July 1, 2013 – After the Wyoming Lottery Act went into effect this morning, Gov. Matt Mead was tasked with appointing the nine board members that will build the new Lottery from the ground up over the next year.
This afternoon, Cheyenne CBS News 5 reported that Gov. Mead had completed his appointments, and released the names of his nine appointees.
Mead said that “the board members are truly Wyoming leaders in their areas of expertise,” and that he “appreciates their willingness to work on this challenging endeavor.
The board members are:
Dave Bonner, of Powell. Bonner is a 51-year veteran of the newspaper industry, and has served in the state House of Representatives, among other public offices.
Brian Scott Gamroth, of Casper. Gamroth is best known as a morning radio show host, and is a successful and active fundraiser. He has been a Wyoming radio personality for nearly 20 years.
Jim Griffin, also from Casper. Griffin was a former statistician for the United States Geological Survey, and has spent nearly 20 years as a Fiscal and Budget Analyst for state lawmakers.
Mark Macy of Cheyenne. Macy is University of Wyoming Law School graduate and a private-practice lawyer specializing in business litigation.
Gerry Marburger, of Riverton. Marburger is a CPA who has spent more than thirty years providing general tax and business tax services, and has served as the president of the Wyoming Society of CPAs.
Ross Newman of Torrington. Newman is a 20-year veteran of the banking industry, with a history of service to the state of Wyoming.
Barry Sims of Cheyenne. Sims recently retired from his position as CEO of Taco John’s International, where he’s worked for more than 25 years.
Erin Taylor, also of Cheyenne. Taylor has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Wyoming, and gained experience in regulatory policy and economic analysis working in Washington, D.C.
Jim Whalen of Jackson. Whalen is Sheriff in Teton County, and holds a Master’s Degree in International Criminal Justice.
According to the language of the bill, four of these initial nine board members will serve terms of two years on the board, and the other five, as well as any board members appointed or elected in the future, will serve terms of four years.
The board members will appoint one among the nine as the CEO of the newly formed Wyoming Lottery.
Source: KGWN TV, CBS News 5 Cheyenne.