Nevada Gold & Casinos’ Board of Directors consists of a group of executives and entrepreneurs as well as current industry professionals that help steer our global strategy. Backgrounds within varied sectors and years of experience in the gaming industry guide the five member board in their decisions and initiatives.
William J. Sherlock — Chairman – Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc; Former President/CEO of Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Mr. Sherlock has served as Chairman since November 2009. Mr. Sherlock is a hospitality and casino industry veteran of 35 years. From 1997 to 2000, he was Chief Operating Officer, and from 2000 to 2006, he was Chief Executive Officer of Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, one of the world’s largest casinos. He currently serves as a Board member of Foxwoods Development Company and acts as a gaming consultant. Mr. Sherlock has been President/CEO for the past 15 years in various high profile casino/hotel properties, including New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Flamingo Hilton in Laughlin, Nevada and the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada.
Mr. Sherlock has served as Interim President of Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT from June 2010 to August 2010. Effective as of May 2012, Mr. Sherlock serves as an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Sherlock is a Business Administration graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Frank Catania — President; Principal of Catania Consulting Group, LLC
Mr. Catania has served as a director since October 2009. Mr. Catania has over 30 years of gaming and legal experience and is currently a principal of Catania Consulting Group, LLC, which specializes in providing gaming expertise to both the public and private sectors. Mr. Catania also serves as counsel to the law firm of Catania & Ehrlich, P.C., which specializes in part, in all aspects of casino law, including licensing and compliance. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Continental 8 Technologies, an operator of data centers worldwide.
Mr. Catania served on the Board of Directors of Empire Resorts, Inc. until March 2009. He had also served as the Director of New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, a premier and world-renowned gaming regulatory and enforcement agency. Mr. Catania is a former Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and have served four years as an Assemblyman, representing his district in Passaic County. Mr. Catania was a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, a non-profit association dedicated to the education and advancement of gaming law, having served as its first President. He is a graduate from Rutgers University and Seton Hall University Law School.
William G. Jayroe — President & CEO Hunter International Partners, LLC
Mr. Jayroe has served as a director since September 1995 and was our Corporate Secretary from March 1999 until June 2001. Mr. Jayroe has three decades of technology development, sales, and management expertise. In 2013 Mr. Jayroe joined IEA, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, a provider of environmental health and safety solutions to fortune 100 organizations, as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to that he was an executive at IHS, a global environmental and crisis management software solutions provider headquartered out of Englewood, Colorado. From May 2005 until January 2007, Mr. Jayroe was the Senior Vice President South East Region of Enviance, Inc., a software solutions company headquartered out of Carlsbad, California. From September 2001 until October 2003, Mr. Jayroe served as a Senior Vice President of Digital Consulting and Southwest Services.
Mr. Jayroe founded and has been the CEO of Hunter International Partners, LLC since September 1998. Mr. Jayroe has a BS in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.
Rudolph K. Kluiber — Managing Director of GRT Capital Partners
Mr. Kluiber was elected to the Board on October 10, 2016. Since 2001, Mr. Kluiber has served as a Managing Director of GRT Capital Partners (“GRT”), an investment management firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to forming GRT, Mr. Kluiber was Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for State Street Research & Management Company from 1997 to 2001, where he ran the State Street Aurora Fund and managed the Small-Cap Value effort. Mr. Kluiber served as a director of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. from 2001 to 2011 and currently serves on the board of Wessanen, a publicly traded Dutch organic food company.
Mr. Kluiber is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles.
Shawn W. Kravetz — President & Chief Investment Officer of Esplanade Capital
Mr. Kravetz was elected to the Board on October 10, 2016. He is President and Chief Investment Officer of Esplanade Capital LLC, an investment management company he founded in 1999. The firm manages private investment partnerships. From 1997 until 1999, Mr. Kravetz was a Principal at The Parthenon Group, a leading strategy consulting boutique, where he advised chief executives on corporate strategy. From 1995 until 1997, Mr. Kravetz was Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at the CML Group, where he oversaw activities at subsidiaries including NordicTrack, The Nature Company, and Smith & Hawken.
Mr. Kravetz received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 1991 and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1995.
Francis M. Ricci — President of Orchard Lane Consulting
Mr. Ricci has served as a director since July 2003. Since 1991, Mr. Ricci has been involved in the ownership and management of several private companies serving as CEO or CFO, including Natural Swing Products Co., Premier Scale Company and starting in March 1998, Yes! Golf. Since 2010, Mr. Ricci offers financing and debt resolution and restructuring consultation.
Mr. Ricci, a CPA, practiced as an audit specialist for more than 20 years with Deloitte & Touche, serving as a partner for 12 years. Mr. Ricci received his MBA and BS in accounting from the University of Montana.
Wayne H. White — Former Investment Banker
Mr. White has served as a director since July 2003. From 1983 until his retirement in July 2002, Mr. White was an investment banker. From 1996 until July 2002, Mr. White served as a member of the corporate finance department of Wells Fargo Securities. His duties included working on public and private offerings of equity, private placements of equity, merger and acquisitions, and the rendering of fairness opinions.
Mr. White’s specialties were leisure industry sectors, including casinos, casino suppliers and restaurants. Mr. White received his BS in political science from the University of Utah, and his law degree from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.