William Hill and Konami Gaming among new AGA board members12th January 2015 7:06 am GMT
The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced six new board members including UK bookmaker William Hill, gaming supplier Konami Gaming and technology provider CG Technology.
In addition to the board members, the AGA also announced three general members as a part of a new membership structure approved by its board of directors late last year.
“The gaming industry is strongest when it works together,” said AGA chairman Jim Murren, who also serves as chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “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.”
The AGA said that it is seeking to “unify” the gaming industry through a policy of inclusivity and transparency, with the new organizational structure and board member additions the latest in a series of prominent changes under the leadership of president and CEO Geoff Freeman.
“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 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 and suppliers that comply with the AGA’s Member Code of Conduct. 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 AGA is now comprised of 27 core members and 44 ally members.
The six new board members are: CG Technology, Greenwood Racing, Konami Gaming, 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.