For more information, contact:
Rita Cox, SVP Marketing and External Affairs
(518) 584-2110 ext. 5716
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (July 21, 2008) - Saratoga Gaming and Raceway announced today that 4 new posts have been created to help bring a dedicated focus to the company’s future growth. Executive Vice President and General Manager, Jamie Hartman announced the following promotions:
Rita Cox, formerly Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs. Ms. Cox has more than 18 years of marketing and development experience that includes strategic planning, marketing, sales and business development. She joined the property in 2003 as Director of Marketing. Under her leadership, the marketing efforts at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway have led the way to the property’s unprecedented growth and continual surpassing of revenue projections. In her new role, Ms. Cox will oversee Marketing, Player Development, Nightclub Operations, Sales, External Affairs and GuestPath.
Don Braim, formerly Vice President of Racing Operations, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. Mr. Braim joined Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1996 following his retirement from the Saratoga Springs Police Department. His 12 years of experience at the property include racing operations, facilities and security. In his new role, Mr. Braim will oversee Racing Operations, Security, Facilities, Information Technology and Purchasing.
Alex Tucker, formerly Executive Director of Finance and Administration has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Gaming and Finance. Mr. Tucker has more than 17 years of gaming and racing industry experience that includes strategic and tactical leadership for start-up and expansion of multiple gaming properties. His unique combination of skills includes operations, general management, strategic planning and marketing/business development. In his new role, Mr. Tucker will oversee Gaming Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Cashiering Operations and Food and Beverage.
George W. (Skip) Carlson, formerly Vice President of Community Affairs and Special Projects has been promoted to Vice President of External Affairs and Guest Path. He has been employed at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway since 1977 and has served in a variety of positions at the property including Director Public Relations, General Manager and Vice President of Racing. Mr. Carlson is also a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Trotting Association and Vice President of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State. In his new position, Mr. Carlson will interact with community programs and industry shareholders along with coordinating the property’s customer service program, GuestPath.
“While our rapid growth has been exciting, we have also experienced our fair share of growing pains. These new positions have been created to improve upon our effectiveness and best position Saratoga Gaming and Raceway for more exciting growth in the years to come,” said Mr. Hartman. “These highly talented individuals have played key roles in our success and I look forward to the new opportunities they will continue to bring to Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.”
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway features over 1,700 state-of-the-art video gaming machines, two full-service restaurants with buffets, three full-service bars, food court, deli, gift shop, and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. Video gaming and food and beverage operations at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway are managed by Delaware North Companies Inc., a leading hospitality and entertainment management group headquartered in Buffalo, NY.
Saratoga Gaming and Raceway is located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY. Operating hours for the gaming facility are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., seven days a week. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week. Live harness racing starts at 7:00 p.m. with occasional matinees at 12:45 p.m. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit www.saratogagamingandraceway.com or call (800) 727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play Video Gaming Machines or wager on horses. Please play responsibly.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.