MGHA grows with new deputy director

By Larry Gregory

The Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association is a small association compared to most trade associations in the state, but our mission is huge. The industry we represent is responsible for statewide economic development, tourism, jobs and revenue. MGHA must be in a position to answer the many demands that are placed on our industry.

MGHA was re-established a few years ago, and it was a one-man show. With the legislative demands and legal, regulatory and administrative challenges, it was clear that more support was needed. The association’s board of directors acknowledged this also and decided to hire a veteran of the gaming industry, Michael Bruffey, as deputy director.

I want to share with you the news release on Michael’s hiring:

Recently, the MGHA announced the appointment of Michael Bruffey as deputy director, who will report to Larry Gregory, executive director, and the MGHA board of directors. In this newly created position, Bruffey is responsible for providing support to the association in furthering its mission.

“The good news message of the gaming industry is vital, and there is much to tell,” said Bruffey. “As the state’s gaming association, MGHA is a resource for up-to-date industry news and data as well as a resource of information about topics impacting the industry.”

The addition of Bruffey to the staff is an indication of the widened role of the association, and its broadened voice and partnership into other aligning industries. Along with cross-industry partnerships and regional efforts, the MGHA is also focusing on educational opportunities.

Bruffey said, “We will be looking for ways to collaborate with our schools and universities to enhance and develop the responsible gaming aspect of our mission.”

Prior to joining the MGHA, Bruffey served as vice president and general counsel at IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, a job he started in 2009. He previously worked at the Isle of Capri Casino starting as a staff attorney in 2000 before being promoted to senior director of legal affairs in 2004.

Bruffey began his legal career in 1994, with an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Miss. From 1995 to 2000, his practice focused on litigation as well as corporate and transactional work. Bruffey is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

I am very pleased to welcome Michael aboard. His coming on as deputy director will serve to make our association stronger for all our members and for the industry that we serve. Larry Gregory is the executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association. He can be reached at