From the 2005 DGxpo held on Wake Tech Community College campus to today's East Coast Game Conference, behind the scenes is a core team of industry professionals volunteering their time to provide quality speakers, exhibits and sponsors. Their goal is to create a conference with an atmosphere where attendees return annually and anticipate a great opportunity to network, meet new people and reconnect with friends.


Walter Rotenberry - Co-Founder and Co-Chair, TGI

Walter Rotenberry

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Long time facilitator and innovator, Walter began making video games with his Commodore 64 back in the early 1980’s. After one of his programming students wanted to know why he would have to go all the way to Florida to learn how to make video games …

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Troy Knight - Co-Founder and Co-Chair, TGI

Troy Knight

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Troy has 20 years of experience in the gaming, learning and design industries and is an entrepreneur at heart. He has worked as an animator, lead application engineer, head of project management, and director of global production. His experience began in the …

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Cindy Foster - Secretary, TGI

Cindy Foster


Cindy Foster retired as the director of the Simulation and Game Development program at Wake Technical Community College in August. With her team of industry experienced professionals, she led the National Science Award winning program …

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Jane Proctor - Event Coordinator

Jane Proctor

Event Coordinator

ECGC and its predecessor DGXpo never would happen without hundreds of hours of Jane’s time. She wears many hats: volunteer coordinator, speaker information chaser, badge printer, website liaison, hotel block arranger and seemingly any other …

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Ken Turner - Career Lounge Coordinator

Ken Turner

Career Lounge Coordinator

When not saving the world from alien hordes, Ken manages Wake Tech’s award winning Simulation and Game Development program. Ken is a consummate game professional. With a career that spans more than 20 years, he has worked on over a dozen AAA titles and has credits in many titles and simulations. …

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Richard Dansky - TGI Narrative Lead; 2022 ECGC speaker

Richard Dansky

TGI Narrative Lead; Narrative Director, Red Storm/Ubisoft

Richard Dansky is a 22 year veteran of the video game industry. He has written for franchises including Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon …

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Doug Foster - Webmaster & IT/Marketing Support

Doug Foster

Web, IT, & Marketing

Doug Foster helps entrepreneurs explain and sell technology. Prior to founding Convinsys, Doug served in technical and managerial roles for sales, marketing, IT, engineering, and manufacturing companies ranging from startups to global high tech …

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Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson

TGI Education Lead; Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Art + Design, NCSU

Justin is an Assistant Professor of Art + Design and Doctor of Design practitioner at North Carolina State University. With over 13 years of experience in the game industry in a variety of roles including: level designer, environment artist, lead environment artist, character artist, and UI designer …

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Brad Swearingen - Game Art Committee

Brad Swearingen

Professor, Simulation and Game Development - WTCC

Brad Swearingen has been instructing students in 3d and game related topics for over 20 years. He is currently a Professor in Wake Tech Community College’s Simulation and Game Development …

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Kenly Simmons - Digital Marketing Intern, Wake Tech

Kenly Simmons

Digital Marketing Intern, Wake Tech

Kenly Simmons is our Digital Marketing Intern from Wake Tech Community College. Focusing on social media, outreach, and branding, Kenly aims to help our conference grow. Originally from Greenville, NC, she grew up in the 90s playing classic Nintendo games like Super Mario and …

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