Big Changes at Clarion Gaming America

4 August 2008

Clarion Gaming's American office, located just outside of St. Louis, Mo., has instituted several staffing changes -- giving new responsibilities to a number of key staff -- and welcomes new personnel to further improve customer service to the gaming industry.

Sue Schneider is stepping down as chief executive of the American office, but she will stay on with Clarion in a consulting capacity for industry relations and overseeing the development of new events and services for the industry.

"This is still such a dynamic industry," Schneider said. "So I'm pleased to continue my relationship with Clarion Gaming to continue to innovate and implement new ideas to serve it."

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

Also in publications, Chris Krafcik, formerly a staff writer, 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 the American 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.

Ms. Kirkwood is joined by Karen Thomson, the marketing coordinator and Dan Fitzgerald, the operations coordinator, in new positions.

And last but not least, Nancy Krause, now head of sales, is joined by Tony Boschert who brings years of event experience to the company.