Geoff Freeman is President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as chief executive of the AGA, Freeman is the leading advocate for the commercial and Tribal gaming industry and is responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational challenges and opportunities.Prior to joining the AGA, Freeman was chief operating officer and executive vice president for the U.S. Travel Association, the nation’s leading voice for increasing travel to and within the United States. Under his strategic leadership, the travel industry enacted the Travel Promotion Act, derailed an assault on corporate meetings and events, and began the march to building an army of one million employee activists. During his tenure, U.S. Travel doubled its resources.Freeman has led a variety of complex and successful issue campaigns during his more than fifteen years in Washington. Previously, Freeman was a vice president with APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs firm, where he led the highly visible Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA). The PPA, supported by America’s pharmaceutical companies, was the largest effort ever created to connect uninsured Americans with free prescription medicines.Previously, Freeman was the Director of Government Relations and Strategic Outreach for Freddie Mac and Director of Strategic Initiatives for the American Association of Health Plans, the leading representative of the managed care industry.Freeman is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children.
The Global Gaming Expo finishes this week, after gathering thousands of executives from the gaming industry for a four-day event. On Monday, the G2E conference kicked off with an inspiring keynote by notable Frances F. Townsend, former Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Advisor to the George W. Bush administration. Presented by Global Gaming Women, Townsend delivered […]
The Financial Action Task Force has lauded the casino industry for its efforts in preventing and battling money laundering, media reports. According to a report from the inter-governmental body, the casino industry “has a good understanding of risks and obligations,” and exceeded the requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act as well as shown an increased […]
The American Gaming Association president welcomed the move by the Nevada gaming regulators to ban daily fantasy sports in the state, saying it will create more clarity for the industry. Geoff Freeman released the statement after the Nevada Gaming Control Board banned unlicensed daily fantasy sports websites from providing their product to the state’s customers, […]
American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman invited attorneys general, police chiefs and other top law enforcement officials to partner with the AGA in its “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative to crack down on illegal gambling operations across the country. Freeman spoke at Beau Rivage in Biloxi during the National Association […]
The industry’s biggest gaming expo kicked off in Las Vegas, with experts leading discussions on some of the big topics shaping the business, such as regulation and compliance, and iGaming. Legal advisors and regulators gathered to speak on the trending topics of illegal gaming, including the overarching implications of global gaming issues and legal landscapes, […]
The American Gaming Association estimates that sports fans will place illegal bets of about $93 billion on the upcoming NFL season and college football games, with only $2 billion bet legally through sports books in Nevada. On last season’s Super Bowl alone, Americans made $3.8 billion worth of illicit bets – an amount 38 times […]
A federal ban on sports betting in all but four U.S. states was upheld by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. However, the ruling left the door open for New Jersey to further appeal the matter to the full court, local media reports said. New Jersey has been trying since 2009 to […]
The president of the American Gaming Association says Macau should find its own path to develop its non-gaming industry rather than follow the models of Singapore or Las Vegas, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. Geoff Freeman said despite Macau’s declining revenues over the past year its non-gaming elements are showing potential. But operators should […]
The NHL announced it is considering expansion, including potentially in Las Vegas, a move that reflects a progressive view of casino gaming, said the American Gaming Association president. Geoff Freeman said in a statement that the AGA welcomes the NHL’s consideration of Las Vegas, especially as the NHL and other professional teams already operate in […]
American Gaming Association president and CEO Geoff Freeman on Wednesday testified at an Internal Revenue Service hearing, saying the gaming industry body disagrees with a proposal to use player loyalty cards for electronic tracking for tax reporting purposes. This would pose significant challenges, since marketing tools are not equipped to serve this purpose and customers […]
The American Gaming Association president and CEO Geoff Freeman will testify at the Internal Revenue Service public hearing on June 17, the AGA announced. The IRS hearing will focus on proposed regulations about the use of player management systems for tax reporting. Earlier this month, the AGA filed comments on the IRS proposal for mandatory […]
The American Gaming Association welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of the Diet to Washington as part of the AGA’s bid to play a leading role in informing Japanese lawmakers on the potential of opening up its casino industry. The AGA hosted a briefing for the Diet members on the weekend, and plans […]
The president of the American Gaming Association said the U.S. casino industry could provide assistance and experience to Japan once a ban on casinos is lifted. Geoff Freeman said in a briefing with Japanese media that “We can be helpful by providing information and experiences,” the Japan Times reported. Freeman said unlocking Japan’s casino industry […]
Geoff Freeman has stepped down as CEO of the American Gaming Association to become president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.