November 10, 2017
By Robert Simmons
The American Gaming Association (AGA) has announced the election of Tim Wilmott to the post of chairman for a period of two years, replacing Jim Murren in the role.
Wilmott, currently the CEO of Penn National Gaming Inc has been actively involved in the AGA since 2015, serving as an Executive Committee member and Director of the Board, as well as Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.
An industry veteran, he joined Penn National Gaming in 2008 as President and COO before taking on the role of CEO in November 2013. Prior to joining Penn, Wilmott served as COO of Harrah’s Entertainment group from 1987 to 2008.
Wilmott succeeds current AGA chairman Jim Murren, the current chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, who has led the AGA’s board since 2014.
Murren said: “I’m immensely proud of the progress we have made in establishing our industry as mainstream entertainment, a source of strong jobs and as a crucial economic engine of the U.S. economy.”
Welcoming the appointment of Wilmott, he added: “Tim is a chief executive of the highest caliber and has been an engaged and invaluable member of the AGA Board and Executive Committee and a strong partner to me personally. He has contributed greatly to our past successes and has my full support as he leads us into the future.”
American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman paid tribute to outgoing chairman Mullen, saying: “I am indebted to Jim for his tremendous leadership over two consecutive terms as our Chairman.
“Throughout, he has been committed to modernizing the Association and has led an era marked by significant progress on important matters of policy and building stronger relationships in Washington and with key stakeholders across a variety of industries.”
Freeman added: “We are fortunate to have Tim as our next Chairman. His passion for our industry, shared vision and deep involvement on a number of critical issues assures a smooth and successful transition into the future.
“Tim will be instrumental in driving the implementation of our 2020 Strategic Plan and I know I speak for our team, and the entire industry, when I say we look forward to working together.”