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Jeannie Hovland

Vice Chair, National Indian Gaming Commission 

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The National Indian Gaming Commission is one of the most influential bodies in tribal gaming, and the commission’s Vice Chair Jeannie Hovland has become a key leader for both the NIGC and the tribal industry overall. Despite the recent departure of longtime chairman Sequoyah Simermeyer, things aren’t slowing down for the commission, which is set to release its highly anticipated revenue report later this summer. Hovland spoke with GGB Managing Editor Jess Marquez at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in April.

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Jess Marquez is the managing editor of Global Gaming Business. A lifelong Nevadan, Marquez has communications experience across multiple sectors, including local government. Prior to joining GGB, he was the communications and advertising director for a prominent personal injury law firm based in Las Vegas and Seattle. He also founded and hosted The Pair O’Dice Podcast, a weekly show that focused on sports betting news and predictions. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019 with a B.A. in journalism. Outside of work, Marquez is passionate about professional sports, classic literature and leatherworking.

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