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Paul Lipschutz

CEO

Paul's Bio

Paul Lipschutz, is a well-seasoned veteran of the financial world. Paul graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics and minor in Communications and went on to law school then drafted into the US Army. Following his service he joined Hutton & Co. and soon became a marketing manager for 26 offices. His experience with investing, managing and strategic planning for 36 companies has sensitized him to the need of capital to grow businesses. Paul has been CEO of eight public companies.

His experience in sports management, franchising, licensed products for college and major league sports and movie properties, the beverage and restaurant business, hotel ownership and manufacturing gives him the background to assist clients with financing, workouts, and consulting.

 

Paul and his wife Lyn split their time between Ft. Lauderdale and Philadelphia.

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David Moitozo

President and COO

David's Bio

With 30 years as an Advertising/Marketing Communications Generalist working with various Entertainment, Broadcast Production and Branding | Advertising/Marketing Communications companies, David brings a diverse and well-rounded experience-base to THE PRODUCTION NETWORK. Coupled with his endless energy, fresh, entrepreneurial ideas and optimistic perspective on life, David is duly qualified to lead the TPN team.

As founder and CEO of the world’s first consortium of synergistic services created for executives working within the Gaming & Hospitality industry at various casinos and resorts nationwide and abroad, David is known as The Relationship Guy™.

As a former Senior Vice President of New Business & Account Management for one of the country’s leading Advertising/Marketing Communications companies operating in the Gaming & Hospitality industry, David was one of the initial, integral agency executives responsible for the ideation and creation, corporate structure and cultural development and ultimate success of an agency that generated well over $30MM in gross revenue via six offices employing over 200 FTE’s nationwide.

Wherever he landed, David was known to possess boundless energy and enthusiasm with an unquenchable tenacity and proclivity for creating relationships that generated interest and consummated in gross revenue.

Being a gifted RainMaker isn’t David’s only talent… he’s also known as an Idea Man with an innate talent for the written word. Coupled with an interpersonal relationship skill second to none, David is a Creative Spirit who brings good energy and chutzpah to the table with the rare ability to see beyond the challenge to think anew on behalf of TPN’s diverse client base.

Jan Talamo

Jan Talamo

Managing Partner, Brand Engagement

Jan's Bio

BRAND MANAGEMENT in Gaming and Entertainment, Healthcare, CPG, Hospitality & Cannabis Industry, with specialties in Corporate Branding, Broadcast Production, and Package Design:

Jan’s creative direction is meticulous, with an eye for elegance and simplicity, a brand storyteller whose passion is evident in the end product. His work has been recognized and awarded on local, national, and international levels. He creates communications for all integrated channels, and while he shares equal passion for brand architecture, strategy, and identity development, he is an accomplished writer for broadcast, directs commercials, and spearheads many of the agency’s most visible assignments.

Jan has worked in almost every industry vertical from financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, tech, start-ups, and gaming and hospitality where he a recognized national expert and speaker. Working on behalf of over 100 gaming & hospitality companies around the world, Jan has created programs for such iconic brands as: Caesars Entertainment, Harrah’s, Las Vegas Sands, Tropicana Entertainment, Genting Group, Pechanga, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, REVEL, Melco Crown Resorts, Grand Hyatt Resorts, Empire Resorts, Isle of Capri Casinos, Margaritaville and Darden Restaurant Group to name a few.

Jan and his teams have helped create over 260 food service brands and he has also been on the design build team of over 30 restaurants. Jan himself has been an accomplished restaurateur creating and owning 2 regionally acclaimed hot spots. Before divesting of his latest creation, Catelli Duo, he set the business up for a national expansion.

Jan is an innovator. Under his creative supervision and guidance, Jan’s part of a team on the forefront of innovation with an advanced SaaS based technology called VSBLTY™, that is redefining the marketing landscape with “facialanalytics” that can measure consumer demographics and response to advertising in real time.

Julia Carcamo

Julia Carcamo

Managing Partner, Brand Strategy

Julia's Bio

Julia Carcamo is president and chief brand strategist at J Carcamo & Associates, a brand development and marketing strategy firm specializing in the casino industry. Following a successful tenure at Caesars Entertainment where she developed the initial brand architecture for the company’s core brands, including Total Rewards, she went on to develop all the brands and guest touchpoints housed at Wynn Las Vegas.

She was at the helm of development of the Isle of Capri house of brands – introducing new brands and successfully connecting with new and inactive customers, as well as driving the reintroduction of the iconic Lady Luck Casino brand. Recognizing the impact the Hispanic market is having now, and will have in the future, she has co-founded espÑOLA, a Hispanic marketing and engagement agency. She writes on a variety of marketing topics with an emphasis in the casino industry and small businesses.

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Joe J. Witterschein

Managing Partner, Management & Operations

Joe's Bio

Mr. Witterschein is President of Tribal Gaming Services & Advisory Group, Inc. a Minneapolis based nationwide Indian Gaming and Tribal Government consulting practice with a focus on development, marketing and casino strategy. He brings in excess of thirty five year’s casino management and marketing experience to a wide variety of marketing and operational initiatives.

Working nationwide he has been involved with a vast array of Native American casino operations of all sizes from coat to coast. The roster of Indian tribes that have utilized his expertise for management consulting, marketing advisory and staff mentoring runs across every gaming jurisdiction in the country.

He holds a B.A. degree in Social / Political Science from St. Bonaventure University and is a graduate of the Industrial Relations Center for Executive Education at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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Michael Moore

Managing Partner, Management & Operations

Michael's Bio

Michael Moore brings over 40 years of extensive experience in Casino Resort Management, Profitability, Marketing, Operations Administration and Staff Development to TPN. He’s a progressive leader and marketer, innovator and team builder who has worked with major casino operators such as Caesars to many prominent Native American properties (such as Sandia Resort & Casino, Aqua Caliente Spa Resort Casino, Spirit Mountain and Foxwoods to name a few).

A proven operational marketer with the education, experience and insights necessary to unlock opportunity in an increasingly competitive industry, Michael excels at creating optimum marketing strategies and tactics and executing them market and property-wide

Jimmy Richards

Managing Partner, Promotions

Jimmy's Bio

Jimmy Richards has become a quintessential entertainment insider with his 20+ years in the casino promotions and entertainment business. He’s just a good ol’ boy from the South Side of Chicago, and he’s been producing live game shows for the better part of his career. He brought the FIRST EVER Licensed Game Show Promotion to the casino industry with Wheel of Fotrune, and has held licenses with such other notable brands as Hollywood Squares, Jeopardy, and The Price is Right. In 2007, Jimmy founded the Game Show Hall of Fame and inducted Wink Martindale, Peter Marshall and Hugh Downs, and presented a lifetime achievement award for Merv Griffin. Less than 1% of shows make it to the entertainment capital of the world (Las Vegas, of course!), and Jimmy really “hit the jackpot” when his show, the $250,000 Game Show Spectacular, had a one year contract with the Las Vegas Hilton starring Bob Eubanks, Jamie Farr, and Chuck Woolery. Some of his favorite years were spent as a business partner with Ray Charles up until the end of his life. Together, they embarked on several successful business ventures- most notably the design, development and implementation of the Ray Charles animatronic singing doll, which quickly sold over 100,000 dolls nationwide at Walgreens. In addition to this, Jimmy has been a part of the Sammy Davis Jr. estate since 2008, bringing the world the first ever “conceptual musical” about his amazing career, entitled “Sammy Davis Jr., The Ultimate Entertainer.” He has worked with some amazing talent over his professional years, but most impressively he has raised three daughters who have grown up to follow in his goal oriented mind set and do incredible things.

On the South Side of Chicago, people look to Jimmy as their Chief Special Events Commissioner- Jimmy organized the “Save Our Sox” campaign and struck a deal with the City of Chicago to keep the White Sox in Chicago; he created and was the chairman of Oak Lawn Family Days in its early years; and he participates in many charitable and family oriented events including the Illinois Special Olympics, which his daughter Jenna is an active participant. He continues to call Chicago his home base, and is happier than he’s ever been- so many successful ventures behind him, and too many to count in the future! Although he’s all business on the outside, he’s got the chops to be on the stage- listen for his booming announcer voice during America’s Greatest Game Shows!

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Michael Meczka

Managing Partner, Research

Michael's Bio

President Michael A. Meczka built MMRC, Inc. on a foundation of excellent customer service, price value, and ethics in research that continues today. A seasoned moderator worldwide, Michael has conducted thousands of focus groups representing a diverse pool of topics including travel, leisure, product development, and advertising communication. In addition, he is an experienced expert legal witness in the areas of marketing and research.
Michael is a recognized expert in gaming marketing and research, and has conducted projects in every legal domestic gaming jurisdiction. Michael’s depth of experience and understanding in the gaming industry is the result of working extensively with a variety of perspectives specific to the gaming arena, including patrons, governments, regulators, operators and suppliers.
During the company’s 40 years as consultants to the gaming industry, over 1,000,000 individual quantitative interviews and in excess of 2,500 qualitative sessions specific to the gaming industry have been completed.
Michael is the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in casino marketing.
Michael has served as a guest lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, Northrop University, University of Nevada Reno as well as UNLV in Singapore. Michael frequently speaks on a variety of marketing and research related topics at the World Gaming Congress and Global Gaming Expo, and for the American Marketing Association and Marketing Research Association.

Michael L.Vagnoni

Michael L.Vagnoni

Managing Partner, Entertainment

Michael's Bio

Michael L. Vagnoni comes to TPN with over 40 plus years in marketing and advertising & PR with his unique professional entertainment network called Out On The Town Entertainment Guide. Michael is no stranger to the Entertainment Business. He started out with his own band back in 1972 and worked full time until 1980 in area restaurants and night spots  in the Phildadelphia and South Jersey areas. He created the Out On The Town Entertainment Guide for working bands and bar owners and for bar regulars in 1979 since there was a void in this area.  This has been the focus of his marketing skills that has made his Out On The Town Entertainent  Guide  the #1 Source for local area Entertainment News for over 40 years. ( OOTonline.com)  The OOT GUIDE is in over 350 nightclubs, restaurants, bars and Casinos In Pa and NJ.    Mike became the Promotions  Director for Philly World Records back in 1982,  this  major record label was distributed by Altantic Records….Over the years, he developed the OOT TV NETWORK for 25 years on Broadcast and Cable TV with Comcast and Suburban Cable and also worked with broadcasting networks like TV 48 in Phila, TV 61. He produced TV Specials for the TRUMP PLAZA in Atlantic City and also for DOVER DOWNS CASION SLOTS in Dover Delaware. Mike produced over 85  1/2 hour Entertainment shows He’s worked with Dick Clark to David Clayton Thomas from Blood Sweat & Tears to the fabulous Duprees..     Mike also was on radio for over 10 years each week, as a working host and producer. He was heard on Stations like Oldies 94 Slammin Gold in South Jersey and also at 1540 WNWR New World Radio in Bala Cynwyd Pa.. his shows were all about local music and covered the major Philadelphia and South Jersey artist from the 50’s, 60′, 70’s & 80’s.  Till’ this day, Mike’s Out On The Town Entertainment Guide is up and running and for the last 15 years they have placed the OOT all over the Internet at OOTonline.com. and focus promotions with social media.  Mike also has been the Entertainment Director for Chickie’s and Pete’s for the last 6 years. Mike has a knowledge about entertainment from his years as a player and also knows the marketing end of the business. He is looking forward to the placement of top names in Entertainment into the best area venues in the Country. Mike is dedicated to the music industry and has the passion and drive.

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Noreen Savage

Managing Partner, Alternative Energies

Noreen's Bio

Noreen spent a good portion of her corporate career working in the wireless industry for Bell Atlantic Mobile from the early 1990’s thru the late 1990’s beginning in the retail sector. She started out Managing several Stores and then moving into the Corporate office heading the Business to Business Group in the Direct Sales Sector.
After a successful run in corporate Noreen took the next 13 years off to raise a family. In 2010 she began a new business focusing on the recent deregulation of Energy that was rapidly growing throughout the U.S. Noreen works as an independent agent in the residential and commercial energy markets helping consumers, commercial property management companies and all types of businesses small, medium and large save money. In the first four years she achieved a position of Executive Director and reached #28 in the company for performance in sales.
Noreen’s goals throughout her career have been to provide professional representation while strategically offering services of great value at competitive costs.

Sandi Lesueur

Sandi Lesueur

Managing Partner, Cannabis Management & Operations

Sandi's Bio

A strong demand in international cannabis projects has allowed Sandi to recently end her role as president of Urban Juve (The Yield Growth Corp. CSE:BOSS) and focus more on Hospitality & Education in Cannabis. She is the visionary behind the world’s first social consumption members-only resort and Education Centre in Kelowna, British Columbia with multiple locations expected to be developed in various legalized states and countries. Her vision is timely as the hospitality industry embraces unique social consumption hotels, restaurants and lounges. Each five-star Resort will be unique in its design created by award-winning designer Brooks Atwood and his team at Office Unlimited who have experienced international success.

Her 20+ year career includes the creation and leadership of revolutionary skincare and wellness brands into a new movement in full-spectrum health. Her professional experience includes the design, launch, and global sales strategy of multiple CBD & THC brands and non-cannabis topicals for celebrity physicians and spokespeople. Multiple interviews and product features in select international magazines & newspapers including Forbes, ELLE, Vogue, Elevate, Flare and Vanity Fair. As an initial part of the meteoric rise of MAC Cosmetics, Sandi developed the expertise to recognize and situate innovative brands as future dominant players in the cosmetics industry. This knowledge harmonized Riversol’s, Urban Juve’s and Wright & Well’s approach to wellness with ambitious strategies for production, distribution and brand cohesion. Infused beverages, edibles and pet products to be launched in 2020.

Sandi’s professional story begins with one of Canada’s most established and recognized cosmetic companies, MAC Cosmetics. During her years at MAC Cosmetics, she contributed to its growth from a small Canadian-based cosmetic company with only 3 locations to being sold for over US $300 million to Estée Lauder Inc. MAC continues to be internationally respected as one of North America’s most trusted brands on the continent. NYSE:EL

This journey helped foster a robust international network of award-winning physicians, chemists, manufacturers, and distributors and has given her a business development skill set tailored for skin and bodycare and wellness brands striving for global market share.

For over a decade, she co-founded Riversol MD and led Riversol Skin Care with dermatologist & clinical professor at UBC, Dr. Jason Rivers, currently Vice President of the Canadian Dermatology Association. Her senior position evolved from COO to CEO. She continues to work closely with Hunter Amenities, one of the top three luxury amenity companies in the world serving hotels and airlines. Sandi has held executive leadership positions with both private and public organizations.

Her expertise includes raising capital, board positions, initiating clinical trials and the design/launch and sales strategy of cannabis and non-cannabis brands. Celebrity brand development roles include Director of International Business Development for OOH Lifestyle, a cosmetics brand designed by Oprah Winfrey’s makeup artist, Derrick Rutledge.