CEO ALLIED ESPORTS ENTERTAINMENT
WHY: Heads one of OC's newest public companies, which runs World Poker Tour and online gaming venues where fans watch esports teams compete.
RECENT: Went public via 2019 $200M reverse merger, including stock and debt, by Minneapolis-based Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. More virtual events during pandemic, move into shopping centers delayed. Temporary shutdown of its flagship HyperX arena in Las Vegas.
QUOTABLE: Told Business Journal “our refocus on online actually brings a lot more new opportunity that we didn’t have before.”