PROVIDENCE – Donald R. Sweitzer, the chairman of GTECH Corp., the gaming subsidiary of Rome’s Lottomatica Group SpA, was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame at this year’s World Lottery Summit in Montréal.
The Lottery Industry Hall of Fame was founded by the Public Gaming Research Institute in 2005 as a way to honor those who have worked to make the world lottery industry what it is today.
According to a release, “membership is reserved for lottery professionals who have promoted excellence and integrity throughout their careers.” Every year, former Hall of Fame inductees nominate and vote on the recipients for that year’s award.
“Don’s government relations skills, coupled with his vast industry knowledge, has had a profound impact on the business of lotteries,” GTECH president and CEO Jaymin B. Patel said in prepared remarks. “With integrity as his guide, he has been able to shape the debate and help introduce lottery and gaming programs to some of the world’s most successful lotteries.”
Sweitzer started working as an adviser to GTECH in 1989. He served as the senior vice president of global business development and public affairs and was responsible for developing new business opportunities and supporting the expansion of GTECH’s products and services.
As chairman of GTECH, Sweitzer is responsible for acting as the company’s ambassador when interacting with global customers, current and potential business partners, and government officials.
“Through the years, Don has been a catalyst for growth for both the Company and the industry,” added Patel. “He navigates the intersection between public policy and gaming with a steady hand and a keen ability to understand both people and the mechanics of government, creating vital revenue generators for both states and countries.”
Prior to joining GTECH, Sweitzer was a frequent politics commentator on CNN’s Crossfire as well as other national syndicated programs. He spent the majority of his career in both state and national politics.