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the way to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple granted an unexpected extension until March 3, 2020 that will ease the timeframe pressure for both technology providers and regulators.


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SUPPLIERS APPLAUD EXPANSION OPPORTUNITIES AGEM continued to cultivate contacts and relationships on the ground in Japan, where new integrated resorts will create the world’s most technologically advanced casino gaming environments. AGEM has established a relationship with the Preparation Office of Japan Casino Regulatory Commission, Cabinet Office as regulations and technical standards impacting suppliers are contemplated. In the U.S., AGEM supported the successful effort for new casinos in Arkansas and applauded the large expansion developments in Illinois that could result in 30,000 new gaming positions.


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INDUSTRY COOPERATION PAYS OFF AGEM worked with the American Gaming


Association (AGA) on the G2E and G2E Asia events and with the European Casino Association (ECA) on ICE, the International Casino Conference (ICC) and the European Dealer Championship. AGEM also partnered on other issues and events with a wide variety of other industry associations, including Global Gaming Women (GGW), the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), Gaming Standards Association (GSA), International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), the Nevada Resort Association (NRA) and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. AGEM Director of Europe Tracy Cohen was selected to represent suppliers at the ECA’s Diversity and Inclusion for Career Enhancement (DICE Europe) launch in June.


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FOCUS ON RESPONSIBLE GAMING REMAINS STRONG Te AGEM Board unanimously approved the


contract renewal of AGEM Director of Responsible Gaming Connie Jones and she had a very active year as AGEM continued to financially support a wide variety of organizations dedicated to responsible gaming initiatives, including the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG), the National Council on Problem Gambling, the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, the Dr. Robert Hunter International Problem Gambling Center in Las Vegas and GamCare in the United Kingdom. As a specific example, the annual AGEM-AGA Golf Classic presented by JCM Global in May had another successful run, raising $197,000 and now raised more than $2.1 million for the NCRG over the event’s 21 years.


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AGEM DELIVERS ON COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION AGEM continues to fund the AGEM Scholarship through the American Indian College Fund, highlighting a busy 12 months focused on the educational component in its mission statement. In addition to supporting Indian Country, AGEM has funded scholarships or contributions to the UNLV Lee Business School, Nevada State College, the Global Gaming Women Charitable Education Fund, Atlantic Cape (N.J.) Community College, the International Center for Gaming Regulation at UNLV, the UNLV Center For Gaming Innovation, Las Vegas Discovery Children’s Museum and Spread the Word Nevada. In Mexico, AGEM pledged $12,500 to National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIJ- UNAM) to help fund a gaming industry overview that will capture all of impacts of gaming in this active market.


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WORK CONTINUES ON REGULATORY REFORM AGEM continues to work with regulatory bodies around the world to advance the overall interests of its members. AGEM was especially active in Nevada over the past 12 months as Sandra Morgan replaced Becky Harris as Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming


Control Board (GCB) and the AGEM Compliance Committee identified area of improvement to increase the flow of technology through the GCB test lab. AGEM also had specific interaction providing direct input to regulators in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Mexico and Canada, among other markets.


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AGEM MEMORIAL AWARDS HONOR WELL-DESERVED DUO At G2E in Las Vegas in 2018, AGEM revealed the third winners of the Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism – former SHFL entertainment CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games Gavin Isaacs – and the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications – longtime slot machine expert and current Editor for Global Gaming Business magazine Frank Legato. Te 2019 winners were announced October 14, with the Tom Nieman and Dave Palermo (posthumously) receiving this year’s awards.


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AGEM MEMBERSHIP HITS ALL-TIME HIGH Total AGEM membership at the Gold, Silver,


Bronze and Associate levels hit 175 companies in April — 20 years after AGEM was formed by the “big four” slot companies of Aristocrat, Bally, IGT and WMS.


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AGEM OFFICERS FORM STRONG TEAM January brought an updated Officer team as


the AGEM Board of Directors approved the slate presented of President Luke Orchard, IGT; Vice President David Lucchese, Everi; Vice President Robert Parente, Scientific Games; Vice President Tom Jingoli, Konami; Vice President Eric Fisher, Crane Payment Innovations (CPI); Secretary Mark Dunn, Aristocrat; Treasurer Tom Nieman, JCM Global; and General Counsel Daron Dorsey, Ainsworth. Nieman subsequently retired after a distinguished career in gaming that began with Bally Manufacturing in 1972 and Fisher replaced him as Treasurer.


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