LAS VEGAS (September 29, 2011) - The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) announced today that respected gaming industry veteran Marcus Prater has signed a new 3-year contract extension that will keep him as the organization’s Executive Director into 2015. Prater has been AGEM’s Executive Director since 2008 and his current 3-year term was set to expire in February 2012.
“Everyone at AGEM felt it was important to secure Marcus’ leadership and marketing expertise now so that the momentum the organization has been experiencing will continue without interruption,” said AGEM President Thomas A. Jingoli, also Konami Gaming’s Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. “Since Marcus took over as Executive Director, AGEM’s membership has more than tripled and now stands at 109 respected companies, with more than 30 based outside of the U.S. Despite AGEM tripling in size over the past 3 years, the organization has not experienced a material increase in overhead or infrastructure, allowing us to react quickly and efficiently when focusing on key issues important to global gaming suppliers.
“Marcus has also been working hard for all gaming suppliers in important but complicated markets such as Illinois and Mexico while staying true to AGEM’s mission of supporting responsible gaming initiatives, education issues, political action activities, regulatory reform projects and trade show and marketing events,” Jingoli said.
“I appreciate the support of the AGEM Officers and the entire organization,” Prater said. “We are doing good work that benefits the entire supplier sector, and I’m motivated to continue to boost AGEM’s presence, reputation and service around the world for the benefit of all of our member companies.”
AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within the organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives. For more information, visit www.AGEM.org.
The current AGEM membership roster, 109 strong, is a who’s who of the supplier segment of the global gaming industry: AGEM Gold Members: Aristocrat Technologies, Aruze Gaming America, Austrian Gaming Industries, Bally Technologies, GTECH/Atronic/Spielo, International Game Technology (IGT), Intralot S.A., Konami Gaming and WMS Gaming. AGEM Silver Members: Action Gaming, American Gaming Systems (AGS), Casino Technology, JCM Global, MEI, Multimedia Games, Shuffle Master, Suzo-Happ Group, TCSJohnHuxley and Wells-Gardner Electronics. AGEM Bronze Members: Abbiati Casino Equipment, AC Slots (ACS), Acres 4.0, Ainsworth Game Technology, Alfastreet, Astro Corp., Bingotimes Technology, Cadillac Jack, Cammegh Limited, Cantor Gaming, Crane Payment Solutions / CashCode / Money Controls, Diamond Game, DigiDeal, Digital Display Group, Euro Games Technology (EGT), Galaxy Gaming, Gaming Partners International, Gaming Support, Glory (U.S.A) Inc., Incredible Technologies, Inspired Gaming, Interblock USA, Iverson Gaming Systems, JPM International, Jumbo Technology, Matsui Gaming Machine Co., MCA Processing, Modern Gaming, Patriot Gaming & Electronics, Rocket Gaming Systems, Table Trac and Winning Asia Technology. AGEM Associate Members: 3M Touch Systems, Advantech-Innocore, Casino Enterprise Management, CMYK Creative, Cole Kepro International, Cooper Levenson, Cybertec Gaming Systems, DynaGraphic Printing, Elite Casino Products, Esterline Advanced Input Systems, Eurocoin, Flextronics, Fox Rothschild, FutureLogic, Gaming Capital Group, Gary Platt Manufacturing, Gemaco, Global Cash Access, Global Gaming Group (G3), Grand Products, Hanco Technologies, Heber Ltd., Howard & Howard, IDX, Intel, IPS, James Industries, KEY-BAK, Kreller Group, Leap Forward Gaming, Lewis & Roca, Lincoln Industries, Masterpiece Advertising, Nanoptix, Outpost Creative, Phelps Dunbar, Proforma GPS, Quixant Ltd., Rainmaker, Regulatory Management Counselors (RMC), Rye Park Gaming, Sanmina-SCI, SCA Gaming, Strategy9, StylGame USA, Talent Associates, The Bright Group, Tournament One, Trade Show Fabrications, TransAct Technologies, Trans-Lux, Veridocs, Wrex Products and Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO).