Wyly T. Wade

Wyly T. Wade

CEO & President

Wyly began writing code somewhat early. By the age of 10, he had published his first video game for his friends, and by his early teens, he was building and securing systems for parents of friends and local small businesses in the Texas Hill Country.  A few years on, barely out of his teens, he took out a bug that was hampering what later became the Release of Lotus Notes 4. It was a feat that impressed Lotus executives enough to get them to later pay for Wyly’s education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

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In the two decades since, Wyly has worn multiple hats, that of technology maven; a problem solver; that rare multifaceted expert who straddles multiple worlds — the East and the West; the private sector, the worlds of multilaterals, academia and the government; and software, security, surveillance, healthcare, engineering, product development and finance as an agent of change — economic, social, political.

In his 20s, he had helped set up Cambridge Technology Partners’ security practice, which, at that time, in the 1990s, was one of the most successful physical and digital security groups of its kind anywhere. His focus there, among other things, was on South America and the drug cartels. In 1997, he and his team at Cambridge hacked into the Federal Reserve (with permission) on live television — for ABC’s 20/20 — and took a billion dollars, to show the Fed just how vulnerable banking systems could be.

Wyly has worked with the City of Atlanta and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to define the requirements of Public Law 107-347, and others. In 2003, these established a broad framework of measures that use Internet-based IT to enhance citizen access to government information and services.

In the mid-2000s, as CTO of Holliston, the U.S. passport maker, he advanced product offerings to include producing passports and security documents for 85 countries, and helped develop biometric standards for the U.S. passport. In doing this, he was an advisor to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), instrumental in defining the requirements for the e-passport. He and his team at the time also worked with the producers of the chip and the antenna that go in a passport, to provide some shielding against being able to steal identities remotely.

In 2008, he began moving back and forth between the U.S. and India on work, and moved base there in 2009 to work with the Indian government, in the capacity of a World Bank special consultant on technology, to build integrated platforms for the protection and distribution of social protection services.

He went on to be part of the original core group that built the world’s largest health insurance program (called RSBY) for people below the poverty line in India, and was later part of a tiny team at the Unique Identification Authority of India — the only person in it not of Indian origin — that built Aadhar, which, with more than 1 billion people enrolled, is now the world’s largest biometrics program.

Wyly has almost certainly collected more biometrics across more countries than any single individual in the world. He has worked with some of the world’s best-funded groups in the U.S. and Japan on ideas for the future, and some of the world’s poorest and most deprived people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Rwanda, to use technology to provide access to healthcare and better systems. Besides these countries, he has also worked with governments and security groups in Mexico, Maldives, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Germany, and Ghana on biometrics, benefit delivery, identification and security issues.

Wyly returned from Asia in mid-2012, and continued consulting with the World Bank for the next year, following which he took on an advisory role with SEAF, a social impact PE fund that invests in post conflict countries. He also became CTO of Cybergy Partners, under which umbrella different companies worked on protecting critical digital infrastructure, including the Smart Grid. Previously a senior adviser on the Biometrica board, he took over as fulltime CEO in April 2016.

He is currently on the technology advisory board of Lutron, the world’s biggest manufacturer of lighting systems, a group on the forefront of the Internet of Things. He is also a mentor at 1776, a global incubator and seed fund that concentrates on helping startups transform the industries they are in. He continues to consult with civilian and military intelligence agencies on defensive and offensive capabilities, across cybersecurity, physical security and logistics.

An Eagle Scout for almost 25 years, a history and politics buff, and a once certified dessert chef and an EMT, Wyly currently lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.

Nigel F. White

Nigel F. White

Chief Financial Officer

Nigel grew up in Durban, South Africa, got himself a B.A. in Accounting Science from the Pretoria-based University of South Africa, and then moved to the United States via England, earning a CPA after making it to the U.S. He has lived across the country, working in Louisiana, Indiana, Connecticut, Florida and California, with groups that included the Hyatt, Holiday Inn, Ramada and Marriott brands, before making Nevada home.

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Nigel came to Biometrica in January 2015 with more than 30 years of leadership experience spanning operations, finance, administration, business development, customer acquisition, patents and trademarks, and investor relations, across the technology, gaming, hospitality, communications, and manufacturing sectors.

His roles have focused on financial stabilization and growth programs, improving corporate, casino and hotel services and profitability, identifying and developing new projects, training staff for long-term skills development, and creating a customer-service culture.

Nigel’s experience is multi-layered in many ways. He co-founded a startup focused on military grade secure communications equipment. He turned around a faltering Las Vegas casino company, a cruise line, and a previously distressed bingo company. He has managed multi-million dollar casino and hotel projects from start to finish. He negotiated a loan covenant default workout in a difficult environment with the loan package buyout group, and successfully raised the money to complete that project. His ability to identify and solve complex financial problems and implement critical organizational metrics and efficiencies, has been key to the increased profitability at several organizations he worked at.

For 14 years, he supported 13 Native American Tribes through various projects, including the building of casinos, hotels and convenience stores, through the stages of conception, design, construction, financing, bond financing, documentation and opening.

Prior to coming to Biometrica, he was a Consultant & CFO at Fifth Street Gaming, where he was brought in to rebuild and reorganize the centralized finance department. He continues to advise Tribes in need of economic and developmental assistance in Nevada and California on operations and raising debt and equity financing. While his CPA license is now inactive, he also continues to maintain professional affiliations as a Member of the American Institute of CPAs, and the National Society of Tax Professionals.

He lives in the Las Vegas area with his wife and their five dogs, and manages to keep a garden blooming even under the hot Nevada sun.

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker

Vice President, Business Development

Kevin has an unusually diverse background. A U.S. Army veteran, he served as an intelligence analyst and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Special Forces Group.  He left the Army in 1988, but was reactivated from civilian life to serve again in the capacity of an intelligence specialist and weapons expert during the first Gulf War.

 

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A member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana, he is a strong advocate for Native American gaming, and has represented the needs of multiple tribes to both the National Indian Gaming Commission and the U.S. Congress. He grew up in the far northwest, moving between Alaska, Montana and Washington state, completed a course in Hotel Management, and would have majored in psychology from Pierce College, under the watchful eye of Mt. Rainier, if life hadn’t taken a different turn.

Kevin has more than 20 years of gaming industry experience across a range of roles, from Dealer to Director of Casino Operations to Product Designer to Facility Developer. He has had budgetary and P&L control, helped raise the money to handle a $40 million property expansion, managed individuals and teams of more than 100 people across multiple divisions, and successfully led brand and business development and sales teams for different organizations with a focus on and beyond the gaming industry.

Prior to taking on a challenging role to reshape Biometrica’s Business Development team at the end of 2014, with the company looking towards multi-sector expansion, Kevin led business development at Casino Enterprise Management magazine. He has also co-authored several pieces for them on topics ranging from the future of gaming, to tech integrations, leadership challenges, sales strategy, and customer service.

Before that, he spent nearly three years heading up project design and development at Acres 4.0, an innovative solutions and product think-tank focused on designing products for the hospitality-meets-gaming sector. At Acres, he and his team helped build the Kai-server app — as project lead, Kevin managed processes through brand development, web-based interface design, systems UI and putting in procedural guidelines.

In his spare time, in his capacity as President of Lynx Gaming Solutions, a consultancy he set up five years ago, Kevin also uses his multifaceted experience to advise gaming operations and manufacturers on collaborative opportunities that would help them achieve casino-related goals.

An Eagle Scout of more than 30 years standing, he is a proud member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and currently lives in the Las Vegas area with his wife, their two sons and three beagles.

Lisa Povill

Lisa Povill

Vice President and Head, Biometrica Fusion Center

A native New Yorker, Lisa was born and raised in Manhattan, before making her way to Las Vegas in 1989, via a six-year stint in Atlantic City. Her Vegas career began as a high limit baccarat croupier, dealing to the biggest action in the world at the Golden Nugget, then owned by businessman Steve Wynn. She moved into surveillance in 1993 at the opening of the Treasure Island, adapting with quick ease to her new investigative career.

 

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A licensed Private Investigator and a Qualified Expert Witness in Casino Surveillance & Games Protection, Lisa was previously Director of Intelligence and Compliance at Biometrica for nine years, during which time she managed and maintained a database of known criminals for law enforcement and casino clients, verified material that would be put through Biometrica’s Surveillance & Security Network, investigated and analyzed suspicious activity and individuals, and provided onsite Games Protection Training and Consulting to customers.

Lisa has been the expert witness in several cases, including, most recently, in the Borgata Casino’s ongoing litigation against poker professional Phil Ivey, among the best-known players in the world.

Prior to coming on board with Biometrica, in 2006 Lisa set up the Games Protection Department at the Wynn Resorts, to review policies and procedures in place for asset protection in the table games division, and analyze events for illegal activity. It was a first for the casino industry and set a precedent. She was also part of the core team that opened the Wynn in Macau.

Lisa’s 30-year-plus industry experience includes nine years as a Surveillance Instructor at the College of Southern Nevada, where she conducted training for gaming enforcement and regulatory agencies from multiple jurisdictions, and eight years at the Bellagio, where she analyzed high action and suspicious play, kept a watch for possible illegal activity by internal or external stakeholders, and conducted Games Protection Training and exercises.

A long time Las Vegas resident, Lisa has had stints in Surveillance in various capacities at the Bally’s, Desert Inn, Tropicana, and Treasure Island, and been a Blackjack and Baccarat dealer in both Vegas and Atlantic City. Despite a hectic schedule, she is currently also pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.

Andrea McCurry

Andrea McCurry

Senior Director, Sales

Andrea grew up in a rural farming community in Northern California’s beautiful Sacramento Valley, and stayed a California local through school, first at Butte College and then while studying Psychology and Social Services at California State University, Chico. In the decade-and-a-half since though, life has taken a slightly different turn, to the heart of the gaming and casino industry, in Las Vegas.

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A member of the Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Andrea has worked for and with Native American casinos; she’s been a Slot Supervisor, a Shift Manager, and a Director of Casino Operations; she has managed product design, development and manufacturing with product companies, and handled advertising, sales and business development in various organizations.

Given her diverse background, it made perfect sense for Andrea to come on board with Biometrica a year-and-a-half ago as Regional Sales Manager focused on the casino and gaming industry.

Before joining Biometrica, she was Vice President of Advertising with Casino Enterprise Management magazine, a key team member in the restructuring and new business development that reshaped the company.

Prior to that, she spent three-plus years as a Product Development Manager with Acres 4.0, an innovative solutions and product think-tank with a focus on the designing products for the hospitality-meets-gaming sector. She handled project design and development related to the Acres 4.0 server-centric platform for both Class II and Class III gaming, which included brand development, web-based interface design, systems UI and procedural guidelines.

Additionally, Andrea is also a senior consultant with Lynx Gaming Solutions, where she works with teams to help achieve effective and sustainable processes for clients, to enhance profitability across multiple facets of the gaming and hospitality industry.

Andrea has been a member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters since 2012, helping shape and support young women without positive adult role models. She has travelled to Mexico’s Baja region on multiple occasions, to help build homes for needy families. She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband, son and their “two fur babies,” making the time, when she can, for sewing, gardening and DIY projects around the house.

Dave Neufeld

Dave Neufeld

Director, Software Development

Dave was born and raised in a small Ontario town that is home to Point Pelee, the southernmost point of mainland Canada. He still lives in the area, but has ventured out through cyberspace since January 2014, to work his magic and build Biometrica’s unique systems, revisions and upgrades.

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A graduate of the University of Windsor’s class of 2000, with a Bachelor of Computer Science, minoring in Mathematics, Dave spent more than 11 years thereafter as a software developer with the Windsor-based Avatar Software Creations. At Avatar, he worked with a team of technologists on finding different software solutions for clients, with a specific focus on complex solutions for the casino and gaming industry.

He has more than 16 years of software development experience, with a repertoire that includes C#, Java, ASP.NET, Ajax, SQL Server, MySQL, MongoDB, XML, HTML, JQuery, Delphi, ASP, PHP, C++.

Prior to joining Biometrica, Dave worked with the AlphaKOR group, a full services technology and web solutions provider of services spanning security audits, disaster management, IT solutions, and system software solutions for process automation and data management.

When he doesn’t have his head in the Cloud, Dave, an avid baseball fan, is privileged to be coach to his stepdaughter’s U15 baseball team. During the long winter, he spends time supporting the very Canadian sport of curling. He also has three stepsons and a step-grandson, and lives in Leamington, Ontario, with his wife, stepdaughter, and a stepson.

Kevin King

Kevin King

Director, Project Architecture

Kevin is a native East Coaster, having grown up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, about 15 miles east of Philadelphia, and having studied, lived and worked since then in and around the Washington, D.C. area.

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He went to school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, first for a double major — Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics, focusing on semiconductor near infrared optics and applied math. He then got himself an M.Eng. at UMD, with a focus on communication networks, including analog and digital signal processing techniques.

He spent the next eight years as an Engineer with New West Technologies, an organization that provided services and solutions related to renewable energy, advanced transportation technology, the Smart Grid and Smart Cities. Kevin worked as a network admin, provided IT support, built and implemented designs for secure and unsecured networks, and supported several projects, including those related to the Federal Energy Management Program, CADE analysis, and the DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

In mid-2015, Kevin co-founded Envelope, LLC, as part of which he holds a U.S. patent related to sharing readable information on a cryptographic communication system.

His experience includes Azure, Office 365 Management, DNS, DHCP, IIS, and public/private routing management experience, and Operating Systems from the Windows family through Ubuntu LTS. He also has eight years of web development experience and is proficient in C#, PHP, PowerShell, bash, and JavaScript, in addition to XHTML, HTML 4.01, HTML5, CSS2, and CSS3.

An avid sportsman, Kevin joined the Biometrica family in April 2016. He lives in Silver Spring, M.D., and manages to find the time for soccer, racing sailboats, and caving. He is a member of the National Speleological Society, and an Eagle Scout.

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