The American Gaming Association last month announced that Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen will serve as the association’s next chairman. The AGA board of directors elected Allen to succeed Aristocrat Technologies CEO Trevor Croker, who has served as AGA chairman since January 2020. Allen’s two-year term begins in January 2022.
Allen has served on AGA’s board of directors since 2015, where his leadership and experience has played an integral role in driving association priorities. For 20 years, Allen has led all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, vastly expanding the tribe’s gaming operations across the state and country. Allen becomes the first representative of a Native American gaming enterprise to become AGA chairman.
“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.”