Casey Whalen

Jordans to Work

Casey Whalen

Jordans to Work

Casey Whalen, Chief Commercial Officer for Bluberi Gaming: Jordans to Work

Jordans to Work

Casey Whalen has over 15 years of gaming and sales experience. He previously served as the Vice President of North American sales at Konami and Director of Sales for Bally Technologies, where he developed leadership skills that he now uses as a driving force in his work at Bluberi. Focusing on the growth of Bluberi’s North American footprint, Casey manages all aspects of the commercialization of new products, including sales, marketing, new market entry, and oversees customer service.

Bluberi Gaming is headquartered in Las Vegas and backed by more than 25 years of industry experience. Bluberi is an innovative company dedicated to developing and delivering the highest quality casino gaming experience to players and operators. 

This episode discusses the following topics:

  • Having the best hair in the business (13:00)
  • Playing competitive golf at Arizona State University and winning a national championship (15:00)
  • Telling a Tiger Woods story from his early career (17:00)
  • How his past athletic experiences have carried over into his gaming career (19:00)
  • His new role at Bluberi after working at Konami for several years (23:00)
  • Having his boss, Andrew Burke at Bluberi, buy him Jordan sneakers to wear to work (24:00)
  • The growth of Bluberi and the direction of the company (25:00)
  • How Casey entered the gaming industry in his 30s (29:00)
  • The importance of treating all levels of employees in a casino well (33:00)
  • “I really enjoy working with a team and building something authentically. Every day is a new challenge.” (34:00)
  • Casey’s role as a “glue guy” at Bluberi and how he came into this kind of role at the company (35:00)
  • Whether Bluberi will stick with Class 2 games or expand into other realms (37:00)
  • What excites Casey about the gaming industry in general outside of Bluberi (41:00)
  • Discussing additional innovations that are compelling in the gaming industry (44:00)
  • “How you treat internal customers during the day-to-day is very important. People get focused on the end-user, but it’s also important to find joy within a team. We’re not here for a long time, and we’re lucky to have these jobs.” (47:00)
  • Gambling stories (51:00)
Quote from Casey Whalen

“I really enjoy working with a team and building something authentically. Every day is a new challenge.”

— Casey Whalen
Quote from Casey Whalen

“How you treat internal customers during the day-to-day is very important. People get focused on the end-user, but it’s also important to find joy within a team. We’re not here for a long time, and we’re lucky to have these jobs.”

— Casey Whalen

About MaxBet Media

Two gambling enthusiasts, with a passion for all things gambling. Whether pressing our luck in the high limit room, testing the money line in the sportsbook, or just making friendly wagers on the back nine… we love to gamble! Our careers in the gaming industry have shown us that this industry is filled with some amazing people, with even more amazing stories. Our goal is to help provide a platform for those stories to be shared, while also helping everyone look good in the process.

About Landon Michael Jones

Manager and Co-Founder

Landon’s fascination with the casino industry began when he was just 12 years old and ultimately landed him in Las Vegas, where he earned a degree in hospitality management from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). For over a decade, Landon has been involved in various aspects of the gaming industry, including operations, management, and supply & distribution.

Landon’s tenacity and passion afforded him the opportunity to serve the gaming industry’s key players and regions throughout the United States. Landon enjoys collaborating with industry leaders to create the ultimate gaming experience for the end-user.

About Mike McKiski

Manager and Co-Founder

A seasoned gaming industry executive and expert in building, marketing, and monetizing gambling related technologies, Mike McKiski currently serves as President of MaxBet Media, Inc., the digital media upstart delivering an unfiltered, authentic, and at times irreverent look at the people who are driving the gambling industry forward. 

As he was founding MaxBet Media, Inc., McKiski worked for PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE: AGS) serving as the company’s Vice President of Sales, with revenue responsibility for the Western United States and all of Canada.  Under McKiski’s leadership the revenue team doubled in size and grew revenues over 300%. He is a market transformation catalyst who has been at the forefront of launching mobile and social marketing products for hundreds of casino operators across the continent.

Media Contact

Philip Beere, Creative Director
PJ Media • philip@philipjames.co

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