Created in 1993 to honor Major Peter J. O’Connell, the first director of the Rhode Island Lottery, recipients of this award have distinguished themselves over a long period of time and have made important contributions to the success of their peers and the lottery industry, as well as to the lotteries that they serve. We are pleased and honored to announce the recipients of this award for the Fall of 2015. This is a very special award that recognizes both length of service and the accomplishments of two of our most respected industry leaders.
Gardner Gurney is the Executive Deputy Director of the New York State Gaming Commission and the Acting Director of the Division of the Lottery. Gardner joined the Lottery’s Internal Audit Department in 1988. Over the past 27 years, Gardner has served as Chief Financial Officer, Administrative Officer, Director of Operations, and Executive Deputy Director. Gardner has become the industry “go-to” person for matters requiring the experience, wisdom, and decades of successful leadership in the country’s biggest lottery (and, with $7.2 billion in traditional lottery sales, the 8th largest lottery in the world).
Larry Loss is the Executive Vice President of the Iowa Lottery. Larry is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the Iowa Lottery, having joined the Lottery at its inception in 1985. Larry began his career as a lottery district sales representative. Four years later, Larry became a member of the Lottery’s senior management team when he was promoted to Vice President of Sales. He held that position until 2012, when he became the second in charge at the Iowa Lottery as the Executive Vice President and Vice President of Sales and Product Development.
Join us at PGRI lottery Expo in Miami September 10th to recognize and honor the distinguished service of Gardner Gurney and Larry Loss.