President & Chief Executive Officer
Joining the AGS team in early 2014, Mr. Lopez brings over 15 years of gaming industry experience. He most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Global Cash Access, and, prior to that, as Chief Operating Officer of Shuffle Master, Inc. While with Shuffle Master, Mr. Lopez held various positions, including Interim CEO, Executive Vice President, President of the Americas, Vice President of Product Management, as well as serving as a member of its Board of Directors.
“I’m super excited about our opportunity at AGS and look forward to working with our employees, suppliers and customers to transform the company into a formidable gaming supplier. The strengths of AGS are centered around product, platform, our licenses and the amount of white space, or opportunities, that we have in front of us. But most of all, it always comes down to people, because people are what drives the company, the great products, and our results.”
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, & Treasurer
Hired in early 2015, Mr. Akiona brings over 15 years of accounting and financial management experience and extensive gaming industry knowledge to his new role. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller at Bally Technologies/SHFL entertainment, where he spent 10 years in various roles. While at SHFL, he managed the global accounting function, which included teams in the US, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.
“I am pleased to join the AGS team at a time when the company is quickly establishing itself as a more complete and formidable gaming equipment supplier. Their commitment to customers and product quality, as well as their efforts to diversify are impressive. I look forward to working with the team during this exciting time of growth and diversification.”
Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President – Investor Relations
Joining AGS as Chief Marketing Officer in late 2015, Julia Boguslawski leads integrated marketing, corporate communications, and investor relations strategies designed to heighten AGS’ profile with its customers, media, and stockholders. Before joining AGS, Boguslawski helped drive corporate communications and manage operations for the Office of the CEO as Chief of Staff at Scientific Games, a $4 billion gaming and lottery supplier.
Prior to that, Julia served as Vice President of Global Marketing at Bally Technologies. In 2008, she started her career in gaming at Shuffle Master, managing dual roles as Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. She was recognized as “40 Under 40”by both Vegas Inc. and Global Gaming Business and received a “Great Women of Gaming – Rising Star” award, among others. Boguslawski serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women and she holds an MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
As someone who gambles often and enjoys the casino experience, Julia understands firsthand the importance of the player being at the center of the AGS-universe when it comes to great game creation and promotion.
Chief Technology Officer
Sigmund Lee was appointed to serve as Chief Technology Officer of the Company’s primary operating entity, AGS LLC, in July 2015. Lee most recently served as Chief Technology Officer of Cadillac Jack, where he was directly responsible for game development, gaming platforms, hardware engineering, and gaming operations.
Lee joined Cadillac Jack in 2006, where he led new product development and product strategy that was instrumental in the turn around and successful elevation of the company into a leading Class II gaming manufacturer.
Prior to his role at Cadillac Jack, Lee served as the Vice President of Engineering for Bally Technologies. Before joining the gaming industry, Lee was a technology leader for various financial services companies where he served as the CTO for Magnet Communications (acquired by Intuit) and Executive Vice President of Technology for Nova Information Systems (acquired by US Bank). Lee is a graduate of Georgia State University.
Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President – Finance
Kris Morishige was promoted to AGS’ Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Finance in March 2019.
In this role, Morishige serves as a strategist, consultant, and implementer as a key member of AGS’ senior management team. She is an advisor to the CEO and senior management team; assists the CEO in facilitating effective decision-making; coordinates the execution of strategic initiatives; and assesses inquiries directed to the CEO. In addition, she oversees treasury, planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
Prior to that, she served six years as AGS’ Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis.
Before joining AGS, Morishige served 11 years as the Director of Finance at Shuffle Master. Previously, she served as a Senior Financial Analyst at Anchor Gaming and through that company’s acquisition by IGT in 2002.
Morishige earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting from UNLV.
General Counsel, Secretary, & Compliance Officer
Mr. Gallo has been with AGS, overseeing licensing and compliance, since 2010 and possesses over 20 years of gaming industry experience. He previously served as Vice President of Legal and Compliance for Konami and General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for Youbet.com, Inc.
“It is great to be with a company that is growing its base of licensed jurisdictions and is readily licensable at every turn. We are now in the final stages of obtaining approvals for the major commercial jurisdictions in North America which positions AGS for more growth than ever.”
Executive Vice President
As AGS’ Executive Vice President, Matt Reback leads the Company’s slot product operations, including product management, production, and service, as well as our growing interactive division. In his role, Reback focuses his efforts on strengthening the Company’s product operations to strategically align output with the growing product demand in the marketplace using his more than 12 years of gaming industry experience.
Before joining AGS, Reback was most recently the Vice President of Marketing for Konami Gaming. Prior to Konami, Reback served in multiple executive positions for Station Casinos as well as Caesars Entertainment. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles.
Senior Vice President – Table Products
John Hemberger is the Senior Vice President of Table Products for AGS. Hired by President and CEO David Lopez to create a table games division for the company in the summer of 2014, Hemberger has grown AGS’ table games portfolio to include more than 25 game titles and a competitive array of table game equipment with more than 1,800 total product installations across the world. In his role as Senior Vice President, Hemberger is responsible for business development, sales, R&D, and product management for all AGS table game products. He also led the acquisition efforts of some of the company’s most successful and award-winning products to date – including Buster Blackjack, War Blackjack, Criss Cross Poker, Bonus Spin, andIn-BET. Hemberger was named one of the gaming industry’s “40 under 40” by Global Gaming Business magazine in 2017.
Senior Vice President – Sales
Adam Whitehurst joined AGS in April 2019 as Vice President of Strategic Accounts and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales in September 2019 to oversee North American sales and business development.
Whitehurst is an accomplished sales leader and business development executive with more than two decades of experience in Gaming, where he led sales teams to high levels of performance, successfully integrated sales teams after mergers and acquisitions, negotiated complex, multi-year, enterprise-wide deals, and established a strong track record of trusted customer success and building high-performance teams.
Before joining AGS, he served five years as the Vice President of Game Sales for Scientific Games with responsibility for the eastern U.S. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Games Sales – Central Region, for Bally Technologies before it was acquired by Scientific Games.
Whitehurst earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Florida.
Vice President & General Manager – Latin America
Drew joined AGS in 2016 and currently serves as Vice President and General Manager for Latin America, a role in which he oversees the company’s team in Mexico and is responsible for expanding prospects throughout Latin America.
Previously, Drew served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for BMM, where he was responsible for client engagement with gaming manufacturers in the Americas.
Prior to BMM, Pawlak was appointed Vice President of Business Development for Ultrazone Franchising, a unique provider of location based entertainment (LBE) centers, which Pawlak founded in 1992. Pawlak has also produced live shows for theme parks, cruise lines and hotel and casino operations in the US and abroad.
Drew’s vast experience in client services, technology, and ability to grow a new business in a unique market space, add to his significant contribution to AGS as it continues to grow in Latin America.