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    American Gaming Association Grows Membership, Continues Push for Industry Unification

    Press Release
    January 9, 2015

    Washington, DC –The American Gaming Association (AGA) today announced the addition of six board members and three general members as a part of a new membership structure approved by the AGA Board of Directors in late 2014.  The AGA is seeking to unify the gaming industry and is doing so through a policy of inclusivity and transparency.  The new organizational structure and board member additions are the latest in a series of prominent changes under the leadership of the AGA Board of Directors and president and CEO Geoff Freeman. 

    “The gaming industry is strongest when it works together,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International and chairman of the AGA.  “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.”

    “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 – commercial and tribal – and suppliers that comply with the AGA’s Member Code of Conduct and meet requisite dues requirements.  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 six new board members are: CG Technology, Greenwood Racing, Inc., Konami Gaming, Inc., 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.

    New board members

    Seminole Hard Rock Gaming: Seminole Hard Rock Gaming is recognized as one of the most innovative and profitable gaming organizations in the world today, with casinos in multiple U.S. states, the Caribbean and Asia. For more information, visit:http://www.seminolehardrock.com/.

    CG Technology: CG Technology is an innovative gaming technology solutions provider for lottery, gaming, race and sports wagering worldwide. For more information, visit:http://www.cgtglobal.com/.

    Konami Gaming, Inc.: Konami Gaming, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of slot machines and casino management systems for the global gaming market. For more information, visit: https://www.gaming.konami.com/corporate/home.aspx.

    Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA): The LVCVA’s mission is to attract visitors by promoting Las Vegas as the world’s most desirable destination for leisure and business travel. For more information, visit: http://www.lvcva.com/.

    William Hill: William Hill, The Home of Betting, is one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, employing more than 17,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit:http://www.williamhill.us/.

    Greenwood Racing, Inc.: Greenwood Racing is headquartered at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, and was recently awarded the second license in the city of Philadelphia. Greenwood Racing also holds a stake in a number of horse tracks in the United States, including Freehold Raceway in New Jersey. For more information, please visit: https://www.parxcasino.com/.

    New general members:

    Ainsworth Game Technology: Ainsworth Game Technology is a premier manufacturer of global gaming products committed to a culture of quality, innovation and excellence. For more information, visit: http://www.ainsworth.com.au/.

    Electronic Transaction Systems (ETS): is a recognized leader in the merchant processing and ATM driving fields, supporting merchants across North America and Europe. For more information, visit: https://www.etsms.com/.

    FinScan: FinScan helps financial services organizations worldwide meet the requirements of international government regulatory agencies by providing the most advanced sanctions list and PEP compliance solutions available. For more information, please visit:http://www.finscan.com/.

    About the AGA: The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states.  AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry.  It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a pathway for growth, innovation and reinvestment.



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