The American Gaming Association (AGA) has appointed Bill Miller as the trade lobby’s new president and chief executive officer, effective as of 14 January, 2019.
Miller replaces Geoff Freeman, who stepped down from the position in August of this year.
Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming and Chairman of the AGA Board of Directors said: “The Board is extremely thankful for the leadership of Stacy Papadopoulos and Sara Slane, and the commitment of the entire AGA team during this period of transition,”
He added: “Bill’s extensive work with federal policymakers and as a seasoned leader of membership and industry advocacy organisations was critical to our decision.”
“I am honoured to join a team with a well-earned reputation for advancing the casino gaming industry’s legislative and communications priorities and addressing the issues that matter most to its members,” said Miller.
“Much to the AGA’s credit, this is a remarkable time for gaming in America. The industry is growing, acceptance of gaming as mainstream entertainment has never been higher and the opportunities to continue to advance gaming’s agenda are abundant. I am eager to help lead the industry in this next era.”
Miller is currently the Senior Vice President at the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association consisting of a number of CEOs from major US enterprises who advocate on behalf of business-friendly policies.
During his tenure of the lobby group, Miller has led the association’s outreach to Capitol Hill and the Government administration, while growing the organisation’s brand and advocacy footprint in the US capital.
Prior to this, he was the Senior Vice President at the US Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Chief of Staff for a Maryland Republican congressional representative.
Miller joins the association at a time of considerable change in the gaming industry.The May 2018 Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal ban on sports betting was a landmark policy achievement for the industry.
Revenue grew in twenty states with commercial casinos in 2017 and the commercial gaming industry as a whole brought in $40.3 billion in gaming revenue, while tribal casinos tallied $32.4 billion in total gaming revenue.