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.
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.
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.
Becky Kingman-Gros, Chief Operating Officer, Casino Connection International LLC
Becky Kingman-Gros is chief operating officer of Casino Connection International LLC, the parent company of Global Gaming Business magazine. At CCI, Kingman-Gros is responsible for all financial reporting, sales and marketing management, circulation management, day-to-day operations and more. During her time with CCI, Kingman-Gros has also directed several trade shows and conferences either owned or managed by CCI, including the East Coast Gaming Congress, the International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Conference, Racino, Casino Design, and RD&E (Retail, Dining & Entertainment). Kingman-Gros started her 25-year career in publishing working for a small publisher that produced several weekly newspapers. During her tenure, she held positions in accounting, advertising and circulation. She moved on to work for Logical Solutions International, a hardware and software solutions provider, to the gaming & hospitality industries, and Morowitz Gaming, a consultant to the casino industry. This combined experience laid the groundwork for establishing Kingman-Gros as a leader with a unique understanding of this niche market. Kingman-Gros has been with CCI since its inception and continues to strengthen the core focus of the company.
Melissa Triplett, President, MEETING interFACE
Melissa Triplett is a seasoned marketing and business development professional with a focus in producing conferences, association management and publishing. She has significant international and cross-cultural work experience with a track record of success in building strategic partnerships. She began her career in the gaming industry over 25 years ago when she founded Meeting interFACE, a conference planning company specializing in gaming and mining. The Southern Gaming Summit was one of her first accounts and she served as conference director from the show’s inception until 2012. Formerly, Triplett was the Executive Director of the International Masters of Gaming Law. Under her 9-year leadership the association achieved tremendous growth in membership, conferences, strategic partnerships, revenues and global outreach. She holds a degree from Cornell University in the School of Hotel Administration.