LONDON, UK — World Gaming plc (OTC BB: WGMGY) has appointed Jim Mackay to the position of CEO, following the resignation of Mike Aymong as President, CEO and Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mackay, who has been working with the company since May as a special advisor, brings to his new post more than 25 years experience as an entrepreneur managing and financing business ventures in Europe and North America, with a particular focus on sports and entertainment.
“My first order of business has been to create a sense of urgency in the company as there are real and immediate opportunities for World Gaming and the industry as a whole,” said Mackay. “We are working with solid banking and business relationships to affect a significant turnaround aimed at solidifying a leadership position within the industry. World Gaming’s business base, core technologies and infrastructure have been in place for sometime. What is required is the vision and the business acumen to translate this into sustained profitability and increased shareholder value. I am here to do that.”
Mackay is a Principal in Performance Management Group and Performance Financial of Guernsey, managing 20 international soccer figures including notable players from the English and Japanese National Teams. Performance Financial manages an estimated £30 million in player assets.
“World Gaming shareholders can expect a complete overhaul at the board of directors level in very short order,” said Mackay.
Meet Tony: The World’s Biggest Ever Online Winner
On May 30th, 2002 Tony P. made online gambling history when he won almost $1,600,000 at Captain Cooks Casino (www.captaincookscasino.com), a member casino of the Jackpot Madness family of Microgaming-powered casinos. As the very first Major Millionaire, Tony and his wife will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to Monte Carlo where they will begin their new lives as millionaires in style!
“It just couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!” enthused Tony’s friends and family upon learning that he had won an unprecedented $1,594,649.21 cash on the new Major Millions online progressive slot.
I recently had the genuine pleasure of speaking to Dominoqq Pkv Jackpot Madness’s biggest celebrity. After experiencing Tony’s modest, unselfish nature, I must admit, I agree: he is a one in a million Millionaire!
A busy sales and marketing professional for a small company, I caught Tony between meetings on his car cell phone as he drove through the streets of his hometown. I was curious to find out what kind of luxury car and other goodies he had purchased following his amazing windfall. His surprise response:
“I just bought a 1999 Ford Taurus, so what do I need with a new car? Family comes first. We’ve been very practical when deciding what to do with the money and first and foremost helped family who were burdened financially. Helping those in need is much more important to my wife and I than a new car, although I will NEVER be in debt again. This jackpot was a real godsend, although I am no saint. We sent our three children (ages 23, 21 and 20) to a private high school and now college, and now we are virtually debt free! It’s a dream, as although I work very hard, I thought I’d die in debt. We sat down and went over a list of what we wanted to do with the money, and the first 4 items on the list were to help family members who really need. We are a really tight family!”
But aren’t you buying ANYTHING for yourselves?
“Right now it’s still so new! Our one extravagance has been to buy a new, much-needed computer. The wonderful folks at Jackpot Madness are sending us on a luxury trip to Monte Carlo, and we bought new wardrobes for the trip. My wife bought more clothes for this trip than she has in the last 10 years! I am also purchasing a really good digital camera so I can take beautiful pictures to share with everyone. Can’t wait to go to Monte Carlo where I can rub shoulders with the elite…I didn’t even have a passport when I won. Monte Carlo is NOT where the Tonies of the world get to go…we are thrilled!”
Even outside of his family circle, Tony plans on extending his goodwill to helping as many people as he can.
“There are some things that I have in mind that are private, but they mainly have to do with helping people who can’t afford to pay for their children’s education. That’s a focus that’s well worth it! I really want to offset some of their problems. We always help others when possible and everyone in this town knows it. I am not a Santa Claus, as I have to pay off $700,000 in taxes on my win! Some people would have gotten creative, but I figure – I’m a proud American, I’ll pay my taxes. People who know me said, ‘The biggest problem you are going to have is not giving it all away!’
I want to continue working – I love my job, as it is a real challenge. I have committed to five more years and then I’ll have the luxury of choosing a low-paying job doing something just because it is interesting. We are here just a short time, so let’s make the biggest impact we can! Right now I am smiling from ear-to-ear, although I feel guilty that I can’t help out everyone who needs it.”
As a child, his small-town, family-oriented environment strongly influenced Tony’s vision of what he would be as an adult.
“I wanted to be a high-school sports coach. The sport I excelled in was wrestling, and my coach was a tough hard-ass, but I admired and learned a lot from him. That goal wasn’t feasible, as I knew I had to make some money so I could raise a family. I worked in the family business for 20 years, and we lost it in 1998, and now I am in a completely different field. My dad always told me that integrity is the most important quality you can have. Twenty-nine years ago, right before I married my wife I told her, ‘When I die, I want my tombstone to say: He was a pretty good guy”.
Well Tony, you can rest assured that you have met and surpassed that goal! Not surprisingly, Tony’s all-time heroes include people who made major impacts on improving the lives of others.
“JFK, RFK, Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King…I have always admired leaders who can motivate others to great things.”
Consistent in all realms, his choice of favorite song reflects his personal values.
“My all time favorite song is ‘Father and Son’ by Cat Stevens. That song just tells my story. I woke up one day and realized that my dad is smarter than me!”
With thousands of people vicariously enjoying his win, I wondered if Tony has any special messages for his online gaming fans.
“View online gambling as a form of entertainment. Play what you can afford, but if you want to win you have to play! The night I hit the jackpot I had only played about $63, but I know when to stop!