Meet...

The Midwest Gaming Classic hosted the following gaming industry professionals in 2019! We’ll update this page as we start to announce who will be coming in 2020!

Sort by:

List subject to change.

Joe Balcer

Joe Balcer

Joe Balcer

Joe Balcer

Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, American Pinball*

Director of Operations / Game Design

Joe is a pinball designer with a ton of unique titles under his belt dating back more than 20 years! Today, he is working with American Pinball as their director of operations, helping to bring games like Houdini: Master of Mystery to life!

Chuck Bleich

Chuck Bleich

Chuck Bleich

Chuck Bleich

Williams Pinball, Midway Games, Stern Pinball*

Electrical Engineer

Chuck presently oversees all electronic development at Stern Pinball. This encompasses system design, vendor interface, proto-type coordination and regulatory compliance. In short, all aspects related to electronics from concept, into production are within Chuck’s domain!

John Borg

John Borg

John Borg

John Borg

Data East Pinball, Sega Pinball, Stern Pinball*

Pinball Game Designer

Pinball designer John Borg has created more than 25 iconic titles including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Tales From the Crypt, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Man, Metallica, Tron, Aerosmith and the latest Stern Pinball machine Guardians of the Galaxy!

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Williams Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball

Software engineer

Duncan started working at Williams/Bally Pinball and a couple of years later they shut down for good. Coincidence? After a couple of decades in the slot machine industry, he’s back in pinball, as a software engineer for Jersey Jack Pinball. In his spare time Duncan curates the Steve Kordek Archives of pinball history, and builds the occasional lost Harry Williams game.

John Buscaglia

John Buscaglia

John Buscaglia

John Buscaglia

Stern Pinball*

Chief Revenue Officer, VP of Sales and Marketing at Stern Pinball, Inc.

John is the Chief Revenue Officer and VP of Sales and Marketing at Stern Pinball, Inc. Before pinball, he had experience in leadership with many other Fortune 500 companies. Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Don Caldwell

Don Caldwell

Don Caldwell

Don Caldwell

Independent

Historian

Don is a pinball historian that has been studying, writing about and hosting seminars on the industry for more than 15 years. Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

David Carver

David Carver

David Carver

David Carver

Stern Pinball

Technical Support Engineer

David diagnoses and troubleshoots software and hardware problems and helps our customers install updates, etc.

Waison Cheng

Waison Cheng

Waison Cheng

Waison Cheng

Neopong Software, inXile Entertainment, Incredible Technologies, Stern Pinball*

Software Engineer

Waison is a game designer for Stern Pinball, having worked on games like Aerosmith, Star Trek, KISS, Game of Thrones and Avengers to name a few. Before that, he worked on the Golden Tee series for Incredible Technologies, and before that on programming games for the Nintendo DS!

Joshua Clay

Joshua Clay

Joshua Clay

Joshua Clay

Stern Pinball

Artist/Illustrator

Josh works at an Illustrator at Stern which includes creating art for various projects.

Scott Danesi

Scott Danesi

Scott Danesi

Scott Danesi

Spooky Pinball*

Pinball Designer, Pinball Software

Pinball designer, mechanical engineer, sound and music programmer and software engineer… Scott did it all on Total Nuclear Annihilation pinball! Scott built Total Nuclear Annihilation just to create a semi-simple custom machine. The result was so good, Spooky Pinball worked with Scott to start production of the machine in 2017!

Vikas Deo

Vikas Deo

Vikas Deo

Vikas Deo

Zynga, Enup Games, Raw Thrills, Jersey Jack Pinball

Composer, sound designer

Vikas Deo is a composer/sound designer, having worked mostly in slots for WMS Gaming and Zynga, casual apps for Enup Games, a few coin-op arcade games for Raw Thrills, and most recently pinball for Jersey Jack.

Peter Dorn

Peter Dorn

Peter Dorn

Peter Dorn

Midway Games, Jersey Jack Pinball

Cabinet Designer, Mechanical Engineer

After serving in the USMC in 1980 Peter Dorn held several positions designing many different products from printing presses to some of Bally Life Fitness’s firs weight lifting machines. Peter found his way to Midway Games as a Mechanical designer / project engineer in the mid 90’s. He did game cabinet design and human interface design for the games Hyperdrive, Hydro Thunder, Off Road Thunder and The Grid. For the past 16 years, after Midway closed, he transitioned into Slot machine design for WMS and. Peter has returned to Coin op, and has been with Jersey Jack Pinball as a Mechanical Designer for the last year and a half.

Harrison Drake

Harrison Drake

Harrison Drake

Harrison Drake

Stern Pinball*

Mechanical Engineer

Harrison is an experienced mechanical engineer who works with Stern Pinball to develop their titles. Before Stern pinball, he worked in other industrial jobs and on the popular HEXBUG toys!

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

Williams, Stern Pinball*

Senior Game Designer

Brian Eddy started in pinball doing effects, moved on to software and then got the chance to design games, and… wow! Brian designed both Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness, two of the best rated pinball machines ever! Recently, it was announced that Brian has returned to pinball with Stern pinball as Senior Game Designer!

Elliot Eismin

Elliot Eismin

Elliot Eismin

Elliot Eismin

Stern Pinball

Mechanical Engineer

A mechanical engineer with Stern Pinball who has worked on Ghostbusters, Legends of Wrestlemania and Wrestlemania.

Keith Elwin

Keith Elwin

Keith Elwin

Keith Elwin

Stern Pinball*

Game designer

Keith is Stern Pinball’s latest new designer who is debuted his first design, Iron Maiden, at the Midwest Gaming Classic in 2018!

Chuck Ernst

Chuck Ernst

Chuck Ernst

Chuck Ernst

Atari Video Games, Midway Games, Warner Brother's Interactive NetherRealm Studios, Stern Pinball*

CG art director

Chuck has had more than 28 years programming and has more than 40 titles that he did! He is currently the CG art director at Stern Pinball, but his lengthy resume includes stints with Warner Brothers Interactive, Midway Games and Atari Video Games!

Gary Flower

Gary Flower

Gary Flower

Gary Flower

Independent*

Writer, Historian

Gary is an author and historian for the hobby of pinball, perhaps most well known for his outstanding book “The Lure of the Silver Ball.” Gary has also done countless presentations and seminars to help share his knowledge and keep the history of pinball alive, including helping to invite many of our pinball VIPs to the show this year!

Justin Frait

Justin Frait

Justin Frait

Justin Frait

Stern Pinball

Graphic Designer/Production Artist

Justin does art and art-related duties at Stern as a graphic designer.

Greg Freres

Greg Freres

Greg Freres

Greg Freres

Bally Pinball, Williams Pinball, Whizbang Pinball*, Jersey Jack Pinball, Stern Pinball*

Artist and Art Director

Greg has created iconic work for games like Fathom, Strange Science, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Scared Stiff, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Smash TV, Cruis’n USA, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons and many more! Today, he serves as Stern Pinball’s art director.

Mark Galvez

Mark Galvez

Mark Galvez

Mark Galvez

Stern Pinball

Lead Animator

Mark Galvez was a member of the design team for titles like KISS, The Walking Dead, Iron Man, Metallica, and more!

George Gomez

George Gomez

George Gomez

George Gomez

Bally, Williams, Stern Pinball*

Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer

George got his start in video games helping to design both Tron and Spy Hunter. During the video game crash, he left arcade video to design toys, but returned in 1993 to Williams Electronics, designing games like Monster Bash was a critical part of the Pinball 2000 design team. When Williams closed, George went to Stern, first as a designer who designed games including the landmark Lord of the Rings, and has now become the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Stern Pinball! Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Bill Grupp

Bill Grupp

Bill Grupp

Bill Grupp

Williams Electronics Games, WMS Gaming, Leading Edge Design, Jersey Jack Pinball *

Software Engineer

Bill Grupp is a Williams pinball alumnus having worked on many of their games from 1992 to 2000. He has recently returned to pinball with Jersey Jack in their software department.

Carson Gunby

Carson Gunby

Carson Gunby

Carson Gunby

Stern Pinball

IT Specialist

Carson is usually busy making sure all the computer systems and network infrastructure are all up to the task of allowing our talented team to create all the great pinball games that Stern produces. Much like pinball, it’s a constantly advancing field that gives him plenty of new things to work on. He also assists with much of the physical and electronic documentation that goes into the release of each title.

Jared Guynes

Jared Guynes

Jared Guynes

Jared Guynes

Stern Pinball*

Social Media Manager

Jared is known for running awesome events and doing awesome things, and that’s why he is the person who spreads the word about the awesome things that Stern Pinball does on social media!

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 2:00pm until 3:00pm

Perhaps best known for his role as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters series (including voice work for the video game and pinball machine!), Hudson has appeared in countless movies and shows, and is currently producing and starring in The Family Business on BET. Mr. Hudson is expected to join us on Saturday, April 13.

Fernando Hurtado

Fernando Hurtado

Fernando Hurtado

Fernando Hurtado

Williams Pinball, Stern Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball

Assistant Manufacturing Manager

Fernando creates Bills of Materials, help produce prototype games, interface new games between engineering and manufacturing.

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

Atari Pinball, Williams Electronics, Vid Kidz, Midway, Raw Thrills*, Play Mechanix*

Video Game Programmer, Pinball Programmer, Co-Founder of Vid-Kidz, Owner of Raw Thrillz

Eugene designed many landmark arcade video games including Defender, Robotron 2084, Narc, Smash TV, and the Cruis’n series. He also worked in pinball, helping to bring designs like Firepower, Pinbot, Space Shuttle, High Speed and F-14 Tomcat to life. If that isn’t enough, he owns Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix, the premier modern arcade developer with hits such as the Walking Dead, Jurassic Park, Injustice Arcade, the Big Buck Hunter series, and more!

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Keith Johnson

Williams, Stern Pinball, Play Mechanix, Jersey Jack Pinball

Director of Software, Software Engineer, Game Rule Designer

Keith has been in coin-op for 20 years, starting with Revenge From Mars. He’s led software on 8 games including Simpsons Pinball Party, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, and JJP Pirates of the Caribbean and helped out on at least 11 others. After a detour to Play Mechanix to help out on online abilities, Keith designed the JJP game platform and leads the software department in creating the most innovative and immersive games in the industry today.

Joe Katz

Joe Katz

Joe Katz

Joe Katz

Jersey Jack Pinball

Software Engineer

Joe Katz is a competitive pinball player and game programmer at Jersey Jack Pinball. He has worked on every Jersey Jack Pinball game thus far. He is also the voice of Crazy Bob from Dialed In. Crazy!

Danai Kittivantha

Danai Kittivantha

Danai Kittivantha

Danai Kittivantha

Stern Pinball

Artist

Danai is an artist on the Stern Pinball design team.

Tanio Klyce

Tanio Klyce

Tanio Klyce

Tanio Klyce

Backbone Entertainment, Valve Corporation, Stern Pinball*

Senior Software Engineer

Tanio is the Senior Software Engineer at Stern Pinball, which means that he writes the code for some of your favorite Stern games like The Walking Dead and Star Trek! Before working at Stern, he was a Developer at both Valve and Backbone Entertainment working in the video game field.

Josh Kugler

Josh Kugler

Josh Kugler

Josh Kugler

American Pinball*

Director of Software Engineering

Josh has been a pinball enthusiast since he was 9 years old when he built his first pinball machine out of nails and rubber bands. He is known to many in the pinball community as a leader in the custom pinball machine arena and as had multiple machines exhibited at Expo the last few years. Before deciding to jump into pinball full time, Josh spent the last 15 years with highly successful start-up companies and brings that expertise to American Pinball as well as his love of pinball.

Mike Kyzivat

Mike Kyzivat

Mike Kyzivat

Mike Kyzivat

Stern Pinball*

Software Designer

Mike is a programmer for Stern Pinball having worked on titles like KISS, WWE and Game of Thrones!

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Tom Kyzivat

Stern Pinball*

Animator

Tom is one of the dots animators for Stern Pinball, having worked on tons of games for the company like Ghostbusters, ACDC, Metallica, Avengers, X-Men, Star Trek and many more!

Pat Lawlor

Pat Lawlor

Pat Lawlor

Pat Lawlor

Game Designer

Jersey Jack Pinball, Bally/Williams

Pat Lawlor is an industry veteran.  Best known for his smash titles from Bally/Williams such as Twilight Zone, Addams Family, Whirlwind, Funhouse, and many more.  Recently, he has taken back to game design with Jersey Jack Pinball, having released Dialed In! in 2017.

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee

Gottlieb

Arcade Video Concept and Design

@!#?@! Perhaps best known as the creator of Q*Bert, Jeff Lee is an artist who created great work for many of Gottlieb’s video arcade games, as well as games on the Macintosh and Genesis. Jeff will be hanging out in the Galloping Ghost Arcade room (3 on the map) throughout the weekend!

Steven Martin

Steven Martin

Steven Martin

Steven Martin

Stern Pinball*

Production Art Manager

Steven is responsible for preparing, troubleshooting, and correcting files for output from a staff of designers and illustrators for production on Stern Pinball machines! Photo courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Eric Meunier

Eric Meunier

Eric Meunier

Eric Meunier

Jersey Jack Pinball*

Pinball Game Designer

The new Jersey Jack Pinball machine, the Pirates of the Caribbean, was the first design of Eric Meunier! Featuring lots of innovative new ideas, it looks like Jersey Jack has found a winner.

Mark Molitor

Mark Molitor

Mark Molitor

Mark Molitor

Jersey Jack Pinball

Art

Mark is a new hire to join Jersey Jack Pinball, he started only a few month ago! Mark is new to the Pinball scene, but he comes from Larry Demar’s Slot and Poker company, LED Gaming. Mark has been making art and design for exciting slots and poker games for the last 13 years, and he is looking forward to making some great pinball games with Jersey Jack Pinball!

Rick Naegele

Rick Naegele

Rick Naegele

Rick Naegele

Rick is a software engineer who is now a programmer for Stern Pinball, and his first title is the new Iron Maiden machine! Before Stern, Rick worked for WMS Gaming on slot machines, Jardvark Studios for iOS, Chewy Software on Direct 3D games and as a software engineer for EA working on the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3!

Dennis Nordman

Dennis Nordman

Dennis Nordman

Dennis Nordman

Bally, Williams, Stern Pinball, Whizbang Pinball, Spooky Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball, Gizmo Games*, deeproot pinball*

Game designer

Dennis has designed machines for nearly every pinball company ever. His work includes credited machines by Bally, Williams, Stern, Whizbang Pinball, Spooky Pinball, and Gizmo Games. He has also worked with Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball and is now working with deeproot pinball! Picture courtesy of the PinGame Journal.

Tammy Parham

Tammy Parham

Tammy Parham

Tammy Parham

Tammy works in getting the parts and accessories to people who need them when they find they have something that needs new parts, and/or accessories…

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm

Butch Patrick is synonymous with pop culture and the lovable character of Eddie Munster from the iconic television show, The Munsters, a character role that he embraces! Butch, in his own individual capacity, is a great and amazing person. He has been through many personal adversities; has fought and conquered the negative issues around his life. Butch Patrick….the man today reflects the sustainability of simpler times and fans’ memories of their childhood connection with a TV show – The Munsters. Whether you have seen Butch on TV or have had the opportunity to meet him in person, you got a glimpse of who he is….genuine. Additional chances to meet Butch can be found at https://www.munsters.com

Ernesto Perez

Ernesto Perez

Ernesto Perez

Ernesto Perez

Stern Pinball

Creative Lead

Ernie has extensive experience in graphic design, game development and UI/UX. He is currently the Creative Lead… that means he knows art.

Steve Ritchie

Steve Ritchie

Steve Ritchie

Steve Ritchie

Atari Pinball, Williams Pinball, Stern Pinball*

Pinball Game Designer

Steve started by designing pinball machines for Atari before moving to Williams, creating hugely successful machines like Firepower, High Speed, Terminator 2, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also worked on arcade video games, and is the voice of Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat. Recently, he has been working for Stern Pinball, designing hits like Spider-Man, AC/DC, Star Trek and Star Wars!

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben

Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, and molecular biologist.  His most
recent book, Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver
Ball, explores the past, present, and future of pinball.  Adam has
appeared on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, the Weather Channel,
Discovery International, Netflix, and NPR; he currently hosts Outrageous
Acts of Science on the Science Channel.  At one time, Adam was the
80th-ranked pinball player in the world.  Then he had kids.

Brett Rubin

Brett Rubin

Brett Rubin

Brett Rubin

Stern Pinball*

Tools development

Brett brings two decades of experience as a software engineer in the video game industry working in tools development, graphical user interface design, and workflow streamlining.

Jim Schelberg

Jim Schelberg

Jim Schelberg

Jim Schelberg

PinGame Journal*

Writer, Photographer, Editor

As the owner and creator of the PinGame Journal, Jim Schelberg has been documenting the pinball hobby for more than 150 issues! With information that no one else gets and great photos, the PinGame Journal is a must for anyone who is a fan of the silver ball!

Dan Selakovich

Dan Selakovich

Dan Selakovich

Dan Selakovich

American Pinball

Sales Manager

Dan prides himself on outstanding customer service and establishing long-lasting business relationships. He has decades of manufacturing sales experience and a wealth of knowledge of niche markets

Tim Sexton

Tim Sexton

Tim Sexton

Tim Sexton

Stern Pinball*

Software engineer

Tim was a competitive pinball player who decided to join the team at Stern just a few months ago! As a relatively new hire, we don’t have much to report on Tim yet, but we expect big, awesome things from him in the future in his role as software engineer!

Lyman Sheats

Lyman Sheats

Lyman Sheats

Lyman Sheats

Data East, Williams, Stern Pinball*

Software Design

Lyman Sheats is a great pinball player, and an incredible pinball programmer. He has been programming pinball machines since the 1990s with Data East, moving to Williams and then heading to Stern Pinball. Among his many credits are Medieval Madness, ACDC, Metallica, Tron, and Monster Bash.

Doug Skor

Doug Skor

Doug Skor

Doug Skor

Stern Pinball, Chicago Gaming Company

International Sales

Doug does some crazy magic, palm grasping, wheeling and dealing to get Stern Pinball machines overseas. In other words, he manages the daily duties for the overseas market.

Corey Stup

Corey Stup

Corey Stup

Corey Stup

Stern Pinball

Software Engineer

Corey is a contract programmer for embedded pinball software in C/C++. Win32 C/C++ developer fortoolchain applications.

Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan

Williams Electronics, Stern Pinball*

Senior game developer

Dwight is currently a senior game designer with Stern Pinball, and has worked on lots of different games for Stern, including being the team leader for games like Pirates of the Caribbean and more! Before that, he worked for Williams Electronics.

Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

Stern Pinball*

General manager

Mark Sullivan is the general manager for Stern Pinball!

Sgt Sunblade

Sgt Sunblade

Sgt Sunblade

Sgt Sunblade

Stern Pinball

Electrical Engineer

Sgt Sunblade is an electrical engineer with Stern.

David Thiel

David Thiel

David Thiel

David Thiel

David has been creating sound for games for a long time.  The coin-op video game Q*bert was the first hit game.  Winter Games for the C64 was another hit.  Capcom Bowling did very well too.  The very first Data East Pinball machines have music and sound effects by David, including Time Machine.  Altogether David has written music and created sound effects for twenty eight pinball machines for Gottlieb, Data East, Stern Pinball, Multimorphic, Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball and now Deeproot Pinball.  A half dozen slot machines and a couple of mobile games have sounds by David as well.  At present, David works from his Pinball Audio Studio in Redmond WA.

Game companies
Gottlieb, Action Graphics, Incredible Technologies, Stern Pinball, High Point, Dark Tonic, Multimorphic, Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball, Deeproot Pinball

James Thornton

James Thornton

James Thornton

James Thornton

American Pinball*

Director of Product Development

Jim has over 20 years of experience in Pinball industry form sales – service to product development. He has a very extensive knowledge about pinball electrical system and the engineering aspect of games.

Andrew Triana

Andrew Triana

Andrew Triana

Andrew Triana

Stern Pinball

Director of Global Branding and Community Engagement

An innovative product developer, with 20+ years of experience across multi-faceted positions in product development for both hard-lines/soft-lines, toy safety, marketing, business development, and sales.

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval Vasani

American Pinball*

President

Dhaval has held a number of prior senior management level positions in a wide variety of industries. In addition, he has established an excellent record of performance in business management, marketing, and public relations. his educational background includes a Master of Business Administration.

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval Vasani

Dhaval has held a number of prior senior management level positions in a wide variety of industries. In addition, he has established an excellent record of performance in business management, marketing, and public relations. his educational background includes a Master of Business Administration.

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh Vasani

Mukesh is founder of Aimtron group of companies. He has over 25 years of experience in the Electronic contract manufacturing business. He has established a strong track record of performance in the highly competitive environments, such as Aerospace, High Tech Electronics, and Medical Device, Gaming OEM’s by correctly analyzing customer needs and providing end solutions.

Nirmal Vasani

Nirmal Vasani

Nirmal Vasani

Nirmal Vasani

American Pinball

Marketing Strategist

Nirmal Vasani is the Marketing Strategist for American Pinball. He brings his experience from the Aimtron Group of Companies to the table, and has a tremendous passion for pinball.

Mike Vinikour

Mike Vinikour

Mike Vinikour

Mike Vinikour

Stern Pinball*

Associate Game Developer

Mike does software testing, helps with rule design, and runs the Stern Pinball field test program to ensure that the Stern Pinball machines are the most fun they can be!

Wally Welch

Wally Welch

Wally Welch

Wally Welch

Alvin G, Capcom, Jersey Jack Pinball

Mechanical Design

40 year veteran of the Pinball/Amusement Game Industry. Designer of Bally’s Medusa Mysterian, designer of Alvin G’s Maxx Badazz, Mystery Castle, Pistol Poker, Slam n’ Jam. Designed Novelty games at Capcom & Grand Products & did mechanical design on Medieval Madness at Chicago Gaming. Currently doing mechanical design at Jersey Jack Pinball where he worked on Hobbit, Dialed In, Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Alumni

Below are some of our guests from past shows

 

 

×

Join Our Mailing List

Hey! We noticed you're the sort of awesome person who likes hearing when cool stuff happens at the Midwest Gaming Classic, so you may want to sign up for our mailing list. Don't worry, we don't sell your info. If we were wrong, just click no and we'll never ask again (well, unless you clear your cookies...).