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The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen as its new chairman.

The AGA board of directors elected Allen to succeed Aristocrat Technologies CEO and Managing Director Trevor Croker, who has served as AGA chairman since January 2020. His two-year term begins in January 2022.

Allen has served on AGA’s board of directors since 2015, where his leadership and experience has played an integral role in driving association priorities. For twenty years, Allen has led all gaming, hospitality, and entertainment operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, vastly expanding the tribe’s gaming operations across the state and country.

“This is a pivotal juncture for the gaming industry and I’m honored to serve as the AGA’s next chairman. The AGA has played an essential role in uniting the industry throughout the pandemic, and I’m thankful to Trevor and the AGA board of directors for entrusting me to help lead the industry’s continued recovery,” Allen said.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jim as AGA chairman. Jim brings decades of experience in commercial casino operations and tribal gaming—a perspective that will be invaluable as we work to set the industry’s agenda, accelerate gaming’s comeback and strengthen our value to communities across the country,” Bill Miller, President and CEO of AGA, said.

“Trevor has been a tremendous chairman of the AGA and trusted advisor to me over the past two years, guiding the industry through the most challenging time in its history. The AGA and entire gaming community are indebted to his service to the industry,” Miller added.

“It has been a privilege to serve as AGA chairman. I’m incredibly proud of our success in laying the foundation for gaming’s recovery and ensuring our future is brighter than ever. I have the utmost confidence that Jim, Bill and the entire association will continue to lead the gaming industry forward,” Croker said.

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