Chief Executive Officer
With nearly 40 years in the gaming industry, Rick Meitzler has a wealth of commercial and technical knowledge. Inspired by a continuing “love of the game,” he has built a rich career with several of the field’s largest and most advanced companies. Today, he is President and CEO of NOVOMATIC Americas.
As President and CEO, Meitzler plays a crucial role in facilitating the Austrian-based organization’s anticipated large-scale expansion into The Americas. His day-to-day tasks include managing companywide functions, achieving licenses, and overseeing the growth and development of all North American markets, including the Caribbean.After joining NOVOMATIC Americas in 2013 as Vice President of Sales, Meitzler launched the company’s first games for the casino and VGT markets in North America. In November of 2014, he was appointed President, and more recently, CEO.
Known in the gaming industry for his acumen at successfully mastering a wide variety of tasks, Meitzler served two tenures with Bally Gaming, Inc., for a total of 33 years. He developed regional office support, warehousing and servicing; directed customer service efforts; and was one of the key programmers who worked on some of the very first electronic slot machines in the early ‘80s. Managing sales for the Midwest, U.S.A., Canadian and international markets, Meitzler helped the company establish a substantial footprint in these strategic areas.
Meitzler also was instrumental in helping bring Australian-based Ainsworth Game Technology to the U.S. During his three years as Senior Vice President of North American Operations, he paved the way for the company to launch its electronic platform into the North American markets. Specifically, Meitzler developed the initial sales and service team to cover the new market, and created the necessary infrastructure to manufacture games in the U.S.
Dedicated to the continued success of the gaming industry, Meitzler is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the American Gaming Association (AGA) and the Canadian Gaming Association — continuing to be instrumental in helping guide and protect the future of this industry he calls home.
Chief Financial Officer
Born and raised in Austria, Jakob Rothwangl plays an essential role not only at NOVOMATIC'S headquarters in Austria, but in 2012 Rothwangl moved to America as the Chief Financial Officer of The Group's North American affiliate, NOVOMATIC Americas. His excitement and fascination with the global gaming market, and games themselves, have driven him to a number of responsibilities and accomplishments; including working together with Mr. Jens Halle to place the first NOVOMATIC Americas slots into the North American market.
Rothwangl comes from a diverse and impressive background which made him an exceptional canidate for his current position as CFO. His Education in Business Administration and Finance, coupled with his work experience in banking; focusing on Venture Capital and Private Equity, provided him the foundation for his success. He later moved into the gaming industry where he has now obtained 8 years of experience. He started as the Head of Group M&A for NOVOMATIC, which paved the way for his move to the United States in October 2012. M&A activities were, and still are, a major part in NOVOMATIC’S worldwide expansion strategy.
As CFO of NOVOMATIC Americas, Rothwangl is working to help establish the North American Market; his responsibilities include, but are not limited to: controlling, accounting, financing, operations including shipping, warehousing, and purchasing, administration and IT. Rothwangl continues to be a major link and connector between NOVOMATIC Austrian headquarters and NOVOMATIC Americas, as he is familiar with the people and processes put into place.
Rothwangl has and continues to go through intensive gaming licensing procedures from gaming regulators as the CFO on behalf of NOVOMATIC, as he is passionate and devoted to the continued success of NOVOMATIC and the gaming industry as a whole.