AGA names Geoff Freeman as successor to Frank Fahrenkopf

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Apr 18, 2013 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

AGAThe American Gaming Association (AGA) has been at the forefront of gaming legislation since the group’s founding in 1995, and for the entirety of that time it was Frank Fahrenkopf who served as the President and CEO if the organization. Earlier this year Fahrenkopf and the AGA announced he would be stepping down from his role as President and CEO, and today the group announced Fahrenkopf’s successor, Geoff Freeman, who will assume his new role at the AGA on July 1, 2013.

Not only will Freeman have to fill the sizable shoes of Frank Fahrenkopf, but the organization which represents casino interests is currently enmeshed in a feud with online gaming giant PokerStars, with the two exchanging volleys recently regarding PokerStars attempts to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino in New Jersey and resume operations in the US.

Here is a look at the Press Release I received today naming Geoff Freeman as the new President and CEO of the AGA:

American Gaming Association Selects Geoff Freeman as New President & CEO

U.S. Travel Association Executive to Begin July 1

Washington – The American Gaming Association (AGA) today announced that respected Washington association professional Geoff Freeman has been appointed president and chief executive officer effective July 1, 2013. Freeman brings sixteen years of association leadership and public affairs experience to the AGA, including successfully guiding a wide array of complex industry issue campaigns, reshaping and repositioning industries, and helping to pass key legislation.

Widely recognized as a passionate and strategic advocate with a strong association leadership background, Freeman joins the AGA after seven years at the U.S. Travel Association, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During his tenure at U.S. Travel, Freeman was instrumental in repositioning the industry to become a leading political force in Washington by developing new capabilities that strengthened its relevance, galvanized the industry’s leadership, and enacted critical legislation to increase travel to and within the United States.

“We are excited to welcome Geoff to the AGA and look forward to working with him in his new role as president and CEO,” said Richard Haddrill, chairman of Bally Technologies, Inc. and chairman of the AGA’s Board of Directors.  “He is both a thoughtful and energetic leader who already understands our industry, has a deep public policy background and extensive network of relationships in Washington, and has the skills to build coalitions and execute grass roots campaigns.”

Freeman led operations and set the strategic vision for U.S. Travel while also overseeing the association’s primary divisions: public affairs and government relations, meetings and membership, and operations. During his tenure, he also created the Travel CEO Roundtable and led the historic campaign to enact the Travel Promotion Act.

“I am honored by the opportunity to build on AGA’s many successes and its effective representation of the vibrant gaming industry,” said Freeman.  “As gaming grows around the globe, I look forward to strengthening our partnership with other aspects of the travel community and advancing policies that can empower our industry to thrive for years to come.” 

Prior to U.S. Travel, Freeman worked at APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm, as vice president for issues management and at Freddie Mac as director of government affairs and strategic outreach.  Earlier in his career, Freeman was with the American Association of Health Plans and the Heritage Foundation.

Freeman is preceded at the AGA by Frank J. Fahrenkopf, who announced earlier this year he was stepping down after leading the organization since its founding more than 17 years ago. After June 30, Fahrenkopf will be retained as a consultant to the AGA, through at least the end of 2013, to assist with the transition.

Freeman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and resides in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Tita Thompson Freeman, and their two children.

For more information about the AGA and the global gaming entertainment industry, visit and follow the AGA on Twitter and Facebook.


The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.


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