December 28, 2014 3:30 AM ET

Company Overview of American Gaming Association

Company Overview


United States

Founded in 1995

Key Executives for American Gaming Association

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 75
Vice President of Government Affairs
Vice President of Government Affairs
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

American Gaming Association Key Developments

The American Gaming Association Announces Executive Appointments

The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced it is adding three members to its executive leadership and public affairs teams to bolster membership engagement, media outreach and ally development. These newly created roles, in addition to five hires in January, will enhance the AGA's ongoing efforts to champion gaming's positive impact, drive industry growth and better connect and inform gaming professionals. Ron Rosenbaum, Chief Operating Officer. Rosenbaum brings more than 20 years of experience leading marketing, development and event management efforts. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, marketing and development for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. Rosenbaum will join the AGA's executive leadership team to drive member engagement and retention, conferences and events, finance, human resources and IT. Brian Cohen, Director of Ally Development. Cohen has a decade of experience in advocacy, government relations, strategic outreach and campaign initiatives in the private sector and government. In his most recent post as director of external state government affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America. As the AGA's director of ally development, Cohen will identify and manage a network of gaming champions to support the industry's legislative goals at the federal, state and local levels. Chris Moyer, Director of Media Development and Relations. Moyer joined the AGA from Capitol Hill, where he served as press secretary and new media director for Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). Moyer will execute the AGA's earned media strategies, support the AGA campaign communications and manage media relations and social media content.

American Gaming Association Announces New Appointments

The American Gaming Association announced five significant staff additions, providing a jolt of industry experience and political savvy. The new staff members are part of a reorganization placing an emphasis on proactive, campaign-style trade association advocacy. The five new staff members bring diverse backgrounds, including a combination of industry expertise, public-sector acumen and association experience: Sara Rayme, senior vice president of public affairs. Rayme previously worked with MGM Resorts International, becoming a vice president of government affairs and leading the Maryland lobbying and referendum campaign for casino expansion. She will oversee all the AGA communications, research and campaign-style initiatives. Chaka Burgess, vice president of government relations. Burgess brings nearly 20 years of experience in coalition building, lobbying and ally development. He formerly worked as director in the global government affairs division of Amgen Inc., a major biopharmaceutical company, where he built and implemented advocacy and outreach programs. Burgess joins Whitaker Askew, vice president of government affairs, and the two will work closely with Rayme to lead the AGA's advocacy efforts. Allie Barth, senior director of communications. Barth joins the AGA from the U.S. Travel Association, where she developed and managed the organization's internal and external communications and implemented strategic campaign initiatives. She will execute the AGA's communications platform. Elizabeth Cronan, director of gaming policy. Cronan previously worked as director of global government relations and public affairs at International Game Technology (IGT), head of the U.S. legal and research division for Gambling Compliance, and advisor to the board of GeoComply. She will lead the AGA's public policy activities, including regulatory reform and anti-money laundering initiatives. Virginia Hurt Johnson, general counsel. Johnson brings 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors and has extensive knowledge of the executive and legislative branches. As part-time general counsel, Johnson will address the AGA's day-to-day legal needs, manage outside counsel and guide the organization as it attracts new members and opportunities.

American Gaming Association Announces Management Changes

American Gaming Association announced that 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. 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.

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