Jeffrey P. Jacobs has been Chairman and CEO of Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 1995. Originally engaged in the development of commercial real estate, Mr. Jacobs was responsible for the development of the Cleveland, Ohio waterfront district known as the Nautica Entertainment Complex. Additionally, Mr. Jacobs has developed numerous apartment projects including several that are recognized as cornerstones of the rebirth of Cleveland’s Historic Warehouse District.
Prior to his work in real estate development, Mr. Jacobs worked on Wall Street for several years where he traded 30-year U.S. Government Bonds. He combined his development and investing skills when he began to acquire control of several small-cap gaming companies, while at the same time obtaining several privately held gaming assets.
Mr. Jacobs served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1982 to 1986. Additionally, Mr. Jacobs holds several graduate degrees, including an MBA from Ohio State University.
Stephen R. Roark has served as President of Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 1995. Prior to his experience in the gaming industry, he was an independent consultant in the Denver area rendering financial and accounting assistance to companies in the public marketplace.
Mr. Roark has 17 years of public accounting experience, having served as a partner with a Denver-based accounting firm and as a partner with a national accounting firm. Mr. Roark was with Hanifen, Imhoff and Prudential Securities, Inc. for three years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Roark obtained his B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Denver in 1973.
Executive Vice President Stanley Politano has over twenty years of experience in the gaming industry, and has been with Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since it purchased Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company, Inc. in 2002. Mr. Politano has been active in the development and acquisition of new gaming properties for Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.
During the period from 1994 to 2002, Mr. Politano was Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company, Inc. and also served on its board of directors. He came to the gaming industry with 22 years of experience in the securities industry in both retail and wholesale capacities with firms such as E. F. Hutton & Company and Prudential Securities. Stan received a B.S in Business from the University of Colorado in 1972.
Promoted to Chief Financial Officer in December 2006, Brett Kramer has been with Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 1994. Prior to his current position Mr. Kramer has held several other positions as a CPA within our accounting team, first as Assistant Controller, Controller, and V.P. of Finance. While in these positions he was pivotal in implementing a number of invaluable improvements to back-end accounting processes and records management. Prior to Jacobs Entertainment he spent four years with Deloitte and Touche in the Denver office. A Colorado native, Mr. Kramer graduated Cum-Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Elevated to Chief Operating Officer in May 2006, Michael T. Shubic has been with Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 2002.
Originally hired as Regional Vice President of Operations for properties in Colorado and Nevada, he was instrumental in reversing declining trends and realizing record profits. Within two years, Mr. Shubic was promoted to Corporate Vice President of Operations and given the additional responsibility of overseeing our Louisiana Cash Magic Truck Plaza gaming facilities.
Mr. Shubic is a seasoned casino veteran with over twenty years experience in Colorado, Nevada, Illinois and the Bahamas, having held senior positions with Isle of Capri, Station and Fitzgerald’s casinos. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.