AGA announces Hard Rock’s Jim Allen as new chairman

Jim Allen

The American Gaming Association has announced the appointment of the association’s next chairman to be Jim Allen, the chairman and seminole gaming CEO of Hard Rock International. 

The AGA board of directors elected Allen to succeed Aristocrat Technologies CEO and Managing Director Trevor Croker, who has served as AGA chairman since January 2020. 

Allen’s two-year term begins in January 2022, but has served on AGA’s board of directors since 2015. 

“This is a pivotal juncture for the gaming industry and I’m honored to serve as the AGA’s next chairman,” said Allen. “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.”

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jim as AGA chairman,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “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,” continued Miller. “The AGA and the entire gaming community are indebted to his service to the industry.”

“It has been a privilege to serve as AGA chairman,” stated Croker. “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.”

The AGA is a national trade group for the U.S. casino industry. It is also the co-organizer of the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and Asia. 

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