Almost exactly four years ago (April 4, 2015), I took over the social gaming team at Stars. While we have had some great professional achievements (increasing LTV more than 10X, winning best social poker app, launching Live Dealer games for the first time in the social space, etc.), it is the friendships that will be missed. In that time, I built some wonderful relationships with co-workers and business partners that will sorely be missed.
I learned early that Stars is much more than a company but a family, where people truly care about their colleagues. I remember the outpouring of support when my mother passed away and continue to be encouraged how people come together to help coworkers in difficult times.
There are too many people to thank individually, or even list, for an amazing four years. I want everyone to know, though, how appreciated you all were and how you have had an immeasurable impact on me.
The most trying part of leaving, however, is the realization that I will no longer be part of the social gaming team. We have built an incredible team, one that is a success order of magnitudes more important than any revenue milestone or gaming award. While the business often faced challenges, I looked forward everyday to working with my team to overcome these challenges. In the best times, and the worst times, we all came together to deal with tactical issues but also to build something special. Everyone on the team remained focused on the team, helping each other overcome trials and leap on opportunities. We worked as a whole, and it is still surreal that I will no longer be part of that great entity.
Many of you moved to the island to be part of our adventure and I hope it was as satisfying for you as it was for me. We did many things that were considered impossible and created something special.
Fortunately, I am not moving locations and hope to continue and build on these incredible relationships. I care deeply about my friends at Stars and will work tirelessly to stay close. The team is in great hands and I am sure will continue to collaborate brilliantly while overcoming all hurdles.