North Las Vegas, NV – December 1, 2013: Christopher “Chris” Colwell has joined the senior management team of Cole Kepro International, LLC as its Senior Vice President of Sales. His primary tasks will be focused on understanding and providing solutions for our customers’ needs. In addition, Chris will lead CKI’s next generation cabinet introductions as well as ensuring our internal sales processes lead to ever increasing company productivity.
“Our company has a great history, is financially and operationally strong, and we are well positioned for sustained growth. The addition of Chris, who has a proven track record of Sales and Operations Management, is another critical step in our overall strategy. I have no doubt that with Chris at the helm, our customer delivery cycle will be second to none in our industry.” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer.
In the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Sales, Mr. Colwell will report directly to Mr. Cook and will join the company’s management committee. All sales and program management functions will report to Chris.
Chris comes to CKI after holding leadership positions in gaming operations, gaming supplier, and consulting companies. Most recently he was COO for Luna Entertainment, a Detroit based gaming company. Prior to Luna, Chris held senior sales and operations roles with IGT and Bally Technologies. Chris’ Gaming Operations experience includes roles as General Manager of Greektown Casino, Chief Operating Officer for Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort, Director of Operations of Harrah’s Kansas City, and Director Project Development for Station Casinos. He also worked with The Fine Point Group as Senior Vice President on gaming operations engagements seeking to maximize revenue optimization.
Chris served his country in the Navy having achieved a rank of Lieutenant Commander, and is a certified Naval Nuclear Engineer. He had tours of duty at the Naval Audit Service, the Aircraft Carrier USS Eisenhower, and Cruiser USS Antietam.
Chris has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jim McNierney, Vice President of Engineering for Cole Kepro commented “Mr. Colwell is a welcome addition to our expanding organization, as our customer base has grown rapidly we found the need to augment our sales and strategic planning efforts with a professional of Chris’ caliber. I look forward to working with, and supporting Mr. Colwell in all his efforts.”
ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets. Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services. As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.
For more information, contact Frederick A. Cook, Jr, Chief Executive Officer.