Business lobbyist to lead group that has ramped up political activity in recent years
Dec. 18, 2018
By Walt Williams
Bill Miller has been tapped as the next CEO of the American Gaming Association, with the $12 million-organization betting that his extensive experience as a lobbyist for two powerhouse associations—Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—will help the casino and gaming industry find success with a number of policy initiatives.
Miller currently is senior vice president of government relations at BRT. He previously led the Chamber’s political affairs and government relations efforts. He will join AGA on Jan. 14, succeeding Geoff Freeman, who left to become CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association in August.
“Much to the AGA’s credit, this is a remarkable time for gaming in America,” Miller said in a statement. “The industry is growing, acceptance of gaming as mainstream entertainment has never been higher and the opportunities to continue to advance gaming’s agenda are abundant. I am eager to help lead the industry in this next era.”
The news that AGA’s board of directors was considering Miller for the job was leaked to the gaming industry news site CDC Gaming Reports, which reported on the potential hiring Dec. 11. The board voted today to make Miller’s hiring official.
“Bill’s extensive work with federal policymakers and as a seasoned leader of membership and industry advocacy organizations was critical to our decision,” said Tim Wilmott, chairman of AGA’s board of directors.
Spencer Stuart assisted in the search.
Miller will take over a group that has ramped up its political activity in recent years. One of the key policy issues for AGA is shaping any new policies and regulations around wagering on sports. In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that prohibited states from authorizing the activity. Sports betting is now legal in several states.
Before joining the Chamber in 1999, Miller was chief of staff for former Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.). He also is the former co-owner of two Washington, D.C., restaurants, Hook and Tackle Box. Both are now closed.
He has a law degree from American University.