Geoff Freeman has accepted the position of president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the leading representative of the $2.1 trillion food industry. He will remain with the AGA until the end of July while the AGA launchs the succession process. Over the coming days and weeks, Tim Wilmott will reportedly work with Freeman and his colleagues on the executive committee to build a transition plan, launch a CEO search process and solicit a wide variety of opinions as to the type of leader that is the best fit for the AGA of today.
The AGA accomplished many important successes during Freeman’s tenure, most notably the recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, a decision that paves the way for legalized sports betting in the U.S. Freeman and his team were also instrumental in preventing an IRS effort to decrease the slot tax threshold, protecting resort fees from a federal government effort to eliminate them in their entirety and building a strong relationship with FinCEN such that the gaming industry is now a model for anti-money laundering compliance.
"It is a testament to our industry, as well as to Geoff himself, that GMA would look to gaming as a model for managing through dynamic change and complexity to achieve success in both policy and perceptions," said Wilmott.  "Geoff is leaving us with a strong Board, a talented team and a more inclusive, strategic, financially sound and forward-looking trade association. Like many of you, I have enjoyed working with Geoff over the last five years and am grateful for his contributions to gaming’s long-term growth and prosperity. I look forward to providing you with more information as we continue forward in the succession process and identify the next Chief Executive of the AGA."