After more than 17 years, the American Gaming Association’s (AGA’s) first and only chief executive Frank Fahrenkopf will be leaving his post.
The association, which was set up in July 1995, counts most of the biggest and best-known casinos in the US as its members. Their purpose has been to address legislation and regulatory issues, no mean feat when it comes to gambling law in the United States.
In addition to their legal obligations, the AGA provides educational and informational support to its members as well as being the first point of call for most media outlets.
Fahrenkopf has been there since the very beginning and will eventually leave on June 30, 2013. He is well thought of throughout the gambling industry and is credited by many for playing a large role in changing the negative perceptions about gambling and more specifically casinos.
When it came to online gambling Fahrenkopf hasn’t always been quite so supportive but after haven’t been opposed to it, announced his and his organisation’s support for legal US online gambling in 2011.
This support is now at such a level that the AGA has been among the most enthusiastic lobbyists for an online poker bill in recent months.
Speaking about Fahrenkopf, Caesars Entertainment’s CEO Gary Loveman praised his service over the years.
He added: “He has established our association as the voice of a dynamic and controversial industry, and has done so with integrity, grace and consistent focus.”