Involved in the toy and gaming industries for nearly five decades, Mark Laurence Yoseloff, Ph.D., has been the executive director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Gaming Innovation and a managing member of Big Bet Gaming LLC since 2013. Alongside these endeavors, he has also been a managing member of Well Suited LLC since 1993. Initially commencing his career as a research mathematician, he first served as an instructor at Princeton University and assistant professor at Arizona State University before delving into the business aspect of the toy and game industry at A.S. Barnes & Company. Serving the company as vice president from 1975 to 1977, he acted in the same capacity for Coleco Industries for the following five years, followed by a position as executive vice president for a subsequent three years. The former chair and chief executive officer of American Medical Management Inc. from 1985 to 1987, Dr. Yoseloff then served Recognition Inc. as president and chair from 1987 to 1993 and Shuffle Master Inc. as chair and chief executive officer from 1997 to 2009.
The recipient of a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Yoseloff also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton University, where he focused his studies on mathematics and subatomic particle physics. During his tenure at Arizona State University, he involved himself and his students in a project sponsored by an Intel corporation, where they developed a game around integrated circuits and microprocessors. Building a coin-operated bowling game, he quickly collaborated with another technology company and manufactured his games. Since that time, Dr. Yoseloff has been involved in the gaming industry.
In light of his professional excellence, Dr. Yoseloff holds over 60 U.S. patents and over 150 international patents in the fields of toys and gaming. Civically inv olved, he has been a trustee of the UNLV Foundation and a supporter of the Animal Foundation, Shade Tree Shelter, and Noah’s House. As a testament to his success, he was elected a fellow of the National Science Foundation from 1967 to 1970. However, he cites the highlight of his career to be when he was recognized by The Wall Street Journal.
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