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Elliston named NTRA executive chair

Wednesday, December 27, 2006 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 27, 2006 . . . Robert N. Elliston, president and CEO of Turfway Park, has been named executive chair of the Board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). The announcement was made by the NTRA during a special board meeting on Wednesday.

Elliston will continue his dual responsibilities at Turfway Park, where he has served since the Northern Kentucky racetrack was purchased in 1999 by a partnership comprised of Keeneland Association, Harrah's Entertainment, and GTECH Corporation.

"I look forward to supporting Alex [Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA] and the management team as they implement the organization's strategic priorities," said Elliston. "The 15-member board is very engaged and very enthusiastic about the NTRA's future."

"Bob brings to the NTRA a wealth of expertise from within and outside the industry," said Craig Fravel, who has chaired the NTRA board throughout 2006. "He will serve as a direct conduit between management and the full board and be available to support management whenever called upon to move the industry forward."

An avid racing enthusiast, Elliston has been a member of the NTRA board since 2004. Before joining Turfway, he was vice president of commercial lending for US Bank, North America, for seven years. He worked for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce from 1986 to 1992, serving as vice president of economic and community development and representing the Chamber before the Kentucky General Assembly and the United States Congress.

Active in the Northern Kentucky community, Elliston is a past chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the board of Sanitation District No. 1. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Kentucky University Foundation Board, Gateway Community College Foundation Board, and the Tri-County Economic Development Board of Directors.

Elliston is active within the horse racing industry as well, serving in various capacities with the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) Board, the Thoroughbred Racing Association Board, and the University of Louisville Equine Program Advisory Board. In 2002, he was named Man of the Year by the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and in 2003 he received the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Presidential Award for distinguished service to the horse industry.

Operating from offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and New York City, the NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horse racing interests charged with increasing the popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants.

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