The American Gaming Association (AGA) has elected Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen as its next chairman for the next two years, effective January 2022.
Allen will succeed Aristocrat Technologies CEO and Managing Director Trevor Croker, who has served as the association’s chairman since January 2020.
Commenting on his appointment, Allen said: “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.”
Since 2015, Allen has served on AGA’s board of directors, where his leadership and experience helped drive the association’s priorities. For 20 years, he has led all gaming, hospitality, and entertainment operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, expanding the tribe’s gaming operations across the state and country.
AGA President and CEO Bill Miller, stated: “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.”
“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.”
Croker 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.”