Optimal Payments Names Auriemma Adviser

Optimal Payments has appointed former New Jersey DGE chief Thomas Auriemma as a strategic adviser on payment services for online gaming.

Optimal Payments, a global online payment and risk management provider, has appointed former New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director Thomas Auriemma as an adviser to provide strategic and regulatory advice on current and future U.S. state regulation in regards to payment services for the online gaming industry.

Auriemma has over 28 years of experience in casino regulatory roles ,and is one of the few individuals who has been employed by both casino regulatory agencies in New Jersey. He served from 2002 until 2007 as director of the DGE, and was deputy director of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission’s Legal Division.

He is currently a member of the Compliance Committee of Penn National Gaming, where he previously served as vice president/chief compliance officer, and as president of a number of its subsidiaries. Auriemma has also served as the secretary, vice chair and chair of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and the International Masters of Gaming Law.

“We are delighted to have Thomas join Optimal Payments,” said Joel Leonoff, president and CEO, Optimal Payments. “With an increasing number of states currently exploring legalizing and regulating online gaming, we look forward to his guidance as we expand our reach across the U.S. His expertise and experience in the gaming industry will further strengthen our position as a leader among payment providers for the online gaming industry.”

“I am honored to work with a company that is a leading innovator among payments solutions providers, and committed to the protection of consumers and merchants,” said Auriemma. “Optimal Payments has extensive expertise to offer state gaming regulators as they navigate the issues online gaming presents. The company is primed to provide solutions that simultaneously protect consumers and safeguard the integrity of payments channels, without hampering the growth of this dynamic industry though over-regulation.”