Geoff Freeman

Past President & CEO, American Gaming Association

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Geoff Freeman departed the American Gaming Association as of August 1. But his five-year tenure at the AGA will continue to resonate. Taking over for a legend, the first and long-serving CEO Frank Fahrenkopf, Freeman fundamentally changed how the AGA was structured and conducted operations. Not as politically connected as Fahrenkopf—the former head of the Republican Party—Freeman focused on expanding membership, creating alliances, and finally on the drive for legalized sports betting. His interview was part of the cover story of the August issue of GGB, which focused on the future of the AGA. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros in the AGA offices in June.

Roger Gros
Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.