Congratulations to the 2023 Excellence in Gaming Award Winners! 

The Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario was presented with the Team Award and Brett Buckingham, Colorado Division of Gaming was presented with Individual Award. In addition to the awards, both agencies were given a complimentary registration to next year's conference in Charleston. 

An award is given each year at the NAGRA Annual Education and Training Conference to an individual or team who has demonstrated excellence in the field.  Nominations are encouraged and welcomed throughout the year! Take the time to acknowledge and recognize an organization/agency or colleague by submitting a nomination. Each year a committee is established to review the nominations and determine a recipient. 


This award is open to regulators who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the gaming regulatory or enforcement environment. All nominees must be current NAGRA members.

Nomination Process:

Nominations must be in writing. Nominations must include examples of actions/achievements by the nominee. Nominations should include the name of the nominee, title, jurisdiction and contact information.   

Selection Criteria:

The committee will consider nominees who have demonstrated sustained achievement, exceptional performance and deserve recognition for their extraordinary contributions in the field of gaming regulation. Areas of consideration may include:

  • The supervision or organization of employees leading to outstanding accomplishments.
  • The enhancement of the public perception of gaming regulation by external organizations.
  • The identification and implementation of significant cost savings for a specific jurisdiction.
  • The identification and implementation of significant efficiencies in regulatory processes or procedures.


Recipients and all other nominees will be notified in May and the recipient will be presented the award at the NAGRA Annual Conference in June. 

Submit your nomination now!

Previous Award Recipients Include:

  • 2022 -  Pokagon Band Gaming Commission
  • 2021 -  San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission
  • 2020  - Personnel Registration (PREG) Team, Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch (GPEB), Victoria, BC, Canada
  • 2019 – No Recipient
  • 2018 – No Recipient
  • 2017 – Richard Ask, Gambling Control Administrator, Montana Department of Justice 
  • 2016 – Simone Syrenne, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba
  • 2015 – Richard Herrington, Washington State Gambling Commission
  • 2014 – Rodney Rickenbach, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • 2013 – Matthew L. Morgan, ESQ, Chickasaw Nation Gaming Commission
  • 2012 – No Recipient
  • 2011 – Michael Petersen
  • 2010 – Dale J. Fuga
  • 2009 – Gerald E. Otoupal
  • 2008 – Bruce T. Samboy
  • 2007 – Norman H. DesRosiers
  • 2006 – Jim M. Haynes

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