Owner-Consultant, JKD Consulting
Julie Damavandi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) and a Master of Business Administration. She earned both degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). While studying at UNLV, she taught Introduction to Business and Principles of Finance.
Julie started her gaming career after college working in positions such as an Internal Auditor with Hilton Hotels Corporation, an Internal Control Specialist with Boyd Gaming Corporation at Sam’s Town, and Director of Compliance at the Venetian Casino Resort. She spent 18 years with the Nevada Gaming Control Board where she started as an agent in the Investigations Division. She was promoted several times and served the last 5 1/2 years as a supervisor managing the investigations of a team of 5 to 7 agents while overseeing their caseloads that may number a total of 20 to 30 separate investigations at any given time.
Julie spent many years conducting and supervising field investigations. These assignments ranged from simple key employees to complex foreign investigations, and covered issues ranging from personal backgrounds and criminal activity to complex financial structures. Julie has conducted investigations throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia.
Julie has instructed numerous training and educational programs in the area of financial and background investigations. She has provided in-service training programs for the Gaming Control Board, and has represented the State of Nevada in presentations before various groups. This includes training presentations to regulatory officials from the U.S., and a number of foreign jurisdictions.
Julie currently operates her own consulting business she started in 2014. She provides clients with financial statement and tax return preparation and analysis, and conducts forensic accounting engagements when the need arises.