Martino, '02, Named Maryland's "Regulator of the Year"

Photograph: Stephen MartinoMaryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency director Stephen Martino, '02, was named "Regulator of the Year for the Americas" last fall at a reception in Las Vegas. The International Masters of Gaming Law, the group who gives the award, cited the 67 percent increase in Maryland’s lottery and gaming revenues during Martino’s four-year tenure as one of the reasons the group selected Martino to receive the award.

The state agency, the world’s 15th largest lottery based on per capita sales, operates traditional lottery games, regulates commercial casinos, and has primary regulatory enforcement of illegal gambling devices throughout Maryland. Martino oversees approximately 327 people and manages an operating budget of $141.9 million.  

According to Martino’s LinkedIn page, he was executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC) for five years and led the effort to establish Kansas’ casino regulatory structure that resulted in the first state-owned-and-operated casino in the U.S. While at the KRGC, Martino designed and administered Kansas’ casino selection process, acclaimed for its transparency, thoroughness, and ethical conduct. He was also an attorney at Foulston Siefkin, LLP. During law school, Martino was active with the Washburn Law Journal.