The American Gaming Association (AGA) recently selected Mississippi’s own Larry Gregory to serve a second term on its board, effective immediately. Gregory, who currently serves as the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association (MGHA) and is the former executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, was first appointed to the position in 2016.

The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $240 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7 million jobs in 40 states. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry, relentlessly protecting against harmful and often misinformed public policies, and paving a path for growth, innovation and reinvestment.

As a board member, Gregory has a voice on all gaming issues affecting the country and meets with top gaming executives, law enforcement officials, and regulators to discuss the issues of the ever changing gaming market, such as illegal gambling and fantasy sports, among others.

“Having you as an active participant in so many membership areas is critical to our success,” said the AGA’s Vice President Whitaker Askew in correspondence to Gregory on his reappointment. “We simply couldn’t do it without you. We’re excited to tackle the work that lies ahead.”

“I think it says a lot for the state of Mississippi for this reappointment on the board as a quality representative for our state, Mississippi is fortunate to have him to continue to serve on the AGA,” said Allen Godfrey, executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

In his position at the MGHA, Gregory supports the robust $6.3 billion casino and tourism industry in Mississippi by advocating for policies that allow Mississippi’s commercial casino operators to stay strong. The goals of the MGHA are to ensure that the state’s industry remains competitive and strong and continues to be a healthy contributor to the state’s overall economy.