Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Geoff Freeman

President and CEO, American Gaming Association
In his role as chief executive of the AGA, Geoff 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 is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children.

Speakers

Michael Bruffey

Deputy Director, Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association
Bruffey joined MGHA as Deputy Director in 2014 and currently serves as Legal Counsel & Deputy Director for the association. In this capacity, he is editor of MGHA’s annual State of the Industry Report. In 2017, Bruffey undertook the role of coordinator for the association with respect to the planning and execution of the Southern Gaming Summit. As Legal Counsel for the association, he represents the interests of the association before the Mississippi Gaming Commission and in Mississippi courts. Prior to joining MGHA, Bruffey worked as legal counsel for 15 years in the gaming industry. His career in the industry began in 2000 with Isle of Capri Casinos as Staff Attorney. Bruffey is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science (pre-law) in 1990. In 1994, he earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Justin J. Carter

Board Chair, Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association
General Manager, Hollywood Casino Tunica | Resorts Casino Tunica | 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica

A native of New Orleans, Justin spent 10 years with Caesars Entertainment prior to joining Penn National Gaming in 2015. He began his career at Harrah’s St. Louis as a “President’s Associate” and eventually moved up to operational leadership roles with the company’s Bahamian project and at Caesars casinos in Atlantic City and Kansas City. Justin also served as Operations Executive at Caesars’ South African Emerald Resort and Casino. He later went on to serve as GM of Manchester 235 Casino in Manchester, England, and as Regional Director of Caesars United Kingdom’s provincial casinos. After returning to the USA Justin served as AGM of the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati prior to joining PNG and serving as AGM of the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV. Currently, Justin serves as General Manager for the Hollywood, Resorts and 1st Jackpot Casinos in Tunica, MS. Justin received bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from Dartmouth College and obtained an MBA from Purdue University. Before entering the gaming industry, he worked for seven years as a chemist and later drug manufacturing supervisor for Abbott Laboratories in Chicago.

Larry Gregory

Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association
Larry Gregory is the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association. Gregory is a long-term veteran in the gaming industry management profession. Prior to joining MGHA in 2011, his experience included all facets in government. Gregory was the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) from 2001 – 2011 a position he was promoted to from chief of staff. Gregory also held leadership positions with the Mississippi State Personnel Board, Department of Transportation and the Mississippi State Legislature. Gregory received a Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. He also received a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Mississippi College. The International Masters of Gaming Law named Gregory 2005 Regulator of the Year. Gregory has served as a board member for the American Gaming Association.

Roger Gros

Publisher, GGB Magazine
Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business (GGB) magazine, the leading trade publication for the gaming industry. He has also been president of Casino Connection International (CCI), the magazines’ parent company since 2001. Gros was the conference consultant to G2E, the world’s largest gaming trade show, from 2001 to 2017.

Prior to joining CCI, Gros was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit (1995) and the Southern Gaming Summit (1994) conferences and trade shows.

Gros was named “Businessman of the Year” for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement” honor at the 2012 G2E by the American Gaming Association. Gros received the Peter Mead Award from the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers in 2017 for excellence in gaming trade journalism.