Rick Gates, Chairman

Mr. Gates has over 20 years of international political, finance and business development experience working for multinational firms. Currently, he is the managing partner of Pericles LP, the firm’s private equity funds focus on technology, infrastructure, and real estate targets. Much of his work focuses on investment, business development and deal structures in Europe.

From 2005 – 2006 Rick served as Vice President of International Business Development and Public Affairs at Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) with responsibility for international business development and government relations. He managed the company’s global public affairs, and worked as a senior member on the M&A team.

From 2000-2005 Mr. Gates served as Partner and COO of Business Strategies and Insight, LLC, a public affairs company that specializes in business development, government procurements, government relations, corporate strategic investments and crisis management.

In 2003, Mr. Gates was a co-founder of Capital Strategies, LLC (a Richmond based public affairs and government relations firm). From 1997 – 2000 Mr. Gates was a Director at GTECH UK Limited (based in London) where he headed the company’s international business development program.

From 1995 – 1997 Mr. Gates was a Director at Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, a government and public relations firm representing numerous Fortune 500 companies before the White House, government agencies and the US Congress. Mr. Gates has worked on several US presidential campaigns and has participated in many international political campaigns in Europe and Africa. Mr. Gates graduated with a M.A. in Public Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in Government from The College of William & Mary. He also completed the Executive Management Program in Brussels and London.