Meet the Team

Rick Harshman

CEO

Rick Harshman began his gaming career with Grand casinos, Inc. as their regional director of systems for all its southern properties, at which time he assisted with the opening of six resort casinos in three years. His understanding of the gaming market has propelled him to hold other executive positions such as Director of Slot Operations, Director of Casino Operations, Vice President of Casino Marketing and Vice President of Operations. Rick’s accomplishments include designing proprietary games, boosting player development and retention programs, creative and technical writing, gaming consultation and training.

Rick’s 14 years in the casino industry and ten years on the gaming agency side help him offer our clients in-depth knowledge of tracking systems, Players club development and database marketing. His expertise has helped our partners understand their data, customers and reinvestment strategies. Rick has helped casino clients increase their direct response redemption rates, grow their active databases, understand player worth by segments and tiers, reduce inactivity and help determine player profiles and predictability.

Ivy Rice

President of Client Services

Compassionate, caring and considerate. Clients routinely use these words to describe Ivy Rice, a 22-year direct marketing expert who has an intuitive understanding of client needs. And as her delighted clients can tell you, working with her is an absolute guarantee you’ll get results. As the President of H2R Agency, Ivy is the driving force behind numerous successful marketing programs and offers exceptional strategic insight for new ways to tackle tough problems while keeping our clients’ budgets a priority.

Ivy offers our partners in-depth expertise that allows them to identify their best customers and build loyalty in the most efficient and cost effective manner. She understands gaming, tracking systems and database programs. As such, she knows how to meet the immediate needs of her gaming clients and respond with timely solutions. She is very active in maintaining current clients. Ivy is responsible for all of her team’s day-to-day operations, including strategy; development and execution, budgeting and ensuring clients’ goals are met on a daily basis.

Steve Hammond

Executive Creative Director

An award-winning art director and creative director, Steve can capture and convey the thrill of gaming like no one else. Like other executives at H2R agency, he’s spent time working in a casino – so he gets it. He’s also served as Creative Director at Hewlett Packard, held key creative positions at top Ad Agencies and spent 12 years on his own, creating successful brands and stunning ads in various fields including medical, high-tech and eventually casinos.

Steve brings a passion to learning all he can about the client’s needs, competitive environment and marketing goals. Then, he applies that same passion to creating. In the end, the final work reflects a unique feel that supports the marketing objective – with a surprise that makes the client smile. The ultimate reward is when the work does exactly what it is supposed to do – get results.

Steve began his career as an art director and Creative Director for Henry-Gill.

Robert Abeyta

Data Analyst

With a driving desire to turn data into revenue and coupled with over two decades of marketing, coaching, and leadership, Robert Abeyta is the guru of analysis.

Robert has spent time in the trenches, serving as a database and analysis authority for the Isle of Capri Casino’s as well as, Director of Marketing for the Isle and Riviera Casino’s. He has a unique way of taking player data and determining the best methods to gain a bigger share of wallet, increase visitations and reduce defectors.

Robert holds an MBA from Regis University in Denver and a BA in Business Information Systems from University of Phoenix.

Kami Johannes

Senior Interactive Designer

Linking fresh ideas, social media and the web, Kami loves to make your brand shout and flourish. As a graduate from the celebrated Art Institute of Colorado, Kami has been developing multimedia designs for an array of clients across the casino industry such as Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel, Clearwater Casino Resort, The Downs Casino, and others. She has an eagle eye for detail and is a pro at adjusting to corporate guidelines as well, having worked on projects for eBags, The Sports Authority, Netflix, the University of Denver and Qdoba.

She is a natural at strategizing, developing and creating robust and thought provoking web based and traditional creative solutions. Her focus is to ensure your brand and your message evokes a positive and lasting impression.

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