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Stephen J. Szapor, Jr., Vice Chairman and Co-Founder

direct:   (303) 798-7711
e-mail:   szapor@theinnovationgroup.com

Stephen J. Szapor Stephen J. Szapor, Jr. is The Innovation Group's President. He works directly with clients on strategic and financial planning, primary market research, operational and marketing consulting, and feasibility and market analysis. Mr. Szapor brings over twenty-five years of experience in the casino and hospitality industries to The Innovation Group.

Mr. Szapor has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Colorado Gaming & Entertainment Company, during which time he took the company through a complex reorganization that led to emergence from bankruptcy as a public company and later facilitated the sale of the company. His other positions have included Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Sahara Gaming Corporation and Vice President of Strategic Planning of Hollywood Casino Corporation.

Mr. Szapor began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he completed numerous auditing and consulting engagements for the firm's gaming and banking clients. Subsequent to his time at Arthur Andersen & Co., Mr. Szapor worked for Merrill Lynch & Co. as a Senior Investment Analyst.

Mr. Szapor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University and has completed graduate studies at New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has received a key Gaming License/Finding of Suitability from the states of New Jersey, Nevada, Mississippi, and Colorado. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Tourism Office, and has taught Resort and Tourism Marketing at the University of Denver's School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management.