HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 19Issue 11American Gaming Association Announces New CEO

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) announced that Geoff Freeman has been appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AGA, effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Freeman has extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industry and is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the US Travel Association, a national advocacy group that promotes travel to the United States, advocates for effective tourism policies, and provides research and information on tourism to the public.

“I am honored by the opportunity to build on AGA’s many successes and its effective representation of the vibrant gaming industry. As gaming grows around the globe, I look forward to strengthening our partnership with other aspects of the travel community and advancing policies that can empower our industry to thrive for years to come,” stated Mr. Freeman in a press release on the matter.

During his time with the US Travel Association, Mr. Freeman oversaw all of the organization’s operations and was a prominent advocate for national travel and tourism policies. He played a key role in the passage of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, a federal law that creates a public-private partnership to promote a coordinated tourism campaign abroad. Notably, the program is financed entirely from international travelers and industry donations. In addition to these efforts, Mr. Freeman also increased the association’s resources that allowed for initiatives to decrease international visa wait times, reform the Transportation Security Administration, and  improve national travel infrastructure.

Prior to his leadership with the US Travel Association, Mr. Freeman held government relations positions with APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm, Freddie Mac, and the American Association of Health Plans.

Mr. Freeman will replace Mr. Frank Fahrenkopf, who announced his transition from the AGA in January. Mr. Fahrenkopf has been the CEO of the AGA since its inception in 1995 and will remain an outside consultant for the association throughout the leadership transition.

 

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