The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association (BGOA) has appointed Gershan Alexander Major as their new CEO.
Major, who assumed office on February 5, is responsible for providing leadership for the Association by working with its Board of Directors and executive management team to establish and execute long-range goals, strategies and policies. He will have overall responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of BGOA, including strategy, government and regulatory relations, and the management of The Bahamas Gaming Foundation, in order to promote the industry’s responsible gaming and community building initiatives.
Chairman of the Association’s board, Sebas Bastian, said he is pleased to welcome Major to the team and anticipates that the new move will give the Association the resources to “fully focus on the consistent delivery of our social and corporate responsibilities.”
“The public can expect the Association to be ever more active than previous years, in addition to working more closely with the regulatory bodies, to help continue to improve on the Industry as a whole,” said Bastian. “Mr. Major’s experience and leadership will help reinforce and execute many of the Industries planned nation building programs and initiatives. He brings to the role an impressively diverse and expansive Executive Management career, spanning over 20 years.”
Major obtained a Master of Business Excellence in International Business, Strategy and Franchise Development from MBE University in San Diego, CA and is conversant in Spanish having received an Executive Diploma in Spanish from the University of Hispaniola – Dominican Republic. He is the proud husband to Alexandra Custodio de Major and they are parents of two lovely daughters – Imani & Sofia.
The newly formed BGOA is a non-profit organization representing the approved licensees of the local gaming industry. The industry directly employs between 2,500 to 3,000 Bahamians, contributing an average of $25 million, in taxes and fees directly to the Government of The Bahamas or its affiliated agencies. Its objectives are to promote awareness and education of the local gaming industry and advocate for fair and equitable public policy, regulation and legislation, based on factual data and research.
The Association exists to ensure the continued innovation and sustainability of the local Gaming Industry for the benefit of all of its stakeholders. It will also consistently promote responsible gaming, as part of its broader community building initiatives and overall contribution to the economy of The Bahamas.