The Linq3 team is represented by a cross section of executives with deep experience and skills from the lottery, technology and payments industries.
They have proven themselves in leadership roles with many of the most successful state lottery, gaming and technology businesses in North America.
They are now focused on helping lotteries reach more players and realize more opportunity through the power of Linq3’s technology.
Mr. Cage is an experienced entrepreneur with management, marketing and technology experience. He founded Linq3 when he recognized that an untapped resource (ATMs and other POS Terminal Networks) could be used to significantly enhance the way lottery tickets were distributed.
Prior to Linq3, Mr. Cage was the founder and owner of SoundCage, a post-production content company started in 1996. Under Mr. Cage's leadership, SoundCage provided content for Fortune 1000 companies including AT&T, Nike, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Sony, as well as the nation's top advertising agencies (BBDO, Deutsch, McCann-Erickson). Mr. Cage has a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Prior to joining Linq3, Mr. Lavelle was the CFO at WorldPay, a leader in payment processing, bringing with him extensive experience in finance and payments. Before that Mr. Lavelle was the CFO of CDC Software International, a hybrid enterprise software provider of on-premise and cloud deployments.
Prior to joining CDC Software, Mr. Lavelle held several management positions in finance and accounting, including as VP of Finance Airport and Desk Top Services for SITA Inc., a provider of air transport communication and information technology solutions. He also spent 16 years with UPS, serving in positions of increasing responsibility, including Controller and VP of Finance. Mr. Lavelle is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Linq3, Mr. Minutaglio served in various CTO roles at Fiserv leading teams responsible for architecture, IT operations, and core application development for Fiserv’s electronic payments, biller solutions and enterprise technology divisions.
Mr. Minutaglio began his career with IBM and has held technology management positions at AFLAC, State Street Global Advisors, and Barnett Banks (now Bank of America). He also served as CIO for Ceridian Benefits Services, where he was responsible for technology strategy and application development, and he served as CTO with TSYS Acquiring Solutions where he was responsible for the company’s technology delivery, operations and governance functions. Mr. Minutaglio also served as CTO for Synovus, where he was responsible for system performance, delivery of solutions, and overall technical leadership. Mr. Minutaglio holds a BSBA degree in Management from the University of Florida.
Mr. Shaheen joined Linq3 in September 2010, bringing over 23 years of extensive lottery industry experience. His career culminated in his announcement in 2005 as the first Executive Director for the North Carolina Education Lottery, where he led both the successful start-up and the next five years of its ongoing operations.
Prior to North Carolina, Mr. Shaheen spent 18 years with some of the most successful lotteries, including Florida, Texas, Georgia and New Mexico. During these years, Mr. Shaheen gained operational and management experience, serving in roles including sales, marketing, operations, and in 2000, was appointed as CEO of the New Mexico Lottery where he served before being appointed to his position in North Carolina. In 2005, Mr. Shaheen served as the President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL). Prior to that he served as Chairman of the NASPL Standards Initiative Committee. In 2009 Mr. Shaheen served as President of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). He also was Vice-Chairman of Powerball in 2005. Mr. Shaheen is a 1975 graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Shedd began his IT career as Assistant Vice President at Bank of America Credit Card and has held various senior executive information security roles where he managed security services and application development for small and medium-sized business.
Mr. Shedd holds CISSP from (ISC)2.
Mr. Tucker has spent his entire career in the Petroleum Convenience Store Industry. He began his work experience with Andersen Consulting and then spent many years with Mobil Oil Corporation (now ExxonMobil) in various field and HQ positions.
Tucker has worked for Radiant Systems (now NCR) in a domestic and international capacity. He worked at NACS for four years as the SVP for Retailer Relations. For the past ten years, he has worked with JDA and its predecessors providing technology solutions to the petroleum convenience industry both domestic and internationally. Mr. Tucker joined Linq3 in January of 2016. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Denison University, majoring in Economics and Political Science. His MBA is from University of Phoenix, International Business Management. He resides in Alexandria, VA with wife, daughter and son.
Mr. Fitzgerald joined Linq3 in 2011 and is a lottery industry veteran with over 29 years of experience encompassing all phases and levels of lottery technology, management and operations. His vast experience includes multiple state start-ups, system conversions, domestic and international systems deliveries, account and budget management and new business development.
He possesses a unique combination of state lottery and gaming vendor experience in multiple jurisdictions with an overall knowledge of gaming system transaction processing and lottery business processes.
Mr. Fitzgerald began his lottery career with the launch of the Florida Lottery in 1987 as a Software Project Leader, leaving in 1993 to join the newly formed Georgia Lottery Corporation, serving as the Vice President of Systems Development.
In 2000, Mr. Fitzgerald moved to the gaming vendor side joining Automated Wagering International as Director of Internet Development. In 2002, he moved to GTECH Corporation as Regional Director of Business Development and spent 5 years as the Account Director for GTECH’s Online and Instant gaming contracts after the launch of the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Mr. Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Systems Science from the University of West Florida.