(Riverton, Wyoming) – The Wyoming Lottery Corporation (WLC) Board of Directors has bid farewell to Chairman Gerry Marburger, who retired from the board at the end of June this year.
Marburger served on the board from 2013 to 2021, and was reappointed after his first four-year term.
âGerry has been an exceptional leader who has brought incredible expertise to the Board of Directors. We were very lucky when Governor Matt Mead appointed him as one of nine board members to lay the groundwork and make history by starting a lottery in Wyoming, âsaid Jon Clontz, CEO of WLC.
After many years of bills before the Wyoming state legislature, Bill 77 was approved and signed by former Governor Mead in 2013, creating the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. Marburger was chosen by the governor as a trusted and competent adviser to lead the way.
Marburger was one of nine founding board members appointed by Governor Mead. He is a retired CPA who ran an accounting firm for decades. He was born and raised in Wyoming and currently lives in Riverton.
Marburger’s appointment to the board was well deserved due to the incredible business intelligence and integrity he acquired throughout his career, Clontz added.
Marburger was one of the two original board members who still sat on the board. Dave Bonner, of Powell, was also appointed by Governor Mead in 2013 as a founding member of the board of directors which is still in office.
âGerry was a good thinker,â said Bonner, treasurer of the WLC board of directors.
âIt has been an honor to serve with Gerry on the board from the start. His extensive accounting experience and thoughtful manner provided advice and insights that created a fiscally responsible and transparent business, âadded Bonner.
Newly elected WLC Board Chairman Jim Willox of Douglas, Wyo. Shared Bonner’s sentiment and said, âGerry’s continued leadership will be missed. However, it leaves us in a wonderful position with board members who have a deep understanding of the state and the lottery. “
Marburger said the decision was difficult, but he is grateful for the experience.
âEveryone will be missed. It is my hope that the current board of directors and staff will continue to fulfill the mission of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation. Being appointed to the first lottery board was an exciting opportunity and resulted in a rewarding experience. We have been empowered by the Wyoming Lottery Act, but we have not received any state funding. Governor Mead told our then Chairman of the Board, Brian Gamroth, that the Lottery Board only has one chance to get it right the first time around, so don’t ‘mess’ it up. .
âSo we found a bank in Wyoming, Jonah Bank, that was willing to give an unsecured loan, and we hired our CEO, Jon Clontz, who is still with us today. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation has launched a series of success stories that are now generating millions of dollars for cities, towns and counties in Wyoming. We did it right the first time around, âMarburger said in a statement about his time with the board.
Clontz added: âWe are fortunate to have a very active and involved Board of Directors. They are truly dedicated to the state of Wyoming and its citizens. The people of Wyoming can count on this council to diligently represent their best interests and to provide a responsible and responsive system of governance. “