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Museum of Gaming History
An Educational Project of The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc.
An IRS approved 501 (c) (3) Tax Exempt Not-For-Profit Corporation
Dedicated to the preservation and education of Gaming History

MoGH Board Members
Position Name Email Bio
Museum Chair and Webmaster Charles Kaplan charlie@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Douglas Smith dsmith@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Ross Poppel rspoppel@gmail.com Bio
Board Member Steve Palumbo steve@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Jerry Vergatos jerry@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Sheldon Smith sheldon@themogh.org Bio
Legal Counsel and Board Member Eric S. Rosenblum erosenblum@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Jim Follis gamingore@themogh.org Bio


Jim Follis
Jim has been a member of the CC&GTCC, Inc., for 18 years and was made a Life Member (#53) as a gift from his wife of 39 years, Pam Focazio, in his first year of eligibility. Jim uses the moniker ‘Gaming Ore’ in his search for gaming and casino memorabilia.

Gaming Ore has a website, TheChipGallery.com where one can find the Great Sahara Plaque Registry, The Top 10’s to 100 Project and a gallery of WIN CARDS Program chips, flyers and cards.

As a volunteer to the Club, Jim has been the OTY Awards Chairman since 2002, during which he established the Permanent Collection of All Past OTY Winners. He is currently the MoGH’s Exhibit Chairman and in both of these positions he is assisted by his son Casey Focazio-Follis.

In addition to those annual Convention-related duties, he is the Club’s co-Club Historian, along with Club Hall of Famer, Carey Burke, and he serves on the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club Board as the Secretary.

Jim is retired from a 35 year career in aerospace as a Security Manager and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, the center of the casino collectibles universe. Living in Las Vegas has allowed him to support the MoGH as the El Cortez and Plaza Exhibits Manager.

MoGH Advisory Board
Board MemberAffiliation
Eileen DiRocccoPublisher, Gaming Today
Sandra HarrisExecutive Director, Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Andy Hughes
Jim KruseEducation Director, CC&GTCC
Mark LightermanPhotographer, CC&GTCC
Mark Hall PattonCurator, Clark County Museum System
David G. SchwartzDirector, UNLV's Center for Gaming Research
Mike SkeltonFormer President, CC&GTCC
Christine Smith
Bob StoidalConsulting Editor, KNPR
Wayne ThompsonFormer President, CC&GTCC
Jonathon UllmanDirector, The Mob Museum
John ZoeschTreasurer, CC&GTCC

MoGH Contacts
Position Name
ChipGuide Supervisor Albert Scalzo
Photographer Mark Lighterman
Graphic Design Todd Barrett
Exhibit Historian, Newsletter/Magazine Editor Allan Anderson
Exhibit Historian Michael Knapp
Librarian Wendy Schultz
Exhibit Content Traffic Manager Ralph Myers
El Cortez Exhibit Manager, MoGH Lecture Series Sheldon Smith
Convention Exhibition Manager, Plaza Casino Exhibit Manager Jim Follis
El Cortez Exhibit Manager Dave Harbor
Publicity Director Cale Guthmiller
Social Media Administrator Ricky Pushkin
Blogger Dan Jensen
This Week in Gaming History Chuck Sikora
Exhibit Framing & Displays Chris Colangelo
Membership Fundraising Judy Weurth
Exhibit Assistant Travis Lewin
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