Corporate Governance

Leadership Team

Aaron Speach CEO Esports Technologies
Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and President

Aaron Speach

Aaron is a serial entrepreneur with a history of bringing startups and Fortune 500 subsidiaries into high growth trajectories through innovative marketing. A top 100 ranked StarCraft player, Aaron has been immersed in esports for the last 16 years. With Gogawi, he created an esports focused betting platform from the ground up.
Chief Operations Officer

Bart Barden

Bart brings more than 25 years of experience in video games, wagering and esports to the company. Previously, he was Paddy Power Betfair’s U.S. exchange director, where he launched the first legal, online fixed-odds betting product in the U.S. He also served as Betfair’s commercial director of UK/Ireland, managing nearly $1B in revenues and cost. He also was Worldwide Franchise Director for Games of Chance at Electronic Arts.
Chief Financial Officer

Jim Purcell

Jim brings with him over 25 years of financial management experience. He spent six years as CFO of Ocuco, a leading provider of enterprise software, where he completed several acquisitions and fundraising transactions. Prior to that, Jim worked for Arysta LifeScience Limited, a $1.6 billion in revenue company, where he completed its IPO filing.

Board Members

Board Member

Dennis K. Neilander

Dennis joined Esports Technologies as a director in January 2021. Dennis is the former Chairman of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board (GCB). His practice focuses on gaming, administrative law and government affairs. He served as a Member of the GCB from 1998 until the end of 2010. He was Chairman of the GCB for the last 10 years of his tenure, the longest service in Nevada history as Chairman. Dennis holds a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado.
Board Member

Michael Nicklas

Michael joined Esports Technologies as a director in November 2020. He is a C-Suite Executive, Legacy Brand builder, Connector and Entrepreneur. Since 2003, he has served as the president of Backflips Inc., a swimwear manufacturer. In 2014, he founded All Ambitions Inc., a consulting firm focused on retail product placements. Michael is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics where he earned both his Bachelor of Business Administration. His ability to build positive cultures at companies has earn him the distinction of his associates, friends and partners as Good News Only (GNO).
Board Member

Christopher Downs

Chris Downs is a senior finance executive with deep experience leading corporate finance and accounting teams in both publicly traded and private equity-backed companies. With a decade of experience as an investment banker, Chris has extensive transactional experience in equity, debt and M&A. Chris is currently CFO of CNS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSP) and qualifies as an audit committee financial expert.

Governance Documents & Charters

Advisory Board

Board Advisor

Clinton Sparks

Clinton Sparks is the CEO and founder of Get Familiar, Inc., a marketing, strategy and consulting firm helping companies and brands connect, align and amplify, as well as the CEO and co-founder of Get Familiar Tech, a technology company providing innovative solutions.
Board Advisor

Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater.

Responsible Gaming

Responsible gaming at Esports Technologies is at the core of our products and services. We strive at making the esports gaming experience fun and enjoyable for all of our customers. However, we recognize that for a minority of customers, there is a risk of harm due to gambling.

  • We prioritize making fun and engaging esports experiences for our customers, and harmful play is taken seriously.

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