About Us

One of the oldest gaming conference and trade shows, the Southern Gaming Summit is owned by the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association (MGHA), guaranteeing a conference “of the industry, by the industry, about the industry.” The regional conference and trade show addresses issues of importance to commercial and tribal gaming in the south and the Midwest, bringing decision makers to the beautiful Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and enhance the reputation and success of the gaming industry within the State of Mississippi. The MGHA was chartered in 1993 and works in cooperation with the American Gaming Association headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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MGHA Leadership

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.

Mike Bruffey, Deputy Director
Mississippi Gaming and 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.