Leaders in The Game

Our Mission

To define, shape and drive growth of the current and future esports wagering ecosystem by providing advanced product, platform and marketing solutions directly to service providers and customers

Executive Team

Aaron Speach CEO Esports Technologies

Aaron Speach

Aaron Speach is a highly accomplished sport betting operations thought leader with several years of management experience in delivering business development and customer acquisition goals for multiple start-ups and high-growth companies across the online betting, electronics retail, and automotive industries.

Bart Barden

Bart has over 25 years of experience in video games, wagering and esports. As Estars Managing Director, Bart launched one of the first Esports F2P and Sweepstakes engagement platforms, focused on outcome predictions. Previously he was Flutter’s [PPB] US Exchange Director, where he launched the 1st legal, online fixed odds betting product in the US. He also served as Betfair’s Commercial and Product Director for the Exchange Product, managing 940M in Revenue and over 85B in betting volume.

Jim Purcell

Jim brings with him over 25 years of financial management experience. Jim spent 6 years as CFO for Ocuco, a leading provider of enterprise software, where he completed several acquisitions and fundraising transactions. Previously, Jim worked for Arysta LifeScience Limited, a company with revenues of $1.6 billion, where he completed its IPO filing.

Mark Thorne

Mark has over 20 years experience in the iGaming sector, having held prominent positions at some of the industries tier one companies, such as Betfair and GVC.

Jason Finch

Board Members & Advisors

Board Member

Dennis K. Neilander

Mr. Neilander is the former Chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board (GCB). His practice focuses on gaming, administrative law and government affairs. He served as a Member of the GCB from 1998 until the end of 2010. Mr. Neilander was Chairman of the GCB for the last 10 years of his tenure, the longest service in Nevada history as Chairman.
Board Member

Michael Nicklas

Mr. Nicklas joined Esports as a director in November 2020. Since 2003, Mr. Nicklas has served as the president of Backflips Inc., a swimwear manufacturer. A C-suite executive working with major Brands that have included Nike, Reebok, Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Lopez, Speedo and Anne Klein. Mr. Nicklas is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. We believe Mr. Nicklas’ marketing background and business experience with major brands provide him with the qualifications to serve as a director.
Board Member

Christopher Downs

Chris is a senior finance executive with deep experience leading corporate finance and accounting teams in both publicly traded and private equity-backed companies. With a decade of experience as an investment banker, Chris has extensive transactional experience in equity, debt and M&A. Chris is currently CFO of CNS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSP) and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.
Board Advisor

Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater.
Board Advisor

Clinton Sparks

Clinton Sparks is the CEO and founder of Get Familiar, Inc., a marketing, strategy and consulting firm helping companies and brands connect, align and amplify, as well as the CEO and co-founder of Get Familiar Tech, a technology company providing innovative solutions.
Strategic Advisor

Jack McClinton

McClinton’s insights come from being one of the greatest players to play at the University of Miami, where his jersey hangs in the rafters, to playing in the NBA and Europe. McClinton was drafted in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs in 2009, and later played in Europe for teams in Turkey, Israel, and Ukraine throughout 2009-2012.

Following his professional career, McClinton launched Active Dreamers, a platform designed to provide both young and professional athletes the ability to leverage their likeness outside of their sport by elevating and diversifying their profiles early on. Using consumer products and media to help tell their stories. As Founder and CEO of Active Dreamers, McClinton serves as a mentor and business liaison, helping athletes at all levels identify other interests and talents they may have, and harnessing them for additional opportunities beyond sports. This could be seen with his latest design for the (NBPA) National Basketball Players Association, where he created a hoodie reading “Power to the Players.”