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.
Tom Spiegel is the Chairman and CEO of Linq3. Tom is also the Chairman of the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation, which was founded in 1985.
The Foundation's mission is to fund education, medical research and social causes. He currently also serves on the board of the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus. Tom served on the Board and was a significant shareholder of Portal Player, a supplier of digital and audio technology platforms for the consumer electronics market. The company supplied Apple with its first chip for the Apple iPod. The company went public and was subsequently sold to NVIDIA.
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. 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 is an expert in information security & risk management with progressive experience encompassing: Information Security Strategy, Project Management, Governance Risk Compliance, Business Continuity Program Development, Risk Assessment & Mitigation.
He is a PCI Internal Security Assessor, CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), and has extensive payment industry expertise (Issuer, Acquirer, and Processor). Previously Mr. Shedd has held security and technology leadership roles at TSYS, Bank of America, WGM Information Security Services LLC, and Threat Vector Consulting LLC.
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.
Ms. Augustyn joined Linq3 in 2017 bringing a breadth of experience in organizational growth management and finance/accounting acumen.
Prior to Linq3, Ms. Augustyn oversaw accounting, billing operations, order management, and other operational functions at Verizon Telematics, Inc.. Ms. Augustyn served in various roles at Internap Network Services Corp including Vice President of Finance and Chief Accountant, Principal Accounting Officer, and Corporate Controller. Before joining Internap Network Services, Ms. Augustyn held a number of finance positions with American Tower Corporation from June 1999 to January 2004. Ms. Augustyn worked in Internal Audit at Fluor Corporation from 1997 to 1999 and began her career in the Audit department of Dixon Hughes PLLC. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned a B.S. degree in Business from Wake Forest University.