The American Gaming Association has announced that Hard Rock International chair and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen is to serve as the association’s next chair.

The AGA board has appointed Allen on a two-year term that will begin in January 2022, when he will succeed Aristocrat Technologies CEO and managing director Trevor Croker.

“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.”

Allen, who has served on the AGA’s board of directors since 2015, has led all gaming, hospitality and entertainment operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida for twenty years. 

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

Furthermore, the AGA’s executive committee recently extended the contract of Bill Miller, AGA president and CEO, to remain in the aforementioned roles for an additional three years.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Jim as AGA chairman,” added 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. The AGA and entire gaming community are indebted to his service to the industry.”