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Patterson Steps Down at AGA

Patterson Steps Down at AGA

It’s a complete makeover for the group representing the U.S. casino industry in Washington, as Judy Patterson, the senior vice president and executive director of the American Gaming Association, submitted her resignation. Patterson founded the association in 1994 along with former President and CEO Frank Fahrenkopf, who stepped down at the end of June.

Geoff Freeman, who replaced Fahrenkopf, praised Patterson’s role in the association’s formative years.

“She has been a key player in the creation and growth of Global Gaming Expo and G2E Asia, the two premier gaming industry events in the world,” Freeman said in a memo announcing her departure. “She also created and spearheaded industry task forces to study and address issues as diverse as regulatory reform, taxes, bank secrecy act provisions, communications and responsible gaming.”

Patterson also was instrumental in the formation of Global Gaming Women, which is designed to promote the advancement of female roles in the casino industry. Started in 2011, the group already has more than 1,000 members and supports the development and success of women in the international gaming industry through education, mentorship and networking opportunities.