Prophet Strengthens Executive Team Ahead Of Fall Launch With Experienced Senior Hires

By Community | September 14, 2021

Prophet, the first pure peer-to-peer U.S. sports betting exchange, has announced the addition of three senior sports betting, iGaming and gambling experts to VP roles in marketing, operations and strategy. Thomas Phillips joins Prophet as VP of Marketing, Matt Garrigan is VP of Strategy, and Michael Halperin becomes VP of Operations.

“We are delighted to welcome Thomas, Matt and Michael to the Prophet team and are excited to have them bring their experience and market knowledge to us as we look ahead to our full consumer launch in Fall, 2021,” commented Dean Sisun, Prophet CEO and Cofounder. “Having people of their caliber join us from FanDuel, DraftKings and with Thomas’ experience from Betfair, InterCasino and Ladbrokes Coral reinforces what an exciting future everyone at Prophet has ahead of us. We want to attract the best in the business, and the knowledge, experience and skills Thomas, Matt and Michael bring is another key foundation for us as we continue to grow.”

Prophet’s new VP of Marketing Thomas Phillips has over 14 years’ experience in the sports betting, iGaming and gambling industries, working across multiple international territories and products including exchanges, sportsbooks and gaming products. A graduate from Keele University in the UK with a BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience, Thomas’ career started in 2005 running marketing for MotoCaddy, a startup focused on the golf market, before moving into the iGaming market with InterCasino in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Betfair Exchange marketing team, working over the next five years across multiple territories and a range of products, as well as playing a core role in the launch of the Betfair Sportsbook. In 2013 he joined Ladbrokes (now Ladbrokes Coral), leading the Customer marketing team from 2013-2017. In 2018 Thomas established himself as a digital marketing consultant, specializing in high profile betting and gaming brands. He joins Prophet with immediate effect as VP of Marketing.

“I am thrilled to be joining Prophet as VP of Marketing,” commented Thomas Phillips. “Having previously worked with Dean and Jake [Benzaquen, Prophet COO and Cofounder] in the UK market, I am looking forward to joining a dynamic and innovative team that is set to make the industry stand-up and take notice.”

VP of Strategy Matt Garrigan joins Prophet from FanDuel where he was, most recently, Director, New Market Strategy. A graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas in gaming and hospitality, Garrigan brings over 11 years’ experience in the casino and tech industries, combining both brick and mortar and digital gaming and retail sportsbooks knowledge. His career started in 2011 with MGM Resorts International where he worked in race and sportsbook operations. Since then, he has worked with some of the biggest names in sports betting and gaming, including Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Konami Gaming, Penn National Gaming, Scientific Games, Penn Interactive (Barstool Sportsbook) and FanDuel. He joined FanDuel as Sr Manager, Online New Market Strategy in March 2019, moving up to Director, New Market Strategy in March 2021. Garrigan joins Prophet from September 1, 2021 as VP of Strategy.

“From the first time I spoke with Dean and Jake, it was clear we share the same passion and focus to help Prophet fill the gaps that exist in sports wagering from a customer perspective,” commented Prophet’s new VP of Strategy Matt Garrigan. “We are underway with our planning and it’s feeling really good. We have a team that is extremely eager, believes in this unique product we will be bringing to the market, and is laser focused on the customer. There is nothing more exciting than planning for a go-live.”

Prophet’s new VP of Operations is Michael Halperin, most recently with DraftKings where he was part of the VIP Promotions & Strategy management group. Halperin was with DraftKings from 2018 until joining Prophet in 2021, starting as a Senior Sportsbook Operations Associate and moving up to the VIP Promotions & Strategy role in early 2021. He was an original member of the DraftKings Sportsbook team and helped launch the first digital-focused sportsbook after the repeal of PASPA in 2018. He has also helped lead the digital operations of the DraftKings sportsbook from operations in one state in 2018 to the more than 10 states in which DraftKings are now operational in 2021, overseeing product operations, promotions and VIP strategy. Prior to joining DraftKings, Haperin’s career began in January 2017 at Chalkline Sports, the media technology company that powers platforms for communities and marketplaces of sports bettors.

“I am beyond excited to be joining Prophet as VP of Operations,” commented Michael Halperin. “Jake and Dean are building a first-class team of experienced individuals who share a passion for sports betting and a hunger to disrupt the U.S. gaming landscape. Prophet’s commitment to building a customer-focused betting exchange will make it the top choice for players looking to get bigger and better returns on their wagers.”