WHERE ARE WE NOW?: Industry Employment
The Honorable Fitzgerald Washington
Fitzgerald Washington has served as Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor since 2014. During his tenure, the Department has launched a statewide marketing campaign, initiated a new job fair initiative that brings available jobs to Alabamians, and has participated in a new alignment of workforce regions that allows for better distribution of state workforce resources.
Washington currently serves on the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Board of Directors representing Region IV and is a member of the National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO).
Washington is a member of the Alabama Workforce Council, the Alabama Small Business Commission, the State Workforce Development Board and the Alabama Bicentennial 200 Commission.
Prior to his appointment as the Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor, Washington worked for The Buffalo Rock Company for 15 years, serving as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002.
Washington has served as a past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, where he helped create the Minority Business Council to foster growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in West Alabama. Other community involvement includes the Druid City Business League, Black Warrior Council Board, BB&T Bank Advisory Board, Board of Visitors for the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies, and DCH Health Systems Foundation Board of Directors.
Washington, his wife Peggy, and their children Karla and Fitzgerald reside in Tuscaloosa.
Mr. Larry Gregory, Executive Director
Larry Gregory serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, a position he has held since September of 2011. Prior to this appointment, Gregory also held the position of Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission from 2001 – 2011. Before working for the Mississippi Gaming Commission, Gregory served in other state government capacities, serving as Deputy Director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board, Secretary to the Mississippi Transportation Commission and staff member to the Mississippi Legislature. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, he served four years in the United States Air Force. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. He also received a Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Mississippi College.
The International Masters of Gaming Law named Gregory 2005 Regulator of the Year.
Gregory also served as a Board Member to the American Gaming Association.