The stoic and cerebral Matt Crosson, the longtime leader of the Long Island Association, will soon be channeling his wild side to run the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Crosson announced Tuesday that he is abandoning the post he's held for the past 16 years ahead of schedule. In November, he announced that he would be leaving the Island's largest business group in September to try something new.

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And an opportunity came faster than he expected.

According to Long Island Business News, Crosson said to LIA members in a statement:

“When, last November, I said that I had decided to step down as LIA’s president sometime during 2010, I had no idea where life would take me,” Crosson wrote in a statement to LIA members. “I did not expect my decision to lead me to Las Vegas, but I am grateful that it did."