The Primero Games leadership team has decades of experience ranging from game development to cabinet design to client advocacy. The leadership team strives to promote employee development, so our team can create the best gaming experience and have a positive work culture. We are committed to building trust with our customers and bringing value to their business. It all starts with our leadership team and the values they bring to the team!
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Victor Kannan was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2014. Kannan has dedicated himself to helping private technology enterprises navigate the ups and downs of business to ultimately come out ahead. A lifelong volunteer and current youth mentor, Kannan is a firm believer in the importance of investing in people and takes great joy in fostering the professional development of his employees.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg Gronau's multidecade career has included senior leadership positions at Shuffle Master, Cadillac Jack, and Gaming Partners International. He also oversaw service and operations at WMS Gaming. Enlisted as Chief Executive Officer for Primero Games in the fall of 2018, Gronau has a track record of exceptional growth and the keen ability to carry out seamless acquisitions and mergers. When he is not planning the company’s future, Gronau enjoys boating near his lakeside home.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to running Business Development for Primero Games, Barry Rutherford cofounded a software start-up to generate digital tools for corporations, nonprofits, and politicians. Since coming on board in June 2017, the University of Georgia alumnus has helped drive the organization’s success by making connections in new markets and partnering with the engineering team. In addition to being a caring husband and father, Rutherford is an avid golfer.
Known for emphasizing the importance of value-added service, Michael “Smitty” Smith is an expert in sales and marketing. He entered the gaming industry following 20-plus years in the pharmaceutical business. After aiding the successful launch and expansion of a very successful game company over a 10-year period, Smith accepted his current position at Primero Games in May 2020. While away from the office, he enjoys a sunny day of boating.
National Sales & Marketing Manager
Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University graduate Jared Torres began his career in the gaming industry in early 2001. Over the years, he has served as a quality assurance engineer at WMS Gaming, vice president of game development for Cadillac Jack, and director of product management at Aristocrat. He was named Chief Technology Officer for Primero Games in June 2020. Torres is also an outdoorsman who is fond of hiking and mountain biking.
Chief Technology Officer
Georgia Sales Manager
Senior Sales Representative
Inside Sales and Customer Service Manager
Meet the Marketing & Sales Team
Our marketing and sales team at Primero Games will greet you with a big smile and positive attitude! We are dedicated to answering any questions our customers have, so they can make the best decision for their business. Whether we are designing new promotional goodies to take home or hosting a lunch for our customers, our team will find the best product to bring value to your business.
Meet the Customer Service Team
Customer Service Representative/Inside Sales Specialist
Technical Services Supervisor
Customer Service Technician
Step foot in Primero Games or give us a call and you will be greeted by our friendly customer service team! Our team strives to create a welcoming experience for both our existing and new customers. With years of experience helping customers, our team is ready to assist with any tasks or questions you have!
Legal / HR Team
Chief Legal Counsel
Human Resources Manager
Primero Games strives to offer the best work environment for our employees. Our legal and HR team is committed to making our employees feel valued everyday. The team promotes collaboration and facilitates an open-door policy for all employees.
An industry pioneer and entrepreneur, Mike Macke has more than 40 years of gaming experience ranging from production and cabinet design to game development and advocacy. He is known for his work with Digital Controls, conceptualizing the “nudge” for the Georgia market, and launching Cadillac Jack. After establishing a burgeoning operator business, Macke bought Primero Games in late 2020. Furthermore, he is a devoted philanthropist, beekeeper, and trout farm owner.