CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead has appointed the nine member board of directors for the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. In 2013 the Legislature authorized the lottery through HEA115 as an "entrepreneurial enterprise" to create entertainment for the public while maximizing revenue for the State of Wyoming. The Corporation's board of directors will be responsible for setting up the lottery's activities with "dignity and integrity" in accordance with the legislation.
"The Board members are truly Wyoming leaders in their areas of expertise," Governor Mead said. "I appreciate their willingness to work on this challenging endeavor."
The board includes members with a variety of skill sets that will help boost the success of the Corporation.
Dave Bonner, from Powell, is the publisher of the Powell Tribune and has been in the newspaper business for 51 years. He served two terms in the Wyoming House of Representatives, twelve years as a University of Wyoming Trustee, and six years as a City Councilman.
Brian Scott Gamroth, from Casper, is the award-winning host of K2's radio morning show and an active fundraiser for programs throughout the state. He has been a radio personality in this state for almost twenty years after working for CBS, Polygram, and Geffen in the record industry.
Jim Griffin, from Casper, worked for the Wyoming Legislative Services Office for nearly two decades as the Information Technology Manager and as a Fiscal and Budget Analyst for lawmakers. Formerly a statistician for the USGS, he taught computer courses at Sheridan and Casper Community Colleges and holds degrees in Statistics and a Master's Degree in Engineering Administration.
Mark Macy, from Cheyenne, was born and raised in Sundance and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of law. He is in private practice in Cheyenne where his practice emphasizes business law and litigation.
Gerry Marburger, from Riverton, is a CPA with over thirty years of experience in general tax and business services. He oversaw his firm's audit practice of government, non-profit and for-profit enterprises. He is a former President of the Wyoming Society of CPAs, having also served on their board for six years.
Ross Newman, from Torrington, spent 20 years in banking before taking over his family ranch. He is a former Goshen County Commissioner with a history of service to the State, the County, and his community on boards and in other capacities.
Barry Sims, from Cheyenne, is the recently retired Chairmen and CEO of Taco John's International where he's been since 1986. A CPA, he's also served as President of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant association as well as on the board of Cheyenne LEADS.
Erin Taylor, from Cheyenne, serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association. She holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Wyoming and has significant experience in regulatory policy and economic analysis garnered working in Washington D.C. and regionally for utilities and trade associations.
Jim Whalen, from Jackson, is the Teton County Sheriff who has been in law enforcement since 1976. An Air Force veteran, he holds a Master's Degree in International Criminal Justice and is on the executive board of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police.
The board will begin working immediately to establish the Corporation, develop plans, and implement a successful and entertaining lottery for Wyoming.
"I believe we have the right mix of people in place to help maximize the benefits and minimize the negative effects of a lottery in Wyoming," Governor Mead said. "I look forward to watching the Board's progress."