Leadership Leadership Board of Directors President/CEO & Executive Staff TEL Quick Facts Diversity Commitment Chronology President/CEO & Executive Staff Rebecca HargroveLearn More Rebecca HargrovePresident and CEORebecca Paul Hargrove has served in leadership roles in the lottery industry for more than 30 years, including as Chief Executive of the Illinois, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee lotteries. In three of those four states she led the start-up and remains one of the most respected, experienced leaders in the field. Following a successful statewide referendum to create the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, the founding Board of Directors recruited Rebecca in 2003 to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, the Lottery launched three weeks ahead of schedule, netting an additional $30 million for education than was anticipated. Rebecca’s resume includes a long list of lottery industry, business and civic accomplishments, honors and awards. She is the current President of the World Lottery Association and a past Senior Vice President and Chair of its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Butler University. She is the founding Chair of Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership, designed to support the advancement of women into top positions of lottery management, leadership and responsibility. Rebecca has served as President and/or Chair of all offices of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the Multi-State Lottery Association, and President of the international industry organization A.I.L.E. She was one of the first inductees to the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, was awarded the "Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award" by Public Gaming Research Institute, and was named one of The Tennessean newspaper’s "Tennesseans of the Year." Throughout her career, Rebecca has served on a variety of boards and continues to support many causes. Ms. Hargrove holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Butler University and is a native of Indiana. Wanda Young WilsonLearn More Wanda Young WilsonChief Operating Officer & General CounselWanda Young Wilson is an accomplished attorney with extensive marketing and business development experience. She has more than 25 years of executive management experience in the public gaming industry. She began her career in the lottery business in 1993 with the inception of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, where she served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for 10 years. In 2003, Wanda’s experience in public gaming and expertise in developing internal systems and controls for a start-up business brought her to Tennessee as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL). On January 20, 2004, Wanda and the hard-working team at the TEL began selling tickets 21 days ahead of schedule, making it one of most successful lottery launches in U.S. history. Wanda currently serves as the chief operating officer, general counsel and secretary of the Corporation, As such, she has executive management responsibility for the corporation’s departments of legal services, contract compliance, human resources, corporate services and security. In addition, she provides strategic leadership to the other divisions and renders legal advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and the senior officers of the Corporation. Wanda began her legal career at a firm where she specialized in commercial real estate and housing development law; however, the majority of her legal career has been spent in the role of in-house counsel. She enjoys working with senior management and being an integral part of the business team. In addition to her legal experience, Wanda has worked as an investment banker specializing in public finance helping to structure municipal debt for issuers nationwide. Wanda has received several professional awards for her contributions to the public gaming industry as well as her work in housing development and public finance. Shortly after her employment by the lottery she was named one of the 50 most powerful African Americans in Tennessee; in 2012 she received the Individual Star Diversity Award of Excellence from Corporate Counsel Women of Color; in 2015 she was awarded the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by Public Gaming Research Institute; and in 2016 she received the Powers Award for Performance Excellence presented by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. She is also very active in professional and civic organizations. She was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Purpose Preparatory Charter School in Nashville and has served as a mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. She is also a member of the Music City Chapter of The Links, Inc., and a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Over the years she has been a member of numerous Bar Associations including Napier-Looby, the Nashville Bar and the Tennessee Bar Association. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a founding member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. Wanda earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a few years in sales and marketing, she entered law school at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Juris Doctorate degree. She also attended Boston University School of Law. Wilson has been licensed to practice law in the states of Georgia, Minnesota, and Tennessee. Andy DavisLearn More Andy DavisChief Financial and Information Systems OfficerAndy Davis was recruited in October 2003 by the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation to be part of the diverse and experienced executive team that led a rapid and successful start-up. Andy is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the corporation’s financial activities. This includes general accounting and reporting; accounts receivables; retailer and product accounting; budgeting and financial planning; treasury management, and purchasing activities, which include soliciting qualified minority firms to participate in the lottery’s non-major procurement bid opportunities. Additionally, he is responsible for planning and directing the corporation’s information systems activities, including operational oversight of the gaming systems’ operations, electronic drawing systems and operations, in-house data processing, local and wide-area networking and telecommunications, and software planning and testing. Andy’s professional experience spans more than 30 years in the auditing, accounting and information systems areas. He has 24 years of lottery experience, serving 14 years with the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, and 10 years with the Georgia Lottery Corporation. During his tenure in Georgia, he served in varying senior management capacities, including Senior Vice President of Finance and Information Systems, Senior Vice President of Operations/Management Information Systems, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Internal Controls. In 2015, Andy received The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Powers Award, given in recognition for outstanding performance by a lottery or vendor employee. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in Accounting from Mercer University’s School of Business in Macon, Georgia. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Wylie DillardLearn More Wylie DillardExecutive Vice President, SalesWylie Dillard joined the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) in August 2018 as the Executive Vice President of Sales. He has more than 25 years of experience in the lottery industry and is committed to maximizing funds for beneficiary causes. As EVP of Sales, Wylie is responsible for all aspects of the sales function, including Retailer Sales and Services, Corporate Accounts, Warehouse Management and Distribution, and the TEL’s four District Offices. He leads a 90-plus member sales team responsible for retailer relations and the entire player sales experience. Prior to joining the TEL, Wylie served as Vice President of Sales for Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group. He was charged with developing and executing the organization’s strategic plan for sales when the Lottery contracted with Northstar to manage its sales and marketing functions. Wylie managed retailer recruiting, boosting same store sales growth, and he played a key role in the launch of Northstar New Jersey Lottery’s Quick Draw game. Wylie began his lottery career as part of the launch of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. He served in several roles during his 20-year stint in the Peach State, including Retailer Services Representative, Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Prize Validation Manager, Keno Product Manager, and Sales Director. As Sales Director, he was instrumental in helping the Georgia Lottery consistently achieve its sales goals and build its retailer base. Wylie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Morehouse College and has four children. Lou Ann RussellLearn More Lou Ann RussellExecutive Vice President, Advertising & MarketingLou Ann Russell is a marketing and advertising professional with 24 years in the lottery industry committed to building brands and creating successes. She joined the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation’s (TEL) executive management team in February 2014. Her key responsibilities include the strategic development of advertising, marketing and communications programs, corporate business initiatives, instant ticket contract management, new games and promotions, digital marketing strategies, player affinity programs, player services, and responsible gaming programs. Lou Ann’s commitment extends throughout the lottery industry, as well. She is a member of numerous new game marketing committees throughout the country, collaborates with primary vendors on strategic planning, and is a conference presenter and participant with national and international organizations. Prior to joining the TEL, Lou Ann was Deputy Executive Director, Marketing, Advertising & Communications, with the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL). As a member of the NCEL start-up team, she established a division focused on pursuing excellence and created a successful lottery brand that achieved record sales. Before joining the NCEL, Lou Ann was Senior Vice President, Account Director, at Austin Kelley Advertising in Atlanta, where she managed the Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) account. With a 12-year account retention record, she worked alongside the executive team at the GLC as it became one of the most successful lotteries in the nation. Lou Ann has a commitment to excellence, is focused on maximizing business growth potential and grooming the next generation of lottery marketing professionals.