The latest announcement from the American Gaming Association, a trade body whose membership includes most of the major Nevada land casino operators, is that its CEO Frank Fahrenkopf is to retire at the end of June 2013.
Being with the Association for 18 years, Fahrenkopf embarked on a number of important projects, the latest one of which, rallying support for the controversial Reid-Kyl federal legalization initiative, was unfortunately unsuccessful.
In the statement, AGA chairman and head of Bally Technologies, Richard Haddrill, expressed his appreciation to Fahrenkopf's service, saying that he had been a "...steady, thoughtful leader through a period of great change for our industry and has steered us through some of its most difficult challenges. The fact that today our industry is recognized as a vital part of the global economy is in no small part due to his tireless efforts and leadership.”
And while the body tries to find a replacement for Fahrenkopf, he will remain with it as an adviser until the end of 2013 after he retires.