INDIANAPOLIS — Former state representative and LEAP of Noble County Inc. executive director Matt Bell was announced as the next leader of the Casino Association of Indiana.
Bell will succeed Mike Smith, who has led the gaming lobbying group for 13 years. His first day as executive director of the association is Dec. 1, according to a new release.
Bell was elected to serve the 83rd District in the House of Representatives in 2005. After leading LEAP of Noble County, a nonprofit literacy organization, he served as president of Ivy Tech Corporate College and executive director of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.
He co-founded Catalyst Public Affairs Group in 2013 in Indianapolis. He completed a four-year term on the Indiana Gaming Commission in 2014, and was chair of the commission from 2013-2014.
According to the announcement, Bell will continue to work as a principal at Catalyst while also leading the Casino Association of Indiana. Catalyst will act as a consulting firm to the association.
“I can’t think of a more qualified candidate to lead this association and continue in the positive path that we are on as an economic driver for the state of Indiana,” Smith said in the news release. “Matt will not only be a great and effective leader, but has the needed skills to face the challenges of competition from surrounding states with innovation and ingenuity.”
“Mike’s outstanding leadership of the Casino Association of Indiana is a testament to his character, talent and vision,” Bell said in the news release. “He has advanced the industry by embodying the highest standard of ethics and integrity, and demanding the same from the members of the Casino Association of Indiana.
“I am thankful for his friendship and his mentorship, and I am committed to carrying forward the legacy of excellence that he has established.”