John Pollard, the co-chief executive officer of Pollard Banknote, has been announced as the latest person to be inducted into the Public Gaming Research Institute’s (PGRI) Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.
Pollard has spent more than three decades in the sector, particularly focusing on the financial and operational side of the landscape, with the co-CEO helping Pollard Banknote from its infancy to become a major player in the Canadian lottery industry.
Celebrating Pollard’s achievement, the company highlighted that he was ‘integral to Pollard Banknote’s ongoing evolution and growth, ensuring the company is constantly adapting to meet new challenges.’
“It is an honour to be selected as an inductee into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame,” said John Pollard. “Thirty-four years ago I joined Pollard Banknote, and since that time it’s been a privilege to work alongside my father, my brothers, and an exceptional team of skilled and knowledgeable colleagues.
“We have truly earned this honour together, and I accept it on behalf of our entire staff. I take great pride in Pollard Banknote’s evolution and growth, as well as our focus on finding solutions to the challenges faced by our lottery clients. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other seven new inductees.”
Since Pollard joined the company in 1986, the firm has grown significantly as it established itself as a lottery powerhouse. After only initially hiring 57 staff, Pollard Banknote now employs nearly 2,000 staff with approximately 200 of them part of the company’s ‘25 Year Club’.
Each year, PGRI’s Lottery Industry Hall of Fame will have its members nominate and vote on industry leaders who match the criteria of promoting ‘excellence, integrity, and success in the lottery industry’. Pollard will be inducted alongside five other recipients on October 14, 2020, in a virtual ceremony.