Gaming industry lobby names new chief

Bill Miller has officially been named the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) new president and chief executive officer. 

He will take office on Jan. 14, AGA announced on Tuesday. Miller was tapped to lead AGA after over six years as senior vice president at Business Roundtable, as The Hill reported on Friday.

“I am honored to join a team with a well-earned reputation for advancing the casino gaming industry’s legislative and communications priorities and addressing the issues that matter most to its members,” Miller said in a statement.

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“Much to the AGA’s credit, this is a remarkable time for gaming in America. The industry is growing, acceptance of gaming as mainstream entertainment has never been higher and the opportunities to continue to advance gaming’s agenda are abundant.”

AGA represents the $261 billion U.S. casino industry and its members include casino operators and suppliers.

A search committee, led by CEO of Penn National Gaming Tim Wilmott, decided on Miller.

“He joins a successful organization at a time when our industry is enjoying great momentum, thanks in part to a major policy achievement – the ending of the federal sports betting prohibition,” Wilmott said in the statement.

The Supreme Court in May struck down a 1992 federal law which has banned sports betting in most states.

AGA’s former CEO Geoff Freeman left the company in August when he was named CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.