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Robert L. EvansChairman of the Board of Directors
A results-driven leader with a proven record of innovation, Robert L. Evans has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 2011 after joining CDI as its 11th President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors in August 2006. Evans brings a richly diverse business background to CDI, having held senior executive positions at some of North America's leading manufacturing, business consulting, technology and private equity companies.
Prior to joining CDI, Evans was a co-founder and managing director of Symphony Technology Group ("STG"), a private equity firm that provides investment capital and strategic direction to software and services companies. Companies in STG's portfolio have a combined $1.2 billion in revenue and more than 7,000 employees worldwide.
Before STG, Evans held numerous leadership positions that helped shape his skills as a business strategist and team builder. He served as president and chief operating officer of Aspect Development Inc., an enterprise software firm. Evans also served as managing partner of the Americas Supply Chain Practice for the $17 billion Accenture Ltd. (formerly Andersen Consulting) and helped grow Accenture's client base both inside and outside the United States.
Evans' professional experience includes the automotive industry where he served as vice president of customer support for Mazda Motor of America Inc. He began his career as an economics analyst for Caterpillar Inc. in 1975 and served in a variety of management positions for the heavy equipment manufacturer. In 1986, he co-founded the innovative outsourcing services subsidiary Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc., where he served as president.
Evans has been an active participant in the Thoroughbred industry as a commercial breeder and racehorse owner. He is the president of Tenlane Farm LLC, a 260-acre Thoroughbred breeding operation he built in Woodford County, Ky., where he resides with his family.
Evans is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from MacMurray College. He received a Master of Arts degree in quantitative economics from Western Illinois University. He currently serves as a board member for two corporations, Aftermarket Technology Corp. and the privately held Tumri Incorporated.
William C. CarstanjenPresident and Chief Operating Officer
William “Bill” C. Carstanjen was named the Company’s 12th Chief Executive Officer in August 2014 after serving as CDI’s President and Chief Operating Officer (2011 – 2014), CDI’s Chief Operating Officer (2008-2011) and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Development Officer for the Company (2005-2008). Carstanjen joined CDI in July 2005 after serving as an executive with General Electric Company. Carstanjen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his leadership role at CDI.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Carstanjen received a law degree from Columbia University in New York and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and three children.
William E. MuddExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
William “Bill” E. Mudd was named President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2014, bringing a broad business background, expertise in domestic and international markets, and exceptional leadership skills to his role. Mudd previously served as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Churchill Downs Incorporated (2007 –2014) where he was responsible for all of CDI’s financial activities, managing the Company’s capital structure, leading CDI’s information technology group and, since 2011, leading the Company’s business development activities.
A former General Electric ("GE") executive, Mudd oversees the Company's financial reporting, strategic planning, business planning, compliance, capital management, risk management and investor relations.
Mudd began his career with GE in 1992, and rose rapidly to positions of increased responsibility. Prior to joining Churchill Downs, he served as Global Commercial CFO for GE Water & Process Technologies, a water process and filtration business based in Trevose, Pa. He has also served as CFO of Supply Chain, IT and Technology Finance for GE's Consumer and Industrial Europe, Middle East and Africa Division in Budapest, Hungary. Earlier in his career he served as a finance manager of Global Financial Planning & Analysis and Business Development for GE Fanuc, a joint venture between GE and Japanese partner, Fanuc.
A native of Marion County, Ky., he holds a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and actuarial science from Bellarmine University. He also holds a masters of business administration from Webster University and was a captain in the United States Army Reserves with 14 years of service.
Alan K. TseExecutive Vice President & General Counsel
As executive vice president and general counsel for Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI"), Alan K. Tse (pronounced 'SAY) oversees all legal, corporate governance and compliance matters for the country's premier racing, gaming and entertainment company.
Tse joined CDI in March 2011 after previously serving as vice president and general counsel for LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A. Inc. ("LG") in San Diego, Calif., where he managed all legal affairs for the No. 2 cell phone manufacturer in the country with annual sales of more than $6 billion. During his tenure at LG, Tse directed the company's intellectual property strategy; managed relationships with government regulators, industry groups and alliances; and negotiated and managed all major sales and commercial contracts, including master purchase agreements with large telecommunications carriers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Wireless. Tse also served as a member of LG's executive management committee.
His professional history includes roles as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Ligos Corporation, a worldwide leader in video compression software technology, and as general counsel and vice president of strategic development and corporate secretary for Centerpoint Broadband Technologies, an optical telecommunications networking systems provider. Through these assignments, Tse gained significant entrepreneurial experience by overseeing corporate development activities, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, while also arranging joint venture and partnership agreements, preparing for initial public stock offerings, and securing private-equity financing.
Tse's solid background in merger and acquisition activities grew from his experience as a corporate securities attorney at the Palo Alto, Calif., law firm of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP. There he represented a number of high-profile public companies in all merger and acquisition transactions while also ensuring his clients were compliant with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations.
Tse graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School after receiving his bachelor of arts in economics and political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a co-founder and board member of the Asian American Legal Foundation and in 2005 was named one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The 39-year-old native of Hong Kong, China, who moved to the U.S. at the age of seven with his family, was a nationally ranked chess master and has coached nationally ranked youth chess players.
Shawn A. BaileySVP, Business Development, CDI
Shawn Bailey joined Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") as assistant general counsel in March of 2007. He was promoted to vice president of corporate operations in April of 2009. In October of 2012, Bailey was named senior vice president of business development and is responsible for the identification and evaluation of the Company's business development opportunities, including potential acquisitions and partnerships.
Bailey holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. He is licensed as both a CPA and lawyer in Kentucky.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Science Center and the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation.
Tim BryantSVP, CDI and President of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Tim Bryant joined CDI in May 2010, as their Senior Vice President and President of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tim joined CDI after 15 years of experience in the gaming industry and comes from Harrah's New Orleans, where he served most recently as Vice President of Operations and Finance.
Tim's outstanding biography includes a Leadership Award given for inspiring others to provide excellent service and superior business results. Improved margins and efficiencies, with reduced costs and a commitment to customer service is a resounding theme in Tim's work experience.
T. Kevin FlanerySVP, CDI and President of Churchill Downs Racetrack
Kevin Flanery was named the 13th president of Churchill Downs Racetrack on July 13, 2009. He also serves as a senior vice president for Churchill Downs Incorporated.
Flanery joined Churchill Downs in December 2005 as vice president of national public affairs and was promoted to senior vice president of national public affairs and communications in March 2008.
During his career, Flanery held important state government posts. He served as secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from January 2001 to December 2002 and as deputy secretary of the Cabinet between June and December of 2000. In that role Flanery served as the Commonwealth's chief financial and procurement officer and led the Office of Finance Management, which controls the Commonwealth's debt and investment portfolio. Flanery also had oversight of the Department of Facilities Management, which designs, builds, operates and maintains state facilities. Part of his statutory responsibilities included serving as chairman of the Consensus Forecasting Group, which determines revenues available for appropriation by the governor and legislature of Kentucky.
Flanery's experience in state government extends to Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet where between October 1996 and May 2000 he served as deputy secretary and legislative liaison. In that post, Flanery managed all administrative functions for the Transportation Cabinet and served as its primary legislative strategist. An attorney, Flanery also served as the Transportation Cabinet's executive director for the Office of General Counsel between February and September of 1996 where he served as chief administrative and legal officer.
Prior to joining the Churchill Downs team, Flanery served as president and chief operating officer of Hagan Properties.
Flanery holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Bellarmine College and a juris doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
James E. GaySVP, CDI and President of Churchill Downs Interactive
Ted Gay joined Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") as director of business development in March 2003. He was promoted to vice president in June 2006, to senior vice president in January 2009 and to senior vice president and chief strategy officer in March of 2012. In October of 2012, Gay was named president of Churchill Downs Interactive which consists of the Company's online initiatives, including TwinSpires.com, Luckity.com and Bluff Media; he is responsible for the identification and evaluation of the Company's interactive opportunities, including potential acquisitions and partnerships.
Prior to his tenure with CDI, Gay lived in San Francisco and worked for Stanford Investment Group, an investment management firm catering to high net worth individuals. Previously, he held several positions with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, including positions in SunTrust's loan syndications and investment banking groups.
Gay holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
Charles G. KenyonSVP, Human Resources, CDI
Chuck Kenyon joined Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") as the Company's Human Resources leader in April, 2004. Combining his love of human resources with his love of horse racing, Kenyon describes his role at CDI as a dream job – one he looks forward to every day.
Kenyon credits several of his mentors during his 20+ years of human resources experience with helping him develop his focus on balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the business. During his 13 years at Motorola, he was the human resources leader of several business units with employees around the globe.
Kenyon was raised in western New York and is a graduate of Niagara University. He credits Niagara and their Vincentian tradition with creating and enhancing his deep appreciation of all types of people.
Kenyon resides in Shelbyville, KY with his wife Robin and their three dogs.
Austin MillerSVP, Gaming Operations, CDI
Miller joined CDI in May of 2007 as vice president and general manager of CDI's Fair Grounds property where he led the construction and opening of the slots facility. In October 2008 he was promoted to President of Fair Grounds, where he oversaw the overall operation and success of the racing operations, gaming operations and 11 OTB parlors.
He left Fair Grounds in June of 2010 to become President of Calder, where he served until August of 2013 when he was promoted to senior vice president of gaming opertaions for Churchill Downs Incorporated.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Miller came to CDI after two years as vice president of gaming operations at Harrah's New Orleans and 13 years with Grand Casinos, ultimately serving as the gaming company's senior vice president of operations for Grand Casino Gulfport, a position he held until moving to Harrah's New Orleans in June 2005.
Miller holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the boards of the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation and the Memorial Foundation, serving the Memorial Healthcare System.
Benjamin C. MurrSVP and Chief Technology Officer CDI
Ben Murr was named Chief Technology Office in 2012. He also serves as a senior vice president for Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI"). Ben had previously served as president of United Tote since June 2010.
Murr joined CDI in March of 2008 as vice president and chief information officer. As the chief information officer, Murr was responsible for all of the IT systems of the parent company and its operating units.
Prior to CDI, Murr worked for General Electric for 12 years. His final position was the chief technology officer of the Americas for GE Industrial, located in Louisville, Ky. In that role, Murr oversaw technical operations for the entire Industrial vertical.
Murr attended Bellarmine University and graduated with a bachelor of arts in economics in 1997. He joined General Electric Appliance's IMLP program following graduation and had rotations in various areas of IT. Murr completed his MBA at Bellarmine University in 2003.
Tony PetrilloSVP, CDI and General Manager of Arlington Park
Tony Petrillo was named General Manager of Arlington Park on Oct. 13, 2010, and assumed full operational control of the racetrack after serving as Arlington’s vice president of facilities and operations since 2007.
In his previous role, Petrillo supervised Arlington Park’s Facilities, Housekeeping, Security, and Track and Turf departments. He was responsible for the design, planning, construction and maintenance of the entire 325-acre facility, which includes the grandstand, backstretch stable area and parking lots. In addition, Petrillo ensured that the track was in compliance with zoning, traffic and OSHA regulations, and acted as liaison with local government and state regulatory agencies.
Petrillo joined Arlington Park in 1994 as a business analyst, serving as a strategic partner to the president in real estate diversification and developing off-track betting locations. In 1999, he was promoted to the director of facilities and operations and took on responsibility for the company’s capital budget and strategic business initiatives.
Before joining the Arlington Park family, Petrillo served as project manager, then as the assistant director with the Illinois Racing Board, administering regulations governing horse racing and wagering.
Along with the many professional relationships he maintains with community organizations as part of his duties at Arlington Park, Petrillo has additional involvement within the community as an Arlington Heights Zoning Board Commissioner, Council Member of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America and Executive Board Member of the Sockers FC Youth Foundation. In addition, he volunteers for numerous community and political-based activities.
Rebecca C. ReedSVP, Legal Affairs, Chief Compliance Officer, CDI
Since joining Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") in 1994 as the Company's associate counsel, Rebecca Reed has played a major role in several key areas of the Company's growth and development -- including coordination of the Company's regulatory compliance efforts, support for its development activities and oversight of policies and procedures. Reed's strong performance of those duties led to her continued advancement in the Company. She now serves as senior vice president, senior counsel and chief compliance officer.
Before joining CDI, Reed spent a year and a half as vice president, corporate counsel and assistant secretary for Farm Credit Bank of Louisville, Ky., an agricultural lender serving 70,000 borrowers through a network of affiliated associations in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Reed earned her law degree from the UK School of Law. She entered private practice with the Louisville firm of Brown, Todd & Heyburn, where her efforts were concentrated in areas of commercial lending, municipal finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
Paul ThelenPresident, Big Fish Games, Inc.
In 2002, Paul Thelen founded Big Fish as a bootstrapped one person start-up game studio. His vision for Big Fish quickly pivoted from a focus on building out the Big Fish game studio to establishing and scaling a customer-centric, developer-friendly casual games marketplace. Big Fish is now the leading global casual games brand, with five world-wide offices, more than 600 employees, 500 developer partners and several million paying customers. Paul focuses on driving the company's strategic vision, reinforcing the company's culture and enhancing the Big Fish brand with their worldwide customer base and developer network. Prior to founding Big Fish Games, Paul spent six years at RealNetworks where he launched RealAudio, RealVideo, RealProducer and the RealArcade games service. Earlier in his career, Paul was a business consultant for Mercer Management Consulting, founded a systems integration start-up and worked as an engineer for IBM in their mainframe and UNIX \workstation divisions.
Paul holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.