The genesis of our company can be traced back to the formative decades of the California Card Room world.
Knighted Partner Roy Choi was one of the pioneers of the California player/dealer industry, co-founding Network Management Group over 20 years ago. Roy helped grow the company to be the largest TPPPS group in California, with over 1000 employees and an unmatched roster of the largest casino clientele. At the height of its success, Roy stepped away to pursue a career in music production and film distribution. He went on to form Mars Entertainment, a film distribution company, and also became CEO of Kollaboration, the largest non-profit Asian American talent show in the nation. Roy also established the KCM Agency, a marketing firm servicing clients such as Hyundai and Verizon.
It was then that he met his partner Jieho “G” Lee, a Harvard Business School graduate who worked in both the corporate and entertainment worlds. G had just completed shooting his feature film, “The Air I Breathe”, starring Forest Whittaker, Andy Garcia, Kevin Bacon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Brendan Fraser. G also had a distinguished career in the finance world working for boutique private equity funds such as Blue Horizon Capital and Concord Capital Group. Additionally, he served as head of International Business Development for Roll Global – where he oversaw global brands such as Pom Wonderful.
With great excitement, Roy and G decided to form Knighted Ventures: Roy brought the industry knowledge and a relentless passion for pushing the envelope in gaming possibilities; while G came in with corporate best practices and a vision for best-in-class leadership, training and business development programs. Together, they formed Knighted under the belief that they could offer something that the gaming world had never seen before: a company devoted to expanding gaming possibilities and revenue, while developing inspiring young leaders committed to servicing their clients, team members, and the communities they lived and worked in.
Since then, Knighted Ventures has seen unprecedented growth, reaching over 1,000 in headcount and catapulting to the top spot as California’s premier third-party provider. The partners’ fierce commitment to innovation permeates our ranks and informs our daily operations, pushing our services beyond the limitations of traditional corporate practices and elevating us to the industry gold standard. At Knighted Ventures, we are uncompromising in our aim to uphold a professional, fair, and engaging gaming environment for our clients and patrons, and we are committed to improving ourselves, serving our communities, and having fun along the way.
Meet The Team
Candice obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. She cares about helping organizations develop talent through coaching, mentorship and self-awareness.
Before entering the industry, Isaac worked for Silicon Valley startups primarily in project management. His blend of startup mentality and gaming experience, along with a passion for learning, has helped fuel an expanding framework of career resources available to team members. In addition to employee training, Isaac continues to be a critical contributor to the organization’s new hire recruitment and onboarding, performance management, and leadership development efforts. He has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio.
Jon-Paul got his start in the industry when his passion for statistics led him to join Network Management Group in 2006. Throughout his career, he has worked in various capacities in over 30 casinos and cardrooms ranging from Gaming Associate to Head of Internal Control. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Statistics with a minor in Economics, and is currently pursuing his MBA, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
Roy graduated with honors from USC with a Bachelor in Arts in Cinema from the School of Cinematic Arts. He was a winner and recipient of the Stephen Gentry Memorial Scholarship, and was also a finalist in the Southern California Business Film Festival. In 2009, he was awarded the DARI Award for Man of the Year by the Korea Creative Content Agency.
Susanna joined Knighted in 2013, prior to which she worked in Alumni Relations at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations and has a Master’s in HR Management from the University of Southern California.
Quynh attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Molecular and Cell Biology. Once Quynh discovered the gaming industry, he has since devoted his life’s work to the development of our staff and business, providing growth opportunities for our clients and team members alike.