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Originally established as the National Association of Gaming Attorneys (NAGA), IAGA was founded in 1979 Nevada by notable gaming attorneys A.J. “Bud” Hicks, Lyle Rivera, Shannon Bybee, Robert Faiss, Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike Sloan. The organization’s goal was to create a professional association of gaming industry attorneys “to unite in common organization those professionally engaged in the gaming industry, to facilitate negotiations in the gaming industry and protect and promote the mutual interests of the corporation’s members and to promote and encourage education in the gaming industry.”
The association soon drew the attention of gaming attorneys beyond Nevada who likewise wanted to support a forum where industry legal issues could be addressed, and NAGA’s membership quickly grew to include attorneys not only from the United States but also from the United Kingdom, France and other international areas where gaming was legally regulated. As a result, and to recognize the organization’s growing international membership, in 1985 NAGA evolved into the International Association of Gaming Attorneys (IAGA) and held its first international conference in Monte Carlo.
The organization’s annual conferences expanded beyond Europe to Australia, Canada and the Caribbean reflecting the globalization of the gaming industry and the increased international representation of its membership, the issues and strategies considered by IAGA began to require more than just legal expertise. As such, the organization’s educational and networking events actively began including professionals from the gaming industry’s financial and operational segments. And, to better reflect the expanded focus of the topics being addressed, in 2007 IAGA’s name was changed to the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and its membership has since expanded to include not just gaming attorneys, but a wide range of industry financial experts, casino executives, regulators, consultants and educators from around the world.
Together, the industry experts that make up IAGA today meet throughout the year to discuss the key issues affecting global gaming. The organization and its members also actively participate in a wide range of activities focused on expanding the expertise and professionalism of the gaming industry, and encourage ongoing collaboration between the industry’s legal, finance, operational, educational and regulatory advisors.
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* First joint conference with gaming regulators, later formalized as “IAGR.”