gambling webmasters site sold
City plans to do some weed removal from the industry
Michael Corfman's Casino City publishing
group has bought the Gambling Portal Webmasters
Association (GPWA), probably the largest body
of its kind in the industry, for an undisclosed
announcing the move, the Casino City CEO described
the GPWA as an important resource for online gaming
portal site owners that will continue to thrive
and grow under Casino City's leadership.
"I look forward to working together with
the GPWA membership, and with my colleagues at
Casino City, to create an association that is
vibrant and that has the relationships and resources
necessary to make a difference," Corfman
said. Casino City has been involved with the GPWA
for four years, and Corfman himself has been a
member for two years.
GPWA was founded in May 2001 to strengthen relationships
between affiliate program managers and portal
webmasters. In May 2004 it was sold to husband
and wife team John and Marlene Derosset, under
whose leadership membership increased by 50 percent
to the present 3 300 members, and the sponsor
base doubled in size.
Derosset, who along with his wife will also remain
active in the GPWA, expressed his confidence that
the organisation will continue to grow and thrive:
"Casino City has the resources and man/woman
power to take GPWA to great heights. Under Michael's
leadership, GPWA will move forward and become
stronger than ever." Marlene Derosset added,
"John and I have a lot of faith in Michael
and will be there to support him in any way we
City has already taken over the hosting and maintenance
of the GPWA website, and this week rolled out
an upgrade to the site with significant enhancements
to its usability.
features include intuitive site navigation, more
informative section introductions, and a greater
focus on the extensive forums available on the
site. GPWA's 70+ public and private forums feature
nearly 24,000 threads and over 170,000 posts with
invaluable news, information, and advice for seasoned,
rookie, and aspiring webmasters.
who is now the GPWA's Executive Director, plans
to concentrate on enhancing the organisation's
role in increasing transparency in the gaming
industry as a whole.
think of the gaming industry as a public garden,"
he said. "If we want people to visit so we
can be successful, we have to get rid of the weeds.
I believe communities like the GPWA can support
the good industry players and expose the bad industry
players if they have the right infrastructure
in place. We will direct our energy, passion,
and resources to build tools that will be of the
greatest benefit to the GPWA community."
adds its best wishes for GPWA success under the
dynamic and professional management of a respected
industry executive like Michael Corfman.