Daniel K. Adkins joined Fontainebleau Development in May, 2018, as Managing Director and Chief of Casino Operations and Gaming Development. Adkins brings 42 years of experience in casino and pari-mutuel wagering operations. With a background in engineering, Adkins’ early career included 12 years with Autotote Ltd., predecessor to Scientific Games, Ltd., one of the world’s leading providers of pari-mutuel wagering, gaming and lottery systems. Adkins was at the forefront of developing, training and installing pari-mutuel systems at the majority of racetracks and Jai Alai Frontons in the United States and played a significant role in developing the existing platform for sell/cash pari-mutuel wagering systems. In addition to Adkins’ gaming expertise, he brings extensive real estate management and development skills. He has decades of work in Governmental affairs, and is highly regarded for his role in spearheading the successful statewide ballot initiative in 2004 that brought Class III gaming to Florida and paved the way for the State to enter into a long overdue revenue sharing compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Both these endeavors have strengthened Florida’s economy and provided broader employment opportunities for its residents. In 2009, Adkins was officially recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in Broward County, Florida.
During 32 years with his prior stewardship of a Michigan based multi-family real estate company, Adkins also successfully operated racing venues in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, and West Virginia. In 1994 in West Virginia, he steered legislation to allow slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities. In 2006, he won the voters’ approval to expand that operation to full casino gaming. This provided many additional employment opportunities – at the casino and at the State University which began an accredited course for casino related careers.
Mr. Adkins is highly respected for his commitment to many and varied charities with an emphasis on children’s programs. He is also well-known for his passion to be proactive for the improvement of each community where his business interests lie. He is a current member of the Broward County Tourism Development Council where he has served for the last five years.