long- term online gambling industry leader Sue Schneider stepping down from her position as CEO.

Her two-year commitment to remain full- time in that position after the sale of River City Group to Clarion Events has ended. Schneider will continue to act as an advisor for Clarion.

“This is still such a dynamic industry,” stated Schneider, “so I’m pleased to continue my relationship with Clarion Gaming to continue to innovate and implement new ideas to serve it.”

Schneider became notorious a few years ago for donning a sumo costume and taking on the founder of in a bloody grudge match in Montreal, Quebec. She would lose handily.

ATE and River City Group had been sister companies, co-producing the European i-Gaming Congress and Expo (EiG) for the past four years. The Barcelona event has become the biggest online gambling conference following Marc Lesnick’s Affiliate Gaming Conference held in Amsterdam.

Peter Rusbridge, CEO of Clarion Gaming, noted that a number of new enhanced services will be arising out of the office in St. Louis, Missouri.

“We’ve got over 60 years of i-gaming industry experience, which is amazing for such a nascent industry,” said Rusbridge. “So we’re keen to leverage both the knowledge and relationships that they have to continue to grow Clarion Gaming.”

Mark Balestra, now head of digital publications at Clarion in the U.S., will be adding features to current publications like, Internet Gambling Report, and research reports as well as developing additional titles for the gaming industry.

Chris Krafcik has taken on a new role as editor of

Holly Rauch has joined to do sales for the digital publications division and Jeanette Kozlowski is now joining Emily Swoboda as a staff writer.

Dawn Kirkwood has taken over as head of conferences for this office and will be overseeing the production of such conferences as World Poker Congress, Next Generation in Gambling and the InDepth series, as well as initiating new regional events for North and South America. She’s now joined by marketing coordinator Karen Thomson and operations coordinator Dan Fitzgerald in new positions.

Nancy Krause, now head of sales, will continue her service to exhibitors and sponsors for Clarion Gaming events. She’s joined by Tony Boschert, who brings years of event experience to the company.

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