Robert Hawk, Vice President of Compliance
Robert "Bob" Hawk, Pace-O-Matic's Vice President of Compliance, checks, double-checks, and then triple-checks to make sure the company complies with a jurisdiction’s gaming laws. Always on the side of the law, for 28 years Hawk preyed on the bad guys, working for the FBI as a special agent in organized crime and later as one of its public relations directors.
Before accepting his position at Pace-O-Matic several years ago, Hawk took three months to assess its genuineness to make certain the company was legal and ethical. When Pace originally pursued Hawk for his expertise in the law and public relations, he was skeptical about working for the company. He explained, “Michael told me 'Look at us, come down to Atlanta, work with us there, and attend meetings in Ohio, and if you see something you don’t like, walk away and I'll still be your friend.'"
Michael was so convincing and honest Hawk decided to give it a three-month trial as an independent consultant. Hawk said, "During that time I saw nothing that concerned me about anything the company did. They were always above board." He then signed on to work as a fulltime employee.
Hawk, who is based in Cleveland, Ohio, said Pace-O-Matic garnered the support of local authorities and/or officials around the state before the company sold any games there. Hawk added that in those counties or cities where the games were not welcome, Pace-O-Matic walked away without even attempting to place one game there. "Our belief was and is that we only want to be where we are welcome," Hawk said.
The former FBI agent met with prosecutors, chiefs of police and sheriffs around the state to inform them of how the games worked and how they had been reviewed by independent specialists.
In counties and cities where authorities said the games sounded fine, Pace-O-Matic sold games in those areas. Some game operators had multiple locations around the state and Hawk advised them where the games were not welcome. “I told them if law enforcement doesn't want us there, be a good neighbor, and walk away."
Now that Ohio is changing its gaming laws and calling for all skill-based amusement redemption machines to comply with upcoming rules and regulations, Pace-O-Matic will create new games that fit the laws of that state, working with the OCMA and the Lottery Commission. Hawk said, "As Michael always says, ‘We always have to do the right thing’”.