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Gambling Business: New President Of American Gaming Association Takes Over

Geoff Freeman Officially Replaces Frank Fahrenkopf

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It’s official. Frank Fahrenkopf is no longer the president of the American Gaming Association.

In January, he and the AGA announced that he would be stepping down, effective July 1.

“I have enjoyed my time at the helm of this incredible organization and am proud to have represented an industry that provides tens of millions of men and women with the best entertainment value in the world,” Fahrenkopf said in January statement. “It has been a true honor to work with so many passionate and innovative leaders as we have moved the industry forward during the past 17 [and] 1/2 years.”

In April, the AGA announced that Geoff Freeman would become its new president and CEO. Freeman joined the AGA after seven years at the U.S. Travel Association. He was the association’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“I am honored by the opportunity to build on AGA’s many successes and its effective representation of the vibrant gaming industry,” Freeman said in a statement this spring. “As gaming grows around the globe, I look forward to strengthening our partnership with other aspects of the travel community and advancing policies that can empower our industry to thrive for years to come.”

Fahrenkopf, the former chairman of the Republication National Committee, had been the first and only leader of the AGA since it was formed in 1995.

During his time with the AGA, he testified in front of federal lawmakers on the topic of Internet gaming. The commercial casino industry is looking to the activity for continued growth.