By Lewis Gould

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan named John A. Martin, the agency’s managing director, and chief revenue officer, to serve as director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. He succeeds Gordon Medenica, who announced his retirement in April. Martin’s appointment is effective July 1.

Gov. Hogan stated: “Maryland is proud to have one of the best lottery and gaming systems in the country, and with sports betting coming online, we are poised for even more record growth John Martin has done an outstanding job in his role overseeing the agency, and we are fortunate to have him as our new director. I want to sincerely thank Gordon Medenica for his service to Maryland, particularly for the pivotal role he played in establishing our very successful vaccine lottery.”

Since 2015, John A. Martin has served as the Managing Director and Chief Revenue Officer of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control, where he oversees the $2.5 billion state agency and its 4400 retailers. His current responsibility is managing the top line revenue for traditional lottery products.

Before being director, Martin was the assistant director in Maryland for four years with oversight of Sales, Creative Services, Product Development, and Communications. In 2009, John was the Deputy Director of the Office of Sales Management for the 9000 retailers at the Ohio Lottery.

In addition, Hogan named two members to the state’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission. Thomas M. Brandt, Jr. will serve as the chair of the commission. He is the former Chief Financial Officer for TeleCommunication Systems, a $400 million public Annapolis-based wireless communications technology company.

The other member is Bert Hash, Jr., the retired President and CEO of the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU), Inc. He is a seasoned financial services executive with over 44 years of experience in managing various aspects of banking and financial services, including Equitable Bank for 15 years and Provident Bank of Maryland for 12 years.

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