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Victor Rocha Named Indian Gaming Tradeshow Conference Chair

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Victor Rocha will oversee the development and educational content for the National Indian Gaming Association's (NIGA) Indian Gaming Tradeshow team as Urban Expositions conference chair. In his new role, Rocha will lead the production of educational programming for NIGA's annual tradeshow and its mid-year conference, according to a press release.

Rocha's new position through Urban Expositions, an event planning firm that produces and manages a portfolio of 36 events, is effective immediately. He will remain at his post at Pechanga.net. Rocha has been actively involved on the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention Conference Advisory Board and welcomes increasing his involvement. "It's an honor working with my friends at Urban [Expositions] to make sure the National Indian Gaming Association is at the cutting edge of technology, business & politics," said Rocha. "We expect very big things this year, and I can't wait to get started."

Entering its 32nd year in April 2017, NIGA's Annual Trade Show and Convention is the country's largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in the Indian gaming industry, showcasing the newest product and service innovations and the latest industry trends. The convention offers a comprehensive schedule of workshops and numerous networking events, while promoting tribal sovereignty and celebrating Native culture throughout.

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr. praised Rocha's longtime involvement in NIGA conferences and his positive impact on the industry. "Victor Rocha is not only an advocate for the community but a dear friend. He has his finger on the pulse of the industry and will ensure that the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention continues to lead the way for education in the industry," Stevens said.

A trusted voice in Indian gaming as the owner and publisher of Pechanga.net, as well as an active advocate of tribal gaming in the U.S. since 1998, Rocha has earned numerous accolades. Among his awards are the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's 2015 Tribal Gaming Visionary Award; the American Gaming Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for Gaming Communications; Raving's 2012 Casino Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award; the National Indian Gaming Association's 2002 Outstanding Contribution to Indian Country; VCAT's 2001 Catalyst Award; and Global Gaming Business Magazine's 2001 '40 Under 40'.

"As the voice for the tribal gaming industry, Victor Rocha is extremely well-positioned to immediately impact the educational programming for the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention," said Courtney Muller, executive vice president of Urban Expositions. "His passion for excellence and his innovative approach will take the conference program to a new level at the events."

The 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention takes place in San Diego, April 13-17, 2017. For more information, visit indiangamingtradeshow.com.