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US – American Gaming Association grows membership

By - 13 January 2015

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced the addition of six board members and three general members as a part of a new membership structure approved by the AGA Board of Directors in late 2014.

The AGA is seeking to unify the gaming industry and is doing so through a policy of inclusivity and transparency. The new organizational structure and board member additions are the latest in a series of prominent changes under the leadership of the AGA Board of Directors and president and CEO Geoff Freeman.

“The gaming industry is strongest when it works together,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International and chairman of the AGA. “The AGA will be best positioned to advance our collective interests through inclusivity, transparency and a focus on issues of common cause. I am confident that the AGA and our industry are moving in the right direction.”

“Our goal is to elevate the AGA’s ability to advocate for the entire gaming industry – in Washington, in the media and in communities across America,” said Mr. Freeman. “In 2014, we established key building blocks in this effort, including strengthening our staff, increasing our advocacy on the value of the casino gaming industry and modernizing our membership structure. Today’s announcement of nine additional members – with more on the way – shows that our new direction is resonating with the industry.”

The AGA’s new structure includes a “seat at the table” for licensed and regulated casino gaming operators – commercial and tribal – and suppliers that comply with the AGA’s Member Code of Conduct and meet requisite dues requirements. In addition, industry allies, such as financial service providers, non-gaming suppliers and destination marketing organizations, have an opportunity to actively participate in the new AGA.

The six new board members are: CG Technology, Greenwood Racing, Inc., Konami Gaming, Inc., Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Seminole Hard Rock Gaming and William Hill. New general members of the Association include: Ainsworth Game Technology; Electronic Transaction Systems (ETS); and FinScan.

The new board members are:
Seminole Hard Rock Gaming: Seminole Hard Rock Gaming is recognised as one of the most innovative and profitable gaming organizations in the world today, with casinos in multiple US states, the Caribbean and Asia.

William Hill: William Hill, The Home of Betting, is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing more than 17,000 people worldwide.

CG Technology: CG Technology is an innovative gaming technology solutions provider for lottery, gaming, race and sports wagering worldwide.

Konami Gaming: Konami Gaming is a leading designer and manufacturer of slot machines and casino management systems for the global gaming market.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA): The LVCVA’s mission is to attract visitors by promoting Las Vegas as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel.
William Hill: William Hill, The Home of Betting, is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing more than 17,000 people worldwide.

Greenwood Racing: Greenwood Racing is head-quartered at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, and was recently awarded the second license in the city of Philadelphia. Greenwood Racing also holds a stake in a number of horse tracks in the United States, including Freehold Raceway in New Jersey.

Ainsworth Game Technology: Ainsworth Game Technology is a premier manufacturer of global gaming products committed to a culture of quality, innovation and excellence.

Electronic Transaction Systems (ETS): is a recognised leader in the merchant processing and ATM driving fields, supporting merchants across North America and Europe.

FinScan: FinScan helps financial services organizations worldwide meet the requirements of international government regulatory agencies by providing the most advanced sanctions list and PEP compliance solutions available.

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