Who We Are

Global Market Advisors (GMA) is the world’s leading gaming, entertainment, sports, hospitality research and consulting firm. The company is well-regarded for its independence and quality of thought leadership. The company’s market experience extends throughout all regions of the Americas, Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, and Asia. GMA’s clients consist of the majority of public gaming companies, numerous private entities, more than 75 Native American tribes, commercial and investment banks, and government agencies from around the world. The global capabilities of GMA are enhanced by its multi-office footprint, staff associate network, and strategic partnerships. GMA is a Limited Liability Corporation with offices in Las Vegas, Denver, and Singapore.

Meet the Team

Steve Gallaway

Managing Partner

Steve Gallaway leads GMA’s global gaming and hospitality consulting practice. Steve is known in the industry for his knowledge and understanding of emerging markets and advises public and private companies, institutional investors, and developers on a broad array of opportunities. Mr. Gallaway has spent his entire career in the gaming and hospitality industry, starting as a valet attendant and eventually rising to CEO and Managing Partner of a casino in Colorado.

Bob Boughner

Senior Partner

Bob Boughner assists clients with capital project planning, hospitality and gaming operations, and strategy planning engagements. Prior to GMA, Bob served Boyd Gaming Corporation in a variety of senior executive roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, and CEO of Borgata. Bob remains an active board member of Boyd Gaming, Southwest Gas Corporation, and other respected entities across the United States.

Bill Bryson

Senior Legal Counsel

Bill Bryson oversees GMA’s Legal Affairs group. Prior to joining GMA, Bill was a partner at Jones Day in Taipei where he built the practice into one of the leading gaming and hospitality firms in the country. He has practiced law in New York and Taipei for over 25 years and is recognized as a leading lawyer in the fields of gaming, hospitality, real estate development, mergers & acquisitions, and financial transactions.

Becky Harris

Regulatory, Policy, and Legal Consultant

Becky Harris works with clients on a number of regulatory, legislative, and legal issues in gaming, employment, and other gaming-related subject matters. Harris was the first Chairwoman of Nevada Gaming Control Board. Harris is also a Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Gaming Institute, launched the U.S. Sports Betting Forum, and previously served in the Nevada State Senate.

John English

Partner, Managing Director of Sports Betting & Technology

John English specializes in sports betting for the regulated gaming industry, with an emphasis on technology, content, and distribution. He previously was an equity partner with American Wagering Incorporated, the first company to receive approval for mobile sports betting within the state of Nevada. He also created the first sports betting app in the United States to be distributed by the App Store™ and the first sports betting kiosk approved in Nevada.

Jeff Smith CPA

Managing Director, Racing

Jeff Smith specializes in horse racing, entertainment, and gaming with expertise in venue management and working with regulators and lawmakers. During Jeff’s career, he served as CFO and other roles at Churchill Downs, assisting with growing the company from a single-location operation to the premier, multi-state industry leader, and later at Centaur Gaming transforming Hoosier Park into a successful, fully integrated racing, gaming, and entertainment destination.

Kit Szybala

Partner, Executive Director of Operations

Kit Szybala oversees and directs the output and quality of GMA’s engagements and internal business operations. He has created over 200 financial models and extensive, analytical reports. Kit has in-depth experience in various markets with broad knowledge of markets in North America, India, Japan, and Australia. Among other accolades, Kit was selected to the 2018-2019 Class of Emerging Leaders of Gaming 40 Under 40.

Brendan Bussmann

Partner, Director of Government Affairs

Brendan Bussmann focuses on assisting clients on the complex issues that they face in handling government affairs, corporate citizenship, crisis communications, and community development. His background is in the hospitality, healthcare, energy, higher education, and sports sectors. Brendan’s gaming and hospitality experience includes Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS), where he served as Director of Government Relations and Community Development.

Ray Cho

Senior Research Consultant

Dr. Cho has devoted his entire career to hospitality and gaming, starting as a bellman and quickly ascending to leadership roles in both operations and corporate management. In the corporate realm, he has extensive analytics experience working in a variety of gaming markets and generating strategic, data-driven insights. He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Gambling Studies, a part of the Rutgers University School of Social Work.

Kirk Saylor CPA

Partner, Casino Operations and Finance

Kirk Saylor has accumulated over 30 years of gaming and casino industry experience in both finance and operations. Over the span of his career, Mr. Saylor started at Levanthal & Horwash, and quickly rose in the industry later serving as President of Majestic Star Casinos, CFO of Olympia Gaming, and CFO of Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corp., where he was an integral part of orchestrating the company’s sale to Harrah’s in 2004 for $1.4 billion.

Strategic Partners

Differential Labs

Differential Labs is the leading AI company for the gaming and hospitality industry that is based in Denver, Colorado.

Tottenham & Co.

Experienced. Knowledgeable. Above all, specialist. These are three key attributes of international gaming consultancy Tottenham & Co, founded close to 30 years ago by Andrew Tottenham.

Clarion Gaming

Clarion Gaming provides a full range of services to the entire spectrum of the global gaming industry, including exhibitions, conferences, technical training, research, and digital information.

Thought Leadership

The partners of GMA have authored hundreds of articles, white papers, academic papers, and research reports relating to all aspects of the gaming, entertainment, sports, and hospitality sectors. The company additionally responds to media outlets from around the world including major print, television, radio, internet, and trade outlets. GMA is widely respected for its thought leadership around the globe.

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