Newly sworn-in Gov. Joe Lombardo announced this week that the new Chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board will be Kirk Hendrick.
Hendrick is stepping in to fill a position vacated by J. Brin Gibson, who resigned in November to pursue a job opportunity. His predecessor, Sandra Douglass Morgan, also stepped down prior to the end of her term. She now serves as the President of the Las Vegas Raiders.
“I’m delighted to announce that I’ve selected Kirk Hendrick as a member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and designated him as the board’s next chair,” said Lombardo in a statement. “With his sharp business acumen, outstanding legal background, and passion for Nevada gaming, I know that Kirk will excel in this critical leadership role.”
Hendrick began his career in the Nevada Attorney General’s office in the gaming division, working their ten years before moving into the private sector. He is perhaps better known though for his tenure with the UFC, where he served as General Counsel, COO, and Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.
Hendrick left the UFC in 2016 following the company’s acquisition by WME IMG Holdings. He later founded his own consulting firm Hendrick Sports & Entertainment.
Hendrick is a native Nevadan who also has experience as legal counsel for the Nevada Athletic Commission. With tenure in gaming prosecution, an authorized sports league, and a state regulatory board, Hendrick certainly brings a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective to the position.