Aruze Gaming Global promotes Kelcey Allison as Global COO

27 September 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Empire Technological Group d/b/a “Aruze Gaming Global”, a leader in the gaming industry, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelcey Allison to Global Chief Operating Officer and the appointment of Mark Hettinger as its new General Counsel.

Kelcey Allison brings over 25 years of executive management experience to his new role at Aruze Gaming Global. He has held many executive positions throughout his career in the gaming industry including, Chief Executive Officer at Aruze Gaming America, Senior Vice President at Ainsworth Game Technology, Chief Executive Officer at GSL Gaming Group, Regional Vice President of Sales, at Progressive Gaming International, and most recently Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Play Synergy and Empire. Kelcey has previously been granted licenses in over 200 jurisdictions throughout the world.

Mark Hettinger brings over 25 years of executive management and legal expertise to his new role at Aruze Gaming Global. Prior to joining the company, he held the prominent position as General Manager of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. He also served as Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Walker Digital Table Systems (WDTS). Prior to WDTS Mr. Hettinger held senior management positions at the industry’s largest suppliers, including International Game Technology, WMS Gaming, and Scientific Games, where he demonstrated exceptional proficiency in key legal responsibilities, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark Hettinger and congratulate Kelcey Allison” said Frank Feng, President. “Mark and Kelcey’s proven track record and combined history of accomplishments will be pivotal in the execution of Empire’s strategic plan, including the integration of Empire Technological Group and Play Synergy with Aruze Gaming and the ultimate goal of being recognized as the highest value-add provider of electronic gaming machines and Online in the world.”

“I am truly honored to be the Global Chief Operating Officer of Aruze Gaming Global. Kelcey Allison commented. It is a very exciting time to be in the gaming industry, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team that will shape its future. My vision for Aruze Gaming Global is clear – we will continue to innovate, expand our global reach, and deliver exceptional gaming experiences to players worldwide. Together with our talented teams, we will strive for operational excellence, pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology. At the same time, we will continue to foster a culture of collaboration and passion for both companies. I look forward to working closely with our dedicated employees, partners, and stakeholders on this exhilarating journey.”

“I am honored to join the new Aruze Gaming Global team and contribute to its mission of becoming a true innovator and leader in the gaming industry,” Mark Hettinger commented. “I look forward to collaborating with the extraordinarily talented individuals at Aruze Gaming Global and providing strategic legal guidance that will not only mitigate risks but also facilitate opportunities for the company’s continued advancement.”

Mark holds an undergraduate degree in Business from BYU, an MBA from UNLV, and a Juris Doctorate from Boyd School of Law.


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