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William C. CarstanjenChief Executive 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. MuddPresident and Chief Operating Officer
William “Bill” E. Mudd was named President and Chief Operating Officer in September, 2015. Mudd joined Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) in 2007 as the company’s Executive Vice President and CFO, until he was promoted to the role of President & CFO in 2014 where he focuses on operating and growing the company’s casinos, racing properties, including the Kentucky Oaks & Kentucky Derby, and its TwinSpires.com business. In his prior role as CFO, Mudd was responsible for all of CDI’s financial activities including capital management, financial reporting, treasury, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, financial compliance, enterprise risk management and, since 2011, leading the Company’s business development activities.Mudd began his career with General Electric in 1992 where he was a graduate of the Experienced Financial Management Program and was certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. During his fifteen year tenure, Mudd served in a variety of financial and operational roles, both domestic and international, across a number of industries.A native of Marion County, Ky., he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and actuarial science from Bellarmine University, has an MBA from Webster University and spent 14 years in the United States Army Reserves where he attained the rank of Captain. Mudd has served as a Trustee of Bellarmine University since 2012 and on the Norton Healthcare Finance & Core Operations Committee since 2010. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and children.
Marcia A. DallExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Marcia A. Dall, CPA was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2015 bringing a broad business background as CFO of a large publicly traded company, strong leadership skills and over 30 years of domestic and international financial experience to her role.
As CFO, Dall is responsible for capital management, financial reporting, treasury, investor relations, financial planning and analysis, financial compliance, and enterprise risk management.
Dall began her career in 1985 in the Financial Management Program at General Electric and held various leadership roles both in finance and operations over her twenty plus year tenure with the company before being named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the International and U.S. Mortgage Insurance Segments of Genworth, a former subsidiary of General Electric. In 2008, Dall became the Chief Financial Officer for the Healthcare division at Cigna Corp., a global health services company and, in 2009, she was named the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Erie Indemnity Company, where she served for 6 years prior to joining CDI.
A native of Indiana, Dall holds a bachelor of science in accounting degree from Indiana University and has a Masters of Management degree from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management. Dall is also a Certified Public Accountant and lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband.
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.
Bradley K. BlackwellSVP, General Counsel, CDI
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.
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.