The Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA) announced that it has confirmed two important keynote speakers for the Southern Gaming Summit, May 2-3, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Opening the SGS conference on May 3 will be American Gaming Association President & CEO Geoff Freeman. Later that day, highlighting the business luncheon (sponsored by Global Gaming Women) will be Phyliss Anderson,the Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Information about these keynote speakers is as follows:

· Geoff Freeman, Chief Executive of the AGA, is the leading advocate for the commercial and tribal gaming industry and is responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational challenges and opportunities.  Prior to joining the AGA, Freeman was chief operating officer and executive vice president for the U.S. Travel Association, the nation’s leading voice for increasing travel to and within the United States. Under his strategic leadership, the travel industry enacted the Travel Promotion Act, derailed an assault on corporate meetings and events, and began the march to building an army of one million employee activists. During his tenure, U.S. Travel doubled its resources.

· Phyliss J. Anderson, a native of the Red Water community, serves her people as tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Chief Anderson was officially sworn in as the first woman chief in Choctaw history during an inauguration ceremony on October 4, 2011. She is currently serving her second term in office. Chief Anderson has more than 30 years of experience with tribal government management. Over the years she has shown a strong commitment to financial responsibility; operating an accountable and transparent government; and building the quality of life on the reservation.

“We’re excited to present these two dynamic speakers at this year’s Southern Gaming Summit,” said Larry Gregory, the executive director of the MGHA. “Geoff Freeman will bring his message of legal sports betting and industry unity to the show, and Chief Anderson will highlight the importance of the tribal government gaming segment of the southern gaming industry. These two speakers once again illustrate the importance of the Southern Gaming Summit to the U.S. gaming business.”

For more information on the SGS please visit the SGS website.


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